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Tamilnadu....the magnificent beauty !!!!!!!!!!!!

Tamilnadu is full of surprises! itself the beautiful beaches, the magnificent temples, picturesque wildlife sanctuaries, colourful festivals and a plethora of panoramic sites make Tamil Nadu tourism an enthralling experience. Tamil Nadu is the magnificent land of temples and a paradise for all art-lovers. A blend of ancient and modern world, Tamil Nadu offers you myriad of breathtaking sights. Tour Tamil Nadu and relish its natural beauty.Tamil Nadu shares boundaries with three bedazzling state- Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala. The capital is Chennai (Madras), on the coast in the northeastern portion of the state.

Then the surprises begin,  1000-km-sunkissed-beaches, magnificent historical monuments, eternal rhythm of the gurgling waterfalls, wondrous wildlife & bird sanctuaries, emerald green natural habitats, artefacts, paintings, dance forms , the colour and pageantry of festive days with good network of road, rail and air linking all the destinations in the country.  Major airlines in the world link Tamilnadu with the other parts of the world.

History of Tamilnadu :: Tamil Nadu was ruled by three major dynasties-the Cholas in the east, the Pandyas in the 

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Chennai
The North East
Puducherry
Auroville
Tiruchirapalli
Madurai
Rameshwaram
Kanyakumari
Kodaikanal
Ooty

central area and Cheras in the west. This was during the Sangam Age - the classical period of Tamil literature-that continued for some 300 years after the birth of Christ. Under the British rule, most of south India was integrated into the region called the Madras Presidency. In 1956, the Madras Presidency was disbanded and Tamil Nadu was established.

Language :: The main language spoken here is Tamil, followed by English. While around 88% of the state's population follows Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam are also followed here in Tamil Nadu.

Best Time to Visit :: Tamil Nadu is between October to February, when the weather conditions remain pleasant and enchanting.

Tamilnadu Cuisine :: Tamil cuisine, traditionally vegetarian, consists of the famous dosas, which are crisp rice pancakes and idlis, which are steamed rice dumplings. Vadas, sambar, rasam, coconut chutney, and upma are other common delicacies. Rice is the staple diet of the state. Chettinad cuisine is a specialty in Tamil Nadu and will be a delight for those who like hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.

TRAVEL INFORMATION ::

Tamil Nadu is a land of varied beauty. It is mostly famous for its numerous Hindu temples based on the Dravidian architecture. The temples are of a distinct style, which is famous for its towering Gopuram. Popular temple towns include Madurai, Trichy, Tanjore, Kanchipuram, Palani, Tiruvallur and Mahabalipuram.

Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of peninsular India, is famous for its distinct and beautiful sunrise, Vivekanda Rock Memorial on the mid-sea, Thiruvalluvar statue and has some very green hilly landscape and picture-postcard perfect sceneries around the district and Nagercoil. Hill stations like Kodaikanal and Nilgiris boast some of the stunning landscapes in India.

 

CHENNAI at a glance....

In the north-eastern corner of Tamil Nadu on the Bay of Bengal, CHENNAI (still commonly referred to by its former British name, Madras) is India’s fourth largest city, with a population nudging seven and a half million. Hot, congested and noisy, it’s the major transport hub of the south and most travellers stay just long enough to book a ticket for somewhere else. The attractions of the city itself are sparse, though it does boast fine specimens of Raj architecture, pilgrimage sites connected with the apostle Doubting Thomas, superb Chola bronzes at its state museum, and plenty of classical music and dance performances.

The city is well connected to every nuke and corner by a well developed city bus transportation services. There are electric trains that connect the importat parts of the cities. The chennai metro rail projects are in the final level of completion. The city known as the "Gateway to the South" is known for its beach, diverse population, cinema theatres, shopping malls, parks, restaurants etc. The people of chennai are well versed in various art forms ranging from the classical Bharathanatiyam to present day's hip hop, salsa etc. You can taste whatever food you like in Chennai. You can opt for a traditional South Indian food or a chinese cuisine. You also get every major cuisine in the world in Chennai. Chennai is known for some of the prominent landmarks that is found in and around the city.

ACCESS INFORMATION ::

BY AIR :: Chennai is one of the four major international airports of India. The Kamaraj Domestic Airport and the Anna International Airport are located at Tirusulam, 7kms south of Chennai. The city has representation of almost all airlines of the world. Many major international airlines have regular direct flights to Chennai. Domestic airlines operate daily flights to all major cities of the country from the domestic terminal.

BY TRAIN :: Chennai is the headquarters of Southern Railway and well connected to all the major cities in India through a wide network of railways. Trains operate from Egmore Junction to different parts of the state while interstate trains originate from Chennai Central Station. Egmore Railway Station.

