9 days in South India Itinerary

9 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly
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Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tirupati
— 1 night
Drive
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Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Bus
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Madurai
— 1 day
Drive
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Alappuzha
— 1 night
Bus
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
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Chennai

— 2 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 6th (Sat), browse the different shops at Express Avenue Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally stroll through Besant Nagar Beach. Keep things going the next day: gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai trip planner.

Pune to Chennai is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In March in Chennai, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tirupati.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Tirupati

— 1 night
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 8th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Vari Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapila Theertham , then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tirupati route tool.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Tirupati takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Paradise Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, visit a coastal fixture at Old Lighthouse, then make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally look for gifts at Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry online trip builder.

You can drive from Tirupati to Pondicherry in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Madurai

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Madurai trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Pondicherry to Madurai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Madurai, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours · Historic Sites

Alappuzha

— 1 night

Venice of the East

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, then kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Alappuzha trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Madurai to Alappuzha by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Kochi (Cochin)

— 1 night

Queen of the Arabian Sea

A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue and then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) journey planner.

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites