10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights


Chennai — 3 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to Mahabalipuram (The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology & Monuments at Mahabalipuram) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and examine the collection at Government Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chennai vacation planning app.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Chennai is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. August in Chennai sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Auroville.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas
Side Trips
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Auroville — 1 night

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the striking features of Matrimandir and then stroll through Sadhana Forest.

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Getting from Chennai to Auroville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Tiruchirappalli.
Wildlife · Parks
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Tiruchirappalli — 1 night

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambukeswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli route planner.

Drive from Auroville to Tiruchirappalli in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.
Historic Sites
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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 7th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kodaikanal trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Kodaikanal takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Tiruchirappalli in August, plan for slightly colder days in Kodaikanal, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.
Nature · Parks
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Kanyakumari — 1 night

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 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari travel tool.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In August, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Ooty Lake and then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip app.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature
Side Trip
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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.