State Capital Chennai
Area 130000 sq. km
Best Season January to September
is the cradle of South Indian temple architecture that originated in the
7th century and matured in the huge temple complexes studded with towering gateways
called ‘Gopurams’ that soar above the markets of almost every town. Quite a contrast
to the temple heritage is provided at Pondicherry which remained a French colony
for a long time. French is still widely spoken, and seaside villas and cobbled
streets are more reminiscent of South France than South India ! Another
facet of this diverse state is the two hill stations of Ootacamund and Kodaikanal.
Both are little patches of England in India !!
major tourist places in the state are:
: Wildlife sanctuary.
Auroville : International Utopian
city being built, Aurobindo Ashram Associations.
Temple, Tamil culture centre.
Coimbatore : Industrial centre,
Coonoor : Hill stations, Botanical garden.
: Beach resort.
Gingee : Fort, picnic spot.
Kanchipuram : one of India’s seven sacred cities,
temples, handloom silk.
Kanyakumari : Land’s end, temple, beach, rock memorial, sunrise,
sunset and moonrise.
Padmanabham : Ancient
capital, palace, museum, temple.
: Fort, beaches, temples, churches, museums, art galleries, parks, memorials,
Cholamandal : artists’ colony.
: Backwaters, bird-life, boating, beach.
Suchindram : Hanuman
temple, exquisite sculpture.
Kodaikanal : Hill resort, solar physics
laboratory, museum, orchidarium, lake, Kurinji flower which blossoms once in 12
Point Calimere : wildlife sanctuary- Black Buck
Kotagiri : Hill stations, waterfalls.
Thiruvanmiyur : Kalakshetra – dance, music and handloom academy.
: Temples, handlooms, palaces, handicrafts, museum.
: Temple, sculpture, beach resort, crocodile farm.
: Wildlife sanctuary.
Mandanthurai : Tiger sanctuary, Wildlife
Nagore : Muslim dargah, pilgrimage centre for all faiths.
Poompuhar : Excavations of historic port, art gallery,
Pudukottai : Palace, Museum, temples.
: One of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage centre, temple, place associated
with Sri Rama, beach, one thousand pillared Mandapam.
: Temples, Frescoes, palaces, art gallery, churches, museums, handicrafts.
Kumbakonam : Pilgrimage centre, temples, handicrafts.
: Temple, fort, Muslim and Christian antiquities, museum.
: Unique temple town, major Hindu pilgrimage centre, river island.
: Temples, handicrafts.
Tiruvannamalai : Temple, Sri Ramana Maharishi
Ootacamund : Hill resort, botanical gardens.
Vendanthangal : Bird sanctuary.
Vellore : Famous Mission Hospital,
fort and temple.
Yercaud : Hill station, lake, park, waterfalls,