7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Madurai
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Kodaikanal
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + train + taxi:  4​h 15​min
5
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + train + Fly:  3​h
End: Bengaluru

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, then step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Madurai online travel route planner .

Bengaluru to Madurai is an approximately 2-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Madurai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

#Historic Sites
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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
St. Mary's Cathedral Church ©
St. Mary's Cathedral Church

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Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vattakotai Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kamarajar Mani Mantapa Monument.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari attractions planner.

Getting from Madurai to Kanyakumari by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, get great views at Pillar Rocks, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Ice Skating Cafe.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kodaikanal trip planner.

Drive from Kanyakumari to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

#Parks, #Nature, #Fun & Games
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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip app .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kodaikanal in October: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

#Parks, #Nature
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

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nights
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.
On the 9th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, then don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, and finally Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mahabalipuram in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October, Mahabalipuram is a bit warmer than Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

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