15 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

15 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu trip itinerary planner
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
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Chennai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation maker.

New Delhi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in May: highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mannavanur Lake. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, Head underground at Guna Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, and walk around Bryant Park.

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Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Kodaikanal sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Madurai.
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Madurai — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, then admire the striking features of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Madurai tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Thanjavur.
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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 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, then make a trip to Punnainallur Mariamman Koil, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brihadeeswara Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thanjavur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Madurai in May, you will find days in Thanjavur are a bit warmer (45°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly 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 day by day itinerary now includes The Theosophical Society, VGP Snow Kingdom, San Thome Church, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, walk around Natesan Park, and examine the collection at Live Art Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chennai online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Thanjavur to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pancha Rathas, The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and other attractions. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mahabalipuram: Eri Katha Ramar Temple (in Madurantakam) and Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal (in Kanchipuram). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, get engrossed in the history at Maritime Heritage Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, and steep yourself in history at Vedagiriswarar Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram tour planner.

You can drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. May in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly 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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