10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
2
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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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 1st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Palani, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Dynasty.

Before you visit Kodaikanal, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Salem to Kodaikanal is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also drive. In October, daytime highs in Kodaikanal are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 1 night

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 3rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then stroll through Water Bird Sanctuary.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.
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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 4th (Mon): stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, then don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marungoor Murugan Temple.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) 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 6th (Wed), explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally stop by Moddy's Chocolates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, explore the activities along Pykara Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ayyappan Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kanyakumari to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kanyakumari in October; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Chennai.
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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 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marundeeswarar Temple, then find something for the whole family at VGP Snow Kingdom, then stroll through Marina Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Thome Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, and finally make a trip to Ayappan Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Chennai: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram online vacation maker.

Drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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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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