This drive will be an experience evocative of colours, cultures, history and heritage, strung together by a fistful of beaches. Each sea breeze-laced day of the trip bestows a minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile narration of exactly how diverse the southern part of our country is, in terms of both languages and legends, and traditions and topography. In the watchful presence of a sultry sun and a tropical tailwind, you'll cruise down broad blacktop roads across six days and end up making memories for a lifetime. So charge your camera batteries, grab your friends and psych up for a journey through time-worn temple towns, nondescript beaches and impossibly blue skies.
The trip starts with a day spent in Mamallapuram, after which we ride down to Puducherry, which is around two hours away. Stay the night at Tharangambadi. Next day, we enter the heritage town of Karaikudi and head to Rameswaram on the fourth day. Thoothukudi is explored the next afternoon with the night spent at Tiruchendur. On our last day of the trip, we cover India's coastal paradise of Kanyakumari.
This is a suggested route for the Tamil Nadu road trip:
Chennai – Mamallapuram – Puducherry – Tharangambadi – Karaikudi – Rameswaram – Thoothukudi – Tiruchendur – Kanyakumari – Thiruvananthapuram
This itinerary is spread across four days: