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 visit a coastal fixture at Mahabalipuram Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave, admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally delve into the distant past at Raya Gopura.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram day trip tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Mahabalipuram. March in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cook With SundariKrishna, Marina Beach, Five Senses Tours, and other attractions. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, browse the eclectic array of goods at T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, and take a stroll through Fort St. George.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C.

Things to do in Chennai

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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