49 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

49 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu travel route planner

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Chennai
— 4 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Salem
— 3 nights
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Coimbatore
— 5 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 5 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 4 nights
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Madurai
— 3 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 4 nights
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Rameswaram
— 3 nights
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Nagapattinam
— 2 nights
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Kumbakonam
— 4 nights
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Thanjavur
— 4 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 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, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chennai day trip planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chennai. In May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, and explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip planner.

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 May, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Salem.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Salem

— 3 nights
Salem is a city in Salem district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Get out of town with these interesting Salem side-trips: Yercaud (Sri Chakra Mahameru Temple, 32-km Loop Road, &more). It doesn't end there: work off some steam at Royal Mantra and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Radha Madan Mohan Temple.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Salem road trip website.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Salem in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Salem

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Coimbatore

— 5 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Coimbatore is known for historic sites, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Gedee Car Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Thoonakkadavu Lake, and admire the engineering at Sozhaiyaar Dam.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Coimbatore trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Salem to Coimbatore in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 5 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 (Sim`s Park & Lamb's Rock). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, and admire the sheer force of Pykara Water Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Coimbatore in June, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kodaikanal

— 4 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.
Kodaikanal is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, Head underground at Guna Cave, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and see the interesting displays at Shembaganur Museum of Natural History.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kodaikanal trip planner.

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in June: high temperatures in Kodaikanal hover around 40°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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: browse the different shops at Majesty Cine Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Agricultural College and Research Institute.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Madurai road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Madurai, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Kanyakumari

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Padmanabhapuram Palace in Thuckalay (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Ransom Church, and kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Madurai in June, expect nights in Kanyakumari to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rameswaram

— 3 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Rameswaram is known for historic sites, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, take in the views from Pamban bridge, and don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nagapattinam.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Nagapattinam

— 2 nights
Nagapattinam is a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the administrative headquarters of Nagapattinam District. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pongu Sani Temple, Thirukolikadu Road, Keeralathur, Tamil Nadu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of our Lady of Velankanni, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshyalingaswamy Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soundararaja Perumal Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sikkal Singaravelar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Goddess Abhirami Shrine.

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

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Nagapattinam takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Nagapattinam

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kumbakonam

— 4 nights
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kumbakonam: Palaivananathar Temple (in Tirunelveli), Parimala Ranganathar Temple (in Mayiladuthurai) and Arulmigu Abathsagayeswarar Temple (in Alangudi). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, and don't miss a visit to Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalinga Swamy Temple.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kumbakonam online itinerary planner.

Drive from Nagapattinam to Kumbakonam in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in June, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thanjavur

— 4 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.
Step out of Thanjavur to go to Thirukkarugavur and see Garbarakshambigai Temple, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple, make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thanjavur journey maker tool.

Drive from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur in 1.5 hours. In July in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tiruchirappalli

— 4 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.
Step out of Tiruchirappalli to go to Thiruvarangam and see Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, get outside with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, and contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tiruchirappalli, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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.