One day trip to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram

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One day trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram

Chennai, being one of the most visited places in India, has a reputation for being a clean city. Chennai is considered to be the centre point of South India. People from Chennai travel to other parts of the south to explore more of the southern region. Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram are the prime places people like to travel to. The question is, how much does it cost and how can you make a one day trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Read below to find the answers to all your queries.

You need to get your plan prepared. Unprepared trips are fun in movies, but in reality, it's quite the opposite. You need to pack your luggage according to the time you'll be spending on the road.  You need to pre-book your hotels to ensure safety and comfort. It can be tough, but it's better to go through this hardship than suffer later.


Trips to Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram can be a great discovery and sightseeing of history and architecture. The oldest architecture from the 7th century to the 18th century are present there. Dravidian history will amaze you. Don't forget to connect to the locals, they can tell you stories no one else could. 

 

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Fun with Self drive one-day trips

Short trips are another story. You can do without planning much luggage. It could be more fun because you are aware of the short time you have with yourself. It is a 2 hours’ drive from Chennai to Kanchipuram. A one day trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram is possible. It is even better with your vehicle. You can stop wherever and whenever you want.


The awareness of the short time you have makes the sightseeing even better. Also, you travel to multiple places which give you a lot of stories to tell your friends. Travel is food for the brain. Don’t you agree? Travelling to sites with a historical background can be observed. You will get the feeling of travelling through time. Witnessing the works of 7th century gives your brain a lot to wonder about. 


The next question that comes to mind is about the mode of transportation. You can book a car online. IndusGo is a trusted name in the field of rental cars. You can even get a home delivery for yourself, which is a great thing. Rent a car with us to have an amazing trip.

Facts to keep in mind for a one day trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram

  1.  Firstly, get your plan straight. List out all the possible destinations you can go to. Check out the best routes to visit Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai and carry a map with yourself or point it on your online map. Plan it in a way that you can visit most of the destinations on your way.   

  2. Try to start your trip early in the morning. Get a good night's sleep, get your bags packed, and start your trip. You won't find much traffic in the morning and you'll reach the place soon. Remember it's a one day trip, so packing a lot of stuff is not needed. 

  3. Book your ride's arrival a couple of hours before you plan to leave. You shouldn't take chances with your time of arrival. It is advised that you get your car at least an hour before you plan to leave. On-time arrival is not something most of the rental companies live up to. So, don't take chances. If you have pre-booked a car from us, you won’t face such issues.

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Places to visit in Kanchipuram

  1. Kailasanathar Temple is one of the most visited sites in Kanchipuram. Ekambareswarar Temple is known for its architecture and sculptures. You can visit most of the temples in a day. 

  2. The cultural heritage of Hinduism can be found in Kanchi Kudil. But it is pretty far from the city. If you can wake up early and plan your ride, that'll be a great place to see. It has paintings, old utensils, photos of the site, and also some Pooja items. 

  3. Anna Memorial is a site built in the memory of the former chief minister, C. N. Annadurai. He was cremated there. Former chief minister Karunanidhi was also buried at the same site. It has a museum dedicated to the chief ministers. It was renovated in 2012, which gave it a shiny glow which is admired by the visitors. 

 Best time to visit Kanchipuram are the months of December to February. Winters are much cooler in comparison with other places in Southern India. The temperature varies between 19°C to 29°C which makes it an ideal time and weather to visit this beautiful Temple City, Kanchipuram.

Another great place nearby is Mahabalipuram. It is famous for the construction by the Pallava Dynasty. Evolution of the Dravidian style of architecture can be found in the city. The best part is that you can make a one day trip from Chennai to Mahabalipuram.  

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Places in Mahabalipuram visited by tourists

  1. Panch Rathas’ monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture attracts a lot of tourists. It's an example of how the Dravidian architecture evolved with time. This unfinished piece includes 5 equally attractive monuments and a beautiful site to see. In 1984 it was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

  2. Alamparai Fort is another beautiful site to feast your eyes on. The ruins give a mysterious vibe which can inspire your soul to make art. Built on the Bay of Bengal, it was used as an export site by the Mughals in the 18th century. Now it's all ruins, which is what attracts most of the tourists to this site. 

  3. Descent of the Ganges is an interesting place to visit. Its history is unclear, but it has an amazing artistic expression. Locals believe that it is an expression of the legend of how Goddess Ganga descended to earth. Some also claim it to be a depiction of Arjuna's penance to defeat the Kauravas. 

  4. Seashell Museum in Mahabalipuram is the largest seashell museum in Asia. More than 20,000 seashells can be found in the premises. It's not crowded so it's a great visit option if you want to know about seashells.

Mahabalipuram during summer is quite warm. Enjoying the beach in this scorching heat is next to impossible. The best time to visit Mahabalipuram is the winter season. With warm days and cold nights, you can explore the town blissfully and enjoy all types of outdoor activities.   

Being welcomed by the historical architecture in Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram can be overwhelming. The cities have a long history and influence in South India. A trip to these two places can give you tons of brain food and stories to tell.

If you're planning a one day trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram you can check our website for all traveling needs. We will provide you with a quality vehicle for your travels, and guess what? The delivery time of our ride is very punctual. 

Take a relaxed and open mind to these places and you will not regret your trip. Take your water bottle, and pack your lunch, set your playlist and get ready for an adventure. Don't forget to get a good night's sleep. Set your alarm, wake up, get ready and leave. Don't forget to pull the windows down to let air cheer you up.

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