Temples, temples, temples and the occasional tiger. Tamil Nadu is the land of the Tamils and heartland of Dravidian culture, renowned for its abundance of temple towns, many people overlook its long coastlines and forested mountains. It is easy to see why. Manifestations of its ancient culture are everywhere, from vast temple compounds with steeply stepped, riotously coloured gopurams (gateway towers) to beautifully detailed rock carvings, and classical music and dance that are both intricately complex and wonderfully compelling.
While only the very lucky few will see a tiger, the state’s national parks and reserves remain important refuges for much of India’s wildlife including elephants, several species of rare monkeys and Indian bison. The historic hill stations of Ooty (Udhagamandalam), reached by the famous miniature train, and Kodaikanal are perfect bases for exploring and provide cool, calm, green contrast to the bustle of the cities.
Temple visits, nadi astrology, culinary experience, day treks, wildlife safari, beach and spa.
Culture: Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Chidambaram, Kumbakonam, Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), Thanjavur (Tanjore), Madurai, Kanyakumari and Rameswaram, Gingee Fort, Chettinad, Karaikudi.
Hill Stations: Kodaikanal, Ooty.
National Parks: Mudumulai