13 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 1 day
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Kumbakonam
— 3 nights
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
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Madurai
— 1 night
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
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Chennai — 1 day

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stop by Pure Pearls, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai travel itinerary planner.

Bengaluru to Chennai is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bengaluru in July, expect Chennai to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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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 2nd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kumbakonam.
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Kumbakonam — 3 nights

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sri Ramalingaswami Temple (in Thanjavur) and Garbarakshambigai Temple (in Thirukkarugavur). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, contemplate the long history of Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram, and admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kumbakonam holiday planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Kumbakonam in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kumbakonam can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 1 night

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Bird Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram itinerary builder.

Drive from Kumbakonam to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Madurai.
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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.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, then buy something for everyone on your list at Majesty Cine Mall, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madurai trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Madurai sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): browse for treasures at Dynasty, go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Bryant Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal trip itinerary maker.

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 10th (Sat) to allow time 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: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and admire the sheer force of Pykara Falls.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) visit website.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kodaikanal in July: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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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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