Trip to Tamil Nadu

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Madurai
— 3 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 3 nights
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Coimbatore
— 3 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Madurai — 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. There's still lots to do: gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai trip website.

Chennai to Madurai is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In November in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 3 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.
Visiting Kodaikanal Lake and Berijam Lake will get you outdoors. Attractions like Pine Forest and Coakers Walk make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Kodaikanal to go to Munnar and see Munnar Hill Station, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Pillar Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Bryant Park, stop by Danish Display, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Kodaikanal sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 3 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Attractions like Marudamalai Temple and Kovai Kutralam Water Falls make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: do some two-wheel cruising with Triumph Expeditions Private Limited, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhyanalinga, and appreciate the history behind Adiyogi Shiva.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Coimbatore visit planner.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Coimbatore in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Coimbatore can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus 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 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ayyappan Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, then look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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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