Tamil Nadu Tourism
Tamil Nadu tourism is largely known for the religious tourism. Major attractions of the state are historic temples, monuments, architecture, hill stations, beaches, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition, Nilgiri hills, Palani hills, Cardamom hills, and Shevaroy hills are also equally fascinating because of natural landscapes and wildlife.
Major Cities of Tamil Nadu
- Chennai: Formerly popular as ‘Madras’ it is capital of the state. The city is located at the eastern coast. The city has many tourists’ attractions including enticing beaches, Anglo-Indian architecture, cultural festivals, and modern shopping complex. On top of this, city has Asia’s largest hospital that promotes medical tourism.
- Coimbatore: It is second largest city and popularly known as Manchester of South India.
- Rameshwaram: It is located on the south most tip of Pamban Island. This place is considered as one of the most sacred pilgrimage centres of south India because it is the place from where Lord Rama started his journey of Sri Lanka.
- Madurai: This place is more popular as temple city. It is a cultural hot spot of south India.
- Tiruchirapalli: This is an historic city, located on the bank of river Kaveri.
- Tirunelveli: This historic city is popular for Lord Shiva’s temple and fascinating architecture.
- Tuticorin: Though, this is historic city, but it is also popular as trade center in the region.
Religious Sites of Tamil Nadu
- Chidambaram Temple: Built during the period of 9th century, it is located in Chidambaram. It is a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Natraja.
- Ranganathaswamy Temple: It is located in Srirangam. With 60 meters, this temple is one of the tallest Hindu temples of the world.
- Kailashnathar Temple: It is located in Kanchipuram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Ekambareswarar Temple: Constructed by Cholas, this temple is located in Kanchipuram.
- Kamakshi Amman Temple: It is located in Kanchipuram. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvti (wife of Lord Shiva).
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple: This temple is located in Kumbakonam. This temple is constructed in ancient Dravidian architecture.
- Sarangapani Temple: This temple is located in Kumbakonam. It is popular as Vaishanavaite pilgrimage centres of the state.
- Meenakshi Amman Temple: This is one of the oldest temples of the state, which was constructed about 2,000 years ago.
- Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple: This temple is located near Madurai.
- Adi Kumbeswarar Temple: This temple is located in Kumbakonam. It is popular as the biggest Saivite temples in the region.
- Ramaswamy Temple: This temple is located in Kumbakonam. It is dedicated to Lord Rama.
- Kumari Amman Temple: This temple is located in Kanniyakumari.
- Thanumalayan Temple: This temple is also located in Kanniyakumari.
- Melakadambur: It is known as sculpture temple.
- Thiruchendur Murugan Temple: It is located in a spectacular surrounding i.e. in the vicinity of Gulf of Mannar.
- Erwadi Dargah: This mosque is about 800 years old.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Group of Monuments in Mahabalipuram: Major sites of this group are Ratha Temples, Shore Temples, the 11 Mandapas, Seven Pagodas etc.
- The Chola Temples: These temples had been constructed by the king Raja Raja Chola I and his son Rajendra. There are group of sites including Thanjavur, Cholapuram, Gangaikonda, and Darasuram.
- The Nilgiri Mountain Railway: One of the most fascinating sites for all tourists coming from all across the world.
Waterfalls of Tamil Nadu
- Hogenakkal waterfalls: It is located in the picturesque landscape and popular for the picnic spot and health resort.
- Kiliyur waterfalls: With fascinating surrounding, it is located in Shervaroyan hill of the Eastern Ghats.
- Catherine waterfalls: It is located in Kotagiri. It has unique structure i.e. double-cascade that fascinates more to people.
- Suruli waterfalls: It is located in Meghamalai Mountain Range, where it has a series of caves that illustrate rock-cut architecture of 18th century.
- Tirparappu waterfalls: It is located in Kanyamumari district and popular as picnic spot.
Beaches of Tamil Nadu
- Kanniyakumari Beach: It is located at the southern tip of India where the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean meet. Unlike other beaches, it is a pilgrim centre of the state and people prefer to enjoy watching sunrise and sunset view.
- Marina Beach: It is located on the eastern coast of India along Bay of Bengal. With having wonderful landscapes, Marina Beach is one of the longest beaches of the world.
Other Important Beaches are:
- Elliot Beach
- Poompuhar Beach
- Mahabalipuram Beach
Hill Stations of Tamil Nadu
- Udagamandalam (also known as Ooty)
- Kalrayan Hills
- Kolli Hills