10 days in South India Itinerary

10 days in South India Itinerary

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10 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kanchipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

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nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Phoenix Marketcity and Saravana Stores. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shirdi Sai Baba Temple and Marundeeswarar Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalikambal Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, examine the collection at Chennai Rail Museum, and make a trip to Kamakshi Amman Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chennai trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chennai. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Kalikambal Temple ©
Kalikambal Temple
Vadapalani Murugan Temple ©
Vadapalani Murugan 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganesh Ratha Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then contemplate the long history of Descent Of The Ganges, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, explore the galleries of Srinithi Art Gallery, then explore the galleries of Little Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Apollo Books.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram holiday builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in an hour. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Ganesh Ratha Temple ©
Ganesh Ratha Temple
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum

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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailasanathar Temple, don't miss a visit to Kamakshi Amman Temple, then look for gifts at Raja Spiritual Super Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ekambareshvara Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanchipuram road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram takes 2 hours. In December in Kanchipuram, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

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Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar Temple
Ekambareswarar Temple ©
Ekambareswarar Temple
Kamakshi Amman Temple ©
Kamakshi Amman Temple

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Rock Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, then pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kalinka Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Serenity Beach, get engrossed in the history at Pondicherry Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kanchipuram to Pondicherry in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Brahmapureeswarar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sri Ayyappan Temple, then browse the different shops at Femina Shopping Mall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rock Fort Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Pondicherry to Tiruchirappalli in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple
Brahmapureeswarar Temple ©
Brahmapureeswarar Temple
Sri Ayyappan Temple ©
Sri Ayyappan Temple

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