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
— 2 nights


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 Ekambareswarar Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mahabalipuram: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and Kanchipuram (Sri Vazhakarutheeswarar Temple, Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple (Parameshwara Vinnagaram), &more). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, don't miss a visit to Tiger Cave, and admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura.

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Washington, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Mahabalipuram is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, things will get much warmer in Mahabalipuram: highs are around 93°F and lows about 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to 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.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

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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. In March, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 97°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Chennai.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, and finally wander the streets of Fort St. George.

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Traveling by flight from Thanjavur to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Chennai, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · 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.