This content was produced for India 100 by the foundry @ MEREDITH CORP. Time editorial staff was not involved in its creation or production.

$, Single, Business, 5 Days

To fit some relaxation time into your business trip to India, start in Chennai and move down the coast, where you can soak up the sun, see a historical monument and relax in a former colonial settlement.

Stop 1: Chennai

When it comes to lodging, homestays are among the many decent budget-friendly options in central Chennai. Visit Fort St. George, a former British fortress from the 1600s, and the Theosophical Society, with an impressive library of religious and philosophical books and 247 acres of green including a 450-year-old banyan tree. In the evening, visit Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore and take in a traditional dance performance.

Stop 2: Mahabalipuram

After a day or two in Chennai, head by car to Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site where ancient temples beckon right on the beach. Stay in a local bed and breakfast, and take a surf lesson if the season is right.

Stop 3: Puducherry

Finally, continue south to Puducherry, a former French colonial settlement where you can sip sauvignon blanc and enjoy fine French cuisine with a view of the ocean. Take a guided tour by bike, visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram for a taste of spiritual life and the Pondicherry Museum for its historical relics.

The entire journey between Chennai and Puducherry is about 2.5 hours by car.