12 days in Jaipur & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Jaipur & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Jaipur
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Madurai
— 1 night
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
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Chennai
— 2 nights
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Jaipur — 2 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at K.L. Jewellers, steep yourself in history at Amber Palace, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Stockholm, Sweden to Jaipur is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in July, expect Jaipur to be warmer, temps between 40°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Mahabalipuram.
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Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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 4th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple.

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Getting from Jaipur to Mahabalipuram by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Madurai.
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Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Madurai are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kodaikanal.
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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): take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

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Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 3 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.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and look for gifts at Jai's King Star.

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You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kodaikanal in July; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Chennai.
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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.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of San Thome Church, and then kick back and relax at Marina Beach.

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You can fly from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in July; daily highs in Chennai reach 42°C and lows reach 30°C. On the 12th (Tue), you're off to home.
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Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
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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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