9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu journey maker
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Fly
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Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
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Chennai — 2 nights

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Visit Marina Beach and Besant Nagar Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Fort St. George for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Chennai Rail Museum and view the masterpieces at M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai day trip planning website.

New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-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) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Mahabalipuram — 3 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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shore Temple and India Seashell Museum. DakshinaChitra Museum and Srinithi Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Covelong Beach in Covelong (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, examine the collection at Lighthouse Heritage Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Maritime Heritage Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram itinerary builder.

You can 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, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur — 1 night

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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, then admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple, and then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thanjavur route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 1 night

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, and then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.
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Tiruchirappalli — 1 night

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 fly back home.
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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.
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