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Guide to the Temples Tamil Nadu, India

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Photo: Frederic Lagrange

In the country's southernmost state, in the teeming, hectic, vivid, and touristically untrammeled temple cities of Tamil Nadu, a part of India remains that the hordes have yet to overrun. Here the pace of life is largely dictated by agrarian rhythms unaltered for centuries. Even hardscrabble existence is enriched by belief and a great cultural opulence left behind by the Chola, the Pandya, the Vijayanagar, and other vanished ancient dynasties.

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Destinations: Mumbai · Tamil Nadu State

Inspired by: The Temples of Tamil Nadu — by Guy Trebay, Published Jan. 2008

Hotels (4)

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    The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai

    The hotel, a series of rambling structures on one of the city's four prominent hillsides, was built in 1891 to house a British magnate who ran a gl

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    Taj Coromandel

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    Fisherman's Cove

    A seaside resort with 88 rooms.

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    The Bangala

    The hotel itself is a collection of simple stucco structures, 13 rooms in a former men's club set on the outskirts of the village and owned by a se

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Activities (10)

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    Thanjavur Royal Palace and Museums

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    Shore Temple

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    Government Museum

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    Chettinad Museum

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    Brihadishwara Temple

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    Victoria Technical Institute

    Opened in 1887 for the Queen Empress's jubilee; particularly fine goods are in the South Indian Women's Work Room.

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    St. Andrew's Church

    A British colonial church built in 1821, modeled on London's Church of St.-Martin's-in-the-Fields

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    Ranganathaswamy Vishnu temple complex

    Take a short walk through the temple city's seven concentric perimeter walls, each traditionally inhabited by a separate caste, and come away with

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    Meenakshi Sundareswara

    This Madurai temple was built in the 16th-century. There are those who refer to Madurai as a power center, claiming that the earth around the old t

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    Dakshinachitra

    Near Chennai, this village of reconstructed houses typical of southern India, hosts Muslim silk-mat weavers, who practice and sell their craft.

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