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
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chennai
— 1 night
Fly

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Mahabalipuram — 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

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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. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in April, with highs in Mahabalipuram at 97°F and lows at 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tiruchirappalli.
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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.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Jambukeswarar Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Thanjavur (Ramaswamy Temple, Brihadeeswara Temple, &more) and Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple (in Thiruvarangam). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church, contemplate the long history of Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple.

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Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Tiruchirappalli takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 102°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the activities along Ooty Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and finally see the interesting displays at Tea Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, explore the activities along Pykara Lake, and then make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

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You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tiruchirappalli in April: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 87°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

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Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In April, Chennai is somewhat warmer than Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - with highs of 97°F and lows of 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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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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