15 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

15 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
Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of University of Madras, and find something for the whole family at VGP Snow Kingdom.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chennai. In May, daytime highs in Chennai are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.
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Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then make a trip to Pancha Rathas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram online journey builder.

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 May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ooty (Udhagamandalam): Coonoor (Lamb's Rock & Sim`s Park). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, and make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In May, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is slightly colder than Mahabalipuram - with highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Parks · Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest and then go for a walk through Coakers Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Bryant Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Kodaikanal are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Madurai.
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Madurai tour builder site.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Madurai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.
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Historic Sites
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Rameswaram — 2 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge and then don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple and then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram travel route planning app.

Getting from Madurai to Rameswaram by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.
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Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Kanyakumari — 1 night

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 25th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kanyakumari online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Highlights from your trip

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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