7 days in South India Itinerary

7 days in South India Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Kumbakonam
— 2 nights
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Chidambaram
— 1 night
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Pondicherry
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram — 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Sat), get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, and then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): explore the galleries of Srinithi Art Gallery, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram road trip planning tool.

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suriyanar Koil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kampaheswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarangapani Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kathiramangalam Vana Durga Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, then admire the striking features of Airavatesvara Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adi Kumbeswarar Temple.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kumbakonam road trip planning site.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Kumbakonam in 5.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Kumbakonam are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chidambaram.
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Chidambaram — 1 night

Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 5th (Wed), stroll through Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, then explore the activities along Pitchavaram Backwater, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chidambaram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kumbakonam to Chidambaram takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.
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Pondicherry — 2 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then stroll through Seaside Promenade, and finally look for gifts at NavaVihan. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Chidambaram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.
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