13 days in South India Itinerary

13 days in South India Itinerary

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13 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Saint-Denis
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Chennai
— Few hours
Bus + Taxi:  1 h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Saint-Denis

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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.
To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai (Madras) travel planner.

Saint-Denis, Reunion Island to Chennai (Madras) is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint-Denis to Chennai (Madras) is 1 hour. When traveling from Saint-Denis in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Chennai (Madras), with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. You will leave for Mahabalipuram on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife

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nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Shore Temple and DakshinaChitra Museum. Popular historic sites such as Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Krishna Mandapam are in your itinerary. Step out of Mahabalipuram with an excursion to Laurel Shopping Mall in Chengalpattu--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, stroll through Wide Beach, enjoy the sea views from Mamallapuram Lighthouse, and admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip builder.

Getting from Chennai (Madras) to Mahabalipuram by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In March, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Laurel Shopping Mall, DakshinaChitra Museum
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DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Get outdoors at Paradise Beach and Auro Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Serenity Beach, don't miss a visit to Chunnambar Boat House, take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, and admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pondicherry trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

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nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ISKCON Temple Bangalore and Malleswaram. For shopping fun, head to UB City or Commercial Street. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Bannerghatta National Park, appreciate the history behind Lady Jehangir Kothari Memorial Hall, and take a stroll through Basavanagudi.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru trip generator.

Drive from Pondicherry to Bengaluru in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March in Bengaluru, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chennai (Madras).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Neighborhoods Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
UB City ©
UB City
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park

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nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thirumalai Thirupathi Devasthanam, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Thome Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, identify plant and animal life at Guindy Snake Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai (Madras) sightseeing planner.

Getting from Bengaluru to Chennai (Madras) by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or drive. On the 29th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Highlights from your plan
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

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