22 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

22 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu tour planner

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
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Madurai
— 2 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
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Auroville
— 1 night
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Chennai
— 3 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 2 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.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is known for nature, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Mini Car Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, and don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sightseeing planner.

Chandigarh to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at The Cocoa Bean, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal trip tool.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in March, plan for little chillier days in Kodaikanal, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset View Point, make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In March, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Villoondi Tirtham, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then don't miss a visit to Ramar Padam, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Beaches

Madurai

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally stop by Prema Vilas.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai online vacation planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Tiruchirappalli

— 2 nights

Rockfort City

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.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambukeswarar Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, and then get outside with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli vacation planner.

You can drive from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Madurai in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tiruchirappalli: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Thanjavur

— 2 nights

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, then admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Thanjavur trip maker.

Getting from Tiruchirappalli to Thanjavur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. March in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Auroville.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Auroville

— 1 night

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
On the 25th (Thu), make a trip to Matrimandir and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sadhana Forest.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Auroville vacation maker tool.

Drive from Thanjavur to Auroville in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Auroville

Wildlife · Parks

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.
Go for a jaunt from Mahabalipuram to Muttukadu to see DakshinaChitra Museum about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, Head underground at Trimurti Cave, get engrossed in the history at Maritime Heritage Museum, and stop by Jewel Mount..

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip planner.

You can drive from Auroville to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Chennai

— 3 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.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, look for gifts at Cane and Bamboo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chennai online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. March in Chennai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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.