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Discovering Tamil Nadu

South India - India - Tamil Nadu

Discover the fascinating Tamil Nadu and its diverse ancient culture. During this trip to South India, you can explore the most beautiful temples in India: Madurai, Trichy, Thanjavur, Mahabalipuram and Chidambaram.

Start your tour of South India with the exploration of Tamilnadu while discovering the beautiful and holy city of Madurai and its temples. Tour the Chettinad region, visit the fallen empire, with its fort, palace and temples before travelling to Thanjavur.

Then go on to discover Pondicherry the former French colony in India, which has still preserved its original charm. You can’t afford to miss a visit to the fishing villages and the beautiful beaches of Mahabalipuram.

This trip to Tamil Nadu provides you with an opportunity to enrich your knowledge of vast heritage through a complete panorama of sights in Tamil Nadu.

Duration
8 days
based on your travel dates & customizable
From
£519
per person
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expert-voyage
Yohanna
South India Travel Expert

This trip will show you the sharp contrast in Indian life: between the turbulent life of a city and the peaceful rhythm of beaches. My advice for Pondicherry is - do not forget to enjoy pastries in a cafe by the sea!

Your tailor-made trip - Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Madras)
Day 1
Chennai (Madras)

Arrival in Chennai (Madras), generally at night. Overnight at the hotel.


Chennai - Madurai
Day 2
Chennai - Madurai

1h30 flight

Transfer to airport and flight to Madurai. Arrival in the holy city of Madurai in the morning. Visit the city, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu and Mecca of Hinduism. Visit the most sacred temple- Sri Meenakshi, one of the liveliest temples of South India, the Palace of Nayaks and the marketplace - a maze of bustling streets. Overnight at the hotel.


Madurai - Chettinad
Day 3
Madurai - Chettinad

90 km - 2 h drive

Drive to North East of Tamil Nadu. Visit the Chettinad region, including the rich palace of Chettinad at Kanadukathan, the imposing fortress of Tirumayam and the temple of Sri Gokarneshwara at Pudukkottai. Overnight at the hotel.


Chettinad - Thanjavur
Day 4
Chettinad - Thanjavur

150 km - 4 h drive

Drive to Thanjavur. Visit the royal palace dating back to the sixteenth century and Brihadishwara temple, a masterpiece of Chola architecture. Visit local markets. Overnight at hotel.


Thanjavur - Pondicherry
Day 5
Thanjavur - Pondicherry

200 km - 5 h drive

Departure for Pondicherry. En route stop at Dharasuram to visit the Airatesvara temple, a superb example of the Chola architecture of the XII century. Then stop at Gangaikondacholapuram to visit the Brihadishwara temple. Finally, stop at Chidambaram to visit the beautiful Nataraja temple dedicated to Shiva - one of the jewels of Dravidian architecture. Overnight at the hotel.


Pondicherry
Day 6
Pondicherry

Visit this peaceful city that still reflects influence of French architecture, mainly on the seafront and in the neighbourhood of the Governor. Overnight at the hotel.


Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram
Day 7
Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram

100 km - 2 h drive

Drive to Mahabalipuram. Discover the bas-relief representing the "Descent of the Ganges" and the magnificent temples by the sea. Overnight at the hotel.


Mahabalipuram - Chennai (Madras)
Day 8
Mahabalipuram - Chennai (Madras)

60 km - 1 h 30 drive

Depart for Chennai and according to your flight schedule, transfer to the airport. End of our services.


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Travel terms and conditions

Price includes

Price does not include

  • An accompanying guide for the whole trip.
  • The services of local guide for sightseeing .
  • The optional activities
  • International flights and airport taxes (international)
  • Visa fee
  • Respiration assistance
  • The entrance fees to temples, monuments, monasteries and museums for travel (visits are never mandatory)
  • Main meals
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips

Details

  • Starting from £519 per person based on 2 travellers
  • Quotation is subject to change according to availability, exchange rates and government tax rise. All the rates mentioned are based on current best available rate and can be modified at the moment of the booking.

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