10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Kodaikanal
— 1 day
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Chennai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auroville
— 1 night
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
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Kodaikanal — 1 day

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 1st (Wed): go for a walk through Coakers Walk and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal trip planner.

Madurai to Kodaikanal is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car 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 2nd (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Cairn Hill and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden and then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kodaikanal in September, things will get a bit cooler in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): highs are around 31°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Chennai.
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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.
Marina Beach has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, make a trip to Ayappan Temple, and admire the striking features of University of Madras.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai journey planning site.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in September, expect Chennai to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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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 7th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mahabalipuram Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave and then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram online trip maker.

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. In September in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Svaram and then stroll through Sadhana Forest.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Auroville travel planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Auroville in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil and then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Thanjavur itinerary planning website.

Drive from Auroville to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive 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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