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Tamil Nadu - Best 9 Places To Visit

Tamil Nadu has the  most significant Temple architecture and it is one of the best places to visit  in the nation, which has an active tradition of music, dance, customary arts and dramatic art forms. Tamil Nadu is very much famous for its temple towns and heritage destinations, hill stations, waterfalls, national parks, special indigenous cooking and the astonishing natural life and great custom.

The tourism business of Tamil Nadu is the biggest in India, with a yearly development rate of 16 %. As indicated by Ministry of Tourism records, 4.68 million foreign and 333.5 million national tourists visited the state in 2015 making it the most visited state in India both residential and foreign visitors.

Archeological indication focuses to this region being one of the longest consistent occupations in the Indian peninsula. Archeological Survey of India (ASI) uncovered mud containers containing human skulls, skeletons, bones, husks, grains of rice, roasted rice and celts of the Neolithic time frame, 3,800 years back.

Three empires to be specific the Chera, Chola and Pandya, ruled the territory of present-day Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Every one of the three empires had massive business associations with Rome, Greece, Egypt, Ceylon, Phoenicia, Arabia, Mesopotamia and Persia. By the mid eighteenth century, the political scene in Tamil Nadu saw a noteworthy change-over and was under the control of numerous minor rulers trying to be autonomous. Toward the start of the nineteenth century, the British strongly settled administration over the whole Tamil Nadu.

There are around 2000 types of wildlife life that are local to Tamil Nadu. Safeguarded territories give secured living space to expansive animals including elephants, tigers, panthers, wild canines, sloth bears, gaurs, lion-tailed macaques and many more.

Tamil Nadu is the seventh most crowded state in India. 48.4 % of the state’s populace live in urban regions, the second most noteworthy states in India. It is eleventh biggest state in India. The neighboring states are Kerala and Karnataka.

Tamil Nadu has a long tradition of esteemed culture. It is known for its rich tradition of writing, art, music and dance which keep on booming even today. It is a land most known for its amazing antiquated Hindu sanctuaries and traditional style of dance Bharatanatyam. Exclusive cultural elements like Bharatanatyam, Tanjore painting, and Tamil architecture were acquired and keep on being followed in Tamil Nadu. Tamils have many traditional dances. These are performed for each conceivable event, to rejoice the change of seasons, birth of a new born baby, weddings and joyful events. Pongal, a four-day agricultural festival is a standout amongst the most widely renowned celebrations all over Tamil Nadu.

 

Chennai

Chennai (Madras) As indicated by the 2011 Indian evaluation, it is the fourth biggest city and fourth most crowded urban population in India with sanctuaries, beaches and centers of historical and social importance, including the UNISCO Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, is a standout amongst the most visited  urban communities in India. It is the capital of Tamil Nadu, is one of the greatest social, monetary and instructive spotlights in South India. The city serves as the portal toward the southern area of India with travelers arriving in the city. Chennai was the most visited Indian city by foreign visitors in 2014. Zoo, beaches, and untamed life parks shape the important diversion territories of the city. Chennai has an aggregate coast length of more than 19 km. It also has three rivers and numerous lakes spread over the city. The warmest part of the year is late May to early June. The city is the seat of the University. of Madras (1857), foundations of shows and music, and various exhibition halls.

How To Reach Chennai

  • By Air : As per records, Chennai is the third busiest airport in India. It has two terminals –domestic and international. Most of the flights have direct landing here.
  • By Train : Chennai is connected by rail with all the major cities of India.
  • By Bus : It has a wide road network which connects with all the major cities of India.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF CHENNAI-TAMILNADU

Beaches Marina Beach, Edward Elliot's beach, Breezy Beach.
Yoga Centre Isha Yoga, 81 Manoharan St, SW Boag Rd , Raja Yoga (Ishwariya Vishwa Vidhyalayam)
Art Galleries Lakshmi Ethiraj Art Gallery, National Art Gallery  of 1907,    Prakrit Art Gallery Raasi Art Gallery, Apparao Galleries, Contemporary arts and crafts showroom,    Chennai Studio
Crafts Victoria Technical institute
Museums The Government Museum of Chennai
Temples Sri Ramakrishna Math  Universal Temple, The Parthasarathy Temple   Kapaleeswarar Temple,    Karaneeswarar Temple,        Kundrathur sivan temple.
Churches St. Thomas Mount, Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Thomas, St. Matthias Church
Monuments Fort St. George, Valluvar Kottam
Mosques Big Mosque ( Wallajah Mosque)
Zoological gardens and Eco parks Arinjar Anna Zoological Park, Guindy National Park, Guindy Snake Park, Tholkappiar Poonga
Shopping Prince Plaza, Chandra Metro Mall  Express Avenue, Spencer Plaza , Chennai Citi Center, Shoppers' Stop, Ispahani Center, Spectrum Mall.

Kanchipuram

Image credit : McKay Savage CC-BY-2.0 Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, at times called is a residential community in Tamil Nadu. A standout amongst the most imperative centers of Hinduism, and a noteworthy pilgrim area; It has many medieval temples with wonderful design. It used to be the capital of the Pallava dynasty  from the fourth to the tenth century, and was a focal point of learning for all the significant religions of South India. Hindu temples are still present and being the part of daily life, and there are archeological ruins of Jain temples. Shockingly, in spite of the fact that Kanchipuram was rumored to be the focal point of Buddhism in South India, and was visited by Chinese Buddhist monks, there are no remaining parts of the Buddhist existence today.

Present day Kanchipuram is an important weaving hub and guests will be able to purchase handwoven silk at discount rates.

How To Reach Kanchipuram

  • By Air : The nearest airport is Chennai, which is about 65km.
  • By Train : It has a few rail connectivity Chennai, Pondicherry, Nagaercoil and Madurai has trains to Kanchipuram.
  • By Bus : All major cities are well connected by road with Kanchipuram.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS – KANCHIPURAM-TAMIL NADU

Temples in Kanchipuram Kanchi Kamakshi Temple,    Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple,    Kailasanathar Temple, Kachapeshwarar Temple,    Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple,    Ekambeshwarar Temple (biggest temple in Kanchipuram)
Music The Kanchi Mutt holds kutcheris, or South Indian classical music concerts in the evenings.
Shopping Silk Sarees, Scarves, Stoles and Fabrics at whole sale price, bargain is a must.
Way out from Kanchipuram To Mahabalipuram, Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupati.

Mahabalipuram

Image credit : Santhoshbapu CC-BY-SA-3.0 Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram-Tamil Nadu, Today's Mahabalipuram is absolutely a traveler town and one of the significant attractions around Chennai. It is a town in Kancheepuram area in Tamil Nadu around 58 km south of the city of Chennai. The East Coast Road has made it effortlessly open - pretty much an hour from the city. The Tamil Pallava reign in the seventh- ninth century structures here, mostly cut straight out of granite stone, are among the oldest existing cases of Dravidian (South Indian) Architecture. You could see the Bay of Bengal while traveling to M'puram. Mahabalipuram itself was getting keep running down in the course of the most recent decade with exceptionally inconsistent endeavors at keeping the monuments protected. This has changed in the most recent couple of years with the Shore Temple being incorporated into the UNESCO heritage scheme.

How To Reach Mahabalipuram

  • By Air : Chennai International Airport is the nearest which is 53.8km or 33.4miles
  • By Train : Chengalpattu Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is about 30km away. You can take a taxi or bus from here to reach Mahabalipuram.
  • By Road : The roads of Mahabalipuram is connected with all parts of Tamil Nadu.
IMPORTANT ATTRACTIONS- MAHABALIPURAM-TAMILNADU
Temples Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Thirukadalmallai
Museum Sculpture Museum
Structures carved straight out of rock Arjuna's Penance, also known as the Descent of the Ganges, Krishna's Butterball, Mahishamardini Cave, Varaha Cave
To do in Mahabalipuram Bicycle trips around Tamil Nadu's farmland, Surf, Boat rides, fishing excursions to the ocean, Turtle stroll at the ocean shore, Trekking to a close-by hills.
Yoga Few Yoga camps are arranged on a daily basis. Sakthi Yoga offers 1-1/2-hour drop-in classes.
Buy Stone sculptures made by local artists
Learn Stone carving by Local sculptures in the main street prompting to the ocean .
Way out from Mababalipuram Crocodile bank - at Vadanemmeli, 15 km on the road back to Chennai. You can nourish the reptiles for a small money.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Image credit : Jorge Royan CC-BY-SA-3.0 Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple shapes the heart and support of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai and is a huge symbol for the Tamil individuals specified since ancient times in Tamil writing. In spite of the fact that the vast majority of the present structure was made  around 1623 and 1655 AD. It is said that the temple was initially built in the sixth century BC by survivors of the Kumari Kandam. It is specified in antiquated writings of Greeks, Romans and Arabs. The Meenakshi Amman temple located in the heart of the city is very popular, in Tamil Nadu and there are various temples in and around the city. There are various striking figures on the gopurams and additionally inside the premises of the temple. Pay special attention to the "yaali", a legendary creature like a mythical beast on the columns in the "pragaram" of the temple. Also, continue taking a glance at the roof to get a look at the lovely old works of art that decorate them. Madurai is also a critical travel point for explorers bound south and also a business center.

