8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Madurai, Taxi to Kodaikanal
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Fly to Madras
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanchipuram
— 1 night
Drive

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Kodaikanal

— 1 night

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, and finally explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kodaikanal holiday planning tool.

Bengaluru to Kodaikanal is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Kodaikanal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Madurai

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Madurai are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours

Rameswaram

— 1 night
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram road trip planner.

You can drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Kanyakumari

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari trip planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In April in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Mahabalipuram

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanyakumari to Mahabalipuram takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Kanyakumari in April, expect nights in Mahabalipuram to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Kanchipuram

— 1 night
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
On the 1st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Jain Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple (Parameshwara Vinnagaram), then make a trip to Chitragupta Swamy Temple, then make a trip to Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple, and finally make a trip to Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Thirukovil.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kanchipuram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Kanchipuram are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites

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.