12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Chennai
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Mahabalipuram
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Thiruchendur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Chennai

Chennai
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
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London, UK to Chennai is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Chennai, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Chennai is warmer than London - with highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C. You'll set off for Mahabalipuram on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
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hours
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
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.
Varaha Cave Temple has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Thu), admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Mahishasura Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
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Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Auroville Visitors Center, Pichavaram, Auroville, and other attractions. On the 13th (Sat), get all the information you need at Auroville Visitors Center, stroll through Rock Beach, then admire the striking features of Auroville, and finally take a peaceful walk through Pichavaram.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pondicherry trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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1
night
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, then don't miss a visit to Punnainallur Mariamman Koil, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brihadeeshwara Temple.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Thanjavur in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 46°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©
Punnainallur Mariamman Koil ©
Punnainallur Mariamman Koil

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hanuman Temple, Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi and Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rameswaram trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Thiruchendur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Hanuman Temple ©
Hanuman Temple

1
night
Thiruchendur

Thiruchendur
For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thiruchendur planning tool .

Getting from Rameswaram to Thiruchendur by car takes about 4.5 hours. You'll set off for Kanyakumari on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Thiruchendur

Historic Sites
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night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then make a trip to Gandhi Memorial, and finally kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil and then admire the striking features of Padmanabhapuram Palace.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Thiruchendur to Kanyakumari takes 2.5 hours. April in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

1
night
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambukeswarar Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli day trip planning website .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Tiruchirappalli by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Kanyakumari, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tiruchirappalli, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a trip to MGR Memorial. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Mylapore, don't miss a visit to Light House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadapalani Murugan Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chennai day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Thiruchendur to Chennai with the Route module. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Walking tours
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple ©
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

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