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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Top 10 Places To Visit In Tamil Nadu

1. Mahabalipuram



Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram is another jewel in the crown of Tamil Nadu. The city offers beautiful sand beaches and promises an exotic shopping experience to the tourists. Right from the architecture to the serenity, the soothing atmosphere and the impressive setting, this city renders a travelling experience unlike others. One may like to explore The Crocodile Bank, where some exquisite species of crocodiles and alligators can be sighted. The Five Rathas offer a tranquil atmosphere and is highly knowledgeable place to be. Covelong (Kovalam) and Sadras are the fishing villages which have been converted into exotic beach resorts and an absolute must visit in Mahabalipuram.


2 . Kanchipuram



Popular for Kanchipuram sarees and also referred as the ‘Golden city of Thousand Temples’, Kanchipuram is an important pilgrimage destination in India. The city attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world who are interested in Hinduism or simply want to enjoy the marvel of South Indian architectural grandeur. Famed also for being the seat of culture and philosophy, Kanchi is one place where you can visit to find peace of mind and inner strength. The places must see in Kanchipuram are Kanchi Kamakshi Temple, Kailasanathar Temple and Ekambeshwarar Temple. The Kanchi Mutt holds kutcheris, or South Indian classical music concerts in the evenings, which shouldn’t be given a miss.


3 . Rameswaram


Situated on an island, Rameswaram is one of the holiest places in India. Separated by Pamban channel from Sri Lanka, Rameswaram is said to be the place where Lord Rama created a bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka.  The place is renowned for its magnificent prakaras with massive sculptured pillars on either side; the Ramanathaswamy Temple on the other side houses the longest corridor in the world. Agniteertham is yet another place of attraction in Rameswaram as its a place where pilgrims perform poojas in honour of their ancestors. The Five-faced Hanuman Temple also catches tourists’ eyes as this place holds the floating stone which is said to be used to build the bridge between India and Sri Lanka.


4 . Thanjavur (Tanjore)


Also called Tanjore or the City of Temples, Thanjavur is adorned with cultural values. The place is known for Tanjore paintings, antiques, handicrafts, textiles and saris. And that’s not all; Thanjavur’s Carnatic music and musical instruments certainly enjoy the attention of travellers as well. The dynamic cultures of the past and present everyday breathe life into and life of the people and tourists alike here. 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.

5 . Yelagiri



Yelagiri is a popular trekking destination and is situated at an elevation of 4,626 ft. This beautiful hill station is located in Vellore district and is surrounded by green valleys and dotted with orchards and rose gardens. Comprising of 14 hamlets situated amidst four hills, the place is a beautiful destination to spend time with a loved one may be. One can expect panoramic, breathtaking views of the hills and its surroundings. Since it is an ideal destination for trekking in Tamil Nadu, one can aim an adventurous trip here. Trek to Swami Malai Hill through dense forests and to the hills of Javadi and Palamathi provide good options for trekking here.


6 . Kanyakumari



Dubbed as the tip of India, Kanyakumari is known for its beautiful beaches, Vivekananda Memorial and the ever-so perfect sunset. Indeed it is one of the most exotic places to visit in India. One can find destinations here that can never cease to amaze, there are temples, churches, religious pillars and statues everywhere. The perfect mix of culture of the place is reflected in the art, architecture and even in the local cuisine of Kanyakumari. Those who enjoy history can undertake an excursion to the Kumari Amman Temple or to the Vattakottai Fort. Chilling at seashores like Sanguthurai Beach, Sothavilai Beach amongst plenty others is simply exotic. The wax museum is a different yet equally alluring place for tourists and is must see in the city.


7 . Thiruvannamalai



A historic town, Thiruvannamalai is the place where the Hindu Mythology takes the shape of stunning architecture. Perched on top of the Malai hill, Thiruvannamalai is a sacred town, which is most famous for its Arunachala temple amongst several other temples and ashrams. Sri Ramana Ashram, Sathanur Dam, Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram are some of the important tourist places in Thiruvannamalai. The city comes to life during the Arunachaleswarat temple festival, which by the way is a must attend festival in Tamil Nadu.


8 . Madurai



Famous for its Meenakshi Temple, Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India. The city is said to be constructed in the form of a lotus and thus known as Lotus City as well. Madurai is basically the place for those who cherish architecture or have great faith in Hindu religion. The place seems to have a sanctifying effect and the moment one steps in the city, a strange kind of peace starts to settle in him. Apart from Meenakshi Temple, one can also visit Thiruparankundram, which is one of the older temples dedicated to Lord Muruga(Karthikeya). Gandhi Museum is another place to see in Madurai. The museum houses Gandhi’s bloodstained dhoti and some other artifacts related to freedom struggle in India. Tamil speakers may be interested in the classes and workshops offered in subjects as diverse as t’ai chi and local herbs in Madurai.


9 . Pondicherry



In the east coast of the state, Pondicherry is a cosmopolitan union territory which was a French colony in 18th century. If you want to get the flavor of French culture and need some break from hustles and bustles of Indian cities, Pondicherry is your option.


10 .Kodaikanal



The town is also referred to as the ‘Princess of the Hill stations’ with its name meaning ‘the Gift of the Forest’. It is a small hill station with an average elevation of 2,331 meters above sea level. The place is surrounded by thick forests and is located at the top of the Palani Hills. The establishment of the hill station dates back to 1845 which was founded as a refuge from the heat and the diseases of the tropical plains. The town is a major tourist attraction and tourism industry is the source of the majority of the town’s economy.

Kodaikanal is famous for its scenic beauty and has a number of natural attractions that is the reason for its high tourist population. The lakes, parks and different waterfalls along with the rich abundance of flora and fauna, the town, is indeed the gift of the forests. The place is a home to many natural marvels and phenomena such as the blooming of the rare Kurinji Flower which only blooms once in 12 years and is said to cover the entire valley in blue. With its various flora and natural and manmade attractions to enjoy, Kodaikanal will make you want to stay.

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