Where to go in Tamil Nadu and Chennai
List of regions
Pondicherry is best known as the former capital of France's India colony - a Gallic enclave of whitewashed 18th century homes with walled gardens and bougainvillea.
Mahabalipuram is India's stone-carving capital: a city given over to ancient and modern sculpture and intricate idol making.
The great Tamil temples of the south pierce the sky of just about every town, along with a network of sacred sites, shrines, holy trees, rocks and rivers, and ancient pilgrimage routes.