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India - Tamil Nadu & Chennai (Chapter)

15th Edition Oct 2013

This is the Tamil Nadu & Chennai chapter from Lonely Planet’s India guidebook.

Tamil Nadu is dynamic. Fire-worshipping devotees who smear tikka on their brows in Tamil temples may then head off to IT offices to develop new software applications – and afterwards unwind in a stylish nocturnal haunt in rapidly modernising Chennai (Madras).

  • soak up the unique Franco-Indian style of Puducherry (Pondicherry)
  • maps
  • climb into the cool forests of the Western Ghats at Kodaikanal or Ooty (Udhagamadalam)
  • transport
  • admire the magnificence of Chola architecture at Thanjavur’s Brihadishwara Temple
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Chennai (Madras), Northern Tamil Nadu, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Gingee (Senji), Puducherry (Pondicherry), Auroville, Central Tamil Nadu, Chidambaram, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), Southern Tamil Nadu, Chettinadu, Madurai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin), The Western Ghats, Kodaikanal (Kodai) & around, Coimbatore & around, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Ooty (Ootacamund, Udhagamandalam) and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.

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