10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
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— 3 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shore Temple and DakshinaChitra Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, get to know the fascinating history of Vedagiriswarar Temple, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and don't miss a visit to Tiger Cave.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram online trip itinerary planner.

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. In February, Mahabalipuram is warmer than Washington - with highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tiruchirappalli.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Brihadeeswara Temple and Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tiruchirappalli: Ramaswamy Temple (in Thanjavur) and Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple (in Thiruvarangam). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, and admire the striking features of Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Tiruchirappalli by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Chennai.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Chennai — 2 nights

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 25th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalvar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadapalani Murugan Temple. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, then stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, then stroll through Marina Beach, and finally visit Fort St. George.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chennai online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Tiruchirappalli to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · 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.