Tamil Nadu, a South Indian state, is famed for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples. In Madurai, Meenakshi Amman Temple has high ‘gopuram’ towers ornamented with colourful figures. On Pamban Island, Ramanathaswamy Temple is a pilgrimage site. The town of Kanyakumari, at India’s southernmost tip, is the site of ritual sunrises. Capital Chennai is known for beaches and landmarks including 1644 colonial Fort St. George
Tamil Nadu is the cradle of South Indian temple architecture that originated in the 7th century and matured in the huge temple complexes studded with towering gateways called ‘Gopurams’ that soar above the markets of almost every town. Quite a contrast to the temple heritage is provided at Pondicherry which remained a French colony for a long time. French is still widely spoken, and seaside e villas and cobbled streets are more reminiscent of South France than South India ! Another facet of this diverse state is the two hill stations of Ootacamund and Kodaikanal. Both are little patches of England in India!
For rich culture and traditions; ancient temples; sacred pilgrimages; delectable food; stunning beaches; opulent art and craft; beautiful hill stations; UNESCO World Heritage, Nilgiri Mountain Railway; and visiting the tip of India.
Mahabalipuram :Temple, sculpture, beach resort, crocodile farm.
Kanchipuram: one of India’s seven sacred cities, temples, handloom silk.
Chidambaram : Temple, Tamil culture centre.
Kumbakonam :Pilgrimage centre, temples, handicrafts.
Gangaikonda Cholapuram :