12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: New Delhi

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elk Hill Murugan Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour itinerary maker website .

New Delhi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Delhi in November, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 3rd (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Dynasty, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Saleth Church, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Berijam Lake.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal day trip site .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kodaikanal when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madurai visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

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 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kanyakumari sightseeing website .

You can drive from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

1
night
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 7th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram journey maker website .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Historic Sites Outdoors
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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Patteeswaram Temple, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Thanjavur sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Thanjavur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Patteeswaram Temple
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Patteeswaram Temple ©
Patteeswaram Temple

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 10th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, then make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, then explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram day trip planning app .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Mahabalipuram in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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