10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu vacation planner
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Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
— 1 night


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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shore Temple and Tiger Cave. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vedagiriswarar Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip itinerary maker app.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram is 10.5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington in March; daily highs in Mahabalipuram reach 93°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Thanjavur.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
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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 some cultural insight at Brihadeeswara Temple and Garbarakshambigai Temple. Explore Thanjavur's surroundings by going to Kumbakonam (Patteeswaram Temple & Airavatesvara Temple). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Guru Baghawan Temple.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Thanjavur road trip app.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. March in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip site.

Drive from Thanjavur to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Chennai.
Parks · Nature · Shopping
Side Trip
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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 28th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Thome Church, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and finally take a stroll through Fort St. George.

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Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Chennai are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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.