7 days in Madurai, Kodaikanal & Ooty (Udhagamandalam) Itinerary

7 days in Madurai, Kodaikanal & Ooty (Udhagamandalam) Itinerary

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7 days in Madurai, Kodaikanal & Ooty (Udhagamandalam) Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
1
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Hyderabad

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 26th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Samanar Hills, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip planner.

Hyderabad to Madurai is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hyderabad in May, plan for slightly colder days in Madurai, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Samanar Hills ©
Samanar Hills

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple, and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake. On the next day, make a trip to Lake View Point, take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then Head underground at Guna Cave, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Kodaikanal are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Guna Cave ©
Guna Cave

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Doddabetta Peak and Upper Bhavani Lake. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Ooty Lake, get great views at Shooting Point, examine the collection at Mini Car Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip website .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

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