9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Fly to Madras
4
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Chennai
— 1 night

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Tiruchirappalli

— 2 nights

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Brihadeeswara Temple and Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Tiruchirappalli: Ramaswamy Temple (in Thanjavur) and Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple (in Thiruvarangam). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Jambukeswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tiruchirappalli trip planner.

Chennai to Tiruchirappalli is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Tiruchirappalli can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Rameswaram

— 1 night
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 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Kanyakumari

— 2 nights

Cape Comorin

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 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kanyakumari Tirupati Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari tour planner.

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 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
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 10th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kanyakumari to Mahabalipuram in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chennai

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and finally wander the streets of Fort St. George.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai road trip planning app.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.