8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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8 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Drive:  1​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
+3
taxi + train + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Kodaikanal
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Thanjavur
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Chennai


1
night
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, then delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram attractions planning app .

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden. On the next day, get great views at Shooting Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, then explore the activities along Ooty Lake, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) journey builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, and flight from Mahabalipuram to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mahabalipuram in October, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak

1
day
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 22nd (Mon): get great views at Pillar Rocks, take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, then admire the natural beauty at Bryant Park, and finally explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kodaikanal trip planner .

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in October, expect Kodaikanal to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Coakers Walk ©
Coakers Walk
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, then admire the striking features of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Madurai trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. October in Madurai sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
St. Mary's Cathedral Church ©
St. Mary's Cathedral Church

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 24th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jatayu Tirtham Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramanathaswamy Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rameswaram route planning app .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach

1
night
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brihadeeswarar Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Sivaganga Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur online visit planner .

Getting from Rameswaram to Thanjavur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Brihadeeswarar Temple ©
Brihadeeswarar Temple

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