7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

7 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu trip itinerary planner

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

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planning app.

Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Tiruchirappalli

— 1 night

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), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambukeswarar Temple.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tiruchirappalli road trip planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Tiruchirappalli in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kodaikanal in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tiruchirappalli, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
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 5th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum, enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, and then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram day trip planning app.

Getting from Tiruchirappalli to Mahabalipuram by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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), admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chennai travel route planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in May, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to 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.