Tamil Nadu Tourist
Destinations travel information
Tamil Nadu State (formerly
known as Madras State) is located in the south eastern side of Indian
peninsula with Kanyakumari as the southernmost tip of the land. This tip
is the meeting point of Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Tamil
Nadu is renowned for its classical dance forms the Bharathanatyam; rich
jewel coloured silks of Kancheepuram, elegant bronzes, brass temple lamps
and intricately carved wood and stone pillars. With over 30,000 temples
spread across the state, each with its unique rituals and festivals, they
are literally living museums of an ancient culture and have earned Tamil
Nadu the sobriquet" Land of Temples." The capital city Madras
was renamed Chennai in 1996.
From Chennai, the
capital and gateway to Tamil Nadu, no place is too far. Good road, rail
and air services take the traveler to any point in the state with ease.
Spread around are the former capitals of powerful kingdoms - the Cholas,
Cheras, Pallavas, and Pandyas. Very close to Chennai are two major centers
of this heritage: the Pallava towns of Kancheepuram and Mamallapuram.
The former is a temple town that has also lent its name to fabulous hand-woven
silk; the latter, with its magnificent rock-cut temples, is a fine beach
resort. Further south, in the midst of the Cauvery River delta, are to
be found the impressive remains of the Chola kings' penchant for the monumental:
witness the Brahadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur, listed as a World Heritage
Site, and a temple of the same name in Gangaikondacholapuram. The Nataraja
temple in Chidambaram draws both the devout Hindu and the historically-minded.
Pilgrims are ancient visitors to the state. For Hindus, Rameswaram needs
no introduction. Catholics flock faithfully to the shrine of Our Lady
of Good Health in Velankanni. And scores of Muslims make the journey to
the nearby Nagore dargah.
There's plenty to
delight the nature lover. Crowning the cluster of hills in the north-west
part of the state is the Nilgiris - or 'Blue Hills'. Udhagamandalam (Ooty)
is the state's best-known hill station, with a wealth of eucalyptus trees
that give the air a distinct fragrance. This 'Queen of the Hills' has
a botanical garden, annual flower shows, select hotels, clubs, golf course,
race course, tennis, horse-racing and shopping centres. Close by are Kotagiri,
Coonoor, Doddabetta, Snowdown, Elk-Hill, Cairn Hills and Mukurti Peak.
Further south is Kodaikanal, a quiet hill station, set around a lake that
exudes colonial charm and showcases the coffee plantations of the south.
To provide you more
information about the enchanting Tamilnadu, we have mentioned a table
below with major tourist cities for their information's please click the
links and have the information of your desired cities.
Tamil Nadu in Details