10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu route planner
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Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 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.
Shore Temple and DakshinaChitra Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave, admire the striking features of Raya Gopura, and don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip itinerary planner.

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. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington in March; daily highs in Mahabalipuram reach 93°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Thanjavur.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brihadeeswara Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guru Baghawan Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thanjavur attractions site.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 97°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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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.
On the 1st (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Kandal Cross Roman Catholic Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ayyappan Temple, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. March in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Chennai.
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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 3rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chennai trip planner.

You can fly from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In April, Chennai is a bit warmer than Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - with highs of 97°F and lows of 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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