Tamil Nadu is in the south-eastern corner of India. Above all, it has a great history dating back thousands of years. This Tamil speaking Dravidian state has seen the powerful Chola and Pallava dynasties leave behind temples of undeniable beauty. Furthermore, they have left stunning colourful stone carvings and bronze sculptures that impress any visitor. A tour of Tamil Nadu doesn’t have to involve seeing a long list of temples, as its rural heartlands are exceptionally interesting. For instance, a visit to the rural district of Chettinad or the hills around Kodaikanal gives your tour a perfect balance.
The British established the capital of Tamil Nadu, Madras (now Chennai), in the 17th century. Moreover, the French established Pondicherry, the Danes at Tranquebar and the Dutch at Cuddalore. For those interested in temples, you can explore Kanchipuram, close to Madras. The rock-cut shore temples of Mahabalipuram are undeniably exquisite. Moreover, you will be astounded by the temples in Tanjore. Madurai has the most impressive temple, the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Many guests combine Tamil Nadu with a journey across into neighbouring Kerala or add on a beach stay in the Andaman Islands.