You probably haven’t heard much about Tamil Nadu, a state that sweeps down the southeastern edge of India. Curiosity piqued? It should be – holidays to Tamil Nadu take you to a region lined with kingly port cities and Tamil temple complexes.
Kolam is the daily ritual of drawing a kaleidoscope of patterns with rice powder to welcome guests and gods into the home – and it sums up colourful, welcoming Tamil Nadu.
The interior climbs towards the Western Ghats in a series of plateaus, gorges and rainforests rich in mountain villages. This is where you’ll discover that food and religion are practically equals in Tamil Nadu – the pinstripe tea plantations and mountain village tea rooms are almost as vital as the temples. While you’re in South India, it’d be rude not to pay your respects to neighbouring Kerala. Lots of Tamil Nadu holidays team up the two states. Find out more about this little explored state in our Tamil Nadu travel guide.