20 days in Tamil Nadu & Baddeck Itinerary

20 days in Tamil Nadu & Baddeck Itinerary

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Chennai, India
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Baddeck, Canada
— 3 nights
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Drive to Sydney / J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport, Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram, India
— 3 nights
Fly
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Thanjavur, India
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram, India
— 2 nights
Drive
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Madurai, India
— 1 night
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India
— 3 nights
Fly

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Chennai, India — 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.
You've now added Cholamandal Artists' Village to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Breezy Beach and Anna Nagar Tower Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Pondy Bazaar and Sringeri Saradha Peetam Temple. Take a break from Chennai with a short trip to Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple in Tirunelveli, about 9h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Church, look and learn at B M Birla Planaturium, stroll through Chennai Turtle Walk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagannath Temple, Kanathur.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chennai trip itinerary tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chennai. In July in Chennai, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Baddeck.
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Baddeck, Canada — 3 nights

For most visitors on holiday in Baddeck, the town represents the beginning and the end of the world-famous Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway looping around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.
You've now added Uisge Ban Falls to your itinerary. On the 5th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls. Keep things going the next day: stop by Baadeck Yarns, browse the exhibits of Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden, then see the interesting displays at Margaree Salmon Museum, then view the masterpieces at Gallery La Bella Mona Lisa, and finally see the interesting displays at Centre de la Mi-careme.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Baddeck trip itinerary maker tool.

You can ride a ferry from Chennai to Baddeck in 32 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is minus 9.5 hours. In July, Baddeck is much colder than Chennai - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Mahabalipuram.
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Mahabalipuram, India — 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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Baddeck to Mahabalipuram. Traveling from Baddeck to Mahabalipuram, you'll lose 9.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Baddeck in July: high temperatures in Mahabalipuram hover around 42°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur, India — 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.
On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vellai Puliar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Abathsagayeswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Thanjavur online travel route planner.

Fly from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram, India — 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 15th (Mon): stroll through Ariyaman Beach, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and then stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Bird Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sugreevar Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Thanjavur to Rameswaram in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Madurai.
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Madurai, India — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, then take in the dramatic natural features at Samanar Hills, then look for gifts at Prema Vilas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Madurai visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Madurai are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India — 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.
Get outdoors at Ketti Valley View and Upper Bhavani Lake. Explore hidden gems such as St. Stephen's Church and Emerald Lake. Go for a jaunt from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mudumalai to see Moyar River about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Elk Hill Murugan Temple, stroll through Sanctuary Avalanche, stop by Moddy's Chocolates, and see the interesting displays at Tea Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Madurai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a bit cooler than Madurai - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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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