7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 day
Fly
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Chennai
— 1 night
Drive
3
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive
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Salem
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 day
Drive

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 1 day

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.
You've now added Government Botanical Garden to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the activities along Ooty Lake and then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) holiday planner.

Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. August in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly to Chennai.
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Chennai — 1 night

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 day by day itinerary now includes San Thome Church, Marina Beach and Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, don't miss a visit to Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

Plan my day in Chennai using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. While traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect somewhat 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 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pancha Rathas as well as Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): make a trip to Pancha Rathas and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Salem.
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Salem — 2 nights

Salem is a city in Salem district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kottai Mariamman Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 1008 Lingam Temple. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Silk Farm and then take some stellar pictures from Lady's Seat.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Salem trip app.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Salem takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 1 day

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get great views at Pillar Rocks, look for gifts at Danish Display, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

Start your trip to Kodaikanal by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Salem to Kodaikanal takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.
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Nature · Parks · Shopping
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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.
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