5 days in Mahabalipuram & Chennai Itinerary

5 days in Mahabalipuram & Chennai Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
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Chennai
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nakula Sahadeva Ratha. On the 1st (Mon), appreciate the history behind Nakula Sahadeva Ratha and then enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave, then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram travel route planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Mahabalipuram. March in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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.
You've added Cook With SundariKrishna, Marina Beach, Five Senses Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, get a taste of the local shopping with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, and take a stroll through Fort St. George.

For photos and other tourist information, read Chennai online itinerary planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Chennai by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Chennai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C.

Things to do in Chennai

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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