Essential Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Karaikudi, Rameswaram, Madurai


Tamil Nadu’s cities are capitals of culture and its small towns keepers of history. On this immersive journey into the state, you’ll see ancient temple architecture that has withstood the ravages of time and meet painters preserving age-old art forms. Trawl the lanes of craft markets for unique souvenirs and sample the delicious food of local communities for a glimpse into the heart of Tamil Nadu. 

In Chennai’s British-era architecture and Pondicherry’s French Quarter, you’ll see how cities have been shaped by years of colonial influence. After a healthy dose of architecture, history, and culture in Chennai, follow the East Coast Road south for stunning views of the Bay of Bengal. Pit stops at the coastal towns of Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry will introduce you to grand heritage monuments and charming Franco-Tamil culture. Live life king size at Chettinad’s palatial mansions, now turned into heritage hotels. You’ll meet artists and craftsmen, eat lavish traditional meals and wander through the opulent mansions of Karaikudi. We promise you a truly enriching Tamil Nadu holiday.


  • See the stunning beachside monuments at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram
  • Take a guided walking tour along the colourful lanes of Pondicherry’s French Quarter
  • Explore the experimental township of Auroville
  • Visit a unique Vedic school in old Kumbakonam Town
  • See a magnificent 1000-year-old Chola-era temple
  • Visit India’s largest Hindu temple in Srirangam
  • Explore the heritage streets of Karaikudi by cycle at dawn
  • Eat your way through Madurai on a culinary tour
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Chennai, Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Karaikudi, Rameswaram, Madurai


12 Nights

Best time to visit

December - March

Ideal for

Couples, Solo




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Palais de Mahe - CGH Earth

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