In a Nutshell

Chennai’s only luxury heritage hotel, the Vivanta by Taj Connemara offers superb dining, a spectacular swimming pool and a wide range of spa treatments.

At a Glance

  • Great base to explore Madras (Chennai)
  • Perfect if you don’t want to stay in a generic international style hotel and want something with a bit of character and history
  • Great range of facilities and good quality rooms
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Swimming Pool

The Detail

The luxury Vivanta by Taj Connemara, set among the ramparts of an old Dutch fort, and within easy striking distance of the famous shore temple at Mahabalipuram, is Chennai’s only heritage hotel. Rooms have a fresh classical décor and are oases of calm and relaxation, overlooking lush gardens and a specatcular shaded swimming pool.

Dining at Taj Connemara is superb, with both Asian and continental cuisine served round the pool, while the signature Jiva spa offers a fabulous range of holistic treatments. Yoga and meditation classes are also offered. While in Chennai, be sure to visit Fort St George, an evocative reminder of British Empire days, and have your fortune told on Marina Beach. There are also many superb South Indian temples to visit, including Kapaleeshwar and, of course, the remarkable shore temple at Mahabalipuram further down the coast.

Vivanta by Taj – Connemara Itineraries

Travel is all about those unique and special moments which make you smile. Our aim is simple: to offer exceptionally unique and innovative itineraries that are totally personalised around you.

Tamil Nadu & The Andaman Islands

Chennai - Pondicherry - Covelong - Andaman Islands  

Combining the cultural highlights of Tamil Nadu and the beautiful beaches of the Andaman Islands is one of India’s best-kept secrets. Start in Chennai, formerly known as Madras, before exploring Pondicherry and the superb shore temples of Mahabalipuram.

14 days from £2310 p. p.

Kick-back in the Andaman Islands

Calcutta - Andaman Islands - Chennai  

The Andaman Islands are closer to Burma and Thailand than they are to India, and yet they haven’t seen the huge development that has blighted many of these picture-perfect beach destinations.

12 days from £2195 p. p.

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.