5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Chennai (Madras)
Drive:  1​h
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
+3
taxi + train + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
End: Chennai (Madras)

1
night
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally delve into the distant past at Sea Shore Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram visit planner.

Chennai (Madras) to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

2
nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 1st (Thu), get great views at Shooting Point, then explore the engaging exhibits at M&N Chocolate Museum, and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden.

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Getting from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by combination of taxi, train, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

1
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Madurai

Madurai ©
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 3rd (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madurai day trip site .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Madurai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Gandhi Memorial Museum ©
Gandhi Memorial Museum

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