8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
bus + taxi:  1​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Hampi
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Tirupati
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Chennai

1
night
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): make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganesh Ratha Temple, don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, then steep yourself in history at Descent Of The Ganges, then explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam, and finally examine the collection at India Seashell Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, then admire the striking features of Raya Gopura, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram itinerary builder site .

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1-hour combination of bus and taxi. You can also 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 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums
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Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Ganesh Ratha Temple ©
Ganesh Ratha Temple
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Rock Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally explore the galleries of Kalinka Art Gallery. On your second day here, stroll through Serenity Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pondicherry trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hampi.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Immaculate Conception Cathedral

1
night
Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Vitthala Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Elephant Stables, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazara Rama Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Hampi journey planning app .

Traveling by flight from Pondicherry to Hampi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Hampi are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala 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 27th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Tirumala Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Tirupati trip tool .

Fly from Hampi to Tirupati in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple

2
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally examine the collection at Kuthira Malika. On your second day here, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Tirupati to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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