A Passage Through Tamil Nadu - Temple Towns and Ancient Traditions
For those wanting to escape the main tourist track, yet still enjoy some of India’s most impressive sites, Tamil Nadu is the place to come. Steeped in history, the state offers travellers a chance to get lost in it’s temple town’s where ancient traditions are still practised everyday. Heat and noise can overwhelm the senses here but those who explore the region are rewarded with unique memories and stories to take back home. The cuisine of Tamil Nadu is also a highlight, where one can indulge in distinctive dishes such as uttapams, or vadas with sambar - whilst not forgetting the famous south Indian filtered coffee.
This journey will begin in the rapidly modernising city of Chennai before heading south to the former French colony of Pondicherry. Enjoy strolling through the attractive bougainvillea lined streets, passing quaint cafes and ‘lifestyle’ shops. When finished here, you will leave the unique Franco-Indian style behind to delve deep into the spiritual side of Tami Nadu where ancient civilisations once ruled. Get immersed in colourful and fervent temple ceremonies, such spectacles happen daily in Chidambaram and Madurai. The tour will also take you through the region of Chettinad, which was once home to thousands of opulently decorated mansions from the 19th century. Soak in the restored beauty of many of these palatial homes as you enjoy the authentic Chettinadu cuisine, which is famous throughout India for it’s distinctive taste and use of spices. Finish your trip in a quieter manner as you head up into the Palani Hills to have a couple of nights’ relaxation. Enjoy your stay in a grand heritage house surrounded by acres of farmland and forests where you can sit back with a good book or tie up your laces to follow the hiking trails.
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Guide price £2,795 PP
Rajakkad Estate, Tamil Nadu
Taj Connemara, Chennai