10 days in Chennai & Kanchipuram District Itinerary

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Chennai — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Kalikambal Temple. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadapalani Murugan Temple, have fun and explore at Chennai Rail Museum, and see the interesting displays at Government Museum.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Chennai. In August, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mahabalipuram.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
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Mahabalipuram — 3 nights

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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Get a sense of the local culture at Monuments at Mahabalipuram and India Seashell Museum. Change things up with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

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Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanchipuram.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Kanchipuram — 3 nights

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Ekambareswarar Temple and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thennanagur Perumaal Temple and don't miss a visit to Kamakshi Amman Temple.

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Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.
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Kanchipuram District travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Landmarks
Kanchipuram district is a district in the northeast of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. In Early Days Chengalpattu is called as the District. In Later Kanchipuram is considered as a District. It is bounded in the west by Vellore District and Thiruvannamalai District, in the north by Tiruvallur District and Chennai District, in the south by Viluppuram District and in the east by the Bay of Bengal. It lies between 11° 00' to 12° 00' latitudes and 77° 28' to 78° 50' longitudes. The district has a total geographical area of 4432km2 and coastline of 57km. The town of Kanchipuram is the district headquarters. The Chennai International Airport is located in Tirusulam in Kanchipuram district now under Greater Chennai Corporation Limit. In 2011, Kancheepuram district had a population of 3,998,252, with a sex-ratio of 986 females for every 1,000 males.The district produces over 15,000 engineering graduates every year, same as Gujarat state.HistoryThe history of Kanchi can be traced back to several centuries BCE. The place finds its name in Patanjali's Mahabhashya, written in the 2nd century BC. Manimekalai, the famous Tamil classic, and Perumpanattu Padai, a great Tamil poetical work, vividly describe Kanchipuram city, as it was at the beginning of the Christian era.