42 days in Chennai (Madras) & Maldives Itinerary

42 days in Chennai (Madras) & Maldives Itinerary

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42 days in Chennai (Madras) & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  2​h
Chennai (Madras), India
— 10 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
Hulhumale, Maldives
— 3 nights
ferry:  15​min
Male, Maldives
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
Furanafushi Island, Maldives
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Vaavu Atoll, Maldives
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Vihamanafushi, Maldives
— 3 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
Bandos, Maldives
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h
Thoddoo, Maldives
— 3 nights
Travel:  3​h
Veligandu, Maldives
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 3 nights
Travel:  4​h
Gulhi Island, Maldives
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 30​min
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Bengaluru, India

10
nights
Chennai (Madras), India

Chennai (Madras) ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chennai (Madras): Muttukadu (MGM Dizzee World & DakshinaChitra Museum) and Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Sea Shore Temple, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, stroll through Marina Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chennai (Madras) tour itinerary builder site .

Bengaluru to Chennai (Madras) is an approximately 2-hour combination of taxi, flight, and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, Chennai (Madras) is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Hulhumale.

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#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Mahabalipuram, Muttukadu
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

3
nights
Hulhumale, Maldives

Hulhumale ©
Hulhumale, a reclaimed island, recently developed to meet additional industrial, commercial, and housing demands.
Hulhumale is known for beaches, adventure, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Hulhumale Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Hulhumale Central Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hulhumale Mosque.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hulhumale trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chennai (Madras) to Hulhumale takes 5 hours. Traveling from Chennai (Madras) in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hulhumale, with lows of 30°C. You will leave for Male on the 1st (Tue).

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Hulhumale Beach ©
Hulhumale Beach
Hulhumale Mosque ©
Hulhumale Mosque
Hulhumale Central Park ©
Hulhumale Central Park

4
nights
Male, Maldives

Male ©
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Male is known for shopping, adventure, historic sites, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Friday Mosque, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Local Market.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Male trip maker tool .

Male is just a short distance from Hulhumale. In January in Male, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Furanafushi Island.

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Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
National Museum ©
National Museum

3
nights
Furanafushi Island, Maldives

Furanafushi Island ©
Sparkling turquoise water, soft white sand, and swaying palm trees induce many visitors to take a Furanafushi Island vacation.
Furanafushi Island is known for adventure and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the gorgeous colors at HP Reef.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Furanafushi Island tour planner.

Furanafushi Island is just a stone's throw from Male. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You'll set off for Vaavu Atoll on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Furanafushi Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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HP Reef ©
HP Reef

3
nights
Vaavu Atoll, Maldives

Vaavu Atoll ©
Also known as Felidhoo Atoll, Vaavu Atoll regularly ranks among tourists' favorites in the Maldives, thanks to its untouched nature and fantastic diving sites.
Vaavu Atoll is known for nature, outdoors, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alimatha Island and enjoy the sand and surf at Bodu Mora.

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Getting from Furanafushi Island to Vaavu Atoll by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Vihamanafushi.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Alimatha Island ©
Alimatha Island
Ambara Island ©
Ambara Island

3
nights
Vihamanafushi, Maldives

Vihamanafushi ©
A private tropical island in the North Male Atoll, Vihamanafushi contains a high-end resort complex appealing to visitors from distant corners of the world.
Vihamanafushi is known for spas, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Nala Boutique.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vihamanafushi itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Vaavu Atoll to Vihamanafushi takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Bandos.

Things to do in Vihamanafushi

#Shopping
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Nala Boutique ©
Nala Boutique

2
nights
Bandos, Maldives

Bandos ©
Lush tropical vegetation, pearl white beaches, and a deep turquoise lagoon exude an overwhelming sense of serenity and tranquility on the island of Bandos.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): head outdoors with Kuda Bandos.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bandos trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vihamanafushi to Bandos. In January in Bandos, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. You will leave for Thoddoo on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Bandos

#Outdoors
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Kuda Bandos ©
Kuda Bandos

3
nights
Thoddoo, Maldives

Thoddoo ©
Thoddoo is one of the inhabited islands of Alif Alif Atoll in the Republic of Maldives.This island is the largest producer of watermelon in Maldives. Thoddoo is known for adventure and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjidhul Aisha.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Thoddoo holiday website .

Explore your travel options from Bandos to Thoddoo with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 19th (Sat), you're off toVeligandu.

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Masjid Abdulla ©
Masjid Abdulla
Masjidhul Aisha ©
Masjidhul Aisha

3
nights
Veligandu, Maldives

Veligandu ©
Crisp white sands merge into transparent, exotic waters at Veligandu, one of the many atolls that make up the Maldives.
Veligandu is known for beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Veligandu Island Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Veligandu trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Thoddoo to Veligandu. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel to Rasdhoo.

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Veligandu Island Beach ©
Veligandu Island Beach

3
nights
Rasdhoo, Maldives

Rasdhoo ©
As the only inhabited island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo serves as a basecamp of sorts for vacationing in the area.
Rasdhoo is known for adventure and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bikini Beach and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rasdhoo day trip planner.

Rasdhoo is just a stone's throw from Veligandu. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Gulhi Island.

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Bikini Beach ©
Bikini Beach
Shark Diving

1
night
Gulhi Island, Maldives

Gulhi Island ©
On the 26th (Sat), kick back and relax at Gulhi Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gulhi Island trip itinerary maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rasdhoo to Gulhi Island. January in Gulhi Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maafushi Island.

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Gulhi Beach ©
Gulhi Beach

3
nights
Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Maafushi Island is known for adventure, beaches, outdoors, shopping, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bikini Beach, stop by Angolo Souvenir shop, and kick back and relax at Bikini Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Maafushi Island vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gulhi Island to Maafushi Island. In January, daytime highs in Maafushi Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Tue).

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Angolo Souvenir shop ©
Angolo Souvenir shop

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