Proposed Tamil Nadu itinerary

#1 Dec 31st, 2009, 21:07
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  • amtrakker is offline
Hi all

Will be arriving in Chennai shortly, and then plan to spend 4 weeks or so in Tamil Nadu via the itinerary below - but would welcome any views on other places to visit, and also what are the more convenient transport routes (by either bus / train) I'm 43 Aussie bloke backpacking around south India and itinerary entirely flexible. I like history / archaeology, culture, or whether to extend / shorten parts of the proposed itinerary. Any recommended budget lodgings for single (up to 500Rp a night) also appreciated in any of these spots.

Thanks in advance for any responses

Mamallapuram - 3 days
Kanchipuram - 2 days
Vellore 2 days
Tiruvannamalai - 2 days
Chindambaran - day
Pondicherry - 2 days
Karakail - 2 days
Koddikarai - 2 days
Tanjore - 2 days
Trichy - 3 days
Rameswaram - 2 days
Madurai - 3 days
Kanyakumari - 3 days

Will head to Ooty / Periyar / Munnar once I've travelled up through Kerala (well, that's the plan...)
#2 Jan 6th, 2010, 00:36
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  • Jean-Philipe is offline
Good list, seems you've done your homework well.

Most of your connections will best be done by bus, with trains an alternative on some sectors.

I think one day for Kanyakumari would suffice.
It's all part of the adventure of travelling!
#3 Jan 6th, 2010, 00:56
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  • girlfromvenus is offline
I personally would skip Vellore and extend the stay in Tiruvannamalai, then continue to Pondicherry and do Chidambaram as daytrip from there or on the way to Thanjavur.

Otherwise it looks like a nice itinerary and you will definitely enjoy the trip.

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