10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Shore Temple and Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Step out of Mahabalipuram with an excursion to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the striking features of Raya Gopura, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, and explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary tool.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Washington in March: high temperatures in Mahabalipuram hover around 93°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Thanjavur.
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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 27th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, then admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guru Baghawan Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 97°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can 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 29th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kandal Cross Roman Catholic Church, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then pause for some serene contemplation at CSI St Thomas Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, stop by Moddy's Chocolates, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner.

Getting from Thanjavur to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. March in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly to Chennai.
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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.
On the 31st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai online trip itinerary builder.

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, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel 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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