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10 Top Tourist Places To Visit In Tamil Nadu
If you want to grasp and experience true serenity then visiting Tamil Nadu is a must. The tranquil nature of this lush green state is a blessing to India. The hillock like mountain ranges with channelling rivulets set a picturesque view. Besides the popular religious tours, travelers and wayfarers have started exploring other parts of this untouched and undefiled state. From Kodaikanal to Kanyakumari, Mahabalipuram to Madurai, here are the top 10 tourist places that are a must visit when in Tamil Nadu:
The capital of Tamil Nadu and home to Marina beach, Chennai is a melange of modernism and tradition. The ancient architecture and the traditional vibrancy of the city make a treat for the eyes. Breaking the monotony of the hustles and bustles of metropolitan cities, Chennai exudes a peaceful nature and a tranquil lifestyle. The residents of Chennai are laidback and offer a homely welcome to all the visitors.
Known as the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore is an industrial neighbourhood. Nestled on the banks of River Noyal, Coimbatore was home to royalty in the days of yore. Coimbatore has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Clear skies and breezy atmosphere rejuvenates your mind and soul.
Full of splendour and a real spectacle, Kanyakumari is a jewel of the South. It harbours a confluence of three giant oceans namely, the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. The tip of Peninsular India, Kanyakumari is a dainty place once upon a time known as the Alexandria of the East. A pastiche of culture, history, heritage and tradition, Kanyakumari is also popular for its trade and commerce realms.
Known as the most quiescent and peaceful hill station in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal has rightfully earned its name. It is one of the most visited hill stations in the country. Stationed along the foothills of Palani, Kodaikanal is a secluded hill station and gives you a break from the busy city life. Known as the gift of the forest, Kodaikanal is popular for its shopping outlets, Astrophysical Observatory and filter coffee.
The only place in India surrounded by the rathas of Pandavas, Mahabalipuram is the most frequented hotspot of devotees. Completing the golden tourism triangle of the south, Mahabalipuram is home to the Shore temple. Every nook and cranny of Mahabalipuram has a telltale. There is history behind every stone left unturned in this area. The rock monoliths are a spectacle and the Dravidian architecture is the crux of attention.
Called the ‘Athens of the East’ Madurai has been captivating the minds of wayfarers for years. An architectural enigma, this mystical state is a traveller’s paradise. Madurai is home to several temples which are decked with intricate architecture. These marvels look divine and have an otherworldly appeal. If you want to track down the history of Tamil Nadu then Madurai would be a perfect place to start.
Situated on the Gulf of Munar, Rameswaram is a scared island. Known as the ‘Benaras of the South’ Rameswaram is visited by thousands of devotees every year. It is a popular Hindu belief, that whoever visits Rameswaram attains Nirvana and peace. The Ramanatha Swamy Temple is the most renowned and brandishes the biggest corridor. Rameswaram is an exemplar of Dravidian architecture.
An abode of lush greenery and misty Nilgiri hills, Ooty is euphoria for travellers. The chilly weather with tranquil atmosphere provides solace to the mind and soul. Ooty is visited by tourists throughout the year. The pleasant climatic conditions make ooty a hot spot duing summer. Etched with tea plantations and the fragrance of eucalyptus in the air, Ooty paints a truly beautiful picture of nature. The lifestyle is laidback and has a hint of British influence. Chocolates, rolled cigars and cheese available here add to charm of Ooty.
Situated in the Nilgiris, Coonoor is a pleasant and cool hill station of Tamil Nadu. Deriving its name from the aboriginal tribe called Coon, this hill station encompasses picturesque valleys and milky waterfalls. The snake-like ravines channel through the hills and enhance the beauty of Coonoor. There are many interesting places to visit in Coonoor including the Lamb's Rock, Droog, Sim's Park, Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint, the Pasteur Institute and Law's Falls. Traipsing and trekking are popular activities in Coonoor.
Occupying the banks of River Kaveri, Tiruchirapalli common known as Trichy is a hotspot for travellers. A confluence of modern and ancient architecture, Trichy has devoted its architecture to Jain monks. Trichy literary means ‘the town of the respected monk’ and is thus home to famous Shiva temples. Hundreds of devotees travel to Trichy to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Thiruanaikka, an abode of Lord Shiva is situated in Trichy and attracts devotees of Lord Shiva from across the world.