Top 5 places to visit in Tamil Nadu on your next visit
Home to the oldest living language in the world, Tamil Nadu is a state in the southern part of India. It is a well known hub of Dravidian culture and customs. If you ever plan on visiting this state, these are some of the destinations that you must consider:
The much famed capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai has something for everyone. Once you visit, you’ll find temples, old Portuguese style churches, museums and beaches highlighting the city everywhere. It is also the fourth largest metropolis and the third most important port in India. Once you visit, don’t forget to go to Marina Beach, Fort St. George, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Government Museum, Besant Nagar Beach, Fort Museum and Kapaleeswarar Temple.
Once you’re all charmed up with Chennai, the next place on your itinerary must be Coimbatore. Chennai to Coimbatore bus routes are very scenic. The second largest city in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore is located on the Western Ghats. Other than being home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, over the years, it has also developed into an economic powerhouse. Complete your visit to the city by going to the Marudamalai temple, Perur Pateeswarar temple, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and Siruvani waterfalls. You could also go trekking at Dhoni Hills, Perumal Peak, VellariMala, Isha Yoga Centre and Thalaiyar Falls. Chennai to Coimbatore bus fare aren’t usually high with most of it ranging somewhere between Rs.150-1500.
Famous for their intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram is a favourite among tourists. It has very pretty sand beaches and an extensive market for shopping. You’d be glad to know that the group of monuments here have been tagged by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Arjuna’s Penance, Thirukadalmallai, Shore tempe and Pancha Rathas are some of the famous places here. Mahabalipuram also houses 8 rock-cut cave temples built in the 7th century by the Pallavas that you could visit.
Known worldwide for its thriving handloom industry, Kanchipuram is also famous for its temples, giving it the name of the ‘city with a thousand temples’. It is only a short drive away from Chennai, 80 kms away. It is also an important pilgrimage destination in India. Some of the places you could visit here include the Kanchi Kamakshi Temple, Kailasanathar Temple and Ekambareswarar Temple.
Rameshwaram is situated on an island, and is considered one of the holiest places in India. It is seperated by Pamban channel which is believed to be the place where Lord Rama created the iconic stone sea link to Sri Lanka. Places of attraction here include