11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Chennai
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of San Thome Church.

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New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Chennai sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

2
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 4th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, and finally see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mahabalipuram, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Madurai online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Mahabalipuram to Madurai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, take in the views from Pamban bridge, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Agnitheertham, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram online route planner .

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Murugan Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and finally get great views at Shooting Point.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

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