26 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 5 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
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Madurai
— 2 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
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Drive to Coimbatore International Airport, Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Kanchipuram
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Kanchipuram
— 2 nights
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Auroville
— 2 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 3 nights

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Chennai — 5 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 list of things to see and do now includes ISKCON Chennai, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, The Theosophical Society, VGP Snow Kingdom, and other attractions. Get out of town with these interesting Chennai side-trips: Mahabalipuram (Raya Gopura, Tiger Cave, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, examine the collection at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, and steep yourself in history at Vivekananda House.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chennai trip builder tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Chennai. March in Chennai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

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 7th (Sun): stop by Stone Sculptures of Mahabalipuram, kick back and relax at Mahabalipuram Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wide Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Pancha Pandava Cave, and then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram tour planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Thanjavur.
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Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ezhuthari Nathar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Thanjavur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Madurai.
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Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

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.
On the 11th (Thu), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, and then look for gifts at Prema Vilas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Madurai itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Thanjavur in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Madurai: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kanyakumari.
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Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Kanyakumari — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunset View Point. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, don't miss a visit to Gandhi Memorial, and then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive; or take a train. March in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at Danish Display, take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Guna Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): go for a walk through Coakers Walk, stroll around Bryant Park, and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Kodaikanal takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 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.
Take a break from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) with a short trip to Sim`s Park in Coonoor, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, explore the activities along Ooty Lake, and don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanchipuram.
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Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Kanchipuram — 2 nights

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Thirukovil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, then contemplate the long history of Ekambareswarar Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailasanathar Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple (Parameshwara Vinnagaram), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kachabeshwarar Temple.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanchipuram trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kanchipuram. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auroville.
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Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Auroville — 2 nights

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Svaram and then admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Auroville, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sadhana Forest, and then admire the natural beauty at Auroville Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auroville trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Kanchipuram to Auroville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.
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Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Tiruchirappalli — 3 nights

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Tiruchirappalli is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, make a trip to Ayyanar Temple, and see human ingenuity at work at Kallanai.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli journey planner.

Drive from Auroville to Tiruchirappalli in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 28°C at night.
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Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

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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