11 days in Auroville, Chennai District & Coonoor Itinerary

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Auroville
— 2 nights
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Chennai
— 5 nights
Fly
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Coonoor
— 3 nights
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Auroville — 2 nights

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
On the 1st (Thu), don't miss a visit to Auroville and then admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): explore the galleries of Svaram, take in nature's colorful creations at Auroville Botanical Gardens, and then stroll through Sadhana Forest.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Auroville online travel route planner.

Bengaluru to Auroville is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Chennai.
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Chennai — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chennai: Mahabalipuram (Tiger Cave, Shore Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Marina Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Chennai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auroville to Chennai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Chennai, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Coonoor.
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Coonoor — 3 nights

A small town up in the hills, Coonoor has a wealth of scenic sights and pleasant urban places of interest.
Explore Coonoor's surroundings by going to Kodanad View Point (in Kotagiri), Kodanadu View Point (in Kodanad) and Ketti Valley View (in Ketti). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Sim`s Park, get interesting insight from Heritage Train, experience rural life at Highfield Tea Factory, and look for gifts at The Shop.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Coonoor day trip planning app.

Getting from Chennai to Coonoor by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Coonoor can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Chennai District travel guide

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Chennai district, formerly known as Madras district or "Madarasapattinam", is a district in the state of Tamil Nadu, in India. It is the smallest of all the districts in the state, but has the highest human density. The district is a city district which means that it does not have a district headquarters. Most of the Greater Chennai City comes under this district, erstwhile under Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts. As of 2011, the district had a population of 4,646,732 with a sex-ratio of 989 females for every 1,000 males.

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