9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  6​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

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New Delhi to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight, train, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from New Delhi, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Mahabalipuram, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): browse the collection at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Manora Fort, then make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Thanjavur trip planner .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

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

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, don't miss a visit to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhamadhana Parvatham, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Agnitheertham.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai holiday planning tool .

Getting from Rameswaram to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar temple, explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bryant Park, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Madurai to Kodaikanal by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Bryant Park ©
Bryant Park
Kuzhanthai Velappar temple ©
Kuzhanthai Velappar temple

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Ooty Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and then take some stellar pictures from Shooting Point.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kodaikanal in January; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

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