8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Mysuru (Mysore)
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Madurai
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Thanjavur
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Mysuru (Mysore)

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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.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Mukurthi Dam and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip builder website .

Mysuru (Mysore) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Mukurthi Dam ©
Mukurthi Dam

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Madurai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in January, expect Madurai to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram route planning site .

Traveling by train from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Brihadeeshwara Temple and Rock Fort Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Thanjavur: Kumbakonam (Patteeswaram Temple & Airavatesvara Temple) and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (in Tiruchirappalli). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Thanjavur trip maker website .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Thanjavur in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tiruchirappalli, Kumbakonam
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple

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nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
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.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave, then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum, then explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam, and finally make a trip to Arjuna's Penance.

Start your trip to Mahabalipuram by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Thanjavur to Mahabalipuram in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum

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