10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu tour planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Chennai
— 1 night
Drive
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Bus
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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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 2nd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumaran Kundram and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ranganatha Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chennai holiday planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Chennai is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in April, with highs in Chennai at 42°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

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 3rd (Sun): Head underground at Trimurti Cave, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and then enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum and then stroll through Covelong Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. April in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

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 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Upper Bhavani Lake and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Elk Hill Murugan Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mahabalipuram in April: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Kodaikanal — 1 night

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, then explore the striking landscape at Dolphin's Nose, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Palani.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April, expect Kodaikanal to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Madurai.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Madurai — 1 night

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Madurai trip planner.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Madurai are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Kanyakumari.
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Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:
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Kanyakumari — 2 nights

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Sanguthurai Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumara Koil Murugan Temple, and then make a trip to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip maker site.

You can take a bus from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

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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