From ancient kingdoms to India’s encounters with colonialism to the site of India’s richest Hindu pilgrimage centre, how much more variety can you get? This comprehensive tour of Tamil Nadu offers an insight to the often surprisingly easy co-existence of tradition and modernity in India.
Chennai, the modern capital of Tamil Nadu was the first bastion of the British in India. Tirupati is where millions come to pay obeisance to Lord Venkateshwara and second only to the Vatican in terms of wealth. Vellore, Gingee, Pondicherry and Tranquebar represent how foreign influences are absorbed, assimilated and transformed into what is our own. Travel west from the coast into Dravidian heartland and be amazed by the grand temples epitomising the superb artistic and architectural skills of the Chola empire.