Take a step back in time with this tailor-made journey through South India’s Tamil Nadu region. Soaring temples and colourful countryside combine for an unforgettable look at India’s past and present.
Your journey will begin in the city of Chennai. The city of Chennai, on India’s South-eastern Coromandel Coast, is the capital of Tamil Nadu, a region noted for its magnificent ancient temples. Here you will stay at the Taj Gateway Connemara - Chennai’s only heritage hotel with a wonderful Art Deco feel. From Chennai you will explore the ancient capital city of Kanchipuram where you will find hundreds of temples in and around the city which are a wonder to behold - combining hundreds of towering carved pillars, sculptures and cloisters and a blend of Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagar influences.
Next your journey will take you to Madurai on the banks of Vaigai River, famous for the Meenakshi Temple. This temple town is unique in that all its temples are living temples. Here you will stay at the Gateway Hotel, located atop the Pasumalai hill amid 62 acres of peaceful, landscaped gardens, and completed in colonial style architecture. It remains a major religious centre, attracting more than 10,000 pilgrims and tourists each day.
Next you will explore the interesting Chettinadu villages, mansion houses and markets. Little known to the outside world, Chettinadu's rarely visited temples, architecture, crafts and rural life are a must for anyone interested in the history and culture of South India. Then, on to Trichy, where visible for miles, is the Fort Rock Temple which you may wish to explore by climbing a tunnel of 437 steps for spectacular view of the Ragunathanswami temple at Srirangam. You will also visit Tanjore (Thanjavur) and Pondicherry, which has a rich French cultural heritage, having been the capital of the French colonies in India since the 17th century. The French legacy is visible in the well-planned town, neatly laid roads, wide and vibrant beaches, beautiful promenades, architecturally imposing churches, public buildings and statues. Split into two parts, Pondicherry is, on one hand a bustling Indian market town, and on the other, towards the sea, emptier, cleaner and decidedly European. After breakfast, you will be taken to the SriAurobindo Ashram, the most popular attraction in Pondicherry located on Rue de la Marine.
Your journey will end with some blissful relaxation at Vivanta by Taj at Fisherman’s Cove - one of the finest beach resorts in Southern India. The palm lined beach and sun drenched sands provide the ideal place for relaxing and with the resort’s renowned hospitality, the ultimate destination to be pampered.