CHENNAI SIGHTSEEING ::

Fort St George St Mary’s George Town Government Museum The Marina Mylapore Little Mount Caves St. Thomas

 

THE NORTHEAST OF TAMILNADU....

Fazed by the heat and air pollution of Chennai, most visitors escape as fast as they can, heading down the Coromandel Coast to India’s stone-carving capital, Mamallapuram. En route, it’s worth stopping at Dakshina Chitra, a folk museum 30km south of Chennai, where traditional buildings from across south India have been beautifully reconstructed. Further inland, Kanchipuram is an important pilgrimage and silk-sari-weaving town from where you can loop southwest to the atmospheric temple town of Tiruvannamalai, situated at the base of the sacred mountain, Arunachala. Along the coast, you can breakfast on croissants and espresso coffee in the former French colony of Puducherry.

Mamallapuram and around – Mamallapuram’s monuments divide into four categories: open-air bas-reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves and rathas. The famous bas-reliefs, Arjuna’s Penance and the Krishna Mandapa, adorn massive rocks near the centre of the village, while the beautiful Shore Temple, one of India’s most photographed monuments, presides over the beach.

KANCHIPURAM > Is situated on the Vegavathi River 70km southwest of Chennai. Ask any Tamil what Kanchipuram (aka “Kanchi”) is famous for, and they’ll probably say silk saris, shrines and saints – in that order.

PUDUCHERRY > Known to Greek and Roman geographers as “Poduke”, Puducherry was an important staging post on the second-century maritime trade route between Rome and the Far East.

AUROVILLE > The most New Age place anywhere in India must surely be AUROVILLE, the planned “City of Dawn”, 10km north of Pudicherry, straddling the border of the Union Territory and Tamil Nadu. Founded in 1968, Auroville was inspired by “The Mother”, the spiritual successor of Sri Aurobindo.

 

TIRUCHIRAPALLI (TRICHY) AND AROUND....

TIRUCHIRAPALLI is more commonly referred to as Trichy – stands in the plains between the Shevaroy and Palani hills, just under 100km north of Madurai. Dominated by the dramatic Rock Fort, it’s a sprawling commercial centre with a modern feel. Most of its business is in the southern Trichy Junction district, where the bazaars, immediately north of the Junction, heave with locally made cigars, textiles and fake diamonds, made into inexpensive jewellery and sewn into dance costumes.

North of the fort, the River Kaveri marks a wide boundary between the crowded business districts and the somewhat more serene temples a beyond the river. The spectacular Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, 6km north of central Trichy, is so large it holds much of the village within its courtyards. Also north of the Kaveri is the elaborate Sri Jambukeshwara Temple.

 

MADURAI ....a rich cultural heritage centre

One of the oldest cities in South Asia, MADURAI, on the banks of the River Vaigai, has been an important centre of worship and commerce for as long as there has been civilization in south India. It was often described as “the Athens of the East” and indeed, when the Greek ambassador Megasthenes visited in 302 BC, he wrote of its splendour and described its queen, Pandai, as “a daughter of Herakles”.

It was this lucrative trade that enabled the Pandyan dynasty to erect the mighty Meenakshi-Sundareshwarar temple. Although now surrounded by a sea of modern concrete cubes, the massive gopuras of this vast complex, writhing with multicoloured mythological figures and crowned by golden finials, remain the greatest man-made spectacle of the south.

ACCESS INFORMATION ::

BY TRAIN :: Madurai Junction is an important railway junction in southern Tamil Nadu and constitutes a separate division of the Southern Railway. It is the second largest revenue division in Southern railway next to the Chennai division.

BY AIR :: Madurai Airport is located 12 kilometres from the city. It is one of the important airports in Tamil Nadu. It offers domestic flight services to major cities in India and international services to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Dubai, UAE.

Places to visit in Madurai ::

Meenakshi Amman Temple > The Meenakshi temple is the city’s main attraction. A perfect example of Dravidian architecture. Dedicated to Meenakshi, the lovely consort of Lord Shiva, the original temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayaks. (Timing : 5am to 12.30pm and 4pm to 10pm.)

♦ Tirumalai Nayak’s Palace ♦ Gandhi Museum ♦ Alagarkoil ♦ Koodal Azhagar Temple

 

RAMESHWARAM...

