Meenakshi Temple

The Meenakshi Amman Temple is possibly the finest example of south Indian temple architecture dating from the 17th century. It features 12 tall gopurams (gateway towers), encrusted with a patchwork of gods, demons and goddesses, painted beautifully. The story goes that Meenakshi was born with three breasts, but when she met her husband, it would melt away. She met Shiva, and the prophecy came true. Every evening at 9pm, a procession carries the icon of Shiva to the shrine to spend the night in the Meenakshi Shrine.


Classic Tamil Nadu

Chennai - Rajakkad - Madurai - Chettinad - Tanjore - Pondicherry - Covelong  

For hardened Indiaphiles, Tamil Nadu is somewhat of a holy grail. Lying off-the-beaten-track, you can explore stunning Hindu temples with a distinct Dravidian Culture awaiting you.

15 days from £2005 p. p.

Southern Trader: a tour of Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Chennai - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Rajakkad - Munnar - Backwaters - Cochin  

This classic route takes you from Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu, through the hills and into the Kerala to see the tea estates, backwaters and ending on the beach.

16 days from £2270 p. p.

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Heritage Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Heritage Madurai

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The Heritage, Madurai’s top hotel, is a peaceful colonial-style retreat ideally located for cultural adventures in Tamil Nadu’s most famous temple city.

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