Luxury Tamil Nadu Vacations

Discover historic sites and beautiful beach resorts when you visit Tamil Nadu. To experience all this region has to offer, choose a Scott Dunn vacation. Our specialists will take care of every last detail, so you can relax and enjoy your trip to the fullest.

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Tamil Nadu

On the southernmost tip of India, Tamil Nadu seamlessly blends ancient pilgrimage routes with vibrant, cosmopolitan areas, offering a beautiful, fascinating destination for a luxury getaway. Tamil Nadu spans over 50,000sq mi across South India, rising from flat plains lapped by the Indian Ocean to the peaks of the Western Ghats. Reminders of the region’s history can be seen in the huge temple complexes, beautiful rock carvings, and evocative music and dance. The state is the homeland of the Tamil people, a culture with the world's oldest surviving language.

As well as the area's fascinating history, visitors can soak up the scenery. There are the coffee plantations of the Anaimalai Hills and scenic views from Lamb’s Rock and Dolphin’s Nose in Coonoor. For adventurers, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest near Chidambaram is the second-largest forest of its kind in the world.

If you long for a more sedate stay, there are plenty of places to visit for a relaxed vacation in Tamil Nadu. Travelers can experience the region's exotic beaches, wander around bustling markets, and enjoy local cuisine, such as lentil-based stews and delicious breakfast pancakes.

There's so much to see in this part of India. Our specialists have traveled around this region and can share all their insider tips with you. If you hope to catch the most popular festivals or want to stay in luxury resorts in Tamil Nadu, our team can curate an unforgettable experience.

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Where to Visit on Your Vacation in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is a diverse region and there are many ways to experience this captivating part of India. We can create an itinerary that works for you, wherever you want to travel to. If you're looking for the best places to visit, let our experts share their insights based on personal experience.


Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is Tamil Nadu's bustling capital. The coastal city is a vibrant hub comprising a collection of urban villages. There's a diverse range of cultural and religious layers here. Striking, candy-colored Dravidian temples contrast with simple, white-washed cathedrals, while the historic Fort St George – the first English fortress in India – slots in seamlessly alongside contemporary restaurants and bars.

he city sits on the Bay of Bengal and is home to waterside resorts and golden beaches, making the area popular with visitors. Chennai's artistic scene is another major draw. Having passed music and dance traditions down through the generations, the city was awarded a place on the UNESCO Creative Cities Index in 2017 – and this love of music is everywhere you look during a vacation in Chennai.

If you're looking for a getaway that offers all the buzz of a major city and relaxing days on the beach, Chennai is a great choice.


Until 1954, Pondicherry was under French colonial rule. Today, its wide boulevards, shuttered windows, and laid-back atmosphere hint at its past, with a captivating fusion of Indian and French influences evident in its cuisine, architecture, and language.

Also known today as Puducherry but often shortened to 'Pondy', this is a city that seamlessly blends Tamil life and traditions with its Gallic leanings. There are cafés serving croissants amid pastel-colored, Parisian-style architecture, especially in White Town, Pondicherry's French Quarter.

There are beach resorts in Pondicherry that overlook the Bay of Bengal and visitors can while away their vacation here enjoying the white sands during the day before venturing to the many bars and eateries at night.

What are the best hotels in Tamil Nadu?

Some of Tamil Nadu's best luxury hotels are found in Chennai and Pondicherry. Our team of travel experts has handpicked accommodation options designed to ensure you feel relaxed during your visit to this corner of South India.

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The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai, Madurai

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai, Madurai

Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai, Madurai is set in 62 acres and gives you an opportunity to relax in peaceful gardens away from city life.

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La Villa

La Villa

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India

La Villa is a luxury boutique hotel located in the town of Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu, India and is a beautifully restored historic 19th century French Manor House. With just six fantastic suites, La Villa is a triumph of design and thoughtful restoration.

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Palais de Mahe

Palais de Mahe

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India

The Palais de Mahe is located in the old French quarter of Pondicherry in India, just 50 meters the from seafront. It is a colonial style boutique hotel with just 18 rooms and is an elegant and charming option for those on a tour through Tamil Nadu.

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Rajakkad Estate

Rajakkad Estate

Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India

Rajakkad Estate is a beautiful and cozy retreat hidden in the hills of Tamil Nadu, offering a traveler their own secret hideout and surrounding area to explore. Enjoy yoga, walking trails or simply relax in the gardens.

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Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India

Svatma is a luxury heritage hotel in a quiet lane in Tanjore, Tamil Nadu and raises the bar for hotels in this area. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, Svatma has been lovingly designed and restored as a testament to Tamilan art and culture.

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The Trident Chennai

The Trident Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

The Trident Chennai is conveniently located close to the airport, and 10 minutes from Chennai. Set amongst five acres of lush, tropical gardens, the elegant hotel caters offers 167 rooms, business facilities, bar, restaurants, gymnasium and spa.



Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India

Located between Trichy and Madurai in the heart of the Chettinad community, Visalam is a lovingly restored mansion and an ideal stop over during an off the beaten track tour of Tamil Nadu. The 15 heritage rooms are elegant ensuring a peaceful stay.

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FAQs About Our Luxury Holidays to Tamil Nadu

  • When is the best time to visit Pondicherry and Chennai, India?

    The best time to take a vacation to Tamil Nadu is between December and March. This is when it's hot and sunny during the day, at around 75-95°F, while the evenings are warm. The weather becomes hot and humid from April into May and, by June, the average temperature in Chennai is around 90°F, with highs of 100°F common.

    July and August are usually covered by the summer monsoon, while September tends to be dry before the winter monsoon arrives in October and November.

  • How long are your luxury Tamil Nadu vacations?

    While most of our tours to this part of the world are arranged for 10-14 nights, you can vacation in Tamil Nadu for as long as you like. We can tailor your trip to match the itinerary you have in mind. If you want to stay in both Pondicherry and Chennai during your travels in South India, we'll arrange travel between locations and ensure you're set up in luxury hotels at every stage.

  • What are the flight times between the US and Tamil Nadu?

    You can expect a journey time of 16-20 hours depending on where in the country you depart from. It's unlikely that you'll be able to fly direct to Chennai from the US, but our team will help you secure the most convenient possible route.

  • How can I find the best luxury beach resorts in Chennai and Pondicherry?

    We have a team of travel specialists who are skilled in creating curated vacations in India. They'll customize a tour of Tamil Nadu for you based on what you expect from your vacation. Whether you're looking for a luxury beach hotel near Pondicherry or you want to know the best spots to visit in Chennai, we'll arrange everything for you.

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