Tamil Nadu Tourism

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Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is located along the southeastern coast of India, all the way down to the Indian peninsula's southernmost point where the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean meet (in Kanyakumari town). Tamil Nadu shares borders with Kerala in the west, Karnataka in the northwest and Andhra Pradesh in the north. Its coastal region along the Bay of Bengal is called the Coromandel Coast.

 

To the north lie the Eastern Ghats hill range and to the west the Nilgiri and Annamalai hill ranges. The picturesque Nilgiris have a number of hill spots like Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Conoor, as also the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. A large region of the state is a fertile plain fed by rivers, mainly Kaveri and Vaigai. Big cities like Chennai or Coimbatore are centres of manufacturing and services sector industries.

 

Chennai (known as Madras till 1996) is the capital of Tamil Nadu. It is one of India's four metro cities, and one of its biggest, with a population of over four million. Founded in 1640 by the British, its attractions include historic examples of colonial architecture. It is one of the main harbours in India and has a few beaches, the most popular being the Marina Beach.

 

Tamil people are proud of their traditions: their language Tamil, which is a classical language going back two millennia, their culture of classical Carnatic music concerts, and also their huge Tamil cinema industry. For the visitor, Tamil Nadu is a land most known for its monumental ancient Hindu temples. The temples have a distinct Dravidian style of architecture and are recognisable by their towering carved gateways called Gopurams. The towns of Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Kanchipuram, Chidambaram and Thanjavur are among the important temple towns. The 11th-century Brihadisvara Temple in Thanjavur and the Meenakshi temple in Madurai, built over many centuries starting in the 7th, are the most famous. The coastal town of Mamallapuram is known for its rock-cut temples and sculptures.

 

Pongal (in January) is Tamil Nadu's most important festival, a celebration of harvest season. Chitirai, the Tamil New Year, is celebrated in mid-April.

 

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Jayanthan Matheswar
  • Jayanthan Matheswar
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review

"A state with diverse culture" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Tamil Nadu is a state with various cultural places. I live in Tamil Nadu and visited most of the famous destinations like Meenakshi Amman temple and Madurai. World's second largest beach Marina Beach is a great place. It is one of the largest state in India with more than seven crore people, so there are various cultures followed in each part of Tamil Nadu.
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Pranay
  • Pranay
  • 3 Reviews

"Many places to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 8, 2014
My overall experience was very good. I visited Rameshwaram, Kodaikanal and Madurai. Due to time crunch I could not visit Kanyakumari. But next time whenever I go, I certainly visit Kanyakumari.
But I could not find anything special for shopping purpose. But apart from this point of view entire trip was awesome.
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Dinesh
  • Dinesh
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  • 4 Reviews

"Tamil Nadu is a beautiful state"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2013
Overall Tamil Nadu state is a beautiful state and the places there are nice. I had been to Coimbatore, Madurai, Rameshwarn, Kanyakumari, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Coonor and many more places where we did not stayed a day but passed couple of hours.
If I get chance, I will visit all the mentioned place again and again.
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Shafeeq Ahmed
  • Shafeeq Ahmed
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"OOTY TRAVEL TIPS"

  • Posted Jan 24, 2013
Was good, good parking facility, double bedroom cost us 1500 rupees, 24 hours hot water, service was ok, we did not have food here as it has a bar attached. we had breakfast in hotel durga. Rooms are upto the mark. well maintained.good parking facility and service Good food served in restaurant.Thanks for clear trip and hotel ooty gate.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Pathetic experience with traumatic food n drunk staff, worst of memories to carry from hotel side. None of the committed services offered, extravagant rates and quality less then roadside Dhaba. Did not adjusted their own given discount coupons at the time of check in.

Activities & things to do: 1) Rose Garden – in the month of March there were about 5-10 roses in the whole garden. So based on the month you visit, decide whether it is worth going.

2) Botanical Gardens – This is an extremely huge garden with loads of trees and plants. Unless you are a through nature lover and are keen on viewing various species of trees, do not waste time here. Either ways, don’t have too high expectations.

3) St. Stephen’s Church – nearly 200 years old and quite pretty

4) 6th mile shooting location – nice place to stop for a few pictures. Pine trees galore and the lake expanse makes for a great picture for clicking snaps.

5) 9th mile shooting location – this is much much better. Huge tracts of land and amazing views. Walk right upto the top for some fantastic views.

6) Pykara Falls – nice place to stop by. There’s a walkway along the falls and you could sit on the rocks for a while and the only sound is the gushing water. Although this bliss could get hampered, if 2-3 tourist buses stop by with loads of nosiy people. So much for tranquility !!!!!!

7) Pykara Lake – boating facilities are available here. You could hire a regular boat or a speed boat, though the speed boat seems to be much more fun.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Ooty can be easily accessed by major cities of Karnataka and other parts of Tamil Nadu. Peelamedu Airport, Coimbatore serves as the closest airport to reach Ooty, which is at a distance of about 104 kms. From Coimbatore, tourists can hire taxi to Ooty which would cost about Rs. 2500. Also, there are regular bus services from Coimbatore to Ooty.

Other Airports close to Ooty are Bengaluru International Airport, which is at about 310 kms away and Chennai International Airport at a distance of about 560 kms.

The main railway station to reach Ooty is Mettupalayam, a small town at the foothills of the Niligiris. There are regular train services from Chennai and Coimbatore to Mettupalayam. A train called \'Niligiris Express\' starts at night from Chennai and reaches Mettupalayam the next morning around 6.30. From here, tourists can hire taxi or board a bus to reach Ooty.

Ooty is well connected with most of the South Indian cities by bus. There are regular bus services from Mysore, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari and from some cities of Kerala. The over-night Volvo buses and state owned buses serve to Ooty from cities of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
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Raghu ram Patibanda
  • Raghu ram Patibanda
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Kodaikanal"

  • Posted Oct 4, 2012
On 15th November '11 we stayed in Hotel Apple Valley and it was really good and we enjoyed a lot . Their hospitality was never forgettable.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We traveled in boat and did shopping and visited places likePiller Rock,guna cave,pine forest,corkers walk etc.

Activities & things to do: We purchased caps and did shopping.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We went to Madurai and from there to Kodaikanal, Palani, back to Madurai,and then went to Rameshwaram,Kanyakumari and trivendrum by Road.
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Chandramouli Ramasubramanian
  • Chandramouli Ramasubramanian
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Our Visit to Ooty!"

  • Posted Nov 10, 2011
Simply a Superb Place. Staying at Fern Hill and went around all the places around the place was a nice experience. Walking in early morning is a wonderful thing which cannot be explain in words, only by experiencing by self. Really, really memorable period and would like to visit again.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Stayed at Fern Hill, Sterling Resort, we had food in the Resort Restaurant which was very nice and to our expectations and nice, tasty and the service was also good. Boat house and sailing was a nice experience. Thotta betta visit was good and all the places including Botanical Garden, Mudhumalai animal sanctuary are very good including Elephant Safari which should not be missed.

Activities & things to do: Boat sailing, Horse riding, Safari trip and roaming in the nice weather are really not to be missed. Go to the peak and watching the valleys and the surroundings are very beautiful and one should not miss in life.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Go to Ooty in February/ March, september/ October months. It is better to go by Train from Mettupalayam which is near Coimbatore which is 2.5 hrs drive from Ooty. You can also go by Bus from Coimbatore. You can reach Coimbatore by Flight from Chennai, Cochin, etc. It is advisable to book Hotel accomadations before reaching Ooty. In Summer months April, May, June it is difficult for accomadation. Tamil Nadu Tourism Department also has Hotel which is cheaper and reasonable.
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Anita Rao
  • Anita Rao
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"hmmm... read on"

  • Posted Feb 3, 2011
The temples in this state are architectural marvels. I soaked up all this beauty with my eyes. Couldn't get enough. Each one has its own story to tell and captivates the traveller with its bright colours, intricately sculptured figurines on its gopurams.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Do not miss the bus rides in chennai as they are so well organised, no waiting time, cheap and comfortable travel. Only problem is language, making them understand what you want and in turn trying understand wat they say gets a little tiresome. Do not miss to taste the prasadams available in the temple (yum). Collect them for further travel snacking too.

Activities & things to do: Other than visiting the various temples and revelling in their beauty there isnt much to do in the part of tamil nadu that i went which is chennai, madurai, rameswaram. At rameswaram on can collect some water from the agnikund (which is the open sea and that too if you r hindu and believe in such things) to later sprinkle it in ur house or business places for purification.
Try not to take packages offered by private travels as they are not giving good service. Go around by yourself or take state tourism service.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: I went by train from bombay and it took 24hrs to reach chennai and from their onwards to madurai i went by road (approx. 9hrs). At madurai our hotel manager arranged for us to go by a mini bus to and from rameswaram (service wasnt that great). It wud hav been better if we went by bus from bus station and on reaching rameswaram buked auto for approx 150/- to 200/- and roamed around there.

I hope my info is of use to anyone who wishes to go to tamilnadu. Actually there are a lot more places to see there like kanchipuram, mahabaleshwaram, ooty, kodai, kanyakumari etc. I might go again and cover up these places.
Have a nice holiday everyone.
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Mohan Kanniappan
  • Mohan Kanniappan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Kodaikanal-A tourist's delight"

  • Posted Jun 19, 2009
Kodaikanal is a hill station situated 2000 meters above mean sea level. The weather is well below 20 degrees centigrade during summer. Its a place wherein you can spend quality time amidst beautiful and natural sceneries around.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are quite a few places in around Kodai. More than the sightseeing its the weather and the natural beauty that draws more tourists from around Tamilnadu and Kerala. The places to visit are on a single road. Pillar rocks, Guna caves and Green valley view are some of the places worth visiting. And the Kodaikanal lake its a beautiful star shaped lake about 5 km in radius...Its the best of the lot. As for the food, there are some good restaurants for both veg and non veg.

Activities & things to do: Camping can be arranged in hotels..and you have boating, horse riding and cycling around the lake which is lots of fun..

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Kodaikanal is around 3 hours drive from Dindigul. From Dindigul we have to travel to Batlagundu which is around 30 kms from Dindigul. From there starts the ghat road which lasts for about 50 kms(2 hours). Its really a wonderful experience to drive around the lush green mountains..Roads are good and wide so it shouldn't be a problem to drive on these roads...From Chennai its around 520 kms...Its a four lane road so it can be reached in around 9 hrs non stop..Roads are an absolute belter...but for a few places watch out for diversions.
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Subramonia Harihara
  • Subramonia Harihara
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 1 Review

"This is an oldest temple.Araikasuamman temple"

  • Posted Apr 1, 2009
Pudukottai is a district headquarters in Tamilnadu.Brihadambal temple known as Araikasu Amman temple which is more than 1000 years old.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: This is a temple city.In and around there are many temples to visit.

Activities & things to do: Nothing special to state.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Pudukottai is easily approachable by Road from Tanjore and Tiruchy.
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Snonymous
  • Snonymous
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 83 photos
  • 28 Reviews

"Darasuram Airavateeswarar temple heritage site"

  • Posted Mar 12, 2009
The ancient Darasuram Airavateeswarar complex is somewhat like Hampi but smaller, albeit on a much grander scale in terms of art, sculpture, architecture etc. Darasuram is barely 3km away from Kumbakonam just off the Swamimalai road. Apart from the heritage site, it also boasts saree weaving cottage industries.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: A whole day can be spent enjoying the magnificent Airavateeswarar complex. Engage a guide at the entrance, usually the ASI employees moonlight as guides, and they are quite knowledgeable. The carved panels, sculptures, musical staircase, exquisite elephant and horse staircase, roofs, frescoes and the general ambience are overwhelming.

Activities & things to do: The ancient temple complex is magnificent and highly under rated.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Public bus or auto / pvt taxi from Kumbakonam. Stay at Kumbakonam in several hotels at all budgets.
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