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Tamil Nadu Vacation Packages

Culturally distinct from other Indian regions, this southern state harbors a myriad of astounding ancient Hindu temples and colorful shrines.

In many ways, the state of Tamil Nadu feels like a different country. With its own language, history and heritage, and a wonderful collection of opulent religious architecture, its distinctive identity is immediately obvious to anyone arriving from the north. Marvel at the glorious temple architecture, visit old colonial centers, experience the frenetic energy of dynamic Chennai and sample the deliciously spicy cuisine.

This southern state has been shaped by its Dravidian Hindu majority. It was ruled by three major Hindu dynasties who managed to stave off potential Muslim attacks ensuring the region remained a Hindu heartland. In the 18th century, the British eventually established control of most of the region, while the French still managed to hold onto small pockets. Visit the former French colony of Pondicherry today and you’ll still find French-sounding street names, elegant tree-lined boulevards and a noticeable Gallic flavor.

This state is aptly referred to as “the land of temples” and estimates suggest there are more than 30,000 in total. No matter what part you visit, you’re bound to come across an important religious site. Head to Thanjavur to see the UNESCO-listed Brihadisvara Temple, famous for its 216.5-foot (66-meter) tower and its colorful frescoes. Mahabalipuram in Kancheepuram is another popular holy site, and is known for its detailed stone carvings, in particular its enormous elephant sculpture.

Besides temples, there is plenty more to see and experience here. Admire the vivid displays at the Madurai flower market, lounge on the golden sand beaches on the southernmost Kanyakumari and retreat to the cooler climes of the lush peaks of the Western Ghats.

Be sure to spend a day or two in the lively capital of Chennai, where you can observe the modern urban environment. Here, vendors line the swarming streets and sell cheap local delicacies, including uttapams (lentil and rice breakfast pancakes) and vadas (savory fritters).

Many international airlines offer services to and from Chennai airport. Hiring driver or renting a car is the easiest way to get around Tamil Nadu, although there are good rail connections between major cities too. Arrange to visit between November and February when the weather is at its most pleasant.


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Hotel Savera ¥4,535
Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019
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Hotel Savera

Hotel Savera

No.146, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
     
    3.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Friendly Staff and their outstanding services. House keeping is excellent and they provide you with everything you ask them. Nothing to dislike about the property

    The Park Chennai ¥6,372
    Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019
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    The Park Chennai

    The Park Chennai

    601 Anna Salai Road, Near US Embassy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
       
      3.0 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Awesome place to stay in Chennai near US consulate.

      Hyatt Regency Chennai ¥8,076
      Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019
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      Hyatt Regency Chennai

      Hyatt Regency Chennai

      365 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
         
        4.1 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Central location is a plus point . Property did not look attractive . Exterior need to look better.

        ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai ¥14,226
        Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019
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        ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai

        ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai

        # 63 Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
           
          4.5 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The only concern v had was front desk had not much information about Chennai, they were really good at checking in & out, but they couldn’t provide any local information which every tourist needs.

          ibis Chennai City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand ¥4,399
          Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019
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          ibis Chennai City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand

          ibis Chennai City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand

          690 Anna Salai, Mount Rd, Near US Consulate, Thousand Lights, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
             
            3.9 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Hand shower in 812 was broken else it was overall great. The staff in restaurant was extremely helpful

            Taj Club House ¥7,409
            Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019
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            Taj Club House

            Taj Club House

            No 2 Club House Road, Off Mount Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very helpful staff. The chef prepared food exclusively for us due to our food restrictions. Thanks again!

              Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai ¥8,669
              Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019
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              Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai

              Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai

              531 Gst Road, St.thomas Mount, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was good by service.

                Hyatt Place Rameswaram ¥4,730
                Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019
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                Hyatt Place Rameswaram

                Hyatt Place Rameswaram

                Madurai-dhanushkodi NH Road, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I Liked everything about the property and to find a 5 star Hotel in Rameshwaram we are blessed by Ramanathaswamy. Food at the restaurant is out of this world.

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