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Tamil Nadu Holiday

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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Hyatt Regency Chennai AU$109
Reviewed on 26 Sep. 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

    Staff was very friendly and the hotel was well maintained. We especially liked their breakfast, and would definitely recommend it to our friends and family.

    Hotel Savera AU$68
    Reviewed on 12 Oct. 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

      I am a regular guest at this property, and I’m happiest with the friendly attitude and service from the hotel staff. This time, there was a cockroach in my bathroom which is not expected in a hotel of this standard.

      The Leela Palace Chennai AU$184
      Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2019
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      The Leela Palace Chennai

      The Leela Palace Chennai

      175 Sathya Dev Avenue Extn, MRC Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent facility with very attentive staff right from the time we checkin, choice of 3 beautiful restaurants that serve delicious food. Overall very pleased to spend a day here to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Well worth it and would recommend this hotel to anyone who visits Chennai.

        ibis Chennai City Centre - An AccorHotels Brand AU$69
        Reviewed on 16 Sep. 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
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great. Nice staffs and good foods. Prefer to stay next time......😀

          Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai AU$149
          Reviewed on 24 Sep. 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

            Very nice overall , next time also we stay only here and also recommend friends circle

            ITC Grand Chola, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chennai AU$235
            Reviewed on 16 Sep. 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

              ITC has always liked up to its reputation as a choice hotel. This is our 2nd stay at ITC and it was awesome. The best thing about staying at ITC is their staff. In fact, one of the staff could actually remember us from our stay 2 years ago. What more can you ask of them. In terms, of check-in, cleanliness, ...

              Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram AU$165
              Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2019
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              Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

              Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

              57, Covelong Road, Kanchipuram District, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great service. Cleanliness can use improvement, especially bathroom details: backsplash, grout, seals...

                The Park Chennai AU$84
                Reviewed on 23 Sep. 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

                  In the bathroom there is a leak in the sink and all over the bathroom water is leaking.

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