Lying on the southern tip of the Indian peninsula, this landmass is acclaimed for its lush green territory, classical civilizations, beaches, lakes, waterfalls and its rich traditions carried on from eternity. If you are in a mood to witness something having a rich heritage, would like to sit down and enjoy the nature; then this place sure will give you the best experience.
Tamil Nadu spread over 50,220 sq mi is bounded by the Eastern Ghats on the north, the Nilgiri, the Annamalai and Kerala on the west, the Bay of Bengal on the east and the majestic Indian Ocean down south. For this very reason, this place holds a key position as one of the best place for tourists from across the globe.
Here is a list of places which should be on your bucket list when you are here.
If you are a person who would like to admire the aesthetics of architecture; then trust me Kanchipuram has a lot in store for you. Surrounded by a lot of temples and historical buildings this place is a treat to the eyes. It truly highlights the Dravidian Heritage and the city’s glorious past.
And yes, your famous and fabulous Kanchipuram sarees do have their origin here. To name some of the few temples you have Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kailasanthar Temple and Devarajaswami Temple.
Besides this, you also have Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary where you will sure find a lot rare of flora and fauna species and birds. One of the main attractions here is the ‘Kanchi Kudil’ which means house making you feel the essence of the life there. This house is almost 90 years old.
The major attraction of this place is that it is separated from the mainland Indian Peninsula and is situated on the Pamban Island. This island is generally a pilgrim spot and also catches the attraction of a lot of couples for its scenic beauty.
You have the remarkable Ramanathaswamy Temple which is a part of ‘Char Dham’ pilgrimage for the Hindus. This temple is said to be built by Lord Ram himself and so stands out from the rest. Then you have Agnitheertham the place where pilgrims take a dip to absolve from sins. You can get one of the best panoramic views from the Gandamadana Parvath, the highest peak of the island.
Apart from its religious attractions it also has a place called Dhanushkodi an ideal picnic spot. This place is also famous for the Lord Ram’s floating bridge as well as the migratory which sure will catch your attention.
This is another important place for art, architecture, and religion. If you are a lover of paintings, antiques, handicrafts, textiles and sarees this place will surely be a refreshing experience. Not only this, you will sure hear soothing Carnatic music with traditional musical instruments.
There are many religious places in and around the district. Brihadeeshwara Temple, Siva Ganga Garden, Art Gallery, Palace & Saraswathi Mahal Library and Sangeetha Mahal are the major tourist attractions in Thanjavur. This is also an ideal place for shopping and you can get the best kind of textiles and handicraft items.
Are you an adventurous person and would like to do something thrilling, then the place is a must visit. This place is a cluster of 14 villages and has in abundance trekking points.
Starting from the Swamimalai Hill which offers an easy trek even for the non-trekkers to the Jalagamparai waterfalls offering a chance for a 5 km trek not only are an adventure but also offer to explore the majestic rustic beauty of the place. You can also enjoy the beauty of this place by boating in the Punganoore Lake also famous for its recreational activities.
Then you have some temples situated on the hills. But the major enthralling experience will be while parasailing as this place offers that also. To know more about this place you should visit this place during May-June for their famous Yelagiri Summer Festival.
Want to witness one of the best sunsets, you need to visit this place! Being at the tip this place is surrounded by the Lakshadweep Sea. It is also the only place in the whole world where you could witness both sunrise and sunset. Isn’t that amazing?
Major tourist attraction here is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial situated 100 m from the shore. You can reach the island by ferry. Along with this, you have the famous Kanyakumari temple, Suchindrum; the temple town, Padmanabhapuram palace, and the Thiruvalluvar statue.
This place has a charm that makes it one of the most visited places here down in the south. Be it for backpackers or honeymooners this place has some magic captivating each of them. Resorts here in Ooty are really amazing and welcoming.
‘The Blue Mountains’; the Nilgiris are responsible for its attraction. Some of the major attractions here are the Ooty Mountain railway, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, the Ooty lake, Wax Museum, Pykara River, Avalanche Lake, Doddhabetta Peak; the highest peak of South India, Tea Factory and Botanical Gardens. The food is also amazing here do try and decide for yourself while staying in the resorts in Ooty.
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Kodaikanal is situated amongst the Palani Hills and is called the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. It has to its credit as being one of the most visited hill stations. It also has the ‘Kurinji-flower’, which blossoms once in 12 years only.
Major attractions here are the Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal Trekking, the Perumal Peak, Kukal cave and the most famous Dolphins Nose; a flat projecting rock from where you can have a view of the entire gorge. With its spectacular rocks, lakes, woods and the fresh air this place attracts a large number of tourists.
This place has a lot to explore taking into consideration the presence of vast forest around the Eastern Ghats. It is known for its scenic beauty and captivates the attention of all those who come to this abode.
A variety of flora and fauna will surely hypnotize your mind and you would want to stay here for more. The Anna Park, Japanese Park, Lady’s Seat, waterfalls of Killiyur are some of the best sightseeing places in Yercaud. Also, if you want to have a breathtaking experience, don’t miss the view of the ghat road. It can serve as an ideal place for all kind of travellers.
Want to visit a church located on the sandy shores, then this is the place. It is one of the most sacred Christian pilgrimage centres in India. Located on the famous shore of Bay of Bengal, it is just 12 km away from the Coromandel Coast.
The town is famous for the ‘Basilica of Lady of Good Health’. Here the presence of Mother Mary is said to be witnessed and thus the place has become an attraction for tourists across the world.
This place is known for its National Park, having wide varieties of flora and fauna and exotic scenic views. If you are a nature or animal lover this should be a must visit place for you.
If you are lucky enough you might get to see a lot of animals like grey langur, bonnet macaque, jackals, deer, elephants, tigers, leopards, golden jackals and a lot more. It has been declared as a tiger reservoir and is situated at tri-junction of Tamil Nadu. This is one of the best places for some thrilling adventures.
This capital city of Tamil Nadu is both progressing at a fast phase and clinging to its rich heritage at the same time. The city is a mixture of vibrancy and ethnicity. Offering all comforts of a metro city and having an amazing dynamic nightlife it still stands firm on its roots.
Its beaches, churches, temples, excursions and entertainment have made the tourists opt it as their destination. It is an ideal city for shopping, site seeing, pilgrimage, adventure and a lot more all in one place with an efficient rail and road network to make your stay as convenient and exciting as possible. If you want to see the culmination of the contemporary and the ancient, this is a must visit.
Want to capture amazing picturesque images, then go hunt this place down. You will get a lot of places for landscape photography. Situated on the banks of River Noyyal, this place holds a serenity of itself.This place is famously known as the ‘Manchester of India for its Textile Industry’. Coimbatore will surely play a good host for you as people are really friendly and so you will have an easy way throughout your exploration.
Unlike other places, this has got a good weather which will aid in your travel. You can visit places like Monkey Falls, Vydehi Falls, Kodiveri Dam, Amaravathi dam, Aiyyapan Temple and Infant Jesus Church. And you really get delicious delicacies which will contend your tummy along with your soul.
So what are you waiting for? Go enjoy this lush green land filled with adventure, religious harmony, and cultural diversity.