The sacred island of RAMESHWARAM, 163km southeast of Madurai and less than 20km from Sri Lanka across the Gulf of Mannar, is, along with Madurai, south India’s most important pilgrimage site. Rameshwaram is mentioned in the Ramayana as the place where the god Rama, as an incarnation of Vishnu, worshipped Shiva, and consequently attracts followers of both Vishnu and Shiva. The Ramalingeshwara Temple complex, with its magnificent pillared walkways, is the most famous on the island, but there are several other small temples of interest, such as the Gandhamadana Parvatam, sheltering Rama’s footprints, and the Nambunayagi Amman Kali Temple, frequented for its curative properties. Danushkodi (Rama’s Bow) at the eastern end is where Rama is said to have bathed. 

 

KANYAKUMARI...

Kanyakumari (also spelt as Kanniyakumari) district is bounded by Tirunelveli district in the north and northeast, by Kerala state in the northwest and confluence of Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean in the west and south.

Kannyakumari has been named after the Goddess Kannyakumari Amman who is the popular deity of the area. Legend has it that the Goddess Parvati in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanniya did penance on one of the rocks of this land's end to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva.

At the southern most land tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kannyakumari, an important pilgrim centre. Kannyakumari is famous for its beach and the spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially on full moon days. Kanyakumari is also famous for its vast green stretches of paddy fields, rich forests, coconut groves and mineral sands.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS ::

Temple Of Goddess Bhagavathi > Few temples in India are more picturesquely located than that of Goddess Bhagavathi in Kannyakumari. It stands near where three oceans meet: the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial > On the evening of December 25, 1892, Swami Vivekananda who had come to Kannyakumari on pilgrimage swam to the rock and spent the whole night there in deep meditation.

 

KODAIKANAL....

Kodaikkanal is sometimes referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations” and is a popular tourist destination.

Hill stations located at an altitude of 2133 mts. (7,000 feet) frequented by tourists in large numbers throughout the year. Places of interest include Bryant Park, Pillar Rocks, Lake, Solar Observatory, Perumal Peak, Silver Cascade, Telescope Houses at Coaker’s Walk and Kurinji Andavar Temple, Bear Shola Falls, Berijam Lake, Museum and Orchidorium at Sacred heart College, Shenbaganur. 

 

OOTY....THE NILGIRIS

This beautiful hill station of South India, Ooty is located in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, south India. Ooty hillstation is surrounded by four hills all belongs to the Nilgiri range.

Ooty is situated about 2213 meters above sea level. Its another name is Udhagamandala. The highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres. The meaning of Nilgiris is Blue Mountains. The tea estates in Ooty made Ooty more famous. Coffee, Tea, trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle finds in thie hill side.

Weather in Ooty > Summer Weather in Ooty : 15°C to 20°C

Winter Weather in Ooty > Minimum 4°C and maximum 15°C

Best Time to Visit > Throughout the year.

ACCESS INFORMATION ::

By Air :: The nearest airport is Coimbatore airport. 105 kilometer road distance from Coimbatore Airport to Ooty.

By Road :: Ooty Hill is connected other cities of South India. Buses available from all the places. Connected bus can also take till Coimbatore. From Coimbatore to Ooty is only 105 Kilometer.

By Train :: Railway station called Mettupalayam, is only 47 kilometer away from Ooty Hills.

PLACES TO VISIT IN OOTY ::

  • Botanical Gardens > This is spread an area of 22 hectares. The Ooty Botanical Garden at present is having 650 species of plants and trees, including fossil of a tree, which is more than 20 million years old.
  • Ooty Lake > 2.5 kilometer long. Boating is available in the lake and fishing can be done.
  • Dodabetta Peak (View the second highest mountain in Nigiri Hills ! Doddabetta Peak !) > It is the highest point in Ooty, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. It is 10 kilometer from Ooty. Beautiful view of the valley from here.
  • Lamb's Rock-Lamb’s Rock is another point that is ideal for taking snaps of the valley.
  • Kodanadu's View Point > Kodanadu is about 16 kilometer from Kotagiri, and is situated on the eastern edge of the Nilgiri range. We will get a breathtaking view of the Moyar river and the tea estates. From the watchtower here that offers a view of the Rangasamy peak.
  • Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary > The Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of very rich flora and fauna, and is home to many endangered species. Tiger and Leopards are a fortunate few. Elephants, giant squirrels, sambhar, chital, barking deer and flying squirrels can be visible.
  • Ooty Kalhatty Waterfalls > This is a beautiful water fall. Kalhatty waterfalls is 100 feet. The falls are about 13 kilometer from the city.
  • Sim's park > The Sim's Park is in 12 hectares and is in Upper Coonoor. This park has more than 1000 plant species, including many flowering plants, pines, ferns and shrubs.
  • Dolphin's Nose > The Dolphin's nose is a good place that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.
  • Coonnoor > It is a another hill station that is 17 kilometer from Ooty. Coonnoor is at a height of 1839 meters and is known for its great picnic spots and picturesque surroundings.
 

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