9 days in South India Itinerary

9 days in South India Itinerary

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9 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

1
night
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 Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Breezy Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aarupadai Veedu Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagannath Temple, Kanathur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at B M Birla Planaturium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Puttaparthi Sairam Temple Sundaram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sringeri Saradha Peetam Temple, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pondy Bazaar, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Church.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chennai holiday planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chennai. In December, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple
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Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple ©
Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple
Aarupadai Veedu Temple ©
Aarupadai Veedu Temple
Armenian Church ©
Armenian Church

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, kick back and relax at Covelong Beach, then admire the striking features of Raya Gopura, then pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, and finally examine the collection at India Seashell Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Covelong Beach
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Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

4
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gingee Fort and Mailam Murugan Temple. Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture and Kalinka Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Pondicherry: Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple (in Villupuram), Thillai Kali Amman Temple (in Chidambaram) and Cuddalore (Padaleeshwar Temple, Bhuvaraha Swami Temple, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sadhana Forest, stop by Sund'art, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Varadaraja Perumal Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pondicherry vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cuddalore, Thillai Kali Amman Temple, Sadhana Forest, Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple, Mailam Murugan Temple
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Gingee Fort ©
Gingee Fort
Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple

2
nights
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli day trip app .

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Tiruchirappalli takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple
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Brahmapureeswarar Temple ©
Brahmapureeswarar Temple
Arulmigu Mariamman Temple ©
Arulmigu Mariamman Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

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