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Temple, Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India

Chennai and Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu, with its once referred to ‘Coromandel Coast’ boasts some of the most remarkable temple architecture in India.

Together with temple towns like Kanchipuram, Tanjore and Madurai and the former French territory of Pondicherry with its own distinctive colonial inheritance, Tamil Nadu is a rewarding state to visit.

Tamil Nadu also combines beautifully with a drive over the lush, green hills of the Western Ghats into Kerala for a relaxing end to your holiday.

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It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Pongal Festival

The harvest festival, celebrated by the people of Tamil Nadu. Celebrated in January, with much preparation for this festival starting a month before.

Visit Pondicherry

There is so much to see and do in Pondicherry. Cooking lessons, a Kolam art lesson, a tour of the art galleries and antique shops. Visit the ashrams in the French colonial quarter.

Temple Towns

The temple towns of Kanchipuram, Tanjore, and Madurai boasts some of the most remarkable temple architecture in India.

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Festivals in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is a land of festivals, great fervour, rangoli, bright silks, flowers, temples and lots of food. No fortnight ever passes without a festival and a temple visit.

Pongal is the most important. A harvest festival celebrated by the people of Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated every January and normally lasts for days. It celebrates the sun god for giving energy.

The temples are home to many local festivals, such as the Nathanjali Dance Festival in Chidambaram. Amongst others, the Thiruvaiyara Festival is a well renowned classical music festival in Tanjore, held every January on the banks of the River Cauvery.

Karthigal Deepam, the festival of lights, lasts for 10 days. This festival marks the end of the monsoon season. Witness rows of earthen lamps lit in front of houses in the evening, bonfires being lit outside temple entrances and a buzz in the air, as friends and family indulge in present giving.

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My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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