18 days in South India Itinerary

18 days in South India Itinerary

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Chennai
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Auroville
— 1 night
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4
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
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Chidambaram
— 1 night
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Thirunageswaram
— 1 night
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Kumbakonam
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
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Madurai
— 1 night
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10
Pollachi Town
— 1 night
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Coimbatore
— 2 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kapaleeshwarar Temple as well as Marina Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

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Bengaluru to Chennai is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in May; daily highs in Chennai reach 43°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Mahabalipuram — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura, don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Auroville.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

Auroville — 1 night

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
You've now added Matrimandir to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Auroville trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Auroville in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Pondicherry.
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:

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.
You've added Statue Of Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auro Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 1st (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Kargil War Memorial, then kick back and relax at Auro Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Serenity Beach.

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Pondicherry is just a stone's throw from Auroville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chidambaram.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Chidambaram — 1 night

Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chidambaram Nataraja Temple as well as Pichavaram Mangrove Forest. On the 4th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pitchavaram Backwater.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chidambaram trip planner.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Chidambaram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Thirunageswaram.
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:
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Thirunageswaram — 1 night

Uppiliappan Temple has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uppiliappan Temple.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Thirunageswaram travel planner.

Traveling by car from Chidambaram to Thirunageswaram takes 2 hours. In June in Thirunageswaram, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 31°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kumbakonam.
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Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
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Kumbakonam — 2 nights

A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Airavatesvara Temple, Kampaheswarar Temple, Mahamaham tank, and other attractions. On the 6th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamaham tank, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kampaheswarar Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suriyanar Koil. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Patteeswaram Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai.

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Kumbakonam is just a stone's throw from Thirunageswaram. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in June, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Thanjavur — 1 night

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
You've now added Gangaikonda Cholapuram to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple, then appreciate the history behind Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramalingaswami Temple.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur travel route builder tool.

Drive from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.
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Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Madurai — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Koodal Azhagar Temple and Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Puthu Mandapam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Madurai road trip app.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Thanjavur in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Madurai, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Pollachi Town.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

Pollachi Town — 1 night

On the 10th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Anamalai Wild Life Sanctuary and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pollachi Town trip planning website.

Getting from Madurai to Pollachi Town by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Madurai in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Pollachi Town, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Coimbatore.
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:

Coimbatore — 2 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Adiyogi Shiva, Marudamalai Temple and Dhyanalinga. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Adiyogi Shiva, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple.

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Drive from Pollachi Town to Coimbatore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Coimbatore are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 2 nights

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Government Botanical Garden, Pykara Lake and Ooty Lake. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the activities along Pykara Lake, look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Mini Car Museum. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Rose Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Elk Hill Murugan Temple, and finally examine the collection at Tea Museum.

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Traveling by bus from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a bit cooler than Coimbatore - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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