9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  2​h 45​min
5
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple, explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seerkazhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur day trip website .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Thanjavur is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

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

1
night
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 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, then kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip planning tool .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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

1
night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sanguthurai Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sothavilai Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari road trip website .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Sanguthurai Beach ©
Sanguthurai Beach

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.
On the 8th (Tue), examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Madurai trip planner .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Madurai sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Madurai

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, and then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): stroll through Covelong Beach, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then get engrossed in the history at Maritime Heritage Museum, and finally examine the collection at India Seashell Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Madurai to Mahabalipuram in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and finally examine the collection at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Chennai Rail Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Achalam Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Subramanya Bharathi Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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