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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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shore Temple and Tiger Cave. Take a break from Mahabalipuram with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, and Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planning site.

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. In April, Mahabalipuram is much hotter than Washington - with highs of 97°F and lows of 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Tiruchirappalli

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ayyanar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, and finally contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple.

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Drive from Mahabalipuram to Tiruchirappalli in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 102°F in April, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): 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 see the interesting displays at Tea Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty 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.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tiruchirappalli in April; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 87°F and lows reach 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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 16th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chennai online trip planner.

Fly from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April: high temperatures in Chennai hover around 97°F and lows are around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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.