10 days in Jaipur & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Jaipur & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Jaipur
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Mahabalipuram
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Jaipur — 3 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and Ele Experience Farm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Akshardham Temple and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, stop by Fair Deal Textile, take in the spiritual surroundings of Moti Dungari Temple, and don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaipur visit planner.

New York City, USA to Jaipur is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from New York City to Jaipur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, things will get warmer in Jaipur: highs are around 89°F and lows about 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
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Mahabalipuram — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamakshi Amman Temple and The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology. Bring the kids along to India Seashell Museum and DakshinaChitra Museum. Step out of Mahabalipuram with an excursion to Covelong Beach in Covelong--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Trimurti Cave, stop by Apollo Books, and delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Fly from Jaipur to Mahabalipuram in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Jaipur in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mahabalipuram, with lows of 74°F. You will leave for home on the 20th (Sun).
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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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