South-east India Food Tour – Suggested Itinerary


Tamil Nadu

1. Chennai

Why Go?

Chennai the gateway to Tamil Nadu and a major airport in Southern India

Where to Stay?

Best location in Chennai to stay is T.Nagar near the Pondi Bazaar and some good spots to eat.

The Residency Towers has a good buffet breakfast great for sampling South Indian breakfast

Where to Eat (Chennai is famous for idlis)

Saravana Bhavan

(Pondy Bazaar and near Kapalweeshwar Temple)

Murugan Idli Shop

What to See

Koyambedu Market 

Kapalweeshwar Temple 

Top ten in Tamil Nadu Map (source Lonely Planet – South India and Kerala)

2. Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

About 1-1 ½ hours south of Chennai on the coast.

Why Go?

Visitors stop here to see the World Heritage listed temples and carvings, particularly lovely at sunset, but I’m hoping to sample the fish curry at the Seashore Garden Restaurant, that Rick Stein declared was the best curry in all of India.

Where to Stay?

Grande Bay Resort and Spa

2. Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Why Go?

A former French colony on the coast, where Indian and French foods and architecture blend to achieve some lovely street scenes, good shopping and creole cusine.

Where to Stay?

L’Orient Hotel


Les Hibiscus – A Lonely Planet Guide top pick in Tamil Nadu

What to do?

Sita Flavours Cooking Class and Bike Tour

And two stops in different Chettinadu towns:

4. Karaikudi

Why Go?

Stay in a mansion and enjoy authentic spicy Chettinad cuisine.

Where to Stay?

The Bangala – Famous for it’s food – the set lunch or dinner is a Chettinadar wedding feast

5. Kanadukathan

Why Go?

Stay in a beautifully restored mansion and enjoy authentic spicy Chettinad cuisine.

Where to Stay?

Visalam – A Lonely Planet top pick in Tamil Nadu, a gorgeous art deco restored mansion with great style and a lovely pool and garden.

6. Madurai

Why Go?

One of the oldest cities in India, that traded with Ancient Rome and home of the amazing Meenakshi AmmanTemple

 Foodies Day Out tour.

Where to Stay?

West Marrett Hotel

7. Kodaikanal

Why Go?

A misty hill station in the Palni hills. Popular for it’s spectacular lookout points, waterfalls and very pretty lake.

Where to Stay?

Lonely Planet’s top picks:

Villa Retreat

Great views over the valley

8. Wellington/Coonoor

Why Go?

Coonoor A hill station with beautiful scenery in the Nilgiri Hills and on the Nilgiri Toy Train Railway line.

Where to Stay?

180 McIver – A Lonely Planet top pick in Tamil Nadu and a classic 1880s British bungalow

9. Ooty

Why Go?

Ooty another hill station of the Raj era in the Nilgiri Hills with great scenery.

Where to Stay?

Savoy Hotel

How to get there?

Take the famous toy train to Ooty

10. Mysore

Where to Stay?

Royal Orchid Metropole

What to Do?

Royal Mysore Walking Tours 

Mysore Palace

11. Madikeri

Why Go?

The centre of Coorg culture and cuisine, coffee plantations and hill stations.

Where to Stay?

Gowri Niwas

Serene Woods

12. Bangalore

Where to Stay?

Casa Cottage

What to Do?

Bangalore Flower markets

Where to Eat?

Mavelli Tiffin Rooms 


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