Top 10 Tourist Places in Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu is a world within itself- history has moulded the state’s culture, traditions, architecture and cuisine in an extremely fascinating manner. It sees so much influence of Dravidian dynasty in its artifacts- representing grandeur at its best.

People are therefore awe-inspired after experiencing the amazing tourist destinations here- be it hill stations, heritage sites, temples, beaches and what not. Here we bring to you a list of top places to Visit in Tamilnadu which you can include in your Tamil Nadu tour to enjoy the experience of touring the state to the fullest:

1. Chennai

It is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and one of the most visited tourist places in India due to lot many attractions it has. Mesmerizing marina beach, Fort St. George which was constructed as a trading post, temples like Kapaleeshwar temple, Sri Parthsarathy temple etc, all make it a sought after tourist destination in Tamil Nadu.

Kapaleeshwar Temple

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2. Mahabalipuram

This is one place to relax yourself and at the same time have the pleasure of laying your eyes upon some resplendent pieces of architectural marvels. The Mahabalipuram beach is ideal for people who want spend their days at leisure and choosing any resort here would be a good option. Along with this, sightseeing at the Rock cut temples (5 ratha temples), Arjuna’s penance (bas-relief) will turn out to be great experiences.

Mahabalipuram Beach

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Suggested Tour : Full Day Mahabalipuram

3. Kanchipuram

Next on the list is Kanchipuram which is also known as “City of thousand temples”. The reason why it is called so is because of large number of temples which were constructed here. Ekambareswarar Temple is one of them. The temples have diversity within themselves as they were built during the reign of different dynasties like Cholas, Pallavas, Britishers etc. And not going by the name alone, Kanchipuram is famous for its exquisite sarees as well.

Ekambareswarar Temple

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4. Pondicherry

This pretty city has a vibrant flavour about itself. This is due to the French colonisation it saw earlier- this is evident from the French signboards on streets which are still there. A quick snapshot will look like: Houses painted in quirky colours, bakeries serving oh-so-good delights, mansions looking like they have been imported straight from Europe, and gardens lush with greenery.


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5. Madurai

Madurai is the second largest city in Chennai and one of the principal tourist destinations due to Meenakshi Temple situated here. This temple has a distinct beauty- it is grand as it is spread over a large acreage, has a lot of pillars inside- special ones being the musical pillars which when tapped produce musical notes. Don’t forget to walk through Puthu Mandapam- the market and take back nice souvenirs for your loved ones.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

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6. Thanjavur

The Cholas have famed this city by constructing more than 70 temples here. But despite of having such a good number of temples, one of them strikingly stands out due to its splendour- Brihadeshwara temple. Another tourist attraction to visit is the Royal Palace where people with fetish for art can admire beautiful Tanjore paintings displayed.

Brihadeshwara Temple Tamil Nadu

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7. Ooty

Ooty makes a majestic entry into our list of Tamil Nadu itinerary favorites as it is truly the Queen of hills. It is a place where people go to seek idyllic pleasure away from summer heat. You can go for a visit to the Government Botanical Gardens which are spread over 22 hectares, take a small cruise over the Ooty Lake and have a spectacular view of the resplendent Nilgiri Hills.

Ooty Hill Station

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8. Kanyakumari

This is the southernmost tip of the Indian mainland and has a certain kind of peace and tranquillity flowing through the air. One of the principal tourist attractions of this place is Vivekananda Memorial (is special because Swami Vivekananda meditated here). Also there is Gandhi memorial which is yet another must see tourist attraction. One quick tip: try to visit this town when a full moon night has to come- you will be able to see red blazing sun setting down the ocean and at the same time moon rising out.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial Kanyakumari

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9. Chettinad

A two hour’s drive from Tanjore will take you to Chettinad which is famous for its Mansions. These mansions are old and palatial and some of them are open to public also. We suggest a stay at one of the mansions to get the feels. Another USP of this place is a scrumptious seven course meal served traditionally on a Banana leaf.

Chettinad Mansions

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10. Rameshwaram

It is a town known for Ramanathaswamy temple. Non-Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. Before entering the temple, the person has to bathe in Agni Teertham which is situated at a distance of 100 metres from the temple. Some impressive features of the temple are elegantly carved pillars going sideways along a long hall and the equally elegantly painted ceiling of this hall.

Rameshwaram Ramanathaswamy Temple

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11. Tiruvannamalai

Mount Arunachala and the temple at its foot- Arunachaleshwara temple are two main places for sightseeing in Tiruvannamalai. Arunachaleshwara temple is devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva and you will be amazed to know that at the time of full moon Mt. Arunachala sees devotees doing a holy parikrama. Two off beat places to visit here are the dressing tree organic restaurant and Ramana Ashram.

Arunachaleshwara Temple in Tamil nadu

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