How To Reach Meenakshi Amman Temple

  • By Air : Maduri Airport is the nearest flight station, which has flights to Chennai and Mumbai.
  • By Train : Frequent trains are connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Rameswaram Kanyakumari and other southern parts of the state.
  • By Bus : Madurai roads are well connected with all major cities of the States.

IMPORTANT ATTRACTIONS OF MADURAI-TAMILNADU

Temples near by Koodal Azhagar Temple, Thiruparankundram, Alagar Temple, and Pazhamudhir Solai.
Other Sites Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Thirupparankundram- An Islamic Durgah (shrine), Gandhi Museum, Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, and Gorippalayam Dargah.
Shopping Madurai is popular for cotton Sungidi Sarees ( Hand Loom) , Brass works, Tanjore Paintings, Handicrafts and antiques.
Things not allowed inside the temple Hand bags, back bags, any types of sprays, Photo & video cameras, batteries, cigarettes, match boxes, chewing gum, torch light, knife, laptops, tab phone, pan, tobacco products. Keep them in the car or leave at safe locker located at shoe keeping area.

Thanjavur

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Thanjavur: There were 2,002,225 Indian and 81,435 foreign visitors in 2009 to Thanjavur, one of the vital tourist destinations of Tamil Nadu . It is also home to Tanjore painting, a composition style special to the region. It is a vital center of South Indian religion, workmanship, and architecture. Most of the Prominent Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO world, Heritage Monuments are situated in and around this popular destination. The premier among these, the Brihadeeswara Temple is situated in the focal point of the city. The most visited landmark in Thanjavur is the Brihadeeswara Temple, whose development, the student of history Percy Brown depicted as "a milestone in the advancement of building craftsmanship in South India. The Saraswathi Mahal Library built up around 1700 and situated in the premises of the Thanjavur Maratha royal residence, which contains more than 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts composed on palm leaf and paper. The Rajaraja Chola art gallery is situated inside the royal residence – has a vast gathering of stone and bronze statues from the 9th. to 12th.century. Bharathanatyam, a traditional dance forms of south India had its prominent styles progressed in Tanjavur.

How To Reach Thanjavur

  • By Air : The nearest airport is at Trichy, about 55 km from Thanjavur. The airport is well connected by Domestic and International Flights
  • By Train : Trichy is the nearest railway station. Trains from Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Rameswaram, Varanasi, Mysore, Tirupati stop here. From here you can hire a Taxi to reach Thanjavur. It is 58.1 km from Trichy to Thanjavur.
  • By Bus : Busses are available to all major cities of Tamil Nadu and Kerala state.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS- THANJAVUR-TAMILNADU

To See around Thanjavur Brihadishwara Temple or (Big Temple)
Palace & Saraswathi Mahal Library
Sivaganga Park
Art Gallery, of Chola period
Sangeetha Mahal
Saraswathi Mahal Library of 17th century.
Schwartz Church
Ragavendra Temple and Punnainallur Mariamman Temple.
Shopping 'Thanjavur doll', Tanjore Paintings, Tanjore craftsmanship plates, old and new works of art are sold inside the royal residence. There is a Phoompuhar sculpture Gallery, which displays and offer extensive variety of aesthetic bronze symbols, Thanjavur artworks and artistic plates. It's been a place of attraction for the travelers.

Marina Beach

Image credit : L.vivian.richard Marina Beach

Marina Beach is a typical urban shoreline in the city of Chennai, along the Bay of Bengal. The sea shore runs a distance of 6.5 km (4.0 mi), making it the longest common urban beach in the nation and the world's first longest regular city beach. bathing and swimming at the Marina Beach are lawfully denied in view of the threats, as the undercurrent is extremely turbulent. It is a standout amongst the most swarmed seashores in the nation and draws in around 30,000 guests a day during weekdays and 50,000 guests a day amid the end of the week and on off days. The place is a selected tourist spot in Tamil Nadu for the people who wish to invest some time in the midst of blue sky and sparkling water.

