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
Drive
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Auroville
— 1 night
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall, get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai online tour planner.

New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Mahabalipuram.
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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pancha Rathas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple.

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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 September in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Auroville.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Sadhana Forest and then admire the masterpieces at Svaram.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Auroville trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Auroville takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Thanjavur.
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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.
On the 6th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvalanchuzhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur trip planner.

Getting from Auroville to Thanjavur by car takes about 4.5 hours. September in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 2 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, walk around Bryant Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. Keep things going the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Dynasty, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Palani.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal journey planner.

Getting from Thanjavur to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Thanjavur in September, you will find days in Kodaikanal are a bit cooler (38°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow 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.
On the 9th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then stop by Jai's King Star, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point and then explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kodaikanal in September, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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