Religious in Madurai

Teppam Festival

A popular 12-day event held on the full moon of the Tamil month of Thai, when Meenakshi Amman Temple deities are paraded around town in elaborate procession and floated in a brightly lit 'minitemple' on the huge Mar…
Cultural in Tamil Nadu


As the rice boils over the new clay pots, this festival symbolises the prosperity and abundance a fruitful harvest brings. For many, the celebrations begin with temple rituals, followed by family gatherings. Later i…
Religious in Madurai

Chithirai Festival

The highlight of Madurai’s action-packed festival calendar is this two-week celebration/reenactment of the marriage of Meenakshi to Sundareswarar (Shiva). The deities are wheeled around the Meenakshi Amman Temple in…
Dance in Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

Mamallapuram Dance Festival

A four-week dance festival showcasing classical and folk dances from all over India, with many performances on an open-air stage. Dances include bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu), Kuchipudi dance-drama (Andhra Pradesh) and…
Cultural in Tamil Nadu

Karthikai Deepam Festival

Held during full moon, Tamil Nadu’s ‘festival of lights’ is celebrated throughout the state with earthenware lamps and firecrackers. The best place to see it is Tiruvannamalai, where the legend began.
Yoga in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

International Yoga Festival

Puducherry’s ashrams and yoga culture are put on show with workshops, demonstrations and competitions, attracting experts from across India and beyond.
Music in Thanjavur (Tanjore)

Thyagaraja Aradhana

At Thiruvaiyaru, 13km north of Thanjavur, this important five-day Carnatic music festival honours the saint and composer Thyagaraja.
Surfing in Kovalam (Covelong)

Covelong Point Surf, Music & Yoga Festival

Kovalam's popular surf, music and yoga festival; expect kayak races, volleyball tournaments, group yoga and plenty of surfing.
Cultural in Chennai (Madras)

Madras Week

An inspired series of heritage walks, talks and exhibitions held across town to honour the 1639 founding of then-Madras.
Music in Chennai (Madras)

Chennai Festival of Music & Dance

One of the largest of its type in the world, this festival celebrates South Indian music and dance.