Amazing Tamil Nadu
South India has some amazing tourist destinations and amazing architecture. I remember visiting Chennai many times to experience the amazing food and relaxed times at the beaches. I enjoyed the road trip to Pondicherry and spiritual atmosphere at the Auroville Ashram.
STATE INTRODUCTION – TAMIL NADU
Tamil Nadu is an Indian state touching the southernmost tip with Chennai as its capital. Its border touches Puducherry, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. On its north lie the Eastern Ghats, on the west lie Anamalia and Nilgiri Hills.
Tamil Nadu is known to have the second largest state economy in India.
It is rich in natural resources and culturally rich people who have developed greatly in music, classical music, literature and classical arts. Tamil Nadu cuisines and silk are world famous with historical facts like the ancient trade from the Chennai Port attached to them.
Grand Hindu temples magnificent in their Dravidian architecture are found here. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites found here are monuments in Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), Airavateswara temple in Darasuram and the Shore Temple to name a few.
Chennai -In Chennai tourism thrives due to its beaches and colonial Fort St. George (1644).First thing I do in Chennai is the hunt for good food. This place is the origin of world famous South Indian Cuisines Idli Dosa Sambar. Also Chettinad Chicken is famous from here .they have pulses preparation like a soup called as Sambar served with Idli and Dosa. (Drooling).Chennai is famous for a busy lifestyle and breezy beaches like Marina Beach.One cannot miss visiting temples if visit Chennai famous ones being Parthasarathy Temple which is one of the oldest temples in Chennai.A very famous Shiva Temple Karaneeswarar is of much respect as well. Many more temples like Kapaleeswarar can be visited.
Madurai – I cannot forget my visit to Madurai because of the amazing temples I saw there. You have to see it to believe it how awesome is the architecture there. This architecture of these Hindu Pilgrimage temples is called as the Dravidian style.
Tiruchirapalli is an ancient city which further connects to various historical sites like Thanjavur and Pudukkottai.
Coimbatore – though this is an industrial town there are many beautiful temples to visit here too including around thousand-year-old Perur Pateeshwarar temple!
Pondicherry –You could also drive down to Pondicherry (Puducherry) a beautiful quaint French Colonial settlement has preserved the French legacy.
As you cycle around Pondicherry enjoys the mustard colored colonial villas and chic boutiques with lush green trees lined on the street sides. It also boasts of a seaside promenade that runs along the Bay of Bengal which passes several statues including a Gandhi Memorial 4 m in height. I went on a road trip here and enjoyed taking pictures at such green fields and visiting these roads less traveled.
Kanyakumari Further south is the town of Kanyakumari a huge tourist attraction due to it being the southernmost tip of India and its sunrise view and rituals. Chennai is surrounded by water with the Bay of Bengal lies to its east with Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar on the south-east with the Indian Ocean touching the South most tip. Who would not want to visit the Southern Most Tip of India, an experience I cannot forget. The Rameshwaram temple is a must visit and the feeling to step into the water of the last point of India is unique. Water is rough though!
There are many more cities temples and destinations one can explore. Tamil Nadu boasts of eight UNESCO Heritage Sites with a Tourism Industry largest in India. It is the highest visited state in India by both foreign and domestic tourists.
I am planning my next visit to Mahabalipuram, where do you plan to visit next?
10 thoughts on “Amazing Tamil Nadu”
I have a few friends from Tamil Nadu! So cool to find out more about this lovely state:) I’d also be drooling for the food! And the beaches look really pretty! Will have to visit India and use your blog to get around:)
Thankyou for liking my blog and noting for your next India trip. It is one of the most encouraging feedback I have received since I started writing. I plan to share more real soon. I want to make more friends from Tamil Nadu too because I want to explore further in this beautiful state and also wish to attend a Tamil wedding someday its such fun ceremony! 🙂
Tamil Nadu is really amazing, the beach side is pretty clean and calm would love to be there and just stay until the sun sets down. Would love to discover Puducherry, I have read about french history in India
Chennai to Puducherry road trip is along the coastline and this way it is awesome to connect two good destinations through a weekend trip.Hope you visit this side of South India soon.
You are right, Tamil Nadu does look amazing. Pondicherry looks interesting. I wasn’t aware that there was much of a French colonial past in India.
Thanks Michael for feedback. A lot of history in various part of India.
Tamil Nadu is fascinating. Every city out there is very different from the other. I remember heading to Pondicherry during the election week, with a group of girl-friends. Most of the shops, restos and stores were shut, but we had fun anyway 😉 Cheers!!
Wow glad you have been to Pondicherry too! I did a road trip from Bangalore to Pondicherry it was soooo scenic.
How about my next destination be Tamil Nadu! It’s looks friggin amazing and food sounds so delicious. I want to go to the green plush area and just walk around there breathing in the The fresh air and seeing the sun rise! Wonderful post!!
Hi Tyra, even I want my next Indian destination to be Tamil Nadu while writing this post I was really wanting to book my tickets to Mahabalipuram lol.Thank you for kind words and encouragement.
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