9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

9 days in Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Chennai
— 1 day

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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 2nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) vacation maker app.

Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 2.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. In March, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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 (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Saleth Church, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and finally explore the ancient world of Dolmen Circle.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kodaikanal road trip planning site.

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in March: highs in Kodaikanal hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Mariamman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vekkali Amman Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli trip site.

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 somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kodaikanal in March: highs in Tiruchirappalli hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Rameswaram

— 2 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agnitheertham, and then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rameswaram online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Mahabalipuram

— 3 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.
On the 7th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Covelong Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Trimurti Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram road trip tool.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Mahabalipuram in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Chennai

— 1 day

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Chennai day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Chennai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.