5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Fly

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Mahabalipuram

— 1 night
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 2nd (Mon): stop by Jewel Mount., admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram online driving holiday planner.

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature
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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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip website.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Madurai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
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Kodaikanal

— 1 night

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 5th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip maker app.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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.