How To Reach Marina Beach

  • By Air : The nearest is Chennai International Airport which is 18 km or 11.2miles
  • By Train : Chennai Central is the nearest railway station.
  • By Bus : You will get taxi and bus from all parts of the state to reach here.
MAJOR ATTRACTION- MARINA BEACH-CHENNAI-TAMILNADU
Flora and fauna Sea Turtles, nest during mating season, chiefly between late October and April peaking from mid-January to mid-February. Meiofaunal composition at the Marina Beach chiefly includes turbellarians, nematodes, Polychaeta or polychaetes are a paraphyletic class of annelid worms, oligochaetes, and harpacticoids. Species of gastrotrichs are also found in the region.
Common Fish of Bay of Bengal Perches, synagris, bonito, soles, polynemus, and prawns, lactarius, lethrius, flying fish, engraylis, sardines, lobsters, sabre fish, barracuda, hilsa, mullets, sharks, silver bellies, rays, ribbon fish, skates, white bait, dussumeria, Jew fish, horse mackerel, crabs, seer, pellona, pomfret, tunny, Indian salmon, leather jackets, cookup, breams, catfish, snappers, among others.
Shopping near the beach Hundreds of shops run by about many vendors, offer different types of food products and other souvenirs
Swimming Pools Anna swimming pool, is located opposite the clock tower building of the University of Madras. (Near Beach) Marina swimming pool, located opposite the Presidency College.
Festivals and Celebrations Hindu Festival Vinayaka Chathurthi, Pongal day celebrations, Independence Day, Republic Day, Annual Chennai Marathon.

Ooty

Ooty Positioned in the rocky range called the Nilgiris ("Blue Mountains"), it draws a hug number of guests consistently. The climate is very charming at a mean of 15-20°C around the year, dropping to lows of 0°C during December/January. The scenery is distinct by green slopes secured with thick vegetation, small slopes and plain land, roofed with tea estates, and eucalyptus trees. Many segments of the hills are safeguarded as natural reserve forest of Tamil Nadu, and special sanctions will be required to camp in non-camp sites. Ooty, is not the end in itself, as much as it is the point of convergence of fascination.  Sightseeing the surrounding area is positively an absolute must.

How To Reach Ooty

  • By Air : The nearest domestic airport is Coimbatore which is 88km. and the nearest International Airport is Bangalore which is about 295 km from Ooty.
  • By Road : Ooty is an important tourist destination. There are busses from Kerala, Chennai Bangalore and Mysore to reach here.
  • By Train : The nearest railway station is Mettupalyam it is 45 km away

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS-OOTY-TAMILNADU

Things to see in Ooty The Government Botanical gardens, which were laid out in 1847, cover an area of about 22 hectares.
The Doddabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters.
Doddabetta Tea Park is situated right next to the Doddabetta Peak in Ooty.
Fern Hill Garden, Sims Park, Government Rose Garden, Thread Garden, Ooty Lake, Wax World - (Wax Museum), The Tea Factory and Annamalai Temple, Falls and Dam at Pykara, Hidden Valley, Echo Rock, Shooting point, Pine forest and Dolphin's Nose
Boating You will have a wonderful experience of Boating at Pykara
To Do in Ooty Travel the countryside
Visit the local Army cantonment
The terrace farmed cabbage fields around Ooty.
The Mudumalai forest sanctuary
The Municipal Market and shop for fresh local fruits
Buy Chocolates from King's Star
Go for a stroll or hikes.
Travel on the Nilgiri Railway to enjoy the mountains and valleys (a must)
Horse Riding
Shopping Bee honey, bee wax and other hand-crafted artefacts, gourmet cheeses, pizza, burger, cashews, samosas, Bombay halwa sandwiches, vada pav and cutlets and Home-made chocolates are a speciality.

Kodaikanal

Image credit : Ramkumar CC-BY-SA-2.0 Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a city in the slopes of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil nadu its name in the Tamil language signifies "The Gift of the Forest". Planes and meadows cover the slopes. Massive Eucalyptus trees and shola backwoods thrive in the valleys. Huge mountains and falling streams lie over the valleys. There are numerous high waterfalls gardens and blossom beds in sprout. Kodaikanal is known for its rich vegetation. Of the enormous trees, cypress, eucalyptus and acacia are the prevailing assortments. Pear trees are various and the fruit products are of high quality. Rivaling the organic product trees are the flowering ones - predominantly rhododendron and magnolia. Large dahlias of various tints are the main attraction of Bryant Park, situated near the Kodai lake. Water lilies in the recreation center's lake are another lovely sight. The town possesses large amounts of a sort of wonderful yellow wild blooms.

How To Reach Kodaikanal

  • By Air : The airport nearest to Kodaikanal is Madurai, about 120 km or 74.5 miles away. Others are the Trichy airport and the Coimbatore airport, 198.1km or 123.1miles and 173.5km or 107.8 miles away, respectively. From the airport, you can easily get a bus to Kodaikanal. For foreigners better to take Chennai International Airport.
  • By Road : Frequent buses are available from the cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, Madurai and Kerala.
  • By Train : Getting down at Kodai Road is the nearest railway station. From here you can hire a taxi. The distance from here is 79.3km or 49.3 miles

