Mystical Tamil Nadu... Our Sacred South India Tour
14 days from £6,200 per person
This itinerary is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Cultural Holidays.
Exploring the myths and legends of the sacred south east, this journey encapsulates the very essence of mystical Tamil Nadu, providing a comprehensive insight into its Dravidian roots, imperial past and rural charms.
Begin by exploring the colonial centre of Chennai, formerly Madras, the soul of South India, and keeper of artistic, religious and culinary Tamil traditions. From Chennai fly down to Madurai, one of the oldest cities in India and often referred to as ‘the city that never sleeps’. At the heart of it all is the dazzling Meenakshi Temple, a maze-like structure ranking among India's greatest temples. The unusual Chettinad region, with the extraordinary Art Deco mansions will capture your heart, before being swept off your feet with more magnificent Hindu temple complexes in Tanjore. Capital of the great Chola empire during its heyday, the past is still very much present with thousands of people flocking to worship at the Cholas' grand Brihadeeswarar Temple daily. Head to the quiet former Danish settlement of Tranquebar and then onto the historic French town of Pondicherry, both of which still holding onto their charming colonial roots. Finish with a few days in the relaxed town of Mahabalipuram, where you can combine the impressive UNESCO sites with some relaxing time on the beach.
This tour of Tamil Nadu is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own ideal tour of India. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our collection of Epic Journeys, as well as our favourite Active and Family-Friendly itineraries.
14 days from £6,200 per person
- Day 1 - The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai - Madurai
Arrive in Chennai and catch a connecting flight to Madurai. Spend the afternoon at leisure with an evening ceremony at Meenakshi Temple.
- Day 2 - The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai - Madurai
Full day city sightseeing tour of Madurai.
- Day 3 - Visalam - Chettinad
Morning drive to Chettinad. Afternoon sightseeing tour and cookery demonstration.
- Day 4 - Visalam - Chettinad
Full day sightseeing Chettinad including the tile workshop and a bull kart ride.
- Day 5 - Svatma - Tanjore
Morning drive to Tanjore via Trichy to see Srirangam Temple. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 6 - Svatma - Tanjore
Full day city sightseeing tour of Tanjore, including Heritage Walk and Brihadeeswarar Temple.
- Day 7 - The Bungalow on the Beach - Tranquebar
Morning drive to Tranquebar via Dharasuram and Kumbakonam temples. Afternoon at leisure to explore Tranquebar.
- Day 8 - Palais de Mahe - Pondicherry
Morning drive to Pondicherry. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 9 - Palais de Mahe - Pondicherry
Half day sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 10 - Taj Fisherman's Cove - Mahabalipuram
Morning drive to Mahabalipuram via Auroville. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 11 - Taj Fisherman's Cove - Mahabalipuram
Half day sightseeing tour of Mahabhalipuram. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 12 - Taj Connemara - Chennai
Morning drive to Chennai via Kalakshetra Foundation and Dakshina Chitra Museum. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 13 - Taj Connemara - Chennai
Full day sightseeing in Chennai including an afternoon city tour.
- Day 14 - In transit.
Drive to the airport for your onward flight home.
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Anonymous, India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka