5 days in Tamil Nadu & Kodagu (Coorg) Itinerary

5 days in Tamil Nadu & Kodagu (Coorg) Itinerary

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5 days in Tamil Nadu & Kodagu (Coorg) Itinerary

Start: Chennai
bus + taxi:  1​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h
2
Kodagu (Coorg)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, then appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram online route planner .

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kodagu (Coorg).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

1
night
Kodagu (Coorg)

Kodagu (Coorg) ©
The hill station of Kodagu consists of a number of small towns amid a vast landscape of forested hills, rocky outcrops, and waterfalls.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Namdroling Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Raja's Tomb ( Gadhige), and then take in the dramatic scenery at Abbi Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kodagu (Coorg) online travel route planner .

Do a combination of taxi, train, and flight from Mahabalipuram to Kodagu (Coorg) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodagu (Coorg)

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Namdroling Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Namdroling Monastery ©
Namdroling Monastery
Abbi Falls ©
Abbi Falls
Raja's Tomb ( Gadhige) ©
Raja's Tomb ( Gadhige)

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip maker website .

Getting from Kodagu (Coorg) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Madurai.

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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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 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Madurai road trip planning tool .

You can 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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Madurai, with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

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