Must Visit Tourist Destinations of Tamil Nadu
The state of Tamil Nadu with its individual ancient Dravidian culture is an interesting part of southern region of India. This state attracts both pilgrims and tourists (domestic as well as international) to its towering intricately built temples, hill stations and pristine beaches. Because of its culture, Tamil Nadu state is a particular holiday destination for tourists from all across the world. If you are planning to do so and wondering what are the best tourist destination to visit, then read on to the following article.
The capital of Tamil Nadu, the city of Chennai is a busy yet traditional city with deep culture and traditions. In fact, this city is known as “the gateway to south India”. Some of the major attractions of this city, which you shouldn’t miss, include its beaches (mainly Marina Beach), museums, temples, galleries, amusement parks and old Portuguese style churches.
Located at a distance of about one hour south of Chennai, Mammallapuram beach is the best beach on the east coast. Also known as Mahabalipuram, this beach has a flourishing backpacker scene, and is also famous amongst tourists who come to relax at various resorts present there. Apart from the beaches, this place is known for its stone sculpture industry and thus, it is a great place to buy some great art pieces. Some of the must visit attractions of this beach place include Five Rathas (sculptured temples in the shape of chariots), the Shore Temple and Arjuna’s Penance (a large carving on the face of a rock portraying scenes from the Mahabharata).
Widely known as a “City of a Thousand Temples”, Kanchipuram is also famous for its unique silk sarees. This place is situated around 80 KM from Chennai on the main road to Bangalore and is said to be once the capital of the Pallava dynasty. At present, only a 100 or so temples have remained and many of them have unique architectural charm. The assortment of temples is especially noteworthy. You will find both Vishnu and Shiva temples constructed by various rulers (Vijayanagar kings, the Cholas, Muslims and British, who also ruled this part of Tamil Nadu) who each refined the design. It has been said that “Kanchipuram”, “Mammallapuram”, and “Chennai” forms Tamil Nadu’s Golden Triangle for tourists.
Situated at the furthermost tip of India, where the Bay of Bengal merges into the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, Kanyakumari is a famous tourist destination of the state of Tamil Nadu. The unique feature of this spiritual town is the towering statue of Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar and the Swami Vivekananda Memorial, located on a rocky island off the shore. It has been said that Swami Vivekananda meditated at this place (where the memorial is) in 1892 prior going out on his religious crusade. The most special thing of this place in Kanyakumari is the “Kanyakumari Temple”, from which this place gets its name. It is the only place where you can see sun setting and moon rising simultaneously over the sea on full moon night (in April).
Apart from these destinations, Ooty, Rameshwaram, Pondicherry, Madurai, Tanjore (Thanjavur) and Tiruvannamalai are some of the other interesting tourist destinations present in Tamil Nadu.