8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Calicut, Taxi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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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 12th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour planning website.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Ooty (Udhagamandalam), you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Abu Dhabi, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips


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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 14th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April, with highs in Kodaikanal at 41°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites


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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Jambukeswarar Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli trip tool.

Getting from Kodaikanal to Tiruchirappalli by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kodaikanal in April: highs in Tiruchirappalli hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Chennai.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites


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Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, 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.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chennai trip planner.

You can fly from Tiruchirappalli to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tiruchirappalli in April: highs in Chennai hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites


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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 17th (Sat): 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. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. April in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Tamil Nadu travel guide

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.