8 days in South India Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
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Tirupati
— 1 night
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Chennai
— 1 night
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Madurai
— 1 night
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Bengaluru
— 1 night
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
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Kochi (Cochin)
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Mahabalipuram — 1 day

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 18th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip planning app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Mahabalipuram due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tirupati.
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Tirupati — 1 night

Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirupati day trip app.

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Tirupati takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Chennai.
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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 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip planner.

You can take a train from Tirupati to Chennai in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Madurai.
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Madurai — 1 night

Athens of the East

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 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally look for gifts at Kishkintha Garments.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai vacation planner.

Fly from Chennai to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bengaluru.
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Bengaluru — 1 night

Silicon Valley of India

Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, walk around Cubbon Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bengaluru road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Madurai to Bengaluru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Madurai in March since evenings lows in Bengaluru dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mysuru (Mysore).
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Mysuru (Mysore) — 1 night

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens and then step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) driving holiday planner.

Getting from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Bengaluru in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mysuru (Mysore): temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 2 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.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then stop by Anchovy.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kochi (Cochin) in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in March; daily highs in Kochi (Cochin) reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
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Andhra Pradesh travel guide

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Koh-i-Noor of India
From beautiful beaches to pristine hills and sapphire lakes, Andhra Pradesh offers a wide range of natural settings to appeal to tourists. Stone forts, impressive carved towers, and tiger and bird sanctuaries stand out as some of the best attractions in Andra Pradesh, while the state’s long coastline is dotted with scenic sandy beaches. Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim pilgrimage sites attract devotees year-round, while dense forests and diverse wildlife make Andhra Pradesh a popular eco-tourism destination. A well-developed railway network gives tourism in Andhra Pradesh a certain touch of romance and nostalgia.
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