5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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

1
day
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 1st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Thome Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chennai online trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chennai. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in June, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planner .

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 June, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

Before you visit Madurai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Madurai by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Mahabalipuram in June, plan for little chillier days in Madurai, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Madurai in June: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak

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