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS-KODAIKANAL-TAMIL NADU

To See Kodai Berijam Lake, Chettiar Park, Coakers Walk, Bryant park, Kodai Lake, Echo Point, Wax Museum, Bear Shola falls, Old Suicide Point, Silver Cascade, Shanthi Valley, Pine Forest, Guna Caves, Devil's Kitchen - a cave, Cap's Fly, Silent Valley View and Kurinjiandavar Temple
To Do in Kodai Cycle around the lake,
Boating at the Kodai lake
Trekking
Wander About and see the water falls
Horse Riding
Balloon Shooting
Watch a movie
Go to Ram Parai View point
Fun park
The Prana Spa, (Convent Road )
Yoga Kodaikanal Yoga Center
Shopping in Kodai Various home- made Cheeses, Homemade Chocolates, Eucalyptus oil, Lemon Grass oil, Gaultheria oil, Citriodora oil, herbal soaps, perfumes, aromatic oils, herbal teas, coffees, ginger cardamom. handmade stoneware pottery.

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari: The name Kanyakumari originates from the Devi Kanyakumari Temple in the area. It is a small town situated at the intersection of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. For quite a while, it has been an important site in India both spiritually and also as a day stumbling outing from both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Swami Vivekananda devoted long days of time meditating here and resultantly has an extensive monument raised to him just off the shoreline. An uncommon marvel and relying upon the climate, at specific circumstances of the year the setting sun and rising moon can be seen in the nightfall. Despite the fact that there are a few spots of traveler’s attention for the town and region, this beautiful place is particularly famous in India for its marvelous and unusual sunrise and sunset.

How To Reach Kanyakumari

  • By Air : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the nearest airport, which is 90.8 km or 56.4 miles.
  • By Train : Kanyakumari has a railway station and most of the trains stop here. It is connected with other parts of the state and Thiruvananthapuram.
  • By Bus : It is having a wide network of roads and buses are frequently available from major parts of the state.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS-KANYAKUMARI-TAMILNADU
To See Thiruvalluvar Statue
Vivekananda Rock
Vivekanandapuram
Padmanabhapuram Palace (made out of wood-an hour drive 33.4 km or 20.8 miles)
Our Lady of Ransom Church
Kamarajar Mani Mantapa Monument
Baywatch (amusement park at Sunset Point)
Tsunami Monument
See the sunrise/sunset
To Do Meditate - Vivekananda Rock memorial has a special meditation room which is absolutely peaceful for meditation.
Shopping Hair clips and clips made of coconut shells, Star angle shells, ocean shells of different sizes, kaleidoscopes, multi-colored sand packet, gathered from various parts of the shoreline, collectibles like kavadi, works of art, Straw caps, conches, ocean shells, mirrors designed with conches and shells, Necklaces, studs, wrist trinkets, lamp stand, South Indian lights wooden containers, wooden plates, wooden boxes of different shapes, wooden pen stand, chariot, tea, lockers etc.

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Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam is a well-known landmark in Chennai, devoted to the traditional Tamil writer, thinker, and holy person, Thiruvalluvar. This monument was built in 1976 in the memory of Thiruvalluvar, who composed his well-known Thirukkural somewhere about 2,000 years ago. It is situated at the crossing point of the Kodambakkam High street and the Village street Tamil Nadu. Every one of the 133 sections and 1330 verses of the Thirukkural are engraved on carvings in the front-lobby’s corridors. The hall of Valluvar Kottam has seating capacity around 4,000 people. The structure of Valluvar Kottam is comparable to a temple chariot, like a model of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size figurine of Thiruvalluvar has been mounted in the 39-m-high chariot.

How To Reach Valluvar Kottam

  • By Air : Chennai International airport is the nearest port which is only 13.4 km or 8.3 miles
  • By Train : Chennai Central is the nearest railway station.
  • By Bus : Bus is available from all cities of Chennai.

Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Image credit : Suresh, Madurai Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a seventeenth century royal residence built in 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Nayak, of Madurai's Nayaka administration who ruled Madurai from 1623–59, in the city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. This Palace is an exemplary combination of Dravidian and Rajput styles. The building, which can be seen today, was the central Palace, in which the ruler lived. This castle is located 2 km south east of the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The yard and the dancing corridor are the significant focal point of attractions of the royal residence. The pattern and architecture is an amalgamation of Dravidian and Islamic styles. The Core of the Royal Residence exceeds many of its Indian generations in scale. The interior is luxuriously ornamented whereas the outward is considered in a plainer style.

