33 days in Tamil Nadu & New Delhi Itinerary

33 days in Tamil Nadu & New Delhi Itinerary

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33 days in Tamil Nadu & New Delhi Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Thanjavur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Coimbatore
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
8
Mahabalipuram
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Kanchipuram
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Chennai

3
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Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Get some historical perspective at Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple. Get some cultural insight at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum and Sri Veera raghava Perumal Temple. Step out of Chennai with an excursion to Sri Vadaranyeswarar Temple in Tiruvallur--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, make a trip to Sai Baba Temple, and wander the streets of Fort St. George.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Chennai travel site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chennai. In July, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple, Sri Vadaranyeswarar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach

4
nights
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and Rock Fort Temple. Get some historical perspective at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Garbarakshambigai Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Thanjavur side-trips: Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple (in Thiruvarangam) and Tiruchirappalli (Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort & St. Joseph's Church). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Chennai to Thanjavur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tiruchirappalli, Garbarakshambigai Temple, Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple
Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Garbarakshambigai Temple ©
Garbarakshambigai Temple

3
nights
Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam ©
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Get a sense of the local culture at Airavatesvara Temple and Thyagarajaswamy Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Uppiliappan Temple and Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kumbakonam: Parimala Ranganathar Temple (in Mayiladuthurai) and Thiruvarur (Koothanur Maha Saraswathi Temple & Shree Saraswathi Temple Koothanur). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kampaheswarar Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kumbakonam vacation builder site .

Getting from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Kumbakonam, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thiruvarur, Uppiliappan Temple, Parimala Ranganathar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Patteeswaram Temple ©
Patteeswaram Temple
Kampaheswarar Temple ©
Kampaheswarar Temple

3
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple and Ramakrishna Math, Ramanathapuram. You'll get in some beach time at Dhanushkodi Beach and Ariyaman Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rameswaram: Navagraha Temple (in Devipattinam) and Five-Faced Hanuman Temple (in Ramanathapuram). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nambunayaki amman temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram online journey planner .

Drive from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ramanathapuram, Navagraha Temple
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary

2
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Madurai

Madurai ©
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.
You've now added Food Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramana Mandiram.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madurai planner .

You can take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Sri Ramana Mandiram ©
Sri Ramana Mandiram
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple ©
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple

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nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Get in touch with nature at Doddabetta Peak and Pykara Lake. Change things up with a short trip to Moyar River in Mudumalai (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at MacIvor's Bund, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, admire the verdant scenery at Mukurthi Dam, and stop by Green Shop, Ooty.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Madurai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Madurai in July, things will get little chillier in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Moyar River
Highlights from your plan
MacIvor's Bund
MacIvor's Bund
Mukurthi Dam ©
Mukurthi Dam
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak

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nights
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gedee Car Museum and Bannari Amman Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dhyanalinga Temple and Marudamalai Temple. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at G.D. Naidu Industrial Exhibition, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Lourdes Forane Church, and deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Triumph Expeditions.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Coimbatore online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coimbatore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in July, you will find days in Coimbatore are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

Bannari Amman Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marudamalai Temple ©
Marudamalai Temple
Dhyanalinga ©
Dhyanalinga
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple ©

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nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
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.
Let the collections at DakshinaChitra Museum and Maritime Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Shore Temple and Vedagiriswarar Temple. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, tour the pleasant surroundings at Covelong Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Coimbatore to Mahabalipuram in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Coimbatore in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Mahabalipuram: highs are around 42°C and lows about 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Covelong Beach, DakshinaChitra Museum, Nitya Kalyana Perumal Temple, Vedagiriswarar Temple
Highlights from your plan
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Thennanagur Perumaal Temple and Kailasanathar Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kanchi Kudhil and Kamakshi Amman Temple. Take a break from Kanchipuram with a short trip to Thiruthani Murugan Temple in Thiruthani, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Raja Spiritual Super Market, admire the landmark architecture of Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekambareshvara Temple, and delve into the lush surroundings at Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanchipuram trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram in 2 hours. In July in Kanchipuram, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Thiruthani Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ekambareswarar Temple ©
Ekambareswarar Temple
Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar Temple
Thiruthani Murugan Temple ©
Thiruthani Murugan Temple

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New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Food Tours. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, don't miss a visit to India Gate, then stop by LUV INDIYA CONCEPTS, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Chandni Chowk. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gandhi Smriti, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then examine the collection at Relics of Buddha at National Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Akshardham.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kanchipuram to New Delhi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate
Red Fort (Lal Quila) ©
Red Fort (Lal Quila)

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