9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Gaya
Fly:  9​h
1
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Madurai
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Gaya

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 next day, identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwar Temple.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chennai trip itinerary website .

Gaya to Chennai is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Gaya in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Chennai: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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 18th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, make a trip to Kapisthalam Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seerkazhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Chennai to Thanjavur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Seerkazhi ©
Seerkazhi
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©

2
nights
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 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, kick back and relax at Ariyaman Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip planner .

Getting from Thanjavur to Rameswaram by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Kaalikesam Waterfalls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sunset View Point.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Sunset View Point ©
Sunset View Point

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Prema Vilas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai road trip site .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple ©
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple

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