10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu attractions planner
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Chennai
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 3 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kapaleeshwarar Temple and San Thome Church. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, wander the streets of Fort St. George, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramakrishna Math, and pause for some serene contemplation at Annai Vailankanni Church.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chennai travel planner.

Washington, USA to Chennai is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Chennai is 10.5 hours. 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 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Thanjavur.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Thanjavur — 3 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.
Brihadeeswara Temple and Airavatesvara Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Thanjavur side-trips: Tiruchirappalli (Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple & Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple) and Kumbakonam (Adi Kumbeswarar Temple & Patteeswaram Temple). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chennai to Thanjavur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in February, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Mahabalipuram.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then 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 striking features of Pancha Rathas, then get engrossed in the history at Maritime Heritage Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vedagiriswarar Temple.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Thanjavur to Mahabalipuram in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to 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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