7 days in Tamil Nadu

7 days in Tamil Nadu

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Madurai
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Chennai
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then stop by Kishkintha Garments, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai itinerary builder website.

Chennai to Madurai is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 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.
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, look for gifts at Green Shop, Ooty, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and finally make a trip to Sri Ayyappan Temple. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Madurai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and taxi. August in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Chennai.
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Chennai — 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 San Thome Church, Besant Nagar Beach, Marina Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Chennai to Mahabalipuram to see The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Elliot's Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalvar Temple, get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom, and stop by Pure Pearls.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. While traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chennai, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel 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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