10 days in Chennai & Kochi (Cochin) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Covelong Beach and Trimurti Cave. Change things up with a short trip to Tiger Cave in Mahabalipuram (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: stop by Mylapore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aarupadai Veedu Temple, don't miss a visit to Kamakshi Amman Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai travel planner.

Washington, USA to Chennai is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Chennai is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, things will get much warmer in Chennai: highs are around 93°F and lows about 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 4 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prakruthi.Life - Ayurveda Wellness Centre and Shiva Temple Ernakulam . Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple (in Kumarakom), Alappuzha (Alappuzha Beach & St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Vembanad Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and wander the streets of Jew Town.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Chennai to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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