6 days in Mahabalipuram & Thanjavur Itinerary

6 days in Mahabalipuram & Thanjavur Itinerary

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6 days in Mahabalipuram & Thanjavur Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Thanjavur
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Ahmedabad

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.
Sea Shore Temple and Descent Of The Ganges will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Varaha Cave Temple. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vedagiriswarar Temple, and don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram day trip planning tool .

Ahmedabad to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Ahmedabad, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mahabalipuram, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Vedagiriswarar Temple
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Uppiliappan Temple. Get some cultural insight at Brihadeeshwara Temple and Airavatesvara Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thanjavur: Garbarakshambigai Temple (in Thirukkarugavur), Kumbakonam (Adi Kumbeswarar Temple & Sarangapani Temple) and Jambukeswarar Temple (in Tiruchirappalli).

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Thanjavur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kumbakonam, Tiruchirappalli, Uppiliappan Temple, Garbarakshambigai Temple
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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Airavatesvara Temple ©
Airavatesvara Temple

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