11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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11 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Thanjavur
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

1
night
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 5th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kandal Cross Roman Catholic Church, admire the verdant scenery at Mukurthi Dam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkateshwara Perumal Temple, then explore the activities along Pykara Lake, and finally revel in the low prices at Jai's King Star.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online trip planner .

Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chennai in September; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Madurai trip planning website .

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Madurai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in September, expect Madurai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

3
nights
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thanjavur side-trips: Garbarakshambigai Temple (in Thirukkarugavur), Kumbakonam (Airavatesvara Temple & Kampaheswarar Temple) and Tiruchirappalli (Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple & Grand Anaicut - Kallanai). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, and make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur trip planning app .

You can drive from Madurai to Thanjavur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumbakonam, Tiruchirappalli, Garbarakshambigai Temple
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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple

3
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.
Take a break from Mahabalipuram with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, and appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram online trip planner .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Mahabalipuram in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. In September in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

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