A South India discovery tour that introduces you to the classic sites of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. As you venture into this region of India you discover towering temples, colonial influences, art centres and rural life . Your tour starts in the temple town of Madurai. Next, venture into quiet and quaint area of Dindigul, a path lesser known region ideal for relaxation and taking a closer look at Indian village life. Your stay here is at idyllic Rajakkad Estate. Proceed to Thanjavur – the arts and architecture centre of the region with a plethora of temples to explore. Spend the following night in the peaceful village of Tranquebar on Bungalow on the beach.Continue to Pondicherry, a former French colony until 1954. A walking tour of this colonial town is insightful. Your tour ends with a three nights relaxing stay in Mahabalipuram. Explore its Shore Temples, a World Heritage site and capture the sunset along the shores of Bay of Bengal.
This South India tour can be taken as is or discuss your preferences with us to create your tailor made holiday to South India. Consider extending the tour to neighbouring state of Kerala.
Fly to Madurai via Chennai.
Afternoon arrive Madurai. Afternoon at leisure. Evening visit to Sri Meenakshi Temples complex to witness the extraordinary ‘going to bed’ ceremony dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Drive to Dindigul. Evening at leisure at the estate. First of two nights here.
Drive to Tanjore, a centre for South Indian art, architecture and religion with a plethora of temples and a Royal Palace to explore. First of two nights here.
Drive to Tanjore, a centre for South Indian art, architecture and religion with a plethora of temples and a Royal Palace to explore. First of two nights here
Explore the famous temples.
Drive to Tranquebar enroute visiting Dharasuram and Kumbakonam temples. Afternoon at leisure to explore Tranquebar
Drive to the former French colony of Pondicherry. The town still holds a strong French influence with cobbled streets and colonial style houses. Afternoon at leisure or consider a visit to Auroville, a centre promoting peace and harmony being run by like minded individuals coming from various parts of world. First of two nights here
Take a walking tour of this colonial town starting from the old sea front beach road enroute visiting the Catholic churches and the 19th century botanical gardens.
Drive to Mahabalipuram. Evening at leisure. First of two nights here.
Morning sightseeing of Mahabalipuram includes a visit to the ancient Shore Temples and rock carvings. Afternoon at leisure or opt in for Chennai sightseeing tour
Day at leisure.
Fly back home.
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