10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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


Mahabalipuram — 1 night

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 3rd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave and then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram online trip itinerary builder.

Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington in April; daily highs in Mahabalipuram reach 97°F and lows reach 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tiruchirappalli.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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Tiruchirappalli — 3 nights

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Get some cultural insight at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Jambukeswarar Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tiruchirappalli: Thanjavur (Ramaswamy Temple, Brihadeeswara Temple, &more) and Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple (in Thiruvarangam). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tiruchirappalli online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Tiruchirappalli takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Tiruchirappalli can reach 102°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and finally examine the collection at Tea Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, then explore the activities along Pykara Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) travel route builder site.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tiruchirappalli in April: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 87°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Chennai.
Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
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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 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chennai trip planner.

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. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April, expect Chennai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 97°F and 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) 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.