On this splendid journey you will explore the rich musical heritage of the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Carnatic classical music, one of the two established forms of Indian classical music is the musical soul of southern India. Its style, instruments and beauty reflect the rusticity and the richness of the geography in which it bloomed. On this journey you will essentially soak in the nectar of music of south India and perhaps get inspired by the graceful movements of its dances.

Tamil Nadu and Kerala boast of great contributions to southern style of classical music and dances. This pathway takes you into the heart of southern musical landscape beginning with its cultural capital, Chennai. It winds its way through the plains of Tamil Nadu via the ancient sculptural extravagance in Mahabalipuram; the erstwhile French colony of Pondicherry; the birthplace of the Trinity of Carnatic music, Thanjavur; the heartland of Tamil culture, Madurai; Kerala’s performance art capital, Cheruthuruthy and ending in Kerala’s glorious cultural hub, Kochi.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take a walk along the dancer’s trail in Chennai
    Visit Kalakshetra, a flourishing performance arts school in Chennai.
  • Listen to a live classical performance in Chennai.
  • Visit a manufacturing center of the Veena, the ancient lyre of the south. Witness and interact with the artisans pouring life into it.
  • Witness students learning and performing Kathakali, an ancient expressive storytelling dance form and relive mythology.

  • BEST TIME
    TO TRAVEL

    December & January


  • PLACES
    COVERED

    Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Madurai, Cheruthuruthy, Kochi