11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chennai
— 1 night
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Fly to Abu Dhabi

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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 26th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam). Traveling from Abu Dhabi in April, you will find days in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Chennai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Chennai

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chennai journey site.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April; daily highs in Chennai reach 42°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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. 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum, enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, and then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram road trip app.

Drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Jambukeswarar Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tiruchirappalli vacation planner.

You can fly from Mahabalipuram to Tiruchirappalli in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Kodaikanal

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at Dynasty, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Palani.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip builder site.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Kodaikanal in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Tiruchirappalli in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kodaikanal, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Rameswaram

— 1 night
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the views from Pamban bridge, make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Kanyakumari

— 1 night

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Kanyakumari Beach and then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.