17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Satna
train:  61​h 30​min
1
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
train:  18​h 30​min
End: Satna

2
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, then admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally admire the striking features of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary planning tool .

Satna to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Satna in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mahabalipuram, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

2
nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Mukurthi Dam, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Mahabalipuram in January, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally stop by The Cocoa Bean. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Berijam Lake, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Ice Skating Cafe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kodaikanal driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in January; daily highs in Kodaikanal reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

3
nights
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Explore Tiruchirappalli's surroundings by going to Thanjavur (Brihadeeshwara Temple, Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, head outdoors with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, and take in the dramatic natural features at Rock Fort Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Tiruchirappalli in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Thanjavur
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Rock Fort Temple ©
Rock Fort Temple

1
night
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Madurai trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Madurai takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Madurai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rameswaram online holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Historic Sites Outdoors
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

2
nights
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

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Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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