8 days in Chennai & Kochi (Cochin) Itinerary

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Chennai — 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Elliot's Beach and Marina Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Anna Nagar Tower Park and Trimurti Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai: Mahabalipuram (Tiger Cave, The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, &more), Kanchipuram (Kailasanathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, &more) and Covelong Beach (in Covelong). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalikambal Temple, stroll around Chetpet EcoPark, don't miss a visit to Kamakshi Amman Temple, and kick back and relax at Breezy Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chennai trip itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Chennai International Airport. In January in Chennai, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 3 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishnu Temple. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple Ernakulam , don't miss a visit to Paavakkulam Mahadeva Temple, take in the exciting artwork at David Hall Gallery & Cafe, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Getting from Chennai to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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