31 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

31 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 4 nights
Fly
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Thanjavur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 5 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salem
— 1 night
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 4 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.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Chennai online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chennai. March in Chennai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Mahabalipuram

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mahabalipuram: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and Covelong Beach (in Covelong). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and kick back and relax at Mahabalipuram Beach.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip maker website.

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 March in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Thanjavur

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thanjavur: Garbarakshambigai Temple (in Thirukkarugavur) and Kumbakonam (Kampaheswarar Temple, Airavatesvara Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple, appreciate the history behind Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get outside with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, 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 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambukeswarar Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church, and finally make a trip to Ayyanar Temple.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tiruchirappalli day trip planner.

Getting from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · 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 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sugreevar Temple, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Kanyakumari

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanyakumari: Colachel War Memorial (in Colachel) and Muttom Beach (in Muttom). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari journey planner.

Getting from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, admire the striking features of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and don't miss a visit to Agricultural College and Research Institute.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai travel planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

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 29th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Church, and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kodaikanal trip maker app.

You can drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kodaikanal are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Salem.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Salem

— 1 night
Salem is a city in Salem district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 1008 Lingam Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigi Alagirinathar Temple, and then boost your wellbeing at Royal Mantra.

You can plan Salem trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Salem takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Salem

Historic Sites · Spas

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.
When in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), make a side trip to see Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore, approximately Coimbatore away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Water Falls, and explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Salem to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

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.