Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu, the southern tip of India is a land of unique culture, with a rich history dating back hundreds of years. While Tamilians are proud about their language’s classic status, high taste in dance, music and crafts, amazing heritage monuments and ancient temples, you will find equal number of modern cities, hill stations, coastal joints, coupled with a yummy cuisine to take care of your taste buds.

One of the biggest states in India, Tamil Nadu is visited by millions of tourists every single year, and provides them wonderful choices when it comes to planning their journey. From architectural beauties, to sculptures, to paintings, to people’s art (popular music, dance & movies), to meditating spots… this land has it all!
Tamil Nadu Marina Beach (Chennai)
Marina beach, a pride of Chennaites, is the longest urban beach in India, also second longest in the entire world. Still, every patch of Marina attracts thousands of visitors every single day. While you are there, make sure you check out the series of statues of national leaders, giving you a quick lesson on Indian history, and the famous Manga, Pattani sundal (a spicy delicacy made from green peas, and eaten with a slice of raw mango).
Tamil Nadu Meenakshi Temple (Madurai)
Meenakshi Temple, also known as Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple is a very important Hindu temple in south India. As the name suggests, main deity here is known as "Meenakshi" (one with eyes like fishes), Goddess Parvathy, born as Meenakshi, got married to lord Shiva (known as Sundareshwarar) in Madurai and they are ruling this city for great many years.
Tamil NaduPallava Sculptures (Mahabalipuram)
Pallavas, one of the ancient rulers of Tamil Nadu chose Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram) as their canvas, to show to the world how talented their artists are. When you walk casually in this small town, every corner will have some sculpture or a temple, which will take you back thousands of years. Some of the famous places not be missed, Arjuna's Penance, Pancharathas (five stone chariots), Cave Temples & Shore Temples.
Tamil Nadu Vivekananda Rock (Kanyakumari)
Swami Vivekananda, a well known sage and thinker of Modern India, visited Kanyakumari, southern tip of India. Here he saw a rock in the middle of seawater and decided to swim there and meditate. It is believed that he got enlightenment in this rock, and hence a memorial was built here in his honor. Every year, millions of people travel to Kanyakumari to see this simple rock and to meditate in the hall built there, just to have a feel of Swami Vivekananda's mind.
Tamil NaduBrahadeshwara Temple (Thanjavur)
Rajaraja Chola, a famous king belonging to Chola dynasty ruled many parts of Tamil Nadu and is well known for his great achievements. He built a temple for Lord Shiva in Thanjavur, known as "Rajarajeswaram" in his honor. This temple is now more than thousand years old, and is fondly called "Periya Koyil" (Meaning, Big Temple). This beautiful temple is well known globally for its architectural beauty, well detailed sculptures and paintings.
Tamil Nadu Sri Rangam Temple (Trichy)
Sri Rangam, known as "Thiru Arangam" in Tamil, is home to Sri Ranganatha Swamy, and is one of the largest temples in India. It is considered as primary among the 108 Divya Desams (divine places) that Vaishnavites (followers of Vishnu) must visit. This temple is also very famous for being the place where Kambar, a well known Tamil poet, recited his epic work, 'Kamba Ramayanam'.
Tamil NaduMudumalai
Mudumalai, meaning "old hill" in Tamil, is part of Nilgiri hills, and house to many wild animals, mainly Elephants and Tigers. This is a national park and a reserve to protect endangered animals. The entire Mudumalai area is picturesque with beautiful hills, rivers and green forests. Plants in this region are researched by botanists from across India, while tourists come here in huge numbers, for the famous elephant safari.
Tamil Nadu Chettinad Palaces (Karaikudi)
Chettinad, meaning country of Chettiars (Nagarathars) is well known for its palatial houses. Constructed with some of the very best materials Tamilians could get, these huge, high palaces demonstrate the rich taste Chettinad people had. Teak wood doors, windows, smooth wall finishes, huge ceilings, furniture in unique designs, huge lockers, paintings ... each one is a piece of art. So is their lifestyle!
Tamil NaduKanchipuram
Kanchipuram, in short "Kanchi" is famous for many things, its temples, silk sarees and Idly, to name a few. Kailasanadhar Temple, Ekambareshwarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple for Shaivites (Devotees of Lord Shiva), and Varadharaja Perumal Temple for Vaishnavites (Devotees of Lord Vishnu) are some of the very popular temples in this city. "Kanchi Pattu" (Kanchi Silk Saree) is synonymous to "Rich, Artful Gift" in all regions of India, and their spicy "Kanchipuram Idly" has a unique, wonderful taste which will stay in your taste buds forever.
Tamil Nadu Thiruvannamalai
Thiruvannamalai is the name of the hill town, built around a hill of same name. Known as "Agni Malai" (Hill of fire), Thiruvannamalai hill is seen as Lord Shiva himself. Devotees walk around this hill throughout the year, known as "Giri Valam", which is most famous on full moon days. Thiruvannamalai has more than 100 temples, most famous being Annamalaiyar Temple. Ramana Maharishi, a renowned sage lived in Thiruvannamalai and his "Ramanashram" is a place not to be missed in this town, along with the Ashram of another famous sage, Yogi Ram Surat Kumar.

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