10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary website.

Stockholm, Sweden to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Mahabalipuram is 4.5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in June: high temperatures in Mahabalipuram hover around 43°C and lows are around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Madurai.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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 28th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Madurai travel route planner.

Fly from Mahabalipuram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Mahabalipuram in June, expect nights in Madurai to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are slightly colder, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Spas · 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.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kodaikanal trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) travel app.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kodaikanal in June; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 31°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Chennai.
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Parks · Nature
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Chennai — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chennai trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in July, expect Chennai to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°C and 30°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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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