How To Reach Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Located in the main city of Madurai, and just 2.5 km from the Meenakshi Amman Temple

Varaha Cave Temple

Image credit : Vsundar CC-BY-SA-3.0 Varaha Cave Temple

Varaha Cave Temple (Adivaraha Cave Temple) is a stone cut cave temple situated at Mamallapuram on the Coromandel Cost of the Bay of Bengal in Kanchipuram of Tamil Nadu. It is an illustration of Indian rock cut design of dating from the late seventh century. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cave mirrors a transitional style of design in its segments mounted on sitting lions and frescoes cut on the side walls inside the cave which advanced through the reign of Pallava rulers Mahendra Varman I and Rajasimha. The cave reproduces a transitional style of architecture in its pillars attached on seated lions and murals engraved on the walls interior the cavern which developed during the rule of Pallava kings Mahendra Varman I and Rajasimha or Narasimhavarman I known as Mamalla.

How To Reach Varaha Cave Temple

  • By Air : The nearest is Chennai International Airport which is 54.9 km
  • By Rail : Chengalpattu railway station is the nearest train station which is 24 km
  • By Bus : Frequent buses are available from major cities of the states.

The Government Museum

Image credit : L.vivian.richard The Government Museum

Government Museum - Chennai is a museum of social history and culture situated in the area of Egmore in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Opened in 1851, it is the second oldest historical center in India. It is especially rich in archeological and numismatic accumulations. It has the biggest accumulation of Roman ancient pieces outside Europe. The National Art Gallery is also present in the historical center premises. It houses exceptional works of artists like Raja Ravi Varma. The exhibition hall complex comprising of 6 buildings and 46 galleries covers around 16.25 acres of land. The items presented in the historical museum cover an assortment of antiques and items covering different fields including paleontology, numismatics, zoology, social history, statues, palm leaf compositions and Amravati works of art.

How To Reach The Government Museum

  • By Air : Chennai International airport is the nearest airport which is 17.1km or 10.6 miles
  • By Road : Buses and Taxis are available from Railway station and airport.
  • By Rail : Central railway station is the nearest train station.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Image credit : Nikhilb239 CC-BY-SA-3.0 Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a prevalent traveler landmark in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. The monument remains on one of two rocks situated around 500 meters east off territory of Vavathurai, India's southernmost tip. It was constructed in1970 in respect to Swami Vivekananda of who is said to have achieved enlightenment on the rock. As indicated by native legends, it was on this stone Goddess Kumari performed somberness. A Meditation place (Dhyana Mandapam) is also connected to the memorial for guests to become still by meditation. The plan of the mandapa takes diverse styles of temple designs from all over India.

How To Reach Vivekananda Rock Memorial

  • By Air : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the nearest airport which is 90.9 km or 56.5 miles.
  • By Rail : Nearest railway station is Kanyakumari, which is connected with Thiruvananthapuram Central Station.
  • By Road : It is well connected with all parts of South India.

Padmanabhapuram Palace Tamilnadu

Image credit : Aviatorjk CC BY-SA 3.0 Padmanabhapuram Palace Tamilnadu

Padmanabhapuram Palace Tamilnadu. A glorious wooden royal residence of the sixteenth century, it lies at the Land’s End of terrain India - Kanyakumari. The antique interior are fully furnished with perplexing rosewood carvings and molded stylistic theme. The royal residence also contains seventeenth and eighteenth century wall paintings. One can see: the melodic bow in mahogany, windows with shaded mica, imperial seats with Chinese carvings, "Thaikkottaram" or the Queen Mother's castle with painted roofs, rose wood and teak cut roofs with 90 distinctive flower outlines. Despite the fact that the royal residence is located in Kanyakumari area of Tamil Nadu State, it goes under the management of Kerala Tourism Department

How To Reach Padmanabhapuram Palace Tamilnadu

  • By Air : The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is 56.9km or 35.3 miles
  • By Rail : The nearest railway station is Nagercoil, it is connected with Thiruvananthapuram Central station which has frequent trains from all major cities of Chennai and Kerala.
  • By Road : From Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam, and major cities of Tamil Nadu buses are available to Kanyakumari and Nagercoil.

Visiting hours: 9 hours to 17 hours (All days except Mondays)

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Image credit : SINHA CC-BY-SA-3.0 Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Tamil Nadu. Though the perfect picture about who constructed the temple is not known, it is normally assumed that the temple was initially constructed by Pallavas dynasty in the seventh century CE because of its reference in the poems of the Nayanmars; anyway, the architecture of the sanctuary is by all accounts only 300-400 years of age. The researchers have presumed that the first temple was made at the seashore in seventh century by Pallavas and was demolished by Portuguese. The temple existing today around 1 km away from the shore was constructed by Vijay Nagar rulers amid sixteenth century.

