8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Chennai
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tirupati
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Family-friendly places like Marina Beach and Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip maker app .

New Delhi to Chennai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, then identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum, don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, then explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas.

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Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

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 17th (Sat), stroll through Paradise Beach, take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally look for gifts at Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pondicherry, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tirupati.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

1
night
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tirumala Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirupati trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Tirupati in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tirumala Temple ©
Tirumala Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©

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