9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chennai
— 2 nights
2
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
3
Thanjavur
— 1 night
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
5
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Dr MGR Memorial House. Let the collections at Chennai Rail Museum and Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, see the interesting displays at Subramanya Bharathi Museum, stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, and take a stroll through Fort St. George.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai online tour itinerary planner.

New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Chennai: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
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Chennai Rail Museum ©
Chennai Rail Museum
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

3
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.
Shore Temple and Monuments at Mahabalipuram will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at DakshinaChitra Museum and Maritime Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Mahabalipuram with an excursion to Covelong Beach in Covelong--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, examine the collection at India Seashell Museum, and contemplate the long history of Pulikundram Sri Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip builder site.

Drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

DakshinaChitra Museum, Covelong Beach, Pulikundram Sri Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Shore Temple ©
Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple and then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Brihadeeswara Temple ©
Brihadeeswara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram trip tool.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach Point ©
Dhanushkodi Beach Point
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House ©

1
night
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli travel route planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Tiruchirappalli in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple ©
Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple

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