10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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


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.
Get some cultural insight at Shore Temple and Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple (Parameshwara Vinnagaram). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mahabalipuram: Kanchipuram (Sri Vazhakarutheeswarar Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, &more) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, make a trip to Tiger Cave, and admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram vacation planning app.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, things will get much hotter in Mahabalipuram: highs are around 93°F and lows about 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly to Thanjavur.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Thanjavur — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeswara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bangaru Kamakshi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple, and then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thanjavur journey maker site.

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. When traveling from Mahabalipuram in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Thanjavur: temperatures range from 103°F by day to 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, take in nature's colorful creations 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 more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip app.

You can 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. Traveling from Thanjavur in April, things will get little chillier in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): highs are around 87°F and lows about 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Chennai.
Parks · Nature · Shopping
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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 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort St. George.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chennai day trip planner.

You can fly from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April, with highs in Chennai at 97°F and lows at 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough 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.