12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly
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Madurai
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive

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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.
Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to Mahabalipuram (Descent Of The Ganges, Arjuna's Penance, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Marina Beach, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Sri Muppathamman Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chennai road trip site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Chennai. In February, daytime highs in Chennai are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Madurai.
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Madurai — 3 nights

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.
Madurai is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, and look for gifts at Prema Vilas.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Madurai holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Chennai to Madurai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Mahabalipuram.
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Mahabalipuram — 2 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.
On the 22nd (Sat), browse the exhibits of Srinithi Art Gallery, then Head underground at Pancha Pandava Cave, then examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Covelong Beach. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Trimurti Cave, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, and finally delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Madurai to Mahabalipuram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.
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Pondicherry — 3 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Promenade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Raj Niwas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Serenity Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir, and finally stop by Ma Pondy Cherie.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry trip tool.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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