places of tourist interest in the state are Chennai, the beautiful capital city;
Mamallapuram, the beach resort; Kanchipuram, the land of 1000 temples; Madurai,
famous for the Meenakshi temple; Rameswaram, Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur, the
temple trio; the charming hill resorts of Yercaud, Ootacamund and Kodaikanal
and Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India, renowned for its sunrise and sunset.
Must See in Tamilnadu:
Chennai is a city where the traditional and the modern blend in life everywhere.
From traditional vegetarian fair to fast foods, from nine-yard sarees to the
latest in fashion, from ancient temple architecture to modern high-rise - with
Indo-Saracenic and Victorian as stops along the way - from classical music and
dance to discos throbbing to heady beats, Chennai has them all and many more
vivid contrasts that are a pleasant surprise.
is famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially on full moon
days, The beach itself is a beautiful sight with lmuklti-colouted sand. There
is a lightoused form where one can get a panoramic view.
Madurai's origin and name emerge from a misty and lovely legend. In a forest
near a lotus pond, Indra, King of Gods, Worshipped Lord Siva as a Swayambu Lingam.
At this hallowed spot, the Pandyan monarch Kulasekhara built a great temple
and clearing the forest, he created a lotus- shaped city around the temple.
An island off the mainland surrounded by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar
connected by the longest ever constructed^ bridge on sea in India. It is a pilgrim
centre. According to the Hindu tradition Sri Rama,
the hero of the epic, Ramayanam, worshipped Lord Siva here before invading Lanka
to redeem his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana. It is from here that Sri
Rama is said to have constructed the mythological bridge to Sri Lanka. The serene
beach and shallow water here are ideal for swimming and sunbathing
Thanjavur rose to glory during the Later Chola reign between the 10th and 14th
Centuries and became a centre of learning and culture. It is the headquarters
of the district of the same name. Thanjavur district, the 'Rice Bowl' of Tamil
Nadu, is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and south Indian
Thiruvannamalai is one of the important pilgrimage center of tamilnadu.Though
Hindus seek god in the form of idol, it is also their strong belief that god
can be worship in the form of light or Flame. The Karthigai Deepam festival
when the big flame is lit atop the Thiruvannam
hills draw a huge crowd and devotees.
Tiruchirappalli is situated on the banks of the River Kaveri. It is 320 kms.
from Madras. This city was a Chola citadel during the Sangam Age. The Pandyas
and Pallavas Held Sway over this region for short Periods. The Nayaks of Madurai
built the town and the historic Rock Fort, which played a vital role in the
Carnatic wars in the 18th Century. Today Tiruchirappalli is a blend of history
and tradition-a pilgrim center as well as a thriving commercial city.
Tirunelveli is about 2000 years old is a town of hoary tradition. Next to Madurai
it was an important city of the Pandya Kingdom as it served as their Capital
for some time. Situated on the banks of the river Thamiraparani, it is on the
way to Kanniyakumari from Madurai. It is a twin town Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai.
famous hill station is at the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka,
three southern states of India. It was founded by the Britishers, in the early
part of the 19th century, to serve as summer headquarters for the government
of Madras. Before that time, the area was inhabited by Todas. These tribal people
still inhabit the area, but only around 3000 remain.