Tamilnadu India Tourism
Tamilnadu is a tourist paradise. A glorious culture. A rich tapestry of
history . A nature's paradise of blue beaches and clear skies a modern state.
To get a full view of this enchanting state, you are most welcome to Tamilnadu
You can revel on the Marina beach or go cruising in the theme parks or let
your mind rest in peace in the midst of magnificent-temples.
You may walk through the living traditions and relive the timeless past.
Holidaying in Tamilnadu will cool your feelings and carry home happy memories.
Come to this land to enjoy the splendour.
The history of the Tamils presents an exciting pageant of a powerful civilization
whose origin dates back to ancient times. It is clear that the Tamils, who
belong to the Dravidian race, were the first major occupants of the country
and settled in the north-western part of India long before the coming of
the Indo-Aryans. Excavations have revealed that the features of the people
of the Indus Valley Civilization bore a strong resemblance to this race.
Places to See
Chennai is a city where the traditional and the modern blend in life everywhere.
From traditional vegetarian fair to fast foods, from nine-yard sarees to
the latest in fashion, from ancient temple architecture to modern high-rise
- with Indo-Saracenic and Victorian as stops along the way - from classical
music and dance to discos throbbing to heady beats, Chennai has them all
and many more vivid contrasts that are a pleasant surprise. And perhaps
the most striking of them all is that here is a modern metropolis with beaches,
parks and even sanctuaries in the heart of the City. Chennai offers a wealth
of nature and a rich historic past to visitors in the ambience of a city
with every modern facility.
The third largest city of the state, Coimbatore, the headquarters of a district
of the same name, is one of the most industrialised cities in Tamil Nadu.
Known as the textile capital of South India or the Manchester of the South,
the city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal. Coimbatore existed
even prior to the 2nd century AD as a small tribal village capital called
Kongunad until it was brought under Chola control in the 2nd or 3rd century
AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. Among its other great rulers
were the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara
kings. When Kongunad fell to the British along with the rest of the state,
its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that it is known
today, except in Tamil, in which it is called Kovai.
Ancient Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples, is one of the seven most
sacred pilgrim centres for the Hindus. There now remain about 126 temples
in Kanchi and a few more in its outskirts. The city was the capital of the
Early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC and a Pallava capital between
the 6th and 8th centuries.
Surrounded by Majestic Hills and the plains bordered by colourful sea-shores,
fringed with coconut trees and paddy fields, here and there are few elevated
patches of red cliffs with undulating valleys and plains between the mountainous
terrain and the sea - coast, so closely interwoven with Temples and Churches
and other edifices lies the district, 'Kanyakumari'. ( The district name
is spelled as ' Kanniyakumari ' in official records which is in tune with
the spoken name of the district in Tamil language) . With an area of 1672
sq.km. it occupies 1.29% of the total extent of Tamil Nadu.
Madurai, probably over 2500 years old, is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu.
Its origin and name emerge from a misty and lovely legend. In a forest near
a lotus pond, Indra, King of Gods, Worshipped Lord Siva as a Swayambu Lingam.
At this hallowed spot, the Pandyan monarch Kulasekhara built a great temple
and clearing the forest, he created a lotus- shaped city around the temple.
On the day the city was to be named, Lord Siva appeared at the ceremony.
As he blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Mathuram) was showered
on the city from his matted locks.
World famous for its shore temples, Mahabalipuram, was the second capital
of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. 58 kilometres from Madras on the Bay
of Bengal, this tiny sea side village of Mahabalipuram, is set in a boulder
strewn landscape. Tourists are drawn to this place by its miles of unspoiled
beach and rock-cut art. The sculpture of this place, is particularly interesting,
because it shows scenes of day-to- day life, in contrast to the rest of
the state of Tamil Nadu, where carvings generally depict gods and goddesses.
Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam, which stands 7,349 feet above sea level in
the Nilgiris, is known as the Queen of southern hill resorts of India. Ooty,
as it is popularly known, spreads over 36 square miles, and the temperature
ranges from 25 degree celsius in summers, to near freezing in winters. This
famous hill station is at the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka,
three southern states of India. It was founded by the Britishers, in the
early part of the 19th century, to serve as summer headquarters for the
government of Madras. Before that time, the area was inhabited by Todas.
These tribal people still inhabit the area, but only around 3000 remain.
Rameswaram, a small island in the Gulf of Mannar, is a major pilgrim centre
.It is connected to the mainland by road and rail bridges. Rameswaram is
holy, because Sri Rama, on his return from Sri Lanka, offered his thanks
to Lord Shiva and performed pooja to wash away his sins which he got by
killing Demon King, Ravana. Rameswaram is known for its theerthas( wells
) in and around the main temple. This place is equally sacred to both Vaishnavites