9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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

1
day
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 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madurai online journey planner .

Bengaluru to Madurai is an approximately 2-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Madurai, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

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

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 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Agnitheertham, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram.

Before you visit Rameswaram, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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

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 11th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Raahu Navagrahasthalam, then make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Thanjavur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©

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.
On the 12th (Tue), make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganesh Ratha Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, then appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, and finally explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip planner .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Mahabalipuram in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

3
nights
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.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is known for nature, parks, wildlife, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church, and admire the sheer force of Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak

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