7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu trip planner

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive
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Chennai
— 1 night
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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 1st (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then stop by Green Shop, Ooty, and finally explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planner.

Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. In May, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip planner.

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Tiruchirappalli

— 2 nights

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
On the 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Ayyanar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambukeswarar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Tiruchirappalli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kodaikanal in May, you will find days in Tiruchirappalli are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram online trip maker.

You can fly from Tiruchirappalli to Mahabalipuram in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Chennai

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 7th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then stroll through Marina Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chennai tour itinerary app.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Chennai by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.