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Situated along the Bay of Bengal in south India, Tamil Nadu is one of India’s most well-known tourist destinations owing to its natural splendor, unique culture as well as religious significance. The state boasts a plethora of religious sites that attract pilgrims, historical attractions, vast plantations, mesmerizing hill stations, diverse wildlife, delicious cuisine, and loads of festivities.

A visit to Tamil Nadu surely warrants a trip to its capital, Chennai, the ‘Detroit of India’. A metropolitan with a rich colonial heritage, it is best known for Marina Beach, Fort St. George, Ashtalakshmi Temple, etc. One of Tamil Nadu’s treasures is the stunning hill station of Ooty, the “Queen of the Nilgiris,” which is famous for the Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens, many trekking trails, and more. Kodaikanal is another gorgeous hill station popular for attractions like the Kodaikanal Lake, cascading Thalaiyar Falls, and Kukkal Caves.

Mahabalipuram is an ideal destination to experience Tamil Nadu’s religious glory; it is home to the Shore Temple, Five Rathas which are a set of rock temples, Krishna Cave Temple, and Ganesh Ratha Temple. Coimbatore is a must-visit city, with its massive Adiyogi Shiva statue, Vydehi Falls, Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park, and Velliangiri Hill Temple. There are plenty of local handicrafts for tourists to pick from, such as Tanjore paintings, beautiful silk sarees, brass and bronze work, Mysore Pak, etc.

What’s more, Tamil Nadu is also known for Kanyakumari, which is India’s southernmost tip and is renowned for the gushing Thirparappu Falls, Kanyakumari Beach, Vattakottai Fort, and the Chitharal Jain monuments. Mouthwatering dishes like the uttapam, dosa, rasam, paruppu payasam, and Pongal make Tamil Nadu cuisine a favorite among many. Tourists would undoubtedly enjoy attending some of its most anticipated festivals like Pongal, Thaipusam, and Mahamaham, which provide an excellent opportunity to experience local customs and taste yummy food. It is quite easy to get to Tamil Nadu via car, train, bus, or flight.

Places to visit:

  • Rameshwaram
  • Yercaud
  • Kodaikanal
  • Ooty
  • Chennai
  • Auroville
  • Hogenakkal
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Kanyakumari
  • Kanchipuram
  • Madurai
  • Coimbatore
  • Thanjavur
  • Tirunelveli

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