18 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

18 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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18 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Marina Beach and The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology. Get out of town with these interesting Chennai side-trips: Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Sea Shore Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple and enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai planner .

Ipoh, Malaysia to Chennai is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ipoh to Chennai, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chennai when traveling from Ipoh in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mahabalipuram
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden, then explore the activities along Pykara Lake, and then make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a bit cooler than Chennai - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara 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 24th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally stop by The Cocoa Bean. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at La Saleth Church, delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, then explore the activities along Berijam Lake, and finally take a memorable drive along Silent Valley View Point.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kodaikanal day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 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 January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kodaikanal: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai holiday maker app .

Drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, then make a trip to Sunset View Point, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Padmanabhapuram Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip builder tool .

You can drive from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Highlights from your plan
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

3
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 30th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agnitheertham, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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.
Attractions like Adi Kumbeswarar Temple and Uppiliappan Temple make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thanjavur: Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (in Tiruchirappalli) and Airavatesvara Temple (in Kumbakonam). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple, get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and make a trip to Punnainallur Mariamman Koil.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Thanjavur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kumbakonam, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Uppiliappan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Uppiliappan Temple ©
Uppiliappan Temple
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple ©
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple

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