10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu vacation planner
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Drive to Chennai International Airport, Fly to Washington


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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kapaleeshwarar Temple and San Thome Church. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, contemplate the long history of Vivekananda House, and stroll through Besant Nagar Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chennai trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Washington, USA to Chennai is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Chennai, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in February, with highs in Chennai at 89°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly to Tiruchirappalli.
Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Brihadeeswara Temple and Jambukeswarar Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tiruchirappalli: Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple (in Thiruvarangam) and Thanjavur (Ramaswamy Temple & Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, and admire the striking features of Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Chennai to Tiruchirappalli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Tiruchirappalli can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Mahabalipuram.
Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave, explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, and then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip website.

Traveling by flight from Tiruchirappalli to Mahabalipuram takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. February in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.