9 days in Jaipur & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Jaipur
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
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Madurai
— 2 nights
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Jaipur — 2 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
On the 26th (Tue), see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then admire the landmark architecture of Amber Palace, and finally look for gifts at Gems Paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Dublin, Ireland to Jaipur is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from Dublin to Jaipur due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in April: high temperatures in Jaipur hover around 44°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Mahabalipuram.
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Tours · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 28th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple and then get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

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You can fly from Jaipur to Mahabalipuram in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 29th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Tea Museum and then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

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Fly from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In April, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is little chillier than Mahabalipuram - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.
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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.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple and then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest.

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Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April, expect Kodaikanal to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Madurai.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, admire the striking features of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.

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You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel 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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