10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 1 night
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly
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Coimbatore
— 1 night
Bus
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 3 nights
Fly

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Chennai — 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall, and then kick back and relax at Marina Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chennai route tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chennai. July in Chennai sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Beaches · Parks
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Mahabalipuram — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas and then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip website.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. July in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 1 night

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marudamalai Temple, appreciate the history behind Adiyogi Shiva, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Narayana Kavi Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Coimbatore trip builder app.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Coimbatore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mahabalipuram in July; daily highs in Coimbatore reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Venkateshwara Perumal Temple and then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online journey planner.

Take a bus from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Coimbatore in July: highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Madurai.
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Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Madurai trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Madurai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in July; daily highs in Madurai reach 40°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thanjavur side-trips: Kumbakonam (Airavatesvara Temple & Kampaheswarar Temple), Garbarakshambigai Temple (in Thirukkarugavur) and Tiruchirappalli (Jambukeswarar Temple & Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

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

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thanjavur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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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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