5 days in Thanjavur, Kumbakonam & Tiruchirappalli Itinerary

5 days in Thanjavur, Kumbakonam & Tiruchirappalli Itinerary

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5 days in Thanjavur, Kumbakonam & Tiruchirappalli Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kumbakonam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and then admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swami Malai Temple, then admire the striking features of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alangudi Temple.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Thanjavur travel app .

Chennai to Thanjavur is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Gangaikonda Cholapuram ©
Gangaikonda Cholapuram

1
night
Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam ©
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Airavatesvara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Patteeswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uppiliappan Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumbakonam vacation maker .

Drive from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uppiliappan Temple
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Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Uppiliappan Temple ©
Uppiliappan Temple
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple ©
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brahmapureeswarar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sri Ayyappan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vekkali Amman Temple, then take in the dramatic natural features at Rock Fort Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Mariamman Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tiruchirappalli day trip planner.

Getting from Kumbakonam to Tiruchirappalli by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Tiruchirappalli can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Rock Fort Temple ©
Rock Fort Temple
Brahmapureeswarar Temple ©
Brahmapureeswarar Temple

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