Tamil Nadu is more than just Chennai. It is also home to charming little towns like Puducherry and many more tiny islands. Discover the state through a coastal journey. Divya Behl and Vikas Plakkot you how.

 

Puducherry

The French colony of Puducherry is home to some of the most hip cafes in the country, undisturbed beaches, and the experiential township of Auroville. When To Visit: November to February.
► Be it a film festival, coffee roasting class, water therapy, or yoga, the township of Auroville has something for everyone.
► Take a walk around the only sea facing French quarters of Puducherry that reeks of its historical past.

 

Stay
► French architecture and luxurious setting of La Villa give a break from cookie-cutter stays.
► Stay at Temple Tree Retreat to be closer to all the action at Auroville.

 

 

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Pamban Island

Home of the late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and an important Hindu pilgrimage site, Pamban Island is today an adventure hot zone. It is a bridge away from mainland India, and a well-guarded secret. The Pamban train bridge is India’s first sea bridge and the second longest, after Mumbai’s sea link. When To Visit: November to February

 

Do
►Take the train to the town and visit the revered Ramanathaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. On your way back from Pamban, try the road bridge.
► Visit the abandoned town of Dhanushkodi that has remained desolated since the cyclone of 1954.

 

Stay
Kathadi North will give you a unique homestay experience with lovely hosts who are experts at every outdoor adventure.
► A no-frills classic luxury hotel, Daiwik Hotel, Rameswaram features elegant rooms and a comfortable stay.

 

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Mamallapuram

The seaside town has a growing surf scene and new restaurants serving western food, but the main draw remains its world heritage temples. When To Visit: All Year Round

 

Do
► Go for a night safari at the crocodile bank, ride an ATV, or go fishing in deep sea in Mamallapuram.
► Peek into the ancient Dravidian way of life at the museum village of Dakshinachitra.

 

Stay
► At Radisson Blu Resort, Temple Bay, you will wake up to the sound of the waves and the temple bells.

 

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