36 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

36 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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36 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Coimbatore
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Madurai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Tirunelveli
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Kumbakonam
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Thanjavur
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Chennai
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

4
nights
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coimbatore: Bannari Amman Temple (in Bannari) and Vanabathrakali Amman Kovil (in Mettupalayam). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhyanalinga, pause for some photo ops at Adiyogi Shiva, take in the awesome beauty at Velliangiri Mountains, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lourdes Forane Church.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Coimbatore vacation tool .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Coimbatore is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September, Coimbatore is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sim`s Park (in Coonoor) and Moyar River (in Mudumalai). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkateshwara Perumal Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Water Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Coimbatore in September; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Moyar River, Sim`s Park
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at The Cocoa Bean, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, then walk around Bryant Park, and finally take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Berijam Lake, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, and then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kodaikanal itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in October; daily highs in Kodaikanal reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

3
nights
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.
Madurai is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Sri Ramana Mandiram, and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. October in Madurai sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tirunelveli.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

3
nights
Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli ©
Tirunelveli ), also known as Nellai and historically descended in the form of a hedge and roof to save the paddy crop of a devotee. Venture out of the city with trips to Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple (in Tiruchendur), Vanatirupathi (in Nagercoil) and Sri Vaikuntam Temple (in Tuticorin). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Kappal Matha Church, make a trip to Suyambulinga swamy temple, and take in the dramatic scenery at Shivamathungai Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tirunelveli holiday planning tool .

Getting from Madurai to Tirunelveli by car takes about 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Tirunelveli

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Vanatirupathi, Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple, Sri Vaikuntam Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple ©
Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple
Papanasanathar Temple ©
Papanasanathar Temple
Kappal Matha Church ©
Kappal Matha Church

3
nights
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
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: Padmanabhapuram Palace (in Thuckalay) and Nagaraja Temple (in Nagercoil). There's much more to do: make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Xavier Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tirunelveli to Kanyakumari takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nagaraja Temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace
Highlights from your plan
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

3
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
When in Rameswaram, make a side trip to see Five-Faced Hanuman Temple in Ramanathapuram, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rameswaram road trip website .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Five-Faced Hanuman Temple
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

4
nights
Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam ©
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kumbakonam: Chidambaram (Tirunallurpperumanam Temple & Pitchavaram Backwater), Velankanni (Church of our Lady of Velankanni & Pongu Sani Temple, Thirukolikadu Road, Keeralathur, Tamil Nadu) and Thyagarajaswamy Temple (in Thiruvarur). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Airavatesvara Temple and pause for some photo ops at Nataraja of Konerirajapuram.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kumbakonam trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kumbakonam takes 5.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nagapattinam, Chidambaram, Velankanni, Thyagarajaswamy Temple, Uppiliappan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Church of our Lady of Velankanni ©
Church of our Lady of Velankanni
Kampaheswarar Temple ©
Kampaheswarar Temple

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thanjavur side-trips: Garbarakshambigai Temple (in Thirukkarugavur) and Tiruchirappalli (Rock Fort Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple, & more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seerkazhi, steep yourself in history at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, and admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

Plan my day in Thanjavur using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai: Mahabalipuram (Sea Shore Temple, Krishna's Butter Ball, & more) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Besant Nagar Beach.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chennai road trip tool .

Getting from Thanjavur to Chennai by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

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