130 000 km²
time to visit
October - March
May - June: Temperatures
up to 40 degrees.
June - October: South-east monsoon brings rain.
|Some areas of Tamil Nadu was hit hard by
the tsunami. Please keep up to date on news about the situation
in this area before attemping to travel here.
Nadu lies on the South-west tip of India. It is the center of the
Dravidian culture. Cultural icons are found everywhere in the form
of astonishing temples and enourmous entrance gateways. There are
also a lot of impressive stonecarving here. The area depends largely
on fishing. Tamil Nadu has a long coastline and there are numerous
fishing villages scattered along it.
The state is also is a bastion of Hinduism, whose past endures
into the present. Temples with towering spires called gopurams are
a common feature of this state, seldom seen anywhere else in the
country. It has a rich cultural life centred on its temple towns
— Chidambaram, Kanchipuram, Thanjavur, and Madurai.
How to get here
Air, Rail & bus
Chennai is the main transport hub and is connected by air, rail
and road. It has an international airport. There is also shipping
services. A passenger liner connects the town with Port Blair.
Places to visit
Chennai - Mahabilaphuram - Madurai -Kodaikanal
- Chidambaram - Kanyakumary Rameswram - Trichy - Coonoor - Coimbatore
Chennai is the 4th biggest city in India, but it does not have the
same magnitude of problems as the rest of the big cities do. A sprawling
city on the coasts of Bay of Bengal, Madras was renamed as Chennai
a few years back. Before the British came and developed the place
as a port town for trade purpose in the 17th century, it was a village
of fisherfolk known as Chennai. Today it is a blend of British,
South Indian and cosmopolitan cultures. The beaches and the South
Indian dishes are the enjoyable attractions.
The picturesque lakes of Hyderabad have contributed
to its immense beauty and tourist attraction.
.: Mahabilaphuram (Mamallapuram)
A major beach resort famous for its magnificent monuments hewn out
of rock.The sculptures in Mamallapuram emphasize on blending mythology,
epics and day today life of the people.
(Rathas, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapa, Shore Temple,
Mahishasurmardini Cave, Varaha Mandapa and Mandapams)
Madurai, originally known as Madhurapuri got its name from the falling
of divine nectar from Lord Shiva's rocks. This ancient city has
been a centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. It is most
known for the Meenakshi Temple.
Kodaikanal, a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty
on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in
(Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker's Walk, Fairy Falls, Kurinji Andavar Temple,
Shenbaganur Museum, Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View.)
Important pilgrim centre and a holy place for Saivaites as the famous
Nataraja Temple is located here. Dedicated to Lord Nataraja, this
ancient temple of the Cholas is unique not only because it is devoted
solely to the art of Bharatanatyam, but also it is one of the rare
temples where Shiva is represented by an idol rather than the customary
Lingam. Chidambaram temple stands as an example of Dravidian architectural
brilliance. Chidambaram is one of the fine Shaivite Mukti Sthalams,
the others being Kalahasti, Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Tiruvanaikaval.
A person of any race or religion can visit the temple.
Kanyakumari lies at the southernmost tip of India at the
confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.
This exotic location is famous for its temples and 'sunrise and
The Kanyakumari Temple or the Kumari Amman Temple on the shore,
is dedicated to a manifestation of Paravati, Shiva's consort, as
a virgin. Parvati did penance to win the heart of Lord Shiva.
The Vivekananda Rock Memorial, built in 1970 in memory of Swami
Vivekananda, stands on one of the rocks, called Sri Padaparai, where
the footprints of virgin goddess are to be seen
Rameshwaram is an island situated in the gulf at the very tip of
the Indian peninsula. A important pilgrim centre of the Indians.
Rameshwaram is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge across
the sea to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor, Ravana. This
is also the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away
the sin of killing Ravana.
.: Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)
Tiruchirapalli or Trichy, situated on the banks of river Kaveri,
is famous for the Ranganatha temple at Srirangam.
It is the second largest town of the three Nilgiri hill stations.
This place is very pleasant to relax. It has an interesting market.
It is a center of rich agriculture area and is noted for its agricultural
university. This university is now internationally known for its
agricultural research. The seed breeding experiments center is opened
here. The cotton textile mills are boomed here on the development
of hydroelectricity from the Pykara Falls in 1930.