5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu trip planner

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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
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Mahabalipuram

— 1 night
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 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Mahabalipuram Lighthouse.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip builder website.

Mumbai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Mumbai in November, you will find days in Mahabalipuram are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Chennai

— 2 nights

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 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Injambakkam, then get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

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Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and finally stop by Green Shop, Ooty.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Chennai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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.