12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 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.
You've added San Thome Church, Besant Nagar Beach, Marina Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, take a stroll through Fort St. George, and buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chennai. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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 4th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram vacation planning app.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Thanjavur.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

Thanjavur — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Swami Malai Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Patteeswaram Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Kodaikanal — 2 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 8th (Mon), stop by Danish Display, then take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Guna Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bryant Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Kodaikanal in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Thanjavur in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Kodaikanal, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coonoor to see Sim`s Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church, admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

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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