Tamil Nadu

A land with rich cultural, aesthetical, and historical values – Tamil Nadu is an Indian state situated along the Bay of Bengal. The place truly depicts the fanciful fusion of metropolitan and antediluvian with an abundant number of architectural richness rooted from the Indian Civilization alongside the present-day’s opulence and that’s the reason it draws plentiful trippers & pilgrims year-round.

 

History

 

Originally named “Tamilham”, the history of Tamil Nadu descends back to 6000 years and has witnessed the upturn and downturn of different empires under competent and inept rulers. The state of Tamil Nadu has also marked the evolution of Dravidian Civilization when this culture outstretched in the state along with a few of its nearby states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh. 

 

Places to visit

Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram is one of the highly sacred lands situated on the Pamban Island that attracts the believers to perceive & adore the bridge created on the Indian Ocean by Lord Rama to reach Sri Lanka, Agniteertham to revere the ancestors at the seashore and to douche in the scared water ponds. Rameshwaram is one of the Char Dham/four most sacred places in India. 

Tourist attractions: Rameshwaram Temple, Dhanushkodi Temple & Beach, Agnitheertham, Pamban Bridge, Ariyaman Beach, Gandhamadhana Parvatham.

Time to visit: Throughout the year

 

Ooty

Perched at an altitude of 2,240m in the seam of Nilgiri hills, Ooty is a renowned hill city of mystic azure sierra and magnificent vistas of stunning Nilgiri hills, tea plantations, and serene waterfalls. The cool & peaceful landscapes and all-year-long pleasant weather of the place is a flawless withdrawal from mind-boggling activities and scorching heat. Besides, the place is also a hot honeymoon haven and also famous for the finest train rides among the lush curves.

Tourist attractions: Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Rose Garden, Avalanche Lake, Thread Garden, St. Stephen’s Church.

Time to visit: Throughout the year 

 

Kodaikanal

Established in the Palani Hills, Kodaikanal is a renowned romantic retreat and nature resort at an elevation of 7200 feet. This region offers a never-before experience to the globetrotters whether they stay at lakeside resorts or take a stroll across the vast forests or have glimpses of mist-masked mountains & waterfalls.

Tourist attractions: Green Valley View (Suicide Point), Kodai Lakejjj, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Thalaiyar Falls, Devil’s Kitchen

Time to visit: Sept-May

 

Chennai

Couched on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu & known as the “Capital of South. Madras is the former name of this culture-rich place which is one among the four metropolitan cities of India with perfect parity between time-honored and urbane.

Tourist attractions: Marina Beach, Government Museum, Kolli Hills, MGR Film City, Breezy Beach, Marundeeswarar Temple, Ashtalakshmi temple, Arignar Anna Zoological Park.

Time to visit: Oct-March 

 

Madurai

The cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is regarded as ‘Lotus City’ because of its design & development in a lotus shape.

Madurai is famous for ancient temples like Thiruparankundram which is a popular old temple of Lord Muruga(Karthikeya) and Meenakshi Amman Temple dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi. Besides, the city, ruled by the Pandya kings for an over-extended period, has handsome heritage, bustling bazaars, and fantastic street food to offer.

Tourist attractions: Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Vaigai Dam, Alagar Koil, Meghamalai, Samanar Hills

Time to visit: Oct-March

 

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is a coastal town on the southernmost extreme of the Indian peninsula, bordered by vibrant seashores, mountains, and paddy fields.

Formerly known as Cape Comorin, this significant center of religion, art & culture is home to the sea that showcases sunrise & sunset, exquisite monuments, pristine beaches, temples & churches, and phenomenal geology. 

Tourist attractions: Thirparappu Falls, Lord Subramanya Temple, Vattakottai Fort, Sanguthurai Beach, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thanumalayan Temple, Thiruvalluvar Statue.

Time to visit: Oct-Feb

 

Coimbatore

Also known as “Manchester of South India ” Coimbatore is one of the state’s largest cities, an important center for industries, textiles & manufacturing, and a thrill destination for Camping and hiking. Gateway to different tourist spots, Coimbatore’s vacation offerings vary from ancient temples to modern-fangled buildings, serene mountains to breathtaking waterfalls, tasty delights to soothing ambiance across the year. 

Tourist attractions: Kovai Kondattam, Sree Ayyappan Temple, Kovai Kutralam falls, Vydehi waterfalls, Marudhamalai hill temple, Perur Siva Temple.

Time to visit: Sept-March

 

Delectable dishes of Tamil Nadu

dishes recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

  • Idli-Sambar.
  • Dosa.
  • Banana Bonda.
  • Vada.
  • Uttapam.
  • Rasam.
  • Chicken Chettinad.

 

Must-try restaurants

restaurant recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

  • Hotel Famous Biryani
  • Place to Bee
  • Dakshin
  • Dimora
  • Phil’s Bistro
  • Annalakshmi Restaurant

 

Hotels 

hotels recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

Cheap

  • New Cape Hotel
  • Hotel Royal Paris
  • Hotel Temple City
  • Grande Inn

Budget

  • Hablis
  • Fab Hotel Golden Swan
  • Femina Hotel

Luxury

  • Great Trails Yercaud by GRT Hotels
  • Visalam – CGH Earth
  • ITC Grand Chola
  • The Leela Palace

 

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