Tamil Nadu, the land of the Tamils is home to one of the most ancient civilisations of the time. The culture and lifestyle of the Tamils is unique and still being conserved and respected by them despite being one of the most progressive states in the country. Replete with spectacular stone architecture, rich history, temples and tradition, delectable cuisine and home to one of the world’s longest beaches, Tamil Nadu is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Although Tamil Nadu is known for its hot and humid summers, from November to March end, the climate is cool and pleasant. Ideal time if one is planning a temple tour of the land.
Fondly called Singara Chennai (beautiful chennai), this fast growing metropolis is the capital of Tamil Nadu and easily the brightest gem In the crown of Tamil Nadu. Resplendent beaches, the vibrant city spots and the rustic rock cut temples of Mahabalipuram provide stunning visual delights.
Coimbatore is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also a famous shopping hub, with streets lined with shops selling exotic silk sarees and jewellery. A jungle safari through Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary and a shower in the clear waters of Kovai Kutralam Falls are not to be missed.
One of the most offbeat tourist destinations, Dhanushkodi is the perfect getaway from the hostile city life. Walk by the beach side, visit the Aadam’s bridge and visit the Gulf of Mannar & Marine National park.
ERODE, DINDUGUL AND SALEM
All these are bustling cities/Districts in Tamilnadu. Notable tourist spots around here include Hoganekkal falls in Salem, Mettur Dam, Begampur Mosque and Dindugul fort. Erode is home to the largest textile industry in the state of Tamilnadu.
Also known as the “land of thousand temples” Kanchipuram is a famous holy site in Tamil Nadu mainly for the well known Kanchi Kamakshi temple (a one of its kind shrine dedicated to goddess Parvati), Kailasanathar temple, Varadaraja Perumal temple to name a few. The historic Kanchi Matham is also present here. Shopping for exotic trademark Kanchipuram silk sarees is an experience not to be missed.
Located at the southernmost tip of the nation, Kanyakumari is best known for its amazing sunset, and beaches. The Vivekananda rock memorial, Kumari Amman temple and the Sanguthurai beach are not to be missed out.
Aptly nicknamed as ‘The Queen of hill stations’, kodaikanal is your go to destination to escape the heat of the summers in Tamilnadu. Located in the Dindugul district, this scenic little town is filled with lush greenery, cool misty hills, luxurious resorts and homestays and is also a popular destination for a lot of flim making.
Also called the Athens of the east, Madurai is one of the oldest cities in the world and home to some of the true architectural marvels of time. The city is centered around the famous Meenakshi Amman temple. The magnificent Tirumalai Nayak palace, Thiruparankundram. Alagar kovil are some of the must visit places.
The World renowned Velakanni Shrine is the chief tourist attraction in this coastal district. The shrine welcomes a huge gathering of religious followers throughout the year.
Spectacular views from Doddabetta hill and amazing climate marks Ooty as one of the chief tourist destinations. Scenic train rides, boating on the Ooty lake and botanical gardens make for great photography. Also, Mudumalai national park is a major attraction nearby Ooty.
Situated on an island slightly close to Sri Lanka, Rameshwaram is one of India’s holiest pilgrimage destinations. Five faced hanuman temple, Dhanushkodi temple and Agnitheertham complete the pilgrimage here. The nearby offbeat tourist destinations – Dhanushkodi and Pamban bridge, India’s first sea bridge are also must visits.
This little town was once the royal seat of the mighty cholas, who constructed more than 70 temples here. However, one stands out among them for its architectural brilliance and it is the world famous Brihadeeshwara temple.
Another one of the glittering urban hubs of Tamil Nadu. Trichy is famous for several prestigious educational institutions as well as its rich cultural heritage. Sri RanganathaSwamy temple. Samalapuram Mariamman temple and Jambukeshwar temple are the Important pilgrimage spots. However the most popular structure is the Tiruchirappalli Rockfort.
From boasting a beautiful beach, a spectacular wildlife sanctuary to numerous temples & churches, Tuticorin makes sure that every moment of your holiday outshines the previous one.
Located in the Annamalai ranges, this hill town is a part of the famed Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary and is a great spot for all nature and wildlife lovers. Home to exotic flora and fauna, a trek on the ranges is sure to leave one mesmerized.
These are cities that behold rich culture and history, Vellore Fort in Vellore and the Annamalaiyar temple in Thiruvannamalai are worth special mentions.
More popular as a budget destination, Yercaud offers all pleasantries of a hill station holiday at amazingly economic pricing. The perfect place to unwind over a weekend.