24 days in United States & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram, India
— 3 nights
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Covelong, India
— 1 night
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Chennai, India
— 3 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur, India
— 1 day
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Madurai, India
— 3 nights
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Washington DC, United States
— 2 nights
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Niagara Falls, United States
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New York City, United States
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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.
You've added Shore Temple, Chronicles India, Pancha Rathas, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: stop by Jewel Mount., explore the fascinating underground world of Pancha Pandava Cave, find something for the whole family at MGM Dizzee World, and contemplate the long history of Bhima Ratha.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip itinerary maker site.

New Delhi to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Covelong.
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Covelong, India — 1 night

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Covelong day trip planning tool.

Covelong is just a short distance from Mahabalipuram. September in Covelong sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Chennai.
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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 added VGP Snow Kingdom, San Thome Church, Besant Nagar Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple and admire the landmark architecture of University of Madras.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chennai trip builder website.

You can drive from Covelong to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India — 2 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.
Government Botanical Garden has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, explore the activities along Pykara Lake, and stop by Moddy's Chocolates.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online vacation planner.

You can fly from Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chennai in September: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur, India — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Thanjavur road trip planning app.

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Thanjavur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in September: high temperatures in Thanjavur hover around 41°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.
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Madurai, India — 3 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.
Madurai is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madurai route tool.

Drive from Thanjavur to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Thanjavur in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Madurai, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Washington DC.
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Washington DC, United States — 2 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Washington DC trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Madurai to Washington DC takes 27.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 10.5 hours. Traveling from Madurai in September, things will get slightly colder in Washington DC: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Niagara Falls.
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Niagara Falls, United States — 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): try your luck at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, and then get some thrills on the water with Niagara Jet City Cruises. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Niagara, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls road trip planner.

Fly from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Niagara Falls at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.
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New York City, United States — 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Church, and admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New York City online day trip planner.

You can fly from Niagara Falls to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, New York City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) 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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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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