9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Thiruvannamalai
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Rameswaram
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
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.
Step out of Mahabalipuram to go to Chengalpattu and see Bhairava Temple, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip itinerary planner .

Newark, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in November, expect Mahabalipuram to be warmer, temps between 86°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

DakshinaChitra Museum, Bhairava Temple
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Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

1
night
Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai ©
On the 4th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parvathamalai Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arunachaleshwara Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramana Ashram.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Thiruvannamalai travel route planning app .

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Thiruvannamalai in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mahabalipuram in December: highs in Thiruvannamalai hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Sri Ramana Ashram ©
Sri Ramana Ashram
Arunachaleshwara Temple ©
Arunachaleshwara Temple

1
day
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 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rameswaram travel planner.

You can drive from Thiruvannamalai to Rameswaram in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. You'll set off for home on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

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