7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Chennai
— 1 day
Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
Fly

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Chennai — 1 day

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Marina Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chennai trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chennai. In May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chennai in May; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 40°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.
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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.
On the 18th (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest and then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Bryant Park and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

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You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Kodaikanal sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 1 night

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Rameswaram in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Madurai.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the striking features of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Madurai trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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