21 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
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Kanchipuram
— 1 night
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Chidambaram
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4
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
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5
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
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6
Madurai
— 2 nights
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7
Thiruchendur
— 1 day
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8
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
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9
Tirunelveli
— 1 night
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10
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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11
Palani
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12
Coimbatore
— 1 night
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Chennai
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Chennai

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chennai holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Chennai is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Chennai, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July: highs in Chennai hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 30°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to Kanchipuram.
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Kanchipuram — 1 night

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kailasanathar Temple and Kanchi Kudhil. On the 2nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Kanchi Kudhil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailasanathar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamakshi Amman Temple.

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Drive from Chennai to Kanchipuram in 2 hours. In July in Kanchipuram, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chidambaram.
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Chidambaram

Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Chidambaram Nataraja Temple has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chidambaram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanchipuram to Chidambaram takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur — 2 nights

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gangaikonda Cholapuram. On the 3rd (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chandra Sthalam Thingalur (Kailasanthar) Temple. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Thanjavur driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Chidambaram to Thanjavur by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to Tiruchirappalli.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tiruchirappalli day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tiruchirappalli can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Madurai.
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Madurai — 2 nights

Athens of the East

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Sri Yoga Narasinga Perumal Thirukovil. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai holiday planning site.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Madurai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tiruchirappalli in July: highs in Madurai hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thiruchendur.
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Thiruchendur — 1 day

Tiruchendur is a panchayat town at the southern tip of India, in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. On the 9th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Karkuvel Ayyanar Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruchendur Murugan Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Thiruchendur itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thiruchendur takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.
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Kanyakumari — 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Observation Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandhi Memorial, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kanyakumari using our trip planner.

Getting from Thiruchendur to Kanyakumari by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tirunelveli.
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Tirunelveli — 1 night

Tirunelveli ), also known as Nellai and historically descended in the form of a hedge and roof to save the paddy crop of a devotee. On the 11th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Agasthiyar Falls and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tirunelveli road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Tirunelveli takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tirunelveli can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 2 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Saleth Church.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal tour planning website.

Getting from Tirunelveli to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Tirunelveli, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kodaikanal, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Palani.
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Palani

Palani is a town and a municipality in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, located about 100km north-west of Madurai, 100km South-east of Coimbatore, and 60km west of Dindigul. To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Palani trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Palani takes 2 hours. Traveling from Kodaikanal in July, expect Palani to be little chillier, temps between 37°C and 26°C. You'll set off for Coimbatore on the 14th (Fri).
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Coimbatore — 1 night

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Gedee Car Museum, and then do some two-wheel cruising with Triumph Expeditions Private Limited.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Coimbatore journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Palani to Coimbatore takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 2 nights

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Elk Hill Murugan Temple, then ponder the design of Adam's Fountain, then look for gifts at Green Shop, Ooty, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, see the interesting displays at Mini Car Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ayyappan Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Coimbatore, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Chennai.
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Chennai — 4 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Your inner history buff will appreciate Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate DakshinaChitra Museum and Government Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Chennai: Mahabalipuram (Raya Gopura, The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, &more). See some other sides of Chennai: stroll through Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, explore the engaging exhibits at Chennai Rail Museum, and see the interesting displays at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Chennai day trip planning app.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in July, with highs in Chennai at 42°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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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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Thoothukudi District travel guide

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Thoothukudi District, also known as Tuticorin District is a district in Tamil Nadu state in southern India. The district was formed by dividing Tirunelveli district in 1986 and Thoothukudi is the district headquarters. The district is known for pearl cultivation, with an abundance of pearls being found in the seas offshore. It was formerly ruled by one of the oldest kingdoms in India, the Pandyan Dynasty with the port of Korkai through which trade with Rome happened. The archaeological site at Adichanallur holds the remains of the ancient Tamil civilisation. As of 2011, the district had a population of 1,750,176 with a sex-ratio of 1,023 females for every 1,000 males.LocationThoothukudi district is situated in the south-eastern corner of Tamil Nadu. It is bounded on the north by the districts of Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar, and Ramanathapuram, on the east and southeast by the Gulf of Mannar and on the west and southwest by Tirunelveli district. The total area of the district is 4621 km². The district of Thoothukudi was carved out as a separate district on 20 October 1986 as a result of bifurcation of the Tirunelveli district.

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Tirunelveli District travel guide

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Tirunelveli District is a district of Tamil Nadu state in southern India. The city of Tirunelveli is the district headquarters. Tirunelveli District was formed on 1 September 1790 by the East India Company (on behalf of the British government), and comprised the present Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts and parts of Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram districts. It is the second-largest district (as of October 2008), after Villupuram district. As of 2011, the district had a population of 3,077,233.HistoryUnder the rule of the Pandyan Dynasty, the district was known as Thenpandiyanadu. The Chola dynasty then named it Mudikonda Cholamandalam. The Madurai Nayaks called it Tirunelveli Seemai. Under the British East India Company, it was Tinnevelly district, which included the modern Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts and parts of the Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram districts.In 1910, Ramanathapuram District was formed from portions of the Madurai and Tirunelveli Districts, which comprised portions of the modern Virudhunagar District.After the Independence of India, Tirunelveli District was bifurcated on 20 October 1986 to Nellai-Kattabomman district (Tirunelveli) and Chidambaranar district (Tuticorin). Subsequently, the Government of Tamil Nadu decided to name each district according to the name of the headquarters town, so the region's name changed from Tirunelveli-Kattabomman to Tirunelveli.

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