10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu trip maker
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Make it your trip
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Chennai
— 1 day
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Fly

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Chennai — 1 day

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and then admire the striking features of University of Madras.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chennai day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chennai. In April, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Mahabalipuram — 3 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.
Take a break from Mahabalipuram with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Thanjavur.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Thanjavur — 1 night

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Thanjavur route planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Mahabalipuram in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Thanjavur: temperatures range from 46°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Kodaikanal takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Thanjavur in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kodaikanal: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.
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Nature · Parks
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Kanyakumari — 2 nights

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue and then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kanyakumari day trip planning tool.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. April in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kanyakumari to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kanyakumari in April since evenings lows in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

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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