31 days in South India Itinerary

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Chennai
— 4 nights
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Muttukadu
— 1 night
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Thirukalukundram
— 2 nights
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Kanchipuram
— 1 night
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Thiruvannamalai
— 1 night
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Pondicherry
— 4 nights
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Kumbakonam
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
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Madurai
— 3 nights
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
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Ramanathapuram
— 1 night
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Thiruchendur
— 1 night
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 6 nights
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Chennai — 4 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.
When in Chennai, make a side trip to see Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in Tirupati, approximately Tirupati away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, stroll through Besant Nagar Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, and browse the collection at The Anna Centenary Library.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chennai travel route builder tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chennai. In July, daytime highs in Chennai are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Muttukadu.
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Muttukadu — 1 night

On the 2nd (Thu), find something for the whole family at MGM Dizzee World and then see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Muttukadu tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Chennai to Muttukadu in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Muttukadu are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Thirukalukundram.
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Thirukalukundram — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, then explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance.

Make your Thirukalukundram itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Muttukadu to Thirukalukundram by car takes about an hour. August in Thirukalukundram sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanchipuram.
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Kanchipuram — 1 night

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kailasanathar Temple, make a trip to Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple, then steep yourself in history at Ekambareswarar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varadharaja Perumal Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanchipuram day trip planner.

You can drive from Thirukalukundram to Kanchipuram in 1.5 hours. August in Kanchipuram sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thiruvannamalai.
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Thiruvannamalai — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramana Ashram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Skandashramam, get great views at Annamalaiyar Temple View Point, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arunachaleshwara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamara Guhai.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Thiruvannamalai online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kanchipuram to Thiruvannamalai in 3 hours. Traveling from Kanchipuram in August, you will find days in Thiruvannamalai are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.
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Pondicherry — 4 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pondicherry: Silver Beach (in Cuddalore) and Matrimandir (in Auroville). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Auro Beach, don't miss a visit to Chunnambar Boat House, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pondicherry travel planner.

Getting from Thiruvannamalai to Pondicherry by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kumbakonam.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uppiliappan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kampaheswarar Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Airavatesvara Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarangapani Temple. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nageswaran Temple Kumbakonam Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumbakonam trip builder website.

Drive from Pondicherry to Kumbakonam in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.
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Thanjavur — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, appreciate the history behind Gangaikonda Cholapuram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvalasuzhi Pillaiyar Kovil Shri Vellai Pillaiyar Kovil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, steep yourself in history at Manora Fort, then make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip planner.

Getting from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Thanjavur, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, take in the dramatic natural features at Samanar Hills, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, and see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Thanjavur in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Madurai, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 2 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Agnitheertham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram day trip tool.

You can drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ramanathapuram.
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Ramanathapuram — 1 night

Ramanathapuram, also known as Ramnad, is a city and a municipality in Ramanathapuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lakshmana Teertham and then admire the landmark architecture of Arulmigu Mangalaleswari Udanurai Mangalanatha Swamy Temple.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ramanathapuram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Ramanathapuram takes 1.5 hours. In August in Ramanathapuram, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thiruchendur.
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Thiruchendur — 1 night

Tiruchendur is a panchayat town at the southern tip of India, in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruchendur Murugan Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thiruchendur attractions planning website.

Getting from Ramanathapuram to Thiruchendur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) — 6 nights

Evergreen City of India

Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, &more), Varkala Beach (in Varkala Town) and Chowara Beach (in Chowara). Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Magic Planet Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, look for gifts at Keralashopee, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip builder.

You can drive from Thiruchendur to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Chennai District travel guide

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Chennai district, formerly known as Madras district or "Madarasapattinam", is a district in the state of Tamil Nadu, in India. It is the smallest of all the districts in the state, but has the highest human density. The district is a city district which means that it does not have a district headquarters. Most of the Greater Chennai City comes under this district, erstwhile under Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts. As of 2011, the district had a population of 4,646,732 with a sex-ratio of 989 females for every 1,000 males.

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Kanchipuram District travel guide

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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.

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Thanjavur District travel guide

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Madurai District travel guide

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The Madurai district is the ninth largest in population of the 32 districts of the state of Tamil Nadu in southeastern India. The city of Madurai serves as the district headquarters. It houses the world-famous Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwarar temple and is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. Thiruparankundram is one of the major tourist place in the district. As of 2011, the district had a population of 3,038,252 with a sex-ratio of 990 females for every 1,000 males. Aside from the city of Madurai, the larger towns are Melur, Avaniapuram, Thirumangalam and Usilampatti. It is an important hub for various film shootings.HistoryMadurai is called with various nicknames like Athens of the East, Thoonga Nagaram (City that never Sleeps), Naan maada koodal (City of Four junctions), Malligai Managar (City of Jasmine), Koodal Managar (City of Junction) Koil Nagar (Temple city) etc. The main kingdoms which ruled Madurai during various times are the Pandyas and the Nayaks.

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Thiruvananthapuram District travel guide

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