5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

5 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu planner

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Mahabalipuram
— 1 day
Drive
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Mayiladuthurai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
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Mahabalipuram

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip builder tool.

Coimbatore to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mayiladuthurai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Mayiladuthurai

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Therazhundur, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sattainathar Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parimala Ranganathar Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seshapureeswarar temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koothanur Maha Saraswathi Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Saraswathi Temple Koothanur.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mayiladuthurai trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Mayiladuthurai takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Mayiladuthurai

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kodaikanal

— 1 night

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 12th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, go for a walk through Coakers Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kodaikanal tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mayiladuthurai to Kodaikanal in 7.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kodaikanal can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature

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.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the activities along Pykara Lake, don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, and then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kodaikanal in September; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the bus back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.