10 days in Tamil Nadu & Mumbai Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu & Mumbai Itinerary

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Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
Fly
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Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly

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Mahabalipuram

— 1 night
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), make a trip to Pancha Rathas and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Mahabalipuram Lighthouse.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram online attractions planner.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in April, with highs in Mahabalipuram at 97°F and lows at 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then pause for some serene contemplation at CSI St Thomas Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online visit planner.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mahabalipuram in April, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 87°F and lows at 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Kodaikanal

— 1 night

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April, with highs in Kodaikanal at 95°F and lows at 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

Madurai

— 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai route maker tool.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Mumbai.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Museums
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Mumbai

— 3 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Shree Siddhivinayak and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Marine Drive and Bandra-Worli Sea Link will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Gateway of India, wander the streets of Colaba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chowpatty Beach, and laugh and play at Red Carpet Wax Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Madurai to Mumbai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mumbai can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

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.

Maharashtra travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Architectural Buildings
Packed with some of India's top attractions, Maharashtra stretches from the country's western coast to its central section, encompassing equally varied landscapes and climates. Home to the most industrialized region in India, this sprawling state also boasts thriving agricultural and tourism sectors. Begin your tour of Maharashtra in Mumbai, India's commercial capital and hub of the successful Bollywood film and TV industries. Beyond this immense, cosmopolitan city, you can explore Buddhist caves, ancient temple complexes, modern beach resorts, national parks, and pleasant hill stations that the European colonists used as summer retreats.