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Tamil Nadu, India

How much does it cost to travel to Tamil Nadu?

You should plan to spend around $18 (₨1,509) per day on your vacation in Tamil Nadu. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $4.93 (₨412) on meals
  • $1.57 (₨131) on local transportation
  • $18 (₨1,479) on hotels

A one week trip to Tamil Nadu for two people costs, on average, $253 (₨21,130). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Tamil Nadu cost?

A one week trip to Tamil Nadu usually costs around $126 (₨10,565) for one person and $253 (₨21,130) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Tamil Nadu on average costs around $253 (₨21,130) for one person and $505 (₨42,260) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Tamil Nadu will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Tamil Nadu on average costs around $542 (₨45,278) for one person and $1,083 (₨90,557) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Tamil Nadu has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Tamil Nadu expensive to visit?

Tamil Nadu is a very affordable place to visit. Located in India, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Tamil Nadu in depth.

Within Asia, Tamil Nadu is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Asia for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Tamil Nadu.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Tamil Nadu Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Tamil Nadu?

The average Tamil Nadu trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Tamil Nadu travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 1,479 ($18)
Local Transportation 1 131 ($2)
Food 2 412 ($5)
Entertainment 1 212 ($3)
Tips and Handouts 1 9 - 26 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 120 - 361 ($1 - 4)
Accommodation Budget in Tamil Nadu
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Tamil Nadu is $8.84 (₨739). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Tamil Nadu is $18 (₨1,479). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Tamil Nadu

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Transportation Budget in Tamil Nadu
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Tamil Nadu is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.57 (₨131) per person, per day, on local transportation in Tamil Nadu.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Tamil Nadu
How much does it cost to go to Tamil Nadu? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Tamil Nadu
The price of renting a car in Tamil Nadu will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Tamil Nadu
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  • While meal prices in Tamil Nadu can vary, the average cost of food in Tamil Nadu is $4.93 (₨412) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Tamil Nadu should cost around $1.97 (₨165) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Tamil Nadu is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Tamil Nadu
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  • Entertainment and activities in Tamil Nadu typically cost an average of $2.54 (₨212) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Tips and Handouts Budget in Tamil Nadu
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Tamil Nadu is $0.21 (₨17) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Tamil Nadu is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Tamil Nadu
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Tamil Nadu is $0.82 (₨69), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Tamil Nadu
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  • The average person spends about $2.88 (₨241) on alcoholic beverages in Tamil Nadu per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Tamil Nadu
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  • On average, people spend $0.43 (₨36) on bottled water in Tamil Nadu per day. The public water in Tamil Nadu is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Tamil Nadu On a Budget
Located in southern India, Tamil Nadu is a state best known for the capital city of Chennai which has beautiful beaches and historic colonial landmarks, as well as a significant number of Hindu temples which are prevalent throughout the region.
The Sri Meenakshi Temple, located at the heart of the historic city of Madurai is one such place that draws visitors. The premises of the complex have a number of impressive sculptures and towers, while the temple itself is adorned with intricate ancient paintings. Another magnificent example of South Indian temple architecture is the Brihadeeshwara Temple (a.k.a. Rajarajeswaram or Big Temple) in Thanjavur. Established in 1011 AD in celebration of the success of Chola kingdom, the temple today stands as a world heritage site.

Other impressive sights include the Dravidian (or South Indian) carvings at Mahabalipuram, and many more temples in the cities of Tiruchirappalli, Kumbakonam, Chennai, and Tirunelveli. The cities are also great locations to explore the modern culture of South India with many examples of art, handicrafts, music, and local flavors available in any of the popular markets.
Tamil Nadu is generally divided into seven regions - Northern Tamil Nadu which is best known for the Sripuram Golden Temple surrounded by a star-shaped path, Tamil Nadu North Coast which is home to the capital city of Chennai, Western Tamil Nadu which is home to the textile capital of Coimbatore, Central Tamil Nadu which is known for cities like Salem and Tiruchirappalli, Southwestern Tamil Nadu home to Madurai the oldest city having historical and cultural importance, Tamil Nadu South Coast which features hundreds of temples in the city of Kumbakonam, and Far Southern Tamil Nadu which encompasses the southernmost point of the Indian mainland (at Kanniyakumari). Formerly known as Madras from its colonial history, Chennai today is one of India's largest cities and capital of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the Bay of Bengal with an extensive stretch of sandy beaches, plenty of dining and shopping, a number of historic temples, monuments, and churches, plus amusement parks and more.

With so much history and culture to learn as visitors admire Tamil Nadu's famous landmarks, it is common for visitors to book tours for a more guided experience. These can be anything from walking history tours to culinary excursions to getaways in the more natural areas of the state. Sightseeing the most popular locations can take up much of a visit, however, there is also much to say for indulging in the culture as well. There are a number of festivals held throughout the year - one of the most important is perhaps Pongal, which celebrates the harvest over four days in mid-January. Other celebrations include the Tamil New Year (14th or 15th of April), Krishna jayanti or Gokulashtami (a celebration of Lord Krishna), and Deepavali (or Diwali - a festival of lights, which honors the killing of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna).
Food and Dining
South Indian cuisine, also referred to as Dravidian, usually consists of (mainly vegetarian) dishes eaten with steamed rice. The traditional way of eating a meal involves being seated on the floor with the food served on a banana leaf, using the fingers of the right hand to eat, no utensils. Cooking of the Tamil Nadu area is famous for using a variety of spices to add flavor to main ingredients like rice, lentils, and legumes. One common dish, Biryani, is a type of fried rice with masala cooked with vegetables or meat. Special varieties include Ambur biryani, served with dhalcha (a sour brinjal curry), and Dindigul biryani which uses a little curd and lemon juice to get a tangy taste. Coffee and tea are the staple beverages. Major cities, like Chennai, will have dining options to satisfy all tastes and budgets, from street food to quality restaurants.

By plane, Tamil Nadu is best connected via Chennai International Airport. It is one of the busiest airports in India (after Mumbai and Delhi) with over one hundred direct flights each week serviced by airlines which include Air Costa, Air Carnival, Blue Dart Aviation, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Air India, GoAir, and IndiGo. There are three other international airports within the state - Coimbatore International Airport, Madurai International Airport, and Tiruchirapalli International Airport. There are also a few domestic airports (Salem and Tuticorin) which provide connections to the rest of the state and country.

The state is also well-connected by rail. Southern Railway operates trains from Chennai to almost every major city in India. Generally, Chennai serves as a gateway for transportation throughout the state.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.