17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Madurai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Chennai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Hyderabad

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.
Get in touch with nature at Doddabetta Peak and MacIvor's Bund. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cairn Hill, admire the verdant scenery at Mukurthi Dam, and look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation builder .

Hyderabad to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, you will find days in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Mukurthi Dam ©
Mukurthi Dam
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

1
night
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 4th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, browse for treasures at Dynasty, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar temple, and finally examine the collection at Shembaganur Museum of Natural History. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perumal Peak and then get outside with Dolphin's Nose.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kodaikanal tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kodaikanal, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Museums
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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Perumal Peak ©
Perumal Peak

1
night
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 6th (Thu): examine the collection at Kanyakumari Wax Museum, kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muttom Beach. On the next day, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then get great views at Sunset View Point, then kick back and relax at Sanguthurai Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Muttom Beach
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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Muttom Beach ©
Muttom Beach
Sanguthurai Beach ©
Sanguthurai Beach

2
nights
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 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, don't miss a visit to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, then look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rameswaram driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Visit Sri Meenakshi Temple and Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gandhi Memorial Museum and Yoga Narasimhar Temple. There's much more to do: stop by Prema Vilas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, and steep yourself in history at Sri Ramana Mandiram.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madurai trip planner .

Drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

2
nights
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeshwara Temple, explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seerkazhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raahu Navagrahasthalam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswarar Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvalanchuzhi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapisthalam Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple.

Discover how to plan a Thanjavur trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Madurai to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Garbarakshambigai Temple, Patteeswaram Temple
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Garbarakshambigai Temple ©
Garbarakshambigai Temple
Patteeswaram Temple ©
Patteeswaram Temple

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Do some cultural sightseeing at DakshinaChitra Museum and M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation. Get in touch with nature at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and Marina Beach. Go for a jaunt from Chennai to Covelong to see Covelong Beach about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, stop by Cane and Bamboo, examine the collection at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaaraneeswarar Temple.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thanjavur to Chennai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

DakshinaChitra Museum, Covelong Beach
Highlights from your plan
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach

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