Renown as “the temple state of India”, Tamil Nadu is one of the most sought after tourist destination of India. Adorned with long coast line, lofty hill stations, vast plains and dense rain forests, this south Indian state attracts thousands of vacationers every year.
Sharing its border with Bay of Bengal from east and Indian ocean from south, Tamil Nadu is a coastal state. Lush coconut groves and vast farms of rice crops creates a completely different ambiance that fascinates every traveller. Apart from these, Tamil Nadu is also famed for its great legacy of Dravidian culture, which is visible in every corner of the state.
It has numerous cities and towns that are blessed with several extraordinary natural and artificial charms. Some of the most popular cities of Tamil Nadu are
Chennai: Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is also the most culturally active city of the state. It is considered as the “gateway to Tamil Nadu”. It is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities of India. Marina Beach, the second longest beach of world is very popular among both localities and tourists. Chennai is also home to Tamil film industry, popularly known as “Kollywood”. Apart from them, Chennai is also famous for St. George Fort, the first British fort of India, Parthasarathy temple, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, Snake Park, Guindy National Park, Birla Planetarium Valluvar Kottam, National Art and Government Museum, Anna Zoological Park, Kalakshetra and the Theosophical Society.
Madurai: Madurai, “the city of nectar” is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu. This ancient city is located on the bank of Vaigai river and served as capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century. Madurai is famed as a temple town and has been a centre of learning and pilgrimage for many years.
This temple city of Tamil Nadu has some exquisitely carved temples such as Shri Meenakshi Temple, Koodal Azhagar Temple and many more. It is also dotted some other tourist spots such as Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, a huge tank, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, the palace Tirumalai Nayak, the Gandhi Museum, Annamalai and Nagamalai, two striking rock formations etc. Another major attraction of Madurai is Chittarai festival.