South India & Kerala - Tamil Nadu & Chennai (PDF Chapter)
This is the Tamil Nadu & Chennai chapter from Lonely Planet’s South India & Kerala guidebook.
Tamil Nadu is the homeland of one of humanity’s living classical civilisations, stretching back uninterrupted for two. But this deep-South state is as dynamic as it is immersed in tradition. Spectacular temples, throbbing nightlife and serene bohemian yoga retreats; all packed into a state that remains proudly distinct from the rest of India, while also being among the most welcoming.
- Soak up the unique Franco-Indian flair, boho boutiques and lively yoga scene in Puducherry
- escape to the cool, mist-cloaked mountains and heritage hotels at Kodaikanal or Ooty hill stations
- admiring the Chola temple architecture of Brihadishwara Temple in Thanjavur
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Best Places to Sleep, Best Temples, Chennai (Madras), Northern Tamil Nadu, South of Chennai, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), 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 Kodaikanal, Coimbatore, Around Coimbatore, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Ooty (Udhagamandalam), Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, When to Go.
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