Tanjore Dancing Dolls
Treasures of Tamil Nadu
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India

Treasures of Tamil Nadu

(12 days)

Chennai, Madurai, Chettinad, Tanjore, Pondicherry, Chennai

Seasoned travelers find exquisite value in this fascinating tour that takes you through the fertile lands of Tamil Nadu. En route, you will encounter some elegant temple towns where visitors get a chance to explore the magnificence of Dravidian art forms and the rich heritage of rural South India.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Off the Beaten Track
Family

At a Glance

Chennai (Madras) (2 nights), Madurai (2 nights), Chettinad (2 nights), Tanjore (2 nights), Pondicherry (3 nights), Chennai (Madras) (0 night)


Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • This itinerary gives you a one of a kind chance to discover the hidden tracks of South India
  • Ideal for second time visitors to India, explore the temple towns and the mansions of Chettinad
  • Take a walk in the French town of Pondicherry, and relax on the water front promenade during the serene sunsets

Detailed Itinerary


Chennai (Madras) (2 nights)

Days  ( 1 - 3 )

Chennai (Madras)

Chennai (Madras)

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is a city that comes with a history going back 369 years. Considered to be the 6th largest city in India and the capital of the State of Tamil Nadu, it offers a vibrant local culture along with an impressive art scene. In addition to having a fabulously established IT sector, it is also among the most preferred medical tourism destinations in the country.

Activities

Tour of Chennai city with a local guide. Visit the National Museum and Fort St George, a fine example of 17th Century British military architecture. Within the fort there is a museum and St. Mary�s Church, the first Anglican Church built in India. Also visit the Basilica of San Thome and the Kapaleeswarar Temple dedicated to Shiva.

 

Madurai (2 nights)

Days  ( 3 - 5 )

Madurai

Madurai

Madurai is crowning glory of southern India located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Travelers can look forward to a host of intriguing travel experiences in the 2500 year old city that offers everything from Shiva temples to theme parks. Dubbed as the ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ or the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ in popular culture; Madurai is known to have an electric nightlife. The entire city is said to be built around the revered Meenakshi Amman Temple that was completed in 1655 CE.

Activities

Visit the Meenakshi Temple - built at the same time as the Taj Mahal, it is an outstanding example of south Indian Hindu architecture with nine towering gopurams smothered in a riot of colourful stucco images. This is an amazing place to absorb the atmosphere of Hinduism, with the dark pillared halls filled with thousands of pilgrims, bare-chested priests and the scent of flowers, coconut and ghee.

 

Chettinad (2 nights)

Days  ( 5 - 7 )

Chettinad

Chettinad

Homeland of Nattukottai Chettairs, this town in Tamil Nadu is home to some extravagant palaces that were built to keep the wealth of these professional businessmen safe. While the clan seems to have moved out during the Second World War, today this town is a thriving tourist paradise that must not be missed.

Activities

A guided visit to this area provides an interesting contrast to the ancient history of the temple towns, with traditional craftsmen at work in the market and dusty lanes lined with crumbling carved facades hiding cavernous interiors supported by Burma teak and satinwood pillars.

 

Tanjore (2 nights)

Days  ( 7 - 9 )

Tanjore

Tanjore

Famously known as the rice bowl of India, Tanjore is situated close to the delta near the Cauvery River. It is famous all over the world for its special kind of paintings. It is known that Bharatnatyam, a classical dance form in India also evolved in Tanjore.

Activities

Visit the 1,000-year-old Brihadishwara Temple built by King Rajaraja I and now a World Heritage Site. The architectural achievement is impressive with an 80-tonne granite block capping the 60-metre high inner temple. Later visit the The Nayak Palace, although rather dishevelled, is also worth investigating for its superb Chola bronze collection and elaborately decorated Durbar Hall.

 

Pondicherry (3 nights)

Days  ( 9 - 12 )

Pondicherry

Pondicherry

Pondicherry or Pondy is an attractive South Indian city that is a world renowned holiday locale. Also known as Puducherry; the city houses a number of majestic structures, cathedrals and avenues designed with French architecture that have maintained their colonial character. Exciting travel experiences await tourists in the charming Pondicherry with the exotic bazaars of Poduke and some serene city beaches.

Activities

Visit the Auroville Ashram which is located just outside the city is one of the most famous ashrams in India. Founded by the guru Sri Aurobindo at the beginning of the 20th century, his work was continued by his devoted follower and companion, a French woman known as The Mother.

 

Chennai (Madras) (0 night)

Days  ( 12 - 12 )

Chennai (Madras)

Chennai (Madras)

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is a city that comes with a history going back 369 years. Considered to be the 6th largest city in India and the capital of the State of Tamil Nadu, it offers a vibrant local culture along with an impressive art scene. In addition to having a fabulously established IT sector, it is also among the most preferred medical tourism destinations in the country.

Activities

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Locations & Directions

Chennai, Madurai, Chettinad, Tanjore, Pondicherry, Chennai


Price Range starts from
$ 1,322 onwards

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