How To Reach Kapaleeshwarar Temple

  • By Air : The nearest airport is Chennai which is 15.4km or 9.5 miles
  • By Train : The temple is 6.4 km from Chennai Central railway station and local trains are available to Mylapore.
  • By Road : Mylapore is well connected with all parts of Chennai

Ramanathaswamy Temple

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Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple devoted to the God Shiva situated on Rameswaram island in the state of Tamil Nadu India. The temple has the longest interior passage among all the Hindu temple in India. The temple in its present form is accepted to have been constructed amid the seventeenth century, while Fergusson considers the little vimana in the west passageway having a place with the eleventh or 12 hundreds of years. The temple is said to have been allowed for construction by King Kizhavan Sethupathi or Raghunatha Thevar. The primary divinity of the temple is Ramanathaswamy (Shiva) in the form of lingam. There are two lingams inside the shrine - one built by Sita, from sand, belong to as the main divinity, Ramalingam and the one brought by Hanuman from Kailash called Vishwalingam

How To Reach Ramanathaswamy Temple

  • By Air : Madurai is the nearest Airport. it is 166.5 km or 103.5miles and Madurai is connected with Thiruchi (Tiruchirappalli) Chennai Mumbai and Bangalore
  • By Bus : It is connected with all important cities of Tamil Nadu
  • By Train : It is linked with rail from Chennai, Coimbatore Trichy Thanjavur and Palghat

Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Madurai Meenakshi Temple is a notable Hindu temple situated on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai Tamil Nadu. In spite of the fact that a large portion of the present structure was constructed somewhere around 1623 and 1655 CE. It is said that the temple was originally constructed in the sixth century BC by survivors of the Kumari Kandam. The temple draws in 15,000 people a day, and around 25,000 on Fridays. There are more than 33,000 statues in the temple. It was on the rundown of main 30 applicants for the "New Seven Wonders of the World". The temple is the most noticeable milestone and most visited travelers spot in the city

How To Reach Madurai Meenakshi Temple

  • By Air : Madurai Airport is the nearest flight station, which has flights to Chennai and Mumbai.
  • By Train : Frequent trains are connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Rameswaram Kanyakumari and other southern parts of the state.
  • By Bus : Madurai roads are well connected with all major cities of the States.

Chidambaram Temple

Chidambaram Temple is an antique and significant temple devoted to Lord Shiva Nataraja and Lord Govindaraja Perumal. It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva situated in the heart of the temple town of Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. The temple, 78 km south of Pondicherry and 235 Km from Chennai. The temple complex spread more than 40 acres of land in the heart of the city. A special component of this temple is the bejeweled idol of Nataraja. It portrays the Lord Shiva as the Lord of the dance Bharatanatya. The temple has five courts. Aragalur Udaya Iraratevan Ponparappinan modified the Siva temple at Chidambaram around 1213 AD.

How To Reach Chidambaram Temple

  • By Rail : Chidambaram is located on the Madras-Tiruchirapalli main line of the Southern Railway. It is connected with Tiruchirapalli, Madras, Madurai (335 km), Rameshwaram (575 km), Bangalore (340 km), and Tirupati (290 km).
  • By Road : Frequent buses are available from most major cities in Tamil Nadu.

Summer Festival

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Summer Festival, incorporates many social endeavors. Flower Show, Rose Show, Dog Show, Fruit Show, Spice Show, Vegetable Show, Boat Race, and Boat display. Traditional arts, includes folk dance, drama and music programs, highlighting various traditional arts, are held at Breeks HADP stadium, Ooty. Summer festival is a season of shows, celebrated in the Nilgiri hills of India during each May. The celebration is systematically programed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism and the national Ministry of Tourism. The Flower show is held at the Botanical Garden in Ooty amid the third week of May. The rose show is scheduled at the Government Rose Garden in Ooty, in the second week of May.

Natyanjali

Natyanjali - Festival of Dance at Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu is known for its serenity and uniqueness of the devotion of the dancers dedicating their "Natya" (Dance) as "Anjali" (Offering) and worship to  the Lord of Dance - Lord Nataraja. Dancers from all over the world and from all parts of India representing all classical forms like Bharatanatyam, Kuchupudi, Mohini Attam, Kathak, Odissi, etc., congregate at Chidambaram and offer their Dance Recitals to Lord Nataraja. The uniqueness of the festival lies in its devotional aspect and thus differs from other dance festivals.  It was introduced at the Chidambaram temple, but nowadays it is also organized at many other temples in Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Chennai, Nagapatinam, Mayavaram, Thirunallar, Thiruvanaikoil, etc.

Velankanni Festival

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Velankanni Festival. The church is made in Gothic architecture, was altered by Portuguese and after that further extended later on due of the arrival of believers. It has one of the nation's greatest Catholic pilgrimage centres, the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health.  Around 800,000 believers are likely to render their holy rites at the basilica Our Lady of Health situated in Velankanni, Tamil Nadu throughout the 11-day celebration. The celebration begins on August 29 with the raising of the church flag and would end on September 8. Its roots can be followed back to the sixteenth century. Every year, 22 million pilgrims and travelers visit to the place of worship from all over India and abroad.

Mamallapuram Dance Festival

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Mamallapuram Dance Festival is held each year between Dec-Jan in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu. Performers of Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi, Mohiniyattam and Kathakali play against this eminent background of the Pallava rock statues.  This dance celebration is administered by Department of Tourism, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Mamallapuram is the famous and antiquated seventh century place for Pallava culture and craftsmanship. Mamallapuram is a famous culture front, particularly for the travelers, who arrive from the world over who love to embrace and absorb the rich customs. This place is wealthy with old landmarks, models, caves, huge temples and beaches. The city of Mahabalipuram was largely improved by the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I in the 7th century AD.

Karthikai Deepam

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Karthikai Deepam One of the oldest references to the celebration is found in the Akananuru, a book of verses, which goes back to the Sangam Age (200 B.C. to 300 A.D.) It is a Hindu and Tamil, Festival of Lights. The celebration is seen in most Hindu homes and each temple of Tamil Nadu. It falls between November-December. The oil lamps are viewed as a promising sign. It is assumed to avert negative powers and bring abundance and happiness. The Aganaanooru clearly asserts that Karthigai is observed on the full moon day (pournami) of the month of Karthigai, as per South Indian calendar. It was one of the most significant festivals (peruvizha) of the ancient Tamils, including now the areas of modern Kerala too.

Kavadi Attam

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Kavadi Attam is something special, apart from satisfying the pledge to the Lord Shiva the Hindu God in return of some divine benefits. "Kavadi" is really a wooden stay with two baskets at every end that can be hold over the shoulder and is generally fully decorated with blooms, peacock plumes and even gems and particularly, metal ringers that serve to mention the nearness of the Kavadi-carrier close-by. Along the Kavadi parade, Kavadi carrier needs to take many regulations, for example, being silent all the way. They follow abstinence and avoid alcoholic beverages and substances and consume "Satwik" diet, which is entirely vegetarian and has no oil or flavors. The scene that strikes fear in the hearts is seeing followers that pass a sharp little lance through their tongue that projects out of their mouth or a lance through their cheeks. This festival falls during the month of April-May. It is one of the most popular festivals of Tamil Nadu

Chithirai Festival

Chithirai Festival:  Hindus on this important day celebrate by riding a golden chariot with the idols of the god Sundareswarar and the goddess Meenakshi. It is one of the longest celebrated festivals in the world and lasts for one month.It is performed during April and May amid the Tamil month of Chithirai. It is celebrated in the Madurai temple situated around 500 kilometers from Chennai, Tamil Nadu it is a famous celebration in southern India. Madurai is prominently known as the City of Festivals. The heavenly wedding of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar is praised each year in Madurai during the Chithirai Festival.

Pongal /Jallikattu

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Pongal /Jallikattu is a four-days- agriculture festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu. This agriculture celebration, falls commonly on the fourteenth or the fifteenth of January. The principal day is commended as Bhogi festival out of appreciation for Lord Indra. On the second day of celeberation, the puja or the performance of ritualistic adoration is performed when rice is boiled in milk in a ceramic pot and is then symbolically offered to the sun-god along with so many oblations. The third day is known as Mattu Pongal, the day for cows. The fourth day is known as Knau or Kannum Pongal day. On this day, a turmeric leaf is washed and is then set on the ground. In Tamil Nadu, ladies play out this custom before showering in the morning. Jallikattu is part of a tradition and not just something that was started a few years ago. It is part of the  festival even practiced today.

Veg Mini Meals

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Veg Mini Meals in Tamil Nadu served with Sambar rice, Tamarind rice, Curd rice, Sweet Pongal, Chappathi with gravy and chips.

Plain Dosa

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Plain Dosa with chutney and sambar traditionally served in banana leaf

Masala Dosa

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Masala Dosa Chennai (colloquially Masal dosa) as served in Tamil Nadu, India. Masala dosa was listed as one of the world's 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go.com

Lamb Biryani

Sambar Idly

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Sambar Idly - Mini idlis floating in sambar as served in Tamil Nadu

Veg Kothu Parotta

Indian Meals(Thali)

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Indian meals(Thali) served on either a Copper or Stainless steel plate.

Kothu Parotta

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Kothu Parotta (Chicken) as served in Tamil Nadu, India

Rasgulla

Rasgulla

Rasgulla: A traditional south Indian sweet dish. Made from a specific variety of rice flour, sweetened by sugar syrup

Chicken Chettinad

Mixture-The Chennai Snack