30 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

30 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 3 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Kumbakonam
— 1 night
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 4 nights
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Coimbatore
— 4 nights
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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: stroll through Marina Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chennai day trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chennai. June in Chennai sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Mahabalipuram

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Nakula Sahadeva Ratha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Maritime Heritage Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, and finally Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Kumbakonam

— 1 night
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
On the 7th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, then admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahapratyangira Devi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kumbakonam trip planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Kumbakonam by car takes about 5.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Raahu Navagrahasthalam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvalanchuzhi, and then make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tiruchirappalli

— 3 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.
Tiruchirappalli is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, make a trip to Ayyanar Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, and surround yourself with nature on Moksha Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli online road trip planner.

Drive from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Rameswaram

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kothandaramar Temple, stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then stroll through Water Bird Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Kanyakumari

— 3 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.
Step out of Kanyakumari to go to Thuckalay and see Padmanabhapuram Palace, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanyakumari road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, then buy something for everyone on your list at Majesty Cine Mall, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasi Viswanathar Temple, look for gifts at Kishkintha Garments, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Madurai tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanyakumari in June, expect nights in Madurai to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Kodaikanal

— 3 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.
Kodaikanal is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, walk around Bryant Park, Head underground at Guna Cave, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal journey builder tool.

You can drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ooty (Udhagamandalam): Coonoor (Highfield Tea Factory, Lamb's Rock, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Tea Museum, make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Water Falls.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is slightly colder than Kodaikanal - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Coimbatore

— 4 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Coimbatore is known for historic sites, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Gedee Car Museum, explore the activities along Thoonakkadavu Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Koniamman Temple, and admire the engineering at Sozhaiyaar Dam.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Coimbatore trip app.

Traveling by bus from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in June, expect nights in Coimbatore to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

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.