4 days in Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram & Chennai Itinerary

4 days in Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram & Chennai Itinerary

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4 days in Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram & Chennai Itinerary

Start: Visakhapatnam
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kanchipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Chennai
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: Visakhapatnam

1
night
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 (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally make a trip to Arjuna's Penance.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Visakhapatnam to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. August in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thennanagur Perumaal Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekambareshvara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanchi Mahaswami Satabdhi Mani Mandapam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamakshi Amman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kailasanathar Temple.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanchipuram journey builder .

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kanchipuram are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites
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Ekambareswarar Temple ©
Ekambareswarar Temple
Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar Temple
Kamakshi Amman Temple ©
Kamakshi Amman Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip itinerary site .

Getting from Kanchipuram to Chennai by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple

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