8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Bus + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  7 h
2
Rameswaram
— 1 day
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Mangalore
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Hampi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Tirupati
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
End: Chennai

1
day
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.
On the 12th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, then pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, then make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip itinerary site .

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of bus and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

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Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple
Krishna's Butter Ball ©
Krishna's Butter Ball

1
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Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, and finally explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rameswaram tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Mahabalipuram to Rameswaram takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mangalore.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi

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nights
Mangalore

Mangalore ©
A gateway to the coastal region, Mangalore has long served as a stop-off point on maritime trade routes, and remains a major port city today.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple and End Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mangalore: Udupi (Kapu Beach & Sri Krishna Temple). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aloysius Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tannirbhavi Beach.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mangalore trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Rameswaram to Mangalore in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Mangalore are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Hampi.

Things to do in Mangalore

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Udupi, End Point
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Kapu Beach ©
Kapu Beach
Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple ©
St. Aloysius Chapel ©
St. Aloysius Chapel

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nights
Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Elephant Stables, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ugra Narsimha, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Matanga Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Lotus Mahal, don't miss a visit to Stepped Tank, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple, and finally explore the activities along Tungabhadra River.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hampi trip site .

Fly from Mangalore to Hampi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Hampi

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Matanga Hill ©
Matanga Hill
Stepped Tank ©
Stepped Tank
Tungabhadra River ©
Tungabhadra River

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night
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tirupati vacation maker app .

You can fly from Hampi to Tirupati in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Tirupati

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Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple

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