7 days in Chennai & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

7 days in Chennai & Mahabalipuram Itinerary

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Chennai
— 1 night
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Chennai

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then admire the striking features of San Thome Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Chennai holiday planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chennai. In January, daytime highs in Chennai are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Mahabalipuram

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, then explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, and finally make a trip to Arjuna's Penance.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram attractions planning tool.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then visit a coastal fixture at Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Descent Of The Ganges, and finally explore the ancient world of Mahishasura Rock.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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