10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

10 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Madurai
— 2 nights
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Chennai
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
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.
Step out of Mahabalipuram to go to Muttukadu and see DakshinaChitra Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, pause for some photo ops at Nakula Sahadeva Ratha, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, and get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram online trip itinerary planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, expect Mahabalipuram to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Thanjavur

— 1 night

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brihadeeswara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple.

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You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Tiruchirappalli

— 1 night

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tiruchirappalli trip planner.

Drive from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, then delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal itinerary site.

Drive from Tiruchirappalli to Kodaikanal in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Chennai

— 2 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 14th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Madurai to Chennai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.