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SPECIAL EDITION

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A KAMALAN SPECIAL EDITION JOURNEY IN COLLABORATION WITH TYSON WHEATLEY

Tamil Nadu - with its iconic temples, bustling markets and a plethora of rituals and traditions - is a photographers' paradise. During the month of January, the season of harvest and celebrations, the entire region comes alive with colours, showcasing the diverse arts and craft traditions peculiar to the region. The journey traverses the cultural heartlands of Tamil Nadu along with Tyson Wheatley, who will be bringing his unique perspective from which to look at the multicultural landscapes of South India.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Soak in the beatific whitescapes of the coastal salt flats.

  • Revel in the richness and flamboyance that a quaint region exhibits in its food and buildings

  • Spend time with the fishing communities in their village and learn about the intimate connection they share with the seas.

  • Retrace the legacy of the glorious Chola empire and its grand temple architecture.

  • Experience, in the city that never sleeps, a thriving market life centered around a temple.

  • DATES
    OF TRAVEL

    12 January 2020
    18 January 2020

  • PRICE
    PER PERSON

    USD 15000 - single occupancy
    USD 14000 - double occupancy

  • ITINERARY

  • EXPERIENCES

  • ACCOMMODATION

  • PHOTO GALLERY

OVERVIEW

MAHABALIPURAM

PONDICHERRY

THANJAVUR

MADURAI

January 12: Arrive in Chennai and drive to Mahabalipuram
January 13: Set out to Pondicherry
January 14: Discover the Franco-Tamil heritage of Pondicherry
January 15: Head to Thanjavur
January 16: Explore the ancient Chola capital of Thanjavur
January 17: Drive to Madurai via Chettinad
January 18: Experience the religious and cultural fervour of Madurai

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Scattered around the base of a colossal mound of boulders south of Chennai is the small seaside town and World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram. From dawn till dusk, the rhythms of chisels chipping granite resound down its sandy lanes – evidence of a stone-carving tradition that has endured since this was a major port city of the Pallava dynasty, between the fifth and ninth centuries.

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Fondly called ‘Pondi’ by the locals, Pondicherry is a small enclave stuck in a time warp. A French settlement in India until 1954, this dainty town on the Coromandel Coast stands testament to the pleasant beauty that lies in the unlikely confluence of cultures. Accentuated with a bohemian aura and spiritual fervour, it is the perfect getaway to pause and unwind.

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Cradled by the bountiful river Kaveri, Thanjavur was, in the olden days, the capital of the mighty Chola empire and a fertile land - of both grains and arts. The arts and craft traditions that still exist offer a glimpse into Thanjavur’s illustrious past. With time, the city has gone through various rulers, but amidst all the changes the aura of the ancient capital still shines through the present day streets.

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One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai is the oft dubbed the cradle of Tamil culture. The ancient city reached its zenith under the aegis of Pandya dynasty, the glory of which still is still palpable. In the lively markets that surround the famed Meenakshi temple, and the countryside around one discovers traits unique to an ancient civilisation.

OVERVIEW

MAHABALIPURAM

PONDICHERRY

THANJAVUR

MADURAI

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A glimpse from the trove of experiences that this journey - through the cultural heartlands of Tamil Nadu - has to offer.

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Walk around the sculpted walls of the Shore Temple that overlooks the Bay of Bengal. Built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th century, the temple is a complex of three shrines dedicated to Hindu gods. View the stone panels that dot the temple’s facade, depicting a number of Hindu deities in forms contoured by the coastal winds.

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The Ancient port town of Marakkanam is now home to one of India’s largest salt pans. The mounds of shimmering salt give the landscape a pale blue and white colour, and an absolute sight when you come closer. Watch the workers busily working with sea of salt for a backdrop.

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In a town that seems to have had a longstanding relationship with sculpting, observe a sculptor deeply engrossed in his work. Several statues and rock lumps lay by his side, while he chisels away a stone into a piece of art, almost meditatively.

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Visit a coastal village, and spend time with the members of the fishing community.
The villages rise before the sun- the streets wet with early morning prayers and
chatter; the fisherfolk busy readying their boats and nets to enter the seas for the day’s
catch.

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Drive to the city of Dawn, as Auroville is fondly known as. In its utopian land, discover the history and philosophy of a city founded by The Mother. Visit the famous Matri Mandir and relax over an organic meal in one of their cafes and shop for products made in Auroville.

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Travel back in time to a small French town carved in the middle of South India. A testament to a splendid syncretism, august colonial buildings embellished by the unruly bougainvillaeas give way quaint houses designed in traditional Tamil architectural style - a town truly stuck in a time warp.

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Immerse yourself in a Bharatanatyam performance, a dance form which has its origins in the patronage of the Cholas during the 10th century. Follow the artist’s striking gestures and poses as they reveal spiritual ideas and mythologies from Hindu religious texts.

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Hidden across the expanse of Thanjavur are the monuments called Great Living Chola temples. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, these temples are older than a thousand years old and stand testament to the architectural and cultural refinement that the city has been associated with throughout history.

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In a land known for its exquisite mansions and a delicious culinary tradition, experience the magic of the kitchen spaces. With traditional brassware and aromatic spices, cooking is a fabulous affair. Witness the famed dishes of the region being cooked followed by a lunch where the rich flavours invigorate your senses.

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Within the streets of a remote village, stand Chettinadu Mansions, architectural marvels from the late 19th century. Walk through streets lined with mansions, and discover various architectural influences in these extravagant bungalows that exude an old-world charm.

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Weave your way around heaps of flowers arranged in colourful disarray, at the flower market of Madurai. Swept up in the fragrance of a variety of flowers such as jasmine and rose, explore the market that caters to the religious and commercial demands of a burgeoning local and international market.

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Dedicated to Hindu god Shiva, and his consort, Parvati, the Meenakshi Amman temple is a colourful, architectural splendour said to be as old as the city of Madurai itself. Join the devotees at this important pilgrimage centre, as you pass rows of sculpted pillars, shrines and ancient murals of great mythological import.

OVERVIEW

MAHABALIPURAM

PONDICHERRY

THANJAVUR

MADURAI

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Throughout this journey, you will find yourself residing in exclusive accommodations that remain true to the character of each city and are unparalleled in the services they provide.

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An expansive resort with seaside villas and comfortable rooms, the Radisson Temple Bay offers its guests uninterrupted views of the blue expanses of the Bay of Bengal. The tranquility of the location, together with the modern facilities make it the ideal place of stay for those looking to unwind.

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A serene blend of French colonial architecture and modern Tamilian influences, the Palais de Mahe is a home of rich contrasts and a charming heritage. Wide halls, arched doorways, and bright shades of ochre welcome you into an airy, elegant, and captivating world.

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The Svatma experience is designed as a voyage of discovery of the mind indulging in the luxury of leisure, dabbling with the arts, in a beautiful home environment. At every spot, Svatma has a personality and there are unique spots to match every mood of every person.

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Set in the ancient Tamil city, Heritage Madurai is a structure designed based on the principles of Tropical Modernism. Decked with modern comforts, the luxurious stay evokes a nostalgic feeling with its quaint buildings and green surroundings.

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