7 days in India Itinerary

7 days in India Itinerary

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7 days in India Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tirupati
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Jaipur

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Thome Church.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chennai trip planner .

Jaipur to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, then identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 28th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Old Lighthouse, take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pondicherry holiday planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tirupati.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

2
nights
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, then steep yourself in history at Tirumala Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Srivari Mettu, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirupati trip itinerary site .

Drive from Pondicherry to Tirupati in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
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Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©

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