South India / Tamil nadu


Tamil Nadu is the most romantic and spiritual state in India, 
where a timeless way of life is steeped in tradition. 


We meet you at Chennai Airport and escort you to the Taj Fisherman’s Cove Hotel for drinks and our welcome dinner. We overnight in Chennai then head down for three nights to the Bohemian-chic French-influenced Independent Union Territory of Pondicherry. Think cooking lessons, chic shopping, yoga and romantic colonial architecture. 

From there we drive inland to Chettinad – famous for its spicy cuisine and palatial 19th century mansions. Here we spend two days exploring local villages and antique shops and mastering some local dishes.

From Chettinad we head to Madurai for two nights. Madurai is a lively, busy temple city considered to be the soul of Tamil Nadu. Here we visit the Meenakshi Amman Temple, one of the greatest in India. We also visit the famous flower market, the Vedic school and indulge in temple food.

Our final two nights are spent in the heavenly tranquility of Rajakkad Estate in the Western Ghats – drinking coffee straight from the estate, bird watching, picnicking by waterfalls and having a cooking class with Peta. After breakfast on the last day we deliver you back to Madurai Airport. 

IMPORTANT: For this tour you must be physically fit and healthy with no mobility issues. There is a lot of walking involved and the temperatures are hot.

Peta mathias talks to locals on her sulinary tour in south india/tamil nadu

Tour details

January 2020 dates coming soon!

Pondicherry, Chettinad, Madurai,
Western Ghats



 NZD 8,750 per person
(based on twin share) 

This includes 10 nights accommodation, internal transport, cooking classes, visits, guest chefs, restaurants, all meals & wine with meals. ($950 single supplement subject to availability).

Maximum of 12 guests.


In Chennai we stay at
Taj Fisherman's Cove Hotel

In Pondicherry we stay at
Villa Shanti

In Chettinad we stay at
The Bangala

In Madurai we stay at
Heritage Madurai

In the Western Ghats we stay at
Rajakkad Estate

About our tours

Our mission has always been to provide really authentic gastronomic and cultural experiences. We travel initially to lose ourselves and next to find ourselves, because travel cracks us open and so pushes us over all the walls and low horizons that habits and defensiveness set up.  

Behind every person and every household is a story of local traditions and daily life in villages and towns. Traditional food is about ancestral memories and looking back and holding on to old cultures – it is profoundly about identity.  Come with us and partake in the honesty, grace, generosity and fun that is a Peta Mathias tour. Suitable for fit and healthy gastronomic adventurers!

This tour was simply the stuff of dreams! I knew we could count on a quality experience with Peta as our charming and entertaining leader and the other guests were absolutely great. We packed in so much sightseeing in romantic and beautiful Tamil Nadu, the highlight for me were the visits to the ancient Dravidian Hindu temples. Thank you Peta for supporting us to have our dreams come true, this tour was a once in a lifetime experience of being in sensorial heaven.
— Josee Lebel, Whakatane, NZ