36 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

36 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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36 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Kanchipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Madurai
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Kanyakumari
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Velankanni
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Kumbakonam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Chidambaram
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Thiruvannamalai
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Chennai
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Coimbatore
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

2
nights
Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Kanchi Kudhil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vallakottai Murugan Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Sadras Dutch Fort.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanchipuram trip itinerary planning website .

Chennai (Madras) to Kanchipuram is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vallakottai Murugan Temple
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Sadras Dutch Fort ©
Sadras Dutch Fort
Kanchi Kudhil ©
Kanchi Kudhil
Vallakottai Murugan Temple ©
Vallakottai Murugan Temple

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Pazhamudhir Solai and Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple. Take a break from Madurai with a short trip to Kamarajar Lake in Dindigul, about 1h 45 min away. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Pazhamudhircholai Murugan Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Madurai trip itinerary maker site .

Explore your travel options from Kanchipuram to Madurai with the Route module. You will leave for Kanyakumari on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kamarajar Lake, Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
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Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple ©
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai
Pazhamudhircholai Murugan Temple ©
Pazhamudhircholai Murugan Temple

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Muttom Beach and Sanguthurai Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil and Vattakottai Fort. When in Kanyakumari, make a side trip to see Kappal Matha Church in Tirunelveli, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get great views at Sunset View Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Courtallam Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Sothavilai Beach, and make a trip to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kappal Matha Church, Muttom Beach
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Sothavilai Beach ©
Sothavilai Beach
Muttom Beach ©
Muttom Beach

4
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Get some historical perspective at Villoondi Tirtham and Ramanathaswamy Temple. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ariyaman Beach and Dhanushkodi Beach. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, explore the striking landscape at Adam's Bridge, make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, and look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rameswaram road trip planning app .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Velankanni.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Adam's Bridge ©
Adam's Bridge

2
nights
Velankanni

Velankanni ©
Velankanni, is a special grade panchayat town in Nagapattinam district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sikkal Singaravelar Temple and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Velankanni Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amirthaghateswarar Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mayuranathaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goddess Abhirami Shrine, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Faith.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Velankanni online journey planner .

Getting from Rameswaram to Velankanni by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Velankanni

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagapattinam, Amritaghateswarar-Abirami Temple
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Velankanni Beach ©
Velankanni Beach
Faith ©
Faith

2
nights
Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam ©
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarangapani Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chakkarapani Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swamimalai Murugan Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvalanchuzhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kambahareswarar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brahma Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mayuranathaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parimala Ranganathar Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kumbakonam itinerary planner.

Drive from Velankanni to Kumbakonam in 2 hours. In March in Kumbakonam, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thiruvalanchuzhi, Swamimalai Murugan Temple, Parimala Ranganathar Temple, Mayuranathaswamy Temple
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Swamimalai Murugan Temple ©
Swamimalai Murugan Temple
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Sarangapani Temple ©
Sarangapani Temple

1
day
Chidambaram

Chidambaram ©
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the activities along Pitchavaram Backwater, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thillai Kali Amman Temple, and then take a peaceful walk through Pichavaram.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chidambaram road trip website .

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Chidambaram in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pichavaram
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Pichavaram ©
Pichavaram
Thillai Kali Amman Temple ©
Thillai Kali Amman Temple

2
nights
Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Arunachala Mountain, then browse for treasures at Mystical India, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Annamalaiyar Temple View Point, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Skandashramam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seshadri Swamigal Ashram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yogi Ram Surath Kumar Ashram, and then take in the awesome beauty at Parvathamalai Mountain.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Thiruvannamalai route planning site .

Drive from Chidambaram to Thiruvannamalai in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tiruvannamalai, Arunachala Mountain
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Arunachala Mountain ©
Arunachala Mountain
Skandashramam ©
Skandashramam
Annamalaiyar Temple View Point ©
Annamalaiyar Temple View Point

3
nights
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jambukeswarar Temple and Puliyancholai Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Government Museum and Brahadambal Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tiruchirappalli: Thanjavur (Naganathaswamy Temple, Sukkiran Temple, & more). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Mukkombu and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Venkatachalapathy Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Thiruvannamalai to Tiruchirappalli takes 3 hours. March in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Chennai (Madras).

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Thanjavur, Pudukkottai
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Brahadambal Temple ©
Brahadambal Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple
Government Museum ©
Government Museum

7
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Get some cultural insight at Descent Of The Ganges and DakshinaChitra Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Covelong Beach and Elliot's Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chennai (Madras): Mahabalipuram (India Seashell Museum, Wide Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Phoenix Marketcity, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Guindy Snake Park, and contemplate the long history of MGR Memorial.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Chennai (Madras) trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tiruchirappalli to Chennai (Madras) in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Tiruchirappalli, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chennai (Madras), ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, DakshinaChitra Museum, Covelong Beach
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India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

5
nights
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
For shopping fun, head to Brookefields Mall or Main Bazaar. Step out of the city life by going to Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbatore: Ooty (Udhagamandalam) (Murugan Temple & Moddy's Chocolates) and Palakkad (Kalpathy Temple & Sree Viswanatha Swamy Temple). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Then -Tirupathi, see the interesting displays at G.D. Naidu Industrial Exhibition, and take in the awesome beauty at Velliangiri Mountains.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Coimbatore vacation planning website .

You can fly from Chennai (Madras) to Coimbatore in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Coimbatore are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ooty (Udhagamandalam), Palakkad, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
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Brookefields Mall ©
Brookefields Mall
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple
Gedee Car Museum ©
Gedee Car Museum

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