10 days in South India Itinerary

10 days in South India Itinerary

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10 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
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Chennai
— 1 day
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kanchipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Chidambaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Thanjavur
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

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Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalikambal Temple, kick back and relax at Marina Beach, then admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai holiday site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Chennai. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kalikambal Temple ©
Kalikambal Temple
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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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 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by combination of bus and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kailasanathar Temple, don't miss a visit to Kamakshi Amman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanchi Mahaswami Satabdhi Mani Mandapam, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Carmel Church, then steep yourself in history at Ekambareshvara Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanchipuram trip planner.

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram in 2 hours. December in Kanchipuram sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple ©
Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Kamakshi Amman Temple ©
Kamakshi Amman Temple
Ekambareshvara Temple ©
Ekambareshvara Temple

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Chidambaram

Chidambaram ©
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, explore the activities along Pitchavaram Backwater, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirunallurpperumanam Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chidambaram trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kanchipuram to Chidambaram takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest ©
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, then don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Thanjavur trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Chidambaram to Thanjavur in 3 hours. December in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©

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Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
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 25th (Wed), get outside with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Tiruchirappalli, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

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Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Tiruchirappalli to Kovalam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, then kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mararikulam tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Mararikulam takes 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) holiday builder tool .

Getting from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Mysuru (Mysore) in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in December, expect Mysuru (Mysore) to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

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