17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

17 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu trip planner
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Fly
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Chennai
Fly
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
5
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Erode
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kotagiri
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Chennai

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 ISKCON Chennai, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple. On the 1st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Chennai, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip planner.

Mumbai to Chennai is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

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.
Avalanche Lake has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Padinjarathara Dam (in Kalpetta) and Panamaram Jain Temple (in Panamaram). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, look for gifts at Higginbotham's Bookstore, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) route planner.

Getting from Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Chennai in September, things will get little chillier in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): highs are around 31°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Berijam Lake, then take a memorable drive along Silent Valley View Point, then take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, and finally go for a walk through Coakers Walk.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kodaikanal, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in September; daily highs in Kodaikanal reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Rameswaram.
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Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Rameswaram — 1 night

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram attractions planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Madurai.
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Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

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.
Walking tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Madurai trip maker app.

Getting from Rameswaram to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Madurai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Erode.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Erode — 2 nights

Erode is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu once part of great Kongu Nadu. Your day by day itinerary now includes Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve. On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple and then stroll through Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Erode driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Erode takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotagiri.
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Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Kotagiri — 2 nights

Kotagiri is a Panchayat town in The Nilgiris District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Sim`s Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kotagiri sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Erode to Kotagiri takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kotagiri are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

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.
Krishna's Butter Ball has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. On the next day, admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram planner.

Getting from Kotagiri to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 8.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

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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