31 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

31 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 3 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Auroville
— 1 night
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Kumbakonam
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Madurai
— 3 nights
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Rameswaram
— 6 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 2 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.
When in Chennai, make a side trip to see Adi Kesava Perumal Temple in Sriperumbudur, approximately Sriperumbudur away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, wander the streets of Fort St. George, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai travel route planner.

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Chennai is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chennai when traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in February, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Mahabalipuram to go to Muttukadu and see DakshinaChitra Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, stop by Apollo Books, and admire the striking features of Raya Gopura.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram tour itinerary planning site.

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 February in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Auroville.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the striking features of Matrimandir and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sadhana Forest.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Auroville trip planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Auroville in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Auroville

Wildlife · Parks

Kumbakonam

— 2 nights
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Patteeswaram Temple, then admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adi Kumbeswarar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kampaheswarar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kumbakonam using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auroville to Kumbakonam takes 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvalanchuzhi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramaswamy Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur takes 1.5 hours. February in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

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, admire the landmark architecture of Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple, don't miss a visit to Erunbeeswarer Temple, and head outdoors with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tiruchirappalli online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tiruchirappalli can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ooty (Udhagamandalam): Coonoor (All Saints Church, The Shop, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, explore the activities along Ooty Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and examine the collection at Tea Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip website.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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.
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, explore the ancient world of Dolmen Circle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Pillar Rocks, delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, and finally stop by Dynasty.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip builder.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Kodaikanal sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Madurai is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and steep yourself in history at Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Madurai trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Rameswaram

— 6 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rameswaram: Navagraha Temple (in Devipattinam) and Ramanathapuram (Five-Faced Hanuman Temple & Ramakrishna Math, Ramanathapuram). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the views from Pamban bridge, kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Sunset View Point, make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then don't miss a visit to Thollavilai Narayana Swamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari sightseeing planner.

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 March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · 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.