Tamilnadu tourist spots
List of Place
Chettinad is famous for its tourist attractions -the traditional palaces and mansions that will help one to understand the simple, yet classy life of the wealthy Chettiar community. Some of the interesting tourist attractions in Chettinad are the museums-the Kamban Mani Mandapam and the Kaviarsar Kannadhasan Mani Mandapam, both built in honor of late poet-laureates. The latter has a museum with an amazing collection of artefacts -traditional jewellery, clothing, huge copper vats and grain bins. Visit to Devakottai , where the streets of Devakottai afford one the pleasure of walking through a typical Chettiar lane lined with old mansions, the most famous being Periya Minor’s Veedu. The Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Devakottai is famous for the 108 statues of Vinayakar.
The Chettinad region is most popular and adored for its 18th century mansions, unique and ornamented palatial houses , with wide courtyards and spacious rooms embellished with marble and teak. Beautiful front courtyard with wide and lengthy corridors on all four sides lined with ornamental pillars and antiques are a part of the Chettinad Houses. These palatial houses are found in the villages of Kaanadukathan, Aathangudi, Kandanur, Kad-ya Patti. Many of these mansions were built using a type of limestone known as karate hence they are also called as Karzai needs. Local legend narrates that the mansion walls were polished with a paste made out of egg whites to give them a smooth and shiny texture.
Nagapattinam is famous for its rich history and culture. It is also famous for its harbours which are some of the best in the country. The town also attracts several pilgrims who come to offer their prayers in the temples located here.The Soundararaja Perumal Temple, Nellukadai Mariamman Temple, Kayarohanaswamy Temple, Arumugaswamy Temple are some of the famous temples located in the area. Vedaranyam, a neighbouring town of the district, houses the famous Vedaranyeswarar Temple. Besides the temples, the town also houses the ancient Nagore Dargha which was built in the 16th century.Nagapattinam is also located very close to Velankanni which is famous for the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health Church.
Kumbakonam is famously called the ‘temple town’ or ‘The City of Temples’ given the number of temples that have been built in and around the town. There are believed to be 188 temples within the municipality of Kumbakonam. Another 100 odd temples have been constructed in the areas surrounding the town.
Some of the more noted temples of Kumbakonam are the Kumbeswara temple, the Sarangapani temple and the Ramaswamy temple. The celebrated Mahamaham festival is held each year in this temple town, and people from all across the world make it a point to be in Kumbakonam, to attend the celebrations.
Chidambaram is a temple town in the district of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu known for its surreal setting, ancient Dravidian architecture and imposing Gopurams. The temple may very well be the only Shiva temple in which the deity is worshipped in the form of the “Nataraja”, the lord of dance. It is interesting to note that everywhere else you find the Lord worshipped as the “Shivalinga”. It may also be the only major temple where both Lord Shiva and Mahavishnu are worshipped side by side.
The other temples are Kalahasti Nathar temple associated with the wind, Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara associated with fire, Kanchi Ekambareswara temple associated with Earth, and Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara temple associated with water.
Vedanthangal experiences the tropical climate, with a level of mercury rising high during the summer season. The summer months are hot, whereas the winter months are pleasant and mild.
During the summer season, from March to July, this place is extremely hot and temperature varies between a minimum of 29°C and a maximum of 40°C. The monsoon season arrives pretty late and stretches from August to October. During this season, Vedanthangal experiences heavy showers, so better avoid visiting this place during this season.
Kutrallam the town is famous for its beautiful waterfalls such as Peraruvi, Chitraruvi, Shenbagadevi Falls, Thenaruvi, Aintharuvi, Pazhathotta Aruvi, Pazhaya Court all Aruvi and Puli Aruvi. There are also several temples in the town such as the Thirukatraalanaadhar Kovil, Thirumalai Kovil, Kumaran Kovil, Kasivishuwanathar Kovil, Dhakshinamoorthy Kovil, Papanasam Ulagaambihai & Sivan Kovil and Ariyankavu Iyappan Kovil. Other attractions around the area are Therkumalai Estate, the Boat House located close to the Aintharuvi, and Pazhaya Courtalla Aruvi, the Snake house and Aquarium located near the Peraruvi and several park for children.
The name Courtallam is an anglicized version of the word Kuttralam which the locals still use. The place is known by several other names such as Mukthiveli, Nannagram, Pithur Kanda, Theerthapuram, Thirunagaram, and Vasanthaperur.
The name Tiruchirappalli is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Trishirapuram’ which comes from the two words ‘Trishira’ which means three heads and ‘palli’ or ‘puram’ which means city. It is believed that the three-headed demon Trishira prayed to Lord Shiva near the city and obtained favors. Telugu scholar C.P Brown believed that Tiruchirappalli is derived from the word ‘Chiruta-pale’ which means little town.
A rock inscription from the 16th century has mentioned Tiruchirappalli as Tiru-still-palli which means ‘Holy-rock-town’. Some scholars believe that the name is derived from the word Tiru-china-palli which means holy little town.
According to the Madras Glossary the origin of the word Tiruchirappalli is from the word Tiruccinappalli meaning holy (tiru) village (palli) of the shina plant.
Tirunelveli an ancient city is about 2000 years old and is a town of hoary tradition. Tamirabarani River flows here gives pride to the city. Tirunelveli is the capital of Tirunelveli District. This district was formed on 1st September 1790. . It is twin city namely Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai. Palayamkottai has been even referred as Oxford of South India. The freedom fighters of 18th to 20th century Veera Pandiaya Kattabomman, Pulithevan Veeran AzhagumuthuKone V.O. Chidambaram Veeran Sundaralingam Subramania Bharathiar and Vanachinathan were born in Tirunelveli District. Hence Tirunelveli District was placed first for freedom struggle to quit the British dynasty. The green paddy fields fed by the Tamirabarani River and the tall palm groves add a verdant dimension to the landscape of Tirunelveli District. This district is famous for palm sugar candy and palm leaf handicrafts.
Vellore Fort is considered to be the most influential fortress of its time and was constructed in the 16th century by the Nayakar group of leaders belonging to the Vijayanagar kingdom. It is totally made of granite blocks and the fort is at present a historical tourist hotspot. The city is also popular worldwide for having one of the best hospitals in India, the Christian Medical College and Hospital. It is located in the center of the city and it is also one of the major private employers in the city. The other major Vellore attractions are the Jalakanteshwara Temple, Muthu Mandapam or the Pearl Palace and the Government Museum. The Vellore travel guide gives you all the information related to this historical city.
Valparai in Coimbatore District is the only Summer Resort. The 7th heaven Valparai named by the district administration in dense forests, skyline trees, everywhere the tea, coffee plantations, as well as extension of the rod will snap sporadic silver waterfalls, giant River Dams to store water that is considered tourist destination. Being a place of Valparai karat marks the year 1880 by the British, it was revealed to the outside world.
In 1920 with the help of tribes who lived in the forest areas of forests and bush walks are removed and replaced by roads, and destroyed the tea cultivated wilderness. In the rare mountain herbs and labor can not enter dense forests, waterfalls, valleys, meadows Green is matted. It adds to Valparai Anaimalai Tiger sanctuary.
Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared in Velankanni in 1560 and the town’s rich religious character dates back to this time. According to popular belief, Mary requested a shepherd for milk so as to quench the thirst of her baby, Lord Jesus. A chapel was erected at this location to commemorate this incident. Velankanni is often called the ‘the land of miracles’, a name that stems from the many miracles rumored to have taken place in the town.One of them goes as follows; a Portuguese trade vessel faced the wrath of the Bay of Bengal in the form of a storm during the 17th century. The despondent sailors are believed to have vowed to construct a chapel in the name of the Virgin Mary at whichever point of land they managed to reach safely.According to legend, the tempest receded, and the Portuguese vessel landed upon the shores of Velankanni on the 8th of September, the birthday of Mary. The existing chapel was redecorated by the sailors keeping in line with their promise.
The Tranquebar of today is a town juxtaposed against the sea, and with the slow rhythm of its singing waves. Here, time seems to slow down. The place still remains pristine and is one of the most under-explored spots along the Tamil Nadu coastline.
Another reason one should visit Tranquebar, is to see some fine examples of Danish architecture. Fort Dansborg (Danish Fort) is one of the highlights of Tranquebar, a perfect example of Danish architecture that is hard to find elsewhere in India.Tranquebar is also home to many churches, owing to the fact that many Christian missionaries originally settled in Tranquebar. The other attractions include a Danish Museum and Tranquebar beach.
Dhanushkodi is a famous ghost town situated in the south-eastern tip of the Pamban island in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is situated 29 kilometres away from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. The railway line that connected the town to Pamban station was destroyed by a disastrous cyclone and a passenger train that carried 100 people drowned in the sea in 1964. A trip to the island of Dhanushkodi fills the traveller with wonder when he or she notices and soaks in the peace and tranquil air of the place contrasted with the awe and fear that arises from the remnants of the town that was destroyed by the fierce cyclone.
Hogenakkal is a popular weekend destination for domestic and foreign tourists. The sound of the gushing Cauvery, freshly caught fish which can be fried in one of the many kitchens by the river, the expert masseuse’s rejuvenating oil massage using local herbs, special oils and ancient knowledge of massage pints handed from generation to generation, all make Hogenakkal an interesting experience.
There’s more that Hogenakkal has to offer the tourists. For those who like a little adventure, can opt for swimming in the stream near the waterfalls, it is not as easy as it seems and should only be tried by expert swimmers. Or one can go for long treks along the Melagiri Hills which will not only be an exciting experience in the fresh forest air but also offer breathtaking views of the lush greenery and beauty of the place.
The Mudumalai Wildlife sanctuary offers jungle safaris organized by the Forest department and these are truly worthwhile. The sheer diversity of species viewable in the sanctuary coupled with the different kinds of forests offers anyone taking these safaris an experience of a lifetime.
Tropical moist deciduous, southern tropical dry thorn and tropical dry deciduous forests are found in the sanctuary. For bird lovers, there’s the opportunity to chance one’s eye upon the two hundred plus species of birds that abound here. Animal life including monitor lizards, hyenas, jackals, deer, panther, and antelopes co-exist peacefully in this serene and green environment.
Mudumalai is also home to a Tiger reserve that has India’s highest density of tigers. Furthermore, seven hundred Indian elephants roam the sanctuary.
Chennai is the capital of the state Tamil Nadu, and fifth most populous city of India. It would not be hyperbolic to designate it as the liveliest city in the entire South India. The city has its own unique charm, which sets it aside from the rest of the big cities of the country. A great confluence of rich tradition, varied heritage, modern amenities and technology, Chennai is the vibrant place in the vicinity of nature. This unmatchable blend of culture and modernity has designated Chennai with one such city in Tamil Nadu, blessed with an extreme treasure of tourist attractions. The sightseeing tour around the ancient city of Chennai, will completely sweep you off your feet. Besides, there is such wide diversity that you will be amazed at its existence. The picturesque beauty of the city includes beautifully carved temples, serene beaches, colonial monuments and much more.
Mahabalipuram is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. And together with Chennai and Kanchipuram, it forms ‘Golden Tourism Triangle’ on the shore of Coromandel Coast. This 7th-century port city of the Pallavas, which was a dynasty of Dravidian civilization, includes several historical monuments which were mainly structured in that era.
This tourist destination has been listed amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its importance and ancientness of the sculptures and temples which depict its historical past and traditional legacy and also about the Dravidian civilization. The major attraction of Mahabalipuram is the Shore temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, sited on the Bay of Bengal with the gateway from the Western side away from the sea. It is one of the world heritage sites and also one of the ancient rock-cut temples in the country. Noted for its complex carvings embellished with beautiful motifs and craftsmanship, the architectural designs of this temple are absolutely fascinating.
Kanchipuram, sometimes called Kanjeevaram or Kanchi, is a small town in Tamil Nadu. One of the most important spiritual centres of Hinduism, and a major pilgrim destination; Kanchipuram has several medieval temples with spectacular architecture. It used to be the capital of the Pallava kingdom from the 4th to the 10th century, and was a centre of learning for all the major religions of South India. Hindu temples are still present and in use today, and there are archaeological remains of Jain temples. Unfortunately, although Kanchipuram was reputed to be the centre of Buddhism in South India, and was visited by Chinese Buddhist monks, there are no remains of the Buddhist presence today.Modern Kanchipuram is a major weaving centre and visitors will be able to buy handwoven silk at wholesale rates.
Rameswaram is separated from mainland India. The town is a historical city which was ruled by the various southern Indian dynasties and has been mentioned in the mythological Hindu epic, Ramayana. Rameswaram, in the state of Tamil Nadu, is also a part of the holy Hindu pilgrimage of the Char Dhams. Rameswaram is also a major pilgrim spot for the Shaivaites and the Vaishnavites.
Thanjavur Travel Guide is full of references to the historical temples and serene spots. Some of the famous tourist destinations of the city include Thanjavur Royal Palace, Siva Ganga Garden, Sangeetha Mahal, Nandi Bull, Airavateswara Temple, Swami Malai Temple, Vellai Puliar Temple, Grand Anicut, Thanjavur Art Gallery and Brihadeshwar temple etc.
The city is very famous for agricultural activities and is believed to be the granary of South India because of its agricultural produce. It is intensively known for its Tanjore paintings, cotton sarees and handloom silk sarees which are in demand worldwide.
Yelagiri is during the winters in the months of November to February. However, the climate remains moderate throughout the year. The summer temperature varies from 18° Celsius to 34° Celsius, while the winter temperature varies from 11° Celsius to 25° Celsius. Moderate rainfall is received in the months of July to September.
The place is also very attractive during Pongal which is celebrated in January and Diwali which is celebrated during October. These two festivals are celebrated in Yelagiri with much pomp and glory. The summer festival, Kodai Vizag celebrated for three days in the month of May is also a major tourist attraction.
The small town of Kanyakumari has temples and churches, statues and beaches to entice the tourist. Just off the mainland, and perhaps the most recognizable landmark of Kanyakumari is the Thiruvalluvar statue with the pedestal the statue measures an exact 133 ft to represent the 133 chapters of Tirukkural, the most important work in Tamil of literature.
It is also famous for the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, where Swami Vivekananda meditated and decided to carry his message of peace across the world. The location of the city played the major part in the evolution of its culture. People from many countries visited the port town and its evidence is seen in its food, architecture and art forms.
Ooty, the queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district, is one of the most popular tourist destination, especially as a honeymoon destination.It is situated at an altitude of 2, 240 mt above sea level and is thus a delightful honeymoon spot. One can notice a marvelous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes.
Kodaikanal is the most sought after honeymoon destination in South India because of its scenic beauty with which it can create the most memorable experiences for its visitors.
The name Kodaikanal means gift of the forest and the dense forest with many varieties of trees, the huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls, makes it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place. An area blessed by its location in the Palani Hills in Western Ghats, it creates landscapes and natural beauty that one doesn’t want to miss. To make the most of the enchanting surroundings one can undertake various activities such as trekking, boating, horse riding etc.
Coimbatore is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. To the northwest is the centuries-old, Dravidian-style Arulmigu Subramaniyaswami Temple, Marudamalai. The colorful and intricately carved Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple lies southeast of here. In the center, the Gass Forest Museum has a huge collection of preserved animals and tree trunks. Southeast, birds, and butterflies inhabit Singanallur Lake.
One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in the country, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1930 meters and just 19 km from Ooty.
Coonoor is a delightful location to have a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls. Coonoor is a dream come true for writers and poets due to its rich greenery, the manicured hills, the Colonial culture and amazing sceneries, which will leave you relaxed and inspired. While in Coonoor you can completely lose yourself in nature and its eternal beauty.
Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. It located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats; the Yercaud hill area is called the Shevaroy Hills. It is situated at an altitude of 1515 metres (4970 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, at 5,326 feet (1,623 m). It is so named owing to the abundance of trees categorised as a forest near the lake, the name signifying Lake Forest. As a popular tourist destination, Yercaud is also called as Jewel of the South. Yarcaud is connected to city of Salem, Tamil Nadu through Highway of 8 km. The temperature never rises above 29 °C (84 °F) or goes below 13 °C (55 °F). Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance apart from bananas, pears and jackfruit. Scenically, Yercaud is as enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations on the Western ghats and trekking here can be one of the most pleasurable ways to pass time.The total extent of Yercaud Taluk is 382.67 km2, including Reserve Forest.
Thiruvannamalai town is considered as one among the five ‘PanchaBoothaSthalangal’ or ‘Five Element temples’ of Lord Shiva denoting the fire element. The other four elements, space, the wind, water, and earth are represented by Chidambaram, Sri Kalahasti, Thiruvanaikaval, and Kanchipuram respectively.
Arunachaleswara Temple, Ramana Ashram, Virupaksha Cave and Seshadri Swamigal Ashram are some of the places that hold a lot of religious as well as spiritual significance for not only the Hindus of south India but for the world at large. One can spot a lot of foreigners who have traversed from far to realise the quintessence of Indian spiritualism. Padavedu Renukambal temple and Nedungunam Ramar temple are also temples which lure a lot of travellers who visit Thiruvannamalai.
Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in India. Situated on the banks of Vaigai river in Tamil Nadu, the city is known for its Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. Apart from being a pilgrim town, a popular tourist destination, a cultural hotspot and the erstwhile capital of the Pandyan dynasty Madurai is also known for its food, cuisine, architecture, shopping and endearing people.
Madurai is known by several names: Koodal naga ram (City of Junctions), Malligai manager (City of Jasmine), Koil manager (Temple city), Thoonga nagaram(City that never sleeps) and Naanmada koodal (junction of four towers, that refers here to the four major temples that Madurai was known for) among others. The city even finds mention in the Tamil classical epic, Silappatikaram that revolves around Kannagi who avenges her husband’s death by destroying the Pandyan kingdom.