Enchanting Tamil Nadu Tour

11 Day – Private tour with air-conditioned car and driver
From £1495 low season & £1795 high season
ABTA and ATOL protected holidays

This enchanting Tamil Nadu tour is perfect for anyone interested in history and culture and is looking for a south India temple tour. Amongst other treasures you will discover the temple town of Madurai and explore the wonderful world heritage sites of the Great Living Chola Temples in Thanjavur & Darasuram, and the Ancient Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram.

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this tour is just an example to help inspire you. If you would like we can also arrange your flights for a fully ATOL protected holiday. Contact the team for more information on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com

Highlights of the Enchanting Tamil Nadu Tour

Rickshaw Ride, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)
  • Sightseeing tour of Chennai
  • Mamallapuram UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Full day tour of Puducherry
  • Great Living Chola Temples UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Airavatesvara Temple and  Brihadisvara Temple
  • Lord Nataraja Temple tour
  • See the expert craft people at Chettinad
  • Time to explore Rajakkad and the beautiful Western Ghats
  • Tour of the wonderful temple town of Madurai

Enchanting Tamil Nadu Tour Itinerary

Enchanting Tamil Nadu Tour

The first stop on your South India tour is Chennai, the thriving capital of the Southern state of Tamil Nadu and a rich storehouse of Southern culture and tradition. On arrival at Chennai International Airport you will be met by your Authentic India Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon you will embark upon a discovery tour of Chennai. Highlights of the tour include the ancient Shiva temple of Kapaleeshwarar, Fort St. George and Santhome Basilica, which is said to have been built over the tomb of Thomas the Apostle.

End the day with a visit to Marina beach, a 13km stretch of sand and sea. It’s a popular hangout spot for the locals and is perfect for an evening promenade.

Accommodation: Taj Connemara Hotel, Chennai
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we drive along the coast to visit Mamallapuram, a laid back beachside town where the ancient and the modern rub shoulders.

Here you will find the Ancient Monuments at Mamallapuram UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the chariot shaped temples (rathas) and amazing cave temples, carved deep into the rock which date back to the 7th and 8th centuries.

The intricately carved Shore Temple, which overlooks the Bay of Bengal, is a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours, 70 kms
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Temple Bay, Mamallapuram
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you have a day of leisure to discover Mamallapuram at your own pace. It’s an opportunity to rediscover the Ancient Monuments of Mamallapuram or alternatively you can visit the seashell museum or try the Mamallapuram lighthouse for great views.

This laid back beachside town is the perfect place to just relax and enjoy the coastal location  Othavadai Street is a popular traveller’s hangout spot, a place to grab a plate of Tibetan momos and a beer. Mamallapuram is also a renowned surfing destination and offers beautiful beaches.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Temple Bay, Mamallapuram
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy the morning drive to the former French colony of Puducherry. This is a town brimming with unique experiences, from the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram to miles of beautiful sandy beaches.

You can visit the striking Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple to meet their resident elephant, Lakshmi. Here you will earn a blessing in exchange for a donation of a few rupees or a banana, which she will accept with her trunk. Later we will visit a handmade paper-making unit and Puducherry museum, to learn about the city’s fascinating colonial history.

Explore the historic French Quarter with its wide cobbled streets and some of the best restaurants in South India, offering a scintillating fusion of French and Indian cuisines.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours, 100 kms
Accommodation: Palais De Mahe, Puducherry
Meals included: Breakfast

The next stage of your holiday in India takes you inland to the bustling temple town of Kumbakonam. En route there is an opportunity to visit Chidambaram, home to one of Tamil Nadu’s Dravidian architectural highlights – the famous Nataraja Temple complex.

Our travels then continue on to Darasuram, where you will find the famous Indian landmark, the ornate Airavatesvara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be plenty of time to explore Kumbakonam and its abundant, colourful temples.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours, 160 kms
Accommodation: Mantra Koodam, Kumbakonam
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we depart for Chettinad, the homeland of the Chettiyars, stopping on the way in the historic town of Thanjavur which is famed for its UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Living Chola Temples

You will have time to visit the beautiful Brihadeeshwara Temple, which has a 62-metre high sandstone tower ornately decorated with religious carvings as well as the bronze museum.

Approximate travel time and distance: in total 3-5 hours, 150 km
Accommodation: Visalam, Chettinad
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, it’s time to explore Chettinad at leisure. This community of merchants grew prosperous trading in Southeast Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries, and spared no expense building their homes in Chettinad, so it’s little wonder that there’s so much grandeur to take in today.

For example, stroll the shady streets admiring the vast palatial mansions and take in the splendor of the art and architecture, the most famous being Chettinad Raja’s Palace. Visit the Arraynar shrine of Kothadi where alignment of terracotta figures which have been offered to the village Deity. Go antique shopping at the main market on Muneeswaran Koil street in Karaikudi, where shopkeepers are friendly and willing to chat with you about the rich history of their wares, most of them from local Chettiar homes

Accommodation: Visalam, Chettinad
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you’ll set out for Rajakkad, near the city of Dindigul. As you go further into the Western Ghats, you won’t believe your eyes watching the dense greenery fly past you.

Once you reach Rajakkad and the beautiful boutique hotel Rajakkad Estate, you have free time to relax and explore your sultry and verdant surroundings or to try out a spot of yoga on the polished black oxide platform that looks out over the valley below.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4-5 hours, 400 km
Accommodation: Rajakkad Estate, Rajakkad
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Take your time absorbing the beauty of the Rajakkad Estate and its rich history (the traditional wooden palace structure has been dismantled and reassembled in different locations twice!) then explore the surrounding coffee, cardamom, ginger and pepper plantations.

After a walk among the rich wildlife, you can saunter down to the village with one of the hotel guides or make the most of the completely tranquil estate. Make sure you don’t miss the delicious, locally-sourced dinner though!

Accommodation: Rajakkad Estate, Rajakkad
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After breakfast, it’s time to set off for the famous temple town of Madurai. This is a beautiful town set against the backdrop of the 14 colourful gopurams (gateway towers) of Meenakshi Amman Temple. You will have the chance to marvel at the multi-tiered, technicolour wonder covered in bright carvings of mythical figures. The Dravidian-style temple is a major pilgrimage site, and our guide will help you unravel its mysteries.

In the evening you will visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple. Upon entering the temple, notice the colourful textile and crafts stalls around the Pudhu Mandapam with diligent tailors at their sewing machines.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2.5 hours, 70 km
Accommodation: Heritage Madurai
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to Madurai International Airport to catch your flight home.

If you are lucky enough to have more time, why not try an extension to your tour for a beach break in Kerala.

Approximate travel time and distance: 45 mins, 15 km
Meals included: Breakfast

Sights to enjoy on the Enchanting Tamil Nadu Tour

Marina Beach, Chennai. Tamil Nadu
The Autos, Chennai. Tamil Nadu
Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Marina Beach, Chennai. Tamil Nadu
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu
Five Rathas, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu
Shore Temple, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu
Fishing Boats, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu
Serenity Bay, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)
Rickshaw Ride, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)
Lycee Francais, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)
French Quarter, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)
Lord Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Lord Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Lord Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu Countryside
Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
Temple Enterance, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu
Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu
Terracotta Horses, Ayyanar Temple, Chettinad, Tamil Nadu
Market, Chettinad, Tamil Nadu
Meenakshi Amma Temple Complex, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Meenakshi Amma Temple Complex, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Marina Beach, Chennai. Tamil Nadu

The Autos, Chennai. Tamil Nadu

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Marina Beach, Chennai. Tamil Nadu

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu

Five Rathas, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu

Shore Temple, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu

Fishing Boats, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu

Serenity Bay, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)

Rickshaw Ride, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)

Lycee Francais, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)

French Quarter, Puducherry, (Pondicherry)

Lord Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

Lord Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

Lord Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Countryside

Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

Temple Enterance, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu

Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu

Terracotta Horses, Ayyanar Temple, Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

Market, Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

Meenakshi Amma Temple Complex, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Meenakshi Amma Temple Complex, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Places on the Enchanting Tamil Nadu Tour

Pricing and Inclusions

Price guide for this 11 day Tamil Nadu Tour is

  • £1495 in low season (May – September  inclusive)
  • £1795 in high season (October – April inclusive)

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January.

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All internal transfers and sightseeing tours using an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation for 10 nights on twin sharing basis
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Rajakkad Estate on full board, Bed and Breakfast elsewhere
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tours of Chennai, Madurai, Thanjavur, Puducherry and Mamallapuram
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call us on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this South India tour is just an example to help inspire you.

For more information please email info@aitholidays.com or call our India specialists on 01792 315499.

ABTA and ATOL Protected Tour Package

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.