India: Tantalising Tamil Nadu (3 Weeks)
Day 1-3 Chennai
Immerse yourself in the action in the city of Chennai, once known as Madras. Explore Fort St. George, housing a museum devoted to the city’s roots as both a British military garrison as well as an outpost for the East India Trading Company.
Transfers to Mahabalipuram 1h33m
Day 4-6 Mahabalipuram
Once the seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom, you’ll be amazed at the Shore Temple, a stone structure built from blocks of granite and one of the oldest temples in South India. Every Deecmber, a festival celebrating Indian dance is held here.
Transfers to Pondicherry 1h55m
Day 7-9 Pondicherry
Get under the skin of this French colonial settlement commonly abbreviated to Pondy to learn more about its fascinating past. Its French Quarter is where you’ll find chic shops, boutiques, colonial villas and streets lined with elegant trees.
Transfers to Thanjavur 4h11m4h10m
Day 10-12 Thanjavur
Gravitate towards this centrer of South Indian art, architecture and religion, in the city once known as Tanjore. Sure to make its mark is the impressive Brihadishwara temple, a Hindu place of worship dedicated to the goddess Shiva.
Transfers to Madurai 3h09m3h45m
Day 13-15 Madurai
Exploring Madurai means one thing: checking out the fourteen gateway towers or gopurams of Meenakshi Amman Temple. This distinctive landmark is covered from head to foot with bright, colourful depictions of Hindu gods and is an important pilgrimage site for followers of the Hindu religion.
Transfers to Kumarakom; Kerala 6h51m
Day 16-18 Kumarakom; Kerala
Explore Kumarakom’s famous freshwater lake, the Vembanad, fringed with coconut groves, The islands on the lake provide a sanctuary for exotic birds and the cottages on stilts that sit right on the water will give you a front-row seat to and the show staged by the wildlife that make their home on the beautiful lake shore.
Transfers to Cochin; Kerala 1h26m