7 days in South India Itinerary

7 days in South India Itinerary

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7 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Tirupati
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Thanjavur
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Chennai

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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.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marundeeswarar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramakrishna Math, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalikambal Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chennai Rail Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadapalani Murugan Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kamakshi Amman Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Chennai trip itinerary site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chennai. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Museums
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San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church
Kalikambal Temple ©
Kalikambal Temple

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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 22nd (Sun): stroll through Covelong Beach, identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, then appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram vacation planning tool .

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by combination of bus and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tirupati.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Covelong Beach
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Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

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Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Annapurna Sameta Kasi Visweswaraswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sitamma Theertham, and finally don't miss a visit to Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tirupati day trip website .

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Tirupati in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
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Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple
Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple ©
Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Serenity Beach, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at Kalinka Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Tirupati to Pondicherry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple
Serenity Beach ©
Serenity Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seerkazhi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raahu Navagrahasthalam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Thanjavur road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Thanjavur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai
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Seerkazhi ©
Seerkazhi
Ramaswamy Temple ©
Ramaswamy Temple

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