1 Mamallapuram

Stone-carvers’ workshops, a long sandy beach and wonderful Pallava monuments have made this a top tourist attraction.

2 Puducherry

Former French colony that has retained the ambience of a Gallic seaside town: croissants, a promenade and gendarmes wearing képis.

3 Thanjavur

Home to some of the world’s finest Chola bronzes, this town is dominated by the colossal tower of the Brihadishwara Temple.

4 Madurai

The love nest of Shiva and his consort Meenakshi, this busy city’s major temple hosts a constant round of festivals.

5 Kanyakumari

At the southern tip of the Subcontinent, Kanyakumari marks the sacred meeting point of the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

6 The Ghats

The spine of southern India, excellent for trekking through lush mountains and tea plantations from its refreshingly cool hill stations.

7 Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

This densely forested park is becoming increasingly popular for its wild elephants and excellent accommodation.

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