8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  6​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kumbakonam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
Madurai
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip planner.

New Delhi to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New Delhi in October, Mahabalipuram is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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 29th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seerkazhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Thanjavur route planning website .

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Seerkazhi ©
Seerkazhi

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 (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiru Nandipura Vinnagaram Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahapratyangira Devi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kampaheswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Airavatesvara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kumbakonam tour itinerary app .

Drive from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple
Patteeswaram Temple ©
Patteeswaram Temple
Kampaheswarar Temple ©
Kampaheswarar Temple

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 31st (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then stroll through Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rameswaram online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

2
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.
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, then contemplate the long history of Sri Ramana Mandiram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai sightseeing website .

Traveling by train from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Madurai are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Sri Ramana Mandiram ©
Sri Ramana Mandiram
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple ©
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple

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