7 days in Chennai & Madurai Itinerary

7 days in Chennai & Madurai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tamil Nadu vacation planner
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Chennai
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Chennai — 3 nights

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Get a sense of the local culture at DakshinaChitra Museum and Parthasarathy Temple. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marina Beach and Besant Nagar Beach. Spend the 16th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: shop like a local with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, visit Pondy Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Velleeswarar Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip planner.

Washington, USA to Chennai is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Chennai is 10.5 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, things will get much warmer in Chennai: highs are around 99°F and lows about 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Madurai.
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Madurai — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stop by Kishkintha Garments, then browse the different shops at Majesty Cine Mall, and then surround yourself with nature on Chella Tours.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai holiday planner.

You can fly from Chennai to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Chennai in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Madurai: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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