Chennai, also known as "Madras", is the Capital of Tamil Nadu. This city with a rich history and culture has something unique to offer to every kind of visitor: Historic monuments, Ancient temples, Modern Malls, Yummy South Indian food, Classical music, dance, one of the largest movie industries in the world, longest beach in the country, tourist friendly and best of all, very well connected to rest of India.
Second largest city in Tamil Nadu, Madurai is built in the banks of river Vaigai, and well known for its famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. This historic temple is a stunning work of architectural beauty with wonderful sculptures in every corner.
Madurai has a lot of significance with respect to the local language (Tamil) too. Historically, Kings of Madurai supported Tamil language, and its poets, making it a birth place for some wonderful books which are well read even today, hundreds of years after they were originally written!
Located at the banks of river Cauvery, Trichy (Full form: Thiruchirapalli) is a multifaceted city with historic significance and modern outlook. Trichy's pride is Sri Rangam, a very famous temple considered most divine by Vaishnava Hindus. Another well known temple in the city is on top of a small hill, hence named as "Malaikkottai".
Trichy also has some very famous educational institutes, and industrial houses, making it an important hub in south India
Coimbatore, nicknamed "Manchester of South India", is a beautiful city with wonderful climate throughout the year. People of Coimbatore are called “Kongu”s and are known for their kind, respectful, supportive behavior which you can recognize and enjoy every single minute you are in this city. Home to a number of small and medium scale industries, this city has made thousands of hard working people multi millionaires purely by creating them opportunities in the world wide market.
Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is a historic town built on a beautiful sea shore. Pallavas (ancient kings of Tamil Nadu) used this town as a model to demonstrate the talents of their sculptors and artisans. Every nook and corner of this small town can be studied for historical, cultural significance, making it a showcase for South Indian History.
Ooty, a short form of "Ootacamund", is a hill station located on the Nilgiri hills, near Coimbatore. British people, who once ruled India liked Ooty so much, they named it as "Queen of Hill Stations". Today's Ooty attracts thousands of visitors every single day, it has a large botanical garden and a beautiful rose garden, both of them are housing some of the rarest trees and plants in India.
Thanjavur, also known as "Tanjore" is a historic city known for its "Periya Koyil", literally meaning "Big Temple". Built by Cholas, ancient kings of Tamil Nadu, this Brihadeeswarar temple is not just an architectural wonder, but it also has beautiful sculptures and paintings which give a glimpse of the ancient Tamil life.
This city is also known for its agricultural achievements, making it the "Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu".
Pondicherry, Puducherry, Pudhuvai, Pondy ... all names point to a single city, located near Chennai. Even though people in Pondicherry speak Tamil, it is technically not part of Tamil Nadu state, and classified as a union territory by the Indian government, with its own assembly, ministers and a chief minister.
As this place was once ruled by French people, you can see its impact in every street, every building. French is still used for written / spoken communication by many residents of Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a place not to be missed in Pondicherry, for its serene beauty and peace.
Also known as "Chettinad", Karaikudi is now world famous for its spicy cuisine. But people living in Karaikudi proudly say that their cooking style is so unique, it can’t be copied like this. Means, if you want to enjoy the real Chettinad Food, you need to pay a visit to Karaikudi. While you are there, don't miss the Chettinad Palaces, massive constructions representing their rich life style.