Tamil Nadu, the heart of the Dravidian culture and tradition, is one of the four states of Southern India. Bounded by the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala on the north and west, Tamil Nadu is washed by the waves of the Indian Ocean to the south. Its eastern shores are kissed by the waters of the Bay of Bengal. The state has an unbroken coastline of 992 km, which includes several scenic beaches. If you want to tour the land of temples, Tamil Nadu is the right place for you. The places of tourist interest in Tamil Nadu are Chennai, the beautiful capital city, Madurai, the temple town, and Rameshwaram, one of the holiest cities in India.
Places of interest in Tamil Nadu:
Chennai: Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of Tamil Nadu. India's fourth largest city, the city is less polluted and congested compared to other metros of India. Chennai was the site of the first settlement of the East India Company. It was founded in 1639 by the British when they established the Fort St. George. The site was built on a piece of land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijayanagar rulers of Hampi. The places of interest in and around the city are Fort St. George, temples and museum and Marina beach. Marina beach if the second largest beach in the world and a popular tourist destination. The place displays a perfect blend between modernism and tradition.
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Madurai: Madurai is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, and is known for the Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple which has impressive towers or gopurams and the "Hall of a Thousand Pillars." The Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Meenakshi, (an incarnation of Parvati) and her consort Shiva. The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai is an important center of religion and culture in India and also has an art museum with many priceless works of art.
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Rameswaram: Rameshwaram, is a famous pilgrimage destination in Tamil Nadu India. Rameshwaram is an island off the coast of Tamil Nadu where there are a number of temples, famous for long painted and pillared corridors. The most famous temple at Rameshwaram is the Ramanathaswamy Temple.
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Kanyakumari: Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of the Indian mainland. At Kanya Kumari, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal intermingle. The Vivekananda Memorial, a statue of Swami Vivekanda is located on a rock, 400 m from the coast. Many tourists come to Kanyakumari to enjoy the view of the spectacular sunrise and sunset at Kanyakumari.
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Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal is a hill station in Tamil Nadu, which is a popular tourist and honeymoon destination. The star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, the Solar Physical Observatory and the Kurinju Andavar Temple are attractions in Kodaikanal.
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Mahabalipuram: Mahabalipuram, situated about 60 km from Chennai, is famous for its Pallava sculptures and temples. The Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram has an image of Vishnu in cosmic slumber, the world's largest bas-relief carving - the Penance of Arjuna - and five chariot shaped temples or rathas, which are exquisite works of art from Pallava times.
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Kanchipuram: Kanchipuram is a city rich in history, and was previously the capital of the Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagara Empires. Kanchipuram is called the "City of a 1000 Temples" of which the best known are the Ekamareshwara Temple, which has a 200 ft tall gopuram and the Kailashnath Temple, which has beautiful sculptures of Lord Shiva. Kanchipuram is also renowned as a hub of the silk weaving industry in India. Kanchipuram silk sarees are passed on for generations as family heirlooms in India.
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You can see these heritage destinations and many more on tours to Tamil Nadu, with Apollo Tours India.