20 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

20 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu route planner

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Make it your trip
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Chennai
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Chennai

— 4 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Fort St. George and Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalvar Temple will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Cane and Bamboo and T Nagar, Ranganathan Street. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chennai Turtle Walk, admire the striking features of San Thome Church, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Lucknow to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Lucknow in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Chennai: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Kanyakumari

— 2 nights

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Sanguthurai Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Muttom Beach, and then get great views at Sunset View Point. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Tower, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vattakotai Beach.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari online itinerary planner.

Getting from Chennai to Kanyakumari by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rameswaram

— 2 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then stroll through Water Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and finally make a trip to Vivekananda Memorial.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Madurai

— 3 nights

Athens of the East

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 Aayiram Kaal Mandapam and Koodal Azhagar Temple for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gandhi Memorial Museum and Yoga Narasimhar Temple. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Chella Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and buy something for everyone on your list at Majesty Cine Mall.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Madurai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Kodaikanal

— 2 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 13th (Mon), go for a walk through Coakers Walk, look for gifts at Danish Display, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally see the interesting displays at Shembaganur Museum of Natural History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Palani.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kodaikanal vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 3 nights

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Green Shop, Ooty and Main Bazaar. Escape the urban bustle at Doddabetta Peak and Pykara Water Falls. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and admire the verdant scenery at Ketti Valley View.

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Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kodaikanal in December, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram

— 3 nights
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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Get some cultural insight at DakshinaChitra Museum and Maritime Heritage Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shore Temple and Apollo Books. Take a break from Mahabalipuram with a short trip to Covelong Beach in Covelong, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mahabalipuram takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December: high temperatures in Mahabalipuram hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.