12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Fly

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Mahabalipuram — 3 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.
You've added Pancha Rathas, The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave and stop by Jewel Mount..

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram online tour itinerary planner.

New Delhi to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chennai.
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Chennai — 3 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 list of things to see and do now includes Marina Beach, Besant Nagar Beach, VGP Snow Kingdom, and other attractions. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple and admire the landmark architecture of University of Madras.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chennai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Chennai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tiruchirappalli.
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Tiruchirappalli — 2 nights

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vekkali Amman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Kallanai.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli road trip planner.

You can fly from Chennai to Tiruchirappalli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Government Botanical Garden has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tiruchirappalli in September, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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