Tamil Nadu is a south Indian state abundant of natural resources. As the state is located in the meeting point of the Western and Eastern Ghats with the Nilgiri Hills the place is abundant in flora and fauna. This state has also been home to the oldest of civilizations, and has seen the rule of various ancient dynasties like the Chera, Chola and Pandya. The state is rich in both the cultural and natural aspects.
The main places to visit in Tamil Nadu are:
Chennai: This is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The place was formerly known by the name Madras. The city has been surrounded by the South Indian Kingdoms since ages. The place has always been the forefront of all cultural, economical, social, commercial and industrial development in south India. The actual name of the city is Chennapatnam. As the city houses many of India’s Automobile industries it is often nicknamed as the Detroit of India. The city houses more than 20 heritage structures including railway stations, Museums, Book Shops, Cinema halls and many more. The place is also famous for its clean sandy beaches, parks, temples and cultural centers.
Mahabalipuram: The place is also known as Mamallapuram. The city is famous for its ancient and cultural heritage. This was a prominent sea port dating back to 7th century AD and was ruled by the Pallava Dynasty. The place is famous for its monuments and is classified among the UNESCO world heritage sites. Most of the monuments here are carved out of Granite and display the brilliance of Dravidian style architecture.
Kanyakumari: Kanyakumari was formerly known by the name Cape Comorin. This is the southernmost tip of mainland India. This ancient town of Kanyakumari was an important site during the reign of the Chola, Chera and Pandya dynasty. The town is famous for its beautiful beaches, temples, monuments and cultural centers. Kanyakumari is also famous for its distinctive culture and hospitality of the people there. The temples here are built in Dravidian style of architecture.
Madurai: This is the 3rd largest city of Tamil nadu and also one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The city has been ruled by both the Pandya and the Chola dynasties. The city houses a number of important and magnificent temples. The Meenakshi Ammam Temple is the main pilgrim spot here. The Temple complex consists of 27 different temples and the highest tower with the height of 51.9 meters high. There are also many ancient monuments here.
Kodaikanal: The town is also known as the ‘Princess of the Hill stations’. This is a small hill station with an average elevation of 2,331 meters above sea level. The place is surrounded by thick forests and is located at the top of the Palani Hills. Kodaikanal is famous for its scenic beauty. The lakes, parks and different waterfalls along with the rich abundance of flora and fauna make the town a gift of the forests. The place is home to many natural marvels and phenomena such as the blooming of the rare Kurinji Flower which only blooms once in 12 years.
Vellore: The place is also known as, the Fort city. The place’s name comes from the Monolithic fort of Vellore which was built in the 16th century by the Vijaynagar Kings and is constructed out of granite. The fort complex has a Christian church courtesy the British, a Mosque and an old Hindu Temple with some of the most magnificent carvings. There are many temples with a brilliant display of carvings and Dravidian Style architecture. The other main attractions here are the picturesque hill station of Yelagiri, the churches and mosques and various shopping hotspots.
Ooty: Ooty or Ootacamund is one of the top visited hill stations in India. The place lies in the heart of the Nilgiris Mountains with an average elevation of 2,240 meters above sea level. The place is also known to house the rare kurunji flower. The hill station also enjoys a pleasant and mild climate throughout the year, with chilly nights. The best time to visit here is between the months of December to February. There are many lakes, mountains, gardens and valleys in Ooty. The peaks here are great spots for trekking and the lakes make amazing camping and picnic spots.
Kanchipuram: The city has seen a number of ruling dynasties and monarchies such as the Pandya, Cholas, the Vijaynagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom and the British monarchy. The place was also known as the place for learning. The city is also famous for its various temples that are built in the Dravidian style of architecture and display amazing stone carvings. The major product of Kanchipuram is its specialized silk and more than 5000 families residing here are involved in silk weaving and famous for the “Kanchipuram silk Saris”. There are various Temples, bird Sanctuary, beaches, backwaters etc. to visit here.
Coimbatore: This highly industrialized town of Coimbatore is also referred as the ‘Manchester of India’. The place is famous for its various temples, shopping hubs and traditional Tamil food items. The town is also surrounded by various picnic spots like waterfalls and rivers. The town has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The thick forest covered mountains and the cool wind from the Palghat gap makes the hot weather a pleasant one. There are also various parks and zoos here.
Tirunelveli: The place is famous for its temples. The temples here are of special significance as they were created in medieval times by the ruling dynasties of that era and display some brilliant architecture and stone carvings. The forest here houses a variety of natural flora and fauna along with many rare and endangered species. The best time to visit the place is between October-February when the climate is pleasant and the vegetation is at its peak.
Srirangam: The place is famous for its Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus (especially Srivaishnavites) and the largest temple complex in India.
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