20 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Madurai Itinerary

20 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Madurai Itinerary

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20 days in Chennai, Mahabalipuram & Madurai Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 14 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  3​h
3
Madurai
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

14
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Get out of town with these interesting Chennai side-trips: Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Pancha Rathas, & more), Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple (in Kanchipuram) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Besant Nagar Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chennai. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Adi Kesava Perumal Temple, Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple, Lord Veeraraghava Perumal Temple, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, and finally Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

3
nights
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Madurai vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Madurai by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. November in Madurai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

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