While Chennai reflects the British heritage of India, Pondicherry (Puducherry), affectionately known as ‘Pondi’, is distinctly French in style and ambience. This is particularly the case in the White Town, also known as the French Quarter. You’ll be able to wander along clean, European-style boulevards lined with yellow-hued mansions – this is a the perfect place to take a step away from the usual frenetic pace of Indian cities. City highlights include the spiritual Aurobindo Ashram and the charming waterfront promenade.
Home to Meenakshi, one of the most striking temples in India, Madurai is a popular pilgrimage site with a rich cultural heritage. The oldest city in Tamil Nadu dates back over 2500 years and its name derives from the Tamil word for ‘honey’.
GMT +5½ hours
Chennai international airport is a 10-hour flight from the UK.
Hindi, English and a number of other regional languages
A visa is needed for travel to India. British passport holders are able to apply for an E-Visa. The E-Visa needs to be applied for online in advance of travel and travellers must possess a machine readable passport. Please call for more information.