Tamil Nadu is often overlooked by backpackers and travellers despite the fact that this South Indian state hides many marvels in plain sight. Home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Tamil Nadu has a distinct style of architecture dating back to 700AD. It also guards a secret in the form of world's second largest mangrove forest. And, India's only ville française, technically a union territory, is still within reach. A multicultural Utopian town is bubbling with knowledge of art, architecture, music, dance, languages, agriculture and numerous other subjects for those who seek to dive deeper. At last, an eerie ghost town, flanked by two seas, sits at the site where Lord Rama initiated the bridge to Lanka all those years ago.
This 9-day itinerary will you take to relatively popular as well as little-known places in the southeast of Tamil Nadu.
The itinerary starts in Madurai and ends in Chennai. But, it can easily be done in reverse.
By air: There are direct flights to Madurai and Chennai from all the major metro cities of India.
By train: There are trains to Madurai and Chennai from all the major metro cities of India.
By bus: Madurai is overnight bus away from Kochi, Coimbatore, Mysore and Bangalore. Chennai can be reached overnight from Bangalore, Mysore and Hyderabad.