Munnar Feb 2017

From Madurai, we drive about 4 hours to reach Munnar.  Munnar is a hill station located at 1,600 meters in the Western Ghats range of mountains in Kerala.  It once served as the summer resort for the British Government in South India.  It is still a popular resort town nowadays with tea plantations, small towns, … Continue reading Munnar Feb 2017

Madurai Feb 2017

From Tiruchirappalli, we drove about two and half hours southwest to Madurai.  Madurai is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu state in South India.  It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, at least since 3rd century BC.  We stayed at the Gateway Hotel Pasumalai run by Taj Hotels up on … Continue reading Madurai Feb 2017

Mamallapuram Feb 2017

Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, was the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom, located about an hour south of Chennai.  It is famous for its stone carvings, mostly carved directly out of granite and are some of the oldest examples of South Indian art and architecture.  With the inclusion of the group of monuments … Continue reading Mamallapuram Feb 2017

Chennai Feb 2017

Leaving the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, we flew to Chennai as we continued our journey in South India.  Chennai is perfect as a base to explore the neighboring sites namely, Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram.  We stayed at the Park Hyatt Chennai for the next several days.  Again, like the Four Seasons in Mumbai, the Park Hyatt … Continue reading Chennai Feb 2017