12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

12 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Kanchipuram
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Kanchipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kanchipuram — 2 nights

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamakshi Amman Temple and then steep yourself in history at Ekambareswarar Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanchipuram day trip website.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kanchipuram is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kanchipuram can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

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 Covelong Beach, Apollo Books, Pancha Rathas, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from Mahabalipuram with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mahabalipuram Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sthala Sayanaperumal Temple.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram online journey planner.

You can drive from Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. In September in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

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 still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, explore the activities along Pykara Lake, don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, and stop by Moddy's Chocolates.

Start your trip to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Mahabalipuram in September, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Chennai.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

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 day by day itinerary now includes VGP Snow Kingdom, San Thome Church, Besant Nagar Beach, and other attractions you added. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple and admire the striking features of University of Madras.

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

You can fly from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in September: high temperatures in Chennai hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 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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