From the 7th century rock hewn temples in Mamallapuram to the imposing 61m 10th century Cholan tower of the Brihadishwara Temple in Thanjavur and its 11th century copy cat in the tongue-twisting village of Gangaikondacholapuram (“the town of the Chola who took the Ganges”) as well as the Sri Ranganathaswarmy Temple in Trichy (one of south India’s largest and liveliest) and not forgetting the Meenakshi Amman Temple at Madurai (considered by many to be the height of South Indian temple architecture) and several others beside, we have certainly trodden the temple trail in Tamil Nadu in southern India. After all this is the state which is the most dominated by its temples and so surely, it would have been rude not to follow its temple trail with gusto.
Brihadishwara Temple, Thanjavur
As non Hindus we are often not allowed into the central most parts of the temples although have witnessed long and orderly queues formed by Hindus waiting for “darshan” (religious teachings).
Sri Ranganathaswarmy Temple, Tiruchirappalli
There’s also a large number of Christian churches (including Lutheran churches) down here in the South of India. Although only a very small percentage of Indians are Christian, the bulk reside in the South so we’ve seen a disproportionate number of churches (some of which seem to attract hundreds of people to their services on Sundays).
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai