6 days in South India Itinerary

6 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly
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Chennai
Drive
2
Mahabalipuram
Drive
3
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tranquebar
Drive
5
Kumbakonam
Drive
6
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive
7
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Madurai
— 1 night
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Chennai

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai trip itinerary planning tool.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Chennai is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, expect Chennai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. You'll set off for Mahabalipuram on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife · Tours

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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
You've added Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Mahishasuramardini Cave, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Nakula Sahadeva Ratha, don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

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Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Pondicherry

— 2 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Paradise Beach, Seaside Promenade, Matrimandir, and other attractions you added. On the 24th (Sun), admire the striking features of Matrimandir, take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

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Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tranquebar.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tranquebar

Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Masilamaniswarar Shiva Temple, then steep yourself in history at Danish Fort, and then see the interesting displays at Tharangambadi Maritime Museum.

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You can drive from Pondicherry to Tranquebar in 3 hours. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Tranquebar

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kumbakonam

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
On the 25th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kumbakonam route planner.

You can drive from Tranquebar to Kumbakonam in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Thanjavur

— 1 night

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

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.
To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur takes 1.5 hours. January in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will leave for Rameswaram on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Rameswaram

— 1 night
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip planner.

Getting from Thanjavur to Rameswaram by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Madurai

— 1 night

Athens of the East

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.
You've now added Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple to your itinerary. On the 28th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Madurai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip