Tamil Nadu Tourism

Tamil Nadu Tourism


About Tamil Nadu

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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Ooty - One of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu
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Velankanni - One of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu

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Sowmya Rhythm

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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  12 helpful votes
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"Auromode in Auroville"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
A long cycling ride around Revelation forest, kids climbing around endlessly until the last second of departure, good conversations with friends, amazing spotting of peacock up close-getting a chance to follow her around, wi-fi and learnings about trees and birds! If you thought that made the place special, well, read some more, because that's not all.

Auromode is a guest house in Pondicherry with an amazing cook that I wish I could steal. She greeted me and instantly won my heart over - a gaunt figure with a neatly draped sari and an apron on top, fresh flowers adorning the head and a warm smile embracing the face. Her masala chai is the perfect finish to a delectable breakfast of puri's,dosa's and shamelessly-lick-worthy chutneys and sambar.
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Ronak Sahu

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"Awesome hill station"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 22, 2015
I have been to Ooty last month, it was very chill over there, I am writing this review because I want you to visit again and again. Awesome hill station and a great place and is the best place to visit best way to get there by train and it was a great place. I want a home in this place but too expansive.
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Naveen Maharasan

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  • Lives in Bhavani
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"Trip to Worship the God"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 7, 2014
There are many temples which gives a lot of positivity to us. There are many wonderful architectures which one should definitely see in his life. Visiting this place gives peace to your mind. It can be visited by small to large group. Visiting this place gives relaxation to you and your family.
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Priyam Goyal

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"Multi Faceted State"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2014
The state of Tamil Nadu is very multi faceted and is a unique blend of old world and new. Tamil Nadu has many ancient temples like Rameshwaram, Meenakshi Amman and Karaikal Ammayar temple. Historic monuments like The ancient temples and structures of the Pandaya empire are also very famous. Tamil Nadu is very famous for its Kanjivaram Sarees. A trip to Mahabalipuram is a must for Tamil Nadu tourists. There are many historic monuments to be explores, art to be appreciated and beaches for entertainment. Chennai is a hot spot for tourists. Rich in heritage and cultural, Chennai has many offerings for a keen traveller. Tamilnadu has a very unique cuisine and is a paradise for foodies.
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Jayanthan Matheswar

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  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"A state with diverse culture"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jul 20, 2014
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

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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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