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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shore Temple and Ekambareswarar Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Mahabalipuram side-trips: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and Kamakshi Amman Temple (in Kanchipuram). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, steep yourself in history at Vedagiriswarar Temple, and make a trip to Pancha Rathas.

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Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Washington in March: high temperatures in Mahabalipuram hover around 93°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can fly to Thanjavur.
Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trips
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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.
On the 29th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Guru Baghawan Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

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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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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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 31st (Wed): look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, then 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.

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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. In March, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly 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.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Thome Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) 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.