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Chennai, India

5-day Chennai and Surroundings Exploration Itinerary

Published: 2023 Oct 24
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Chennai City Highlights

Morning
Start your day with a guided full-day city tour, exploring the highlights of Chennai. Visit the iconic Kapaleeshwarar Temple Kapaleeshwarar Temple and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the city. Afterward, enjoy a delicious South Indian breakfast at Murugan Idli Shop.
Afternoon
Indulge in a street food crawl through the vibrant streets of Chennai. Join a 2-hour guided walking tour Chennai Street Food Crawl (2 hours guided walking tour) and savor the flavors of local delicacies. For lunch, head to Saravana Bhavan and try their famous dosas and thalis.
Evening
Take a leisurely stroll along the Marina Beach Chennai Marina Beach and Private Sightseeing Guided Tour and witness the beautiful sunset. For dinner, experience the coastal flavors at The Marina while enjoying the sea breeze.
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Cultural Exploration in Chennai

Morning
Embark on a heritage walking tour of Mylapore Chennai Mylapore Heritage Walking Tour and explore the historical sites and vibrant markets. Stop by the famous St. Mary's Church St. Mary’s Church and learn about its fascinating history. Enjoy a traditional South Indian breakfast at Adyar Ananda Bhavan.
Afternoon
Visit the majestic Fort St. George Fort St. George and delve into the colonial history of Chennai. Explore the Government Museum Government Museum and admire its impressive collection. For lunch, savor the authentic Chettinad cuisine at Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant.
Evening
Take a relaxing evening walk along the Marina Beach Heritage Walk Chennai Marina Beach Heritage Walk and learn about the beach's historical significance. End the day with a delightful dinner at Kaidi Kitchen, a unique prison-themed restaurant.
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Temples and Caves in Mahabalipuram

Morning
Take a day trip to Mahabalipuram and explore its ancient temples and caves. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shore Temple Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) and marvel at its architectural beauty. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon
Continue your exploration of Mahabalipuram with a visit to the Pancha Rathas Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour, a group of monolithic rock-cut temples. Explore the intricate carvings and sculptures. For a snack, try some local delicacies at a nearby cafe.
Evening
Witness the breathtaking sunset at the beach and relax by the shore. Head back to Chennai and enjoy dinner at Dindigul Thalappakatti Restaurant, known for its flavorful biryanis.
Bedtime
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Spiritual Journey in Kanchipuram

Morning
Travel to Kanchipuram, known as the "City of Thousand Temples." Explore the magnificent Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram and soak in the spiritual ambiance. Enjoy a traditional South Indian breakfast at A2B - Adyar Ananda Bhavan.
Afternoon
Visit the Varadharaja Perumal Temple Kanchipuram and admire its architectural grandeur. Explore the bustling silk markets and shop for exquisite silk sarees. For lunch, try the authentic Chettinad cuisine at Ponnusamy Hotel.
Evening
Return to Chennai and spend the evening at leisure. Relax at a local cafe and enjoy a cup of filter coffee. For dinner, indulge in a barbecue feast at Barbeque Nation.
Bedtime
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Cultural and Historical Gems

Morning
Begin your day with a visit to the historic St. Thomas Mount Little Mount & St Thomas Mount (Chinnamalai & Parangi Malai). Explore the church and enjoy panoramic views of the city. For breakfast, try the delicious South Indian dishes at Sangeetha Veg Restaurant.
Afternoon
Discover the rich history of Chennai with a guided walking tour of George Town Chennai George Town Origins Guided Walking Tour. Explore the vibrant markets and learn about the city's colonial past. For lunch, savor the flavors of North Indian cuisine at Copper Chimney.
Evening
End your trip with a visit to the iconic Marina Beach Chennai Marina Beach and Private Sightseeing Guided Tour. Enjoy the evening breeze and indulge in some beachside snacks. For a memorable farewell dinner, dine at Annalakshmi Restaurant and savor their delectable vegetarian buffet.
Bedtime
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