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Temples of Tamil Nadu, India Tour

Explore the remnants of ancient Indian dynasties before the crowds do.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  In the country’s southernmost state, in the teeming, hectic, vivid, and touristically untrammeled temple cities of Tamil Nadu, a part ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Dakshinachitra

Near Chennai, this village of reconstructed houses typical of southern India, hosts Muslim silk-mat weavers, who practice and sell their craft.

Address:
East Coast Road
Muttukadu
India

Phone:
91-44-2747-2603

2. Fisherman’s Cove

A seaside resort with 88 rooms.

Address:
Covelong Beach
Chennai
India

Phone:
91-44-6741-3333

3. Meenakshi Sundareswara

This Madurai temple was built in the 16th-century. There are those who refer to Madurai as a power center, claiming that the earth around the old temple emanates supercharged vibrations.

Address:
Madurai
India

4. Ranganathaswamy Vishnu temple complex

Take a short walk through the temple city’s seven concentric perimeter walls, each traditionally inhabited by a separate caste, and come away with a blur of mostly superficial impressions of the "hall of 1,000 pillars" (there are actually 953). Seemingly

Address:
St. Uthrai St.
Tamil Nadu
India

Phone:
91-43-1243-2246

5. St. Andrew’s Church

A British colonial church built in 1821, modeled on London’s Church of St.-Martin’s-in-the-Fields

Address:
37, Poonamallee High Rd
Chennai
India

Phone:
91-44-2561-2608

6. The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai

The hotel, a series of rambling structures on one of the city’s four prominent hillsides, was built in 1891 to house a British magnate who ran a global trade in goods from local cotton mills.

Address:
40 TPK Rd., Pasumalai
Madurai
India

Phone:
91-45-2237-1601

7. The Bangala

The hotel itself is a collection of simple stucco structures, 13 rooms in a former men’s club set on the outskirts of the village and owned by a septuagenarian widow named Meenakshi Meyyappan and her relatives. A dignified woman from an important family, Meyyappan is shrewd and gentle, obviously accustomed to running a fine household. The mottled ... More

8. Victoria Technical Institute

Opened in 1887 for the Queen Empress’s jubilee; particularly fine goods are in the South Indian Women’s Work Room.

Address:
180 Anna SalaiChennai
India

Phone:
91-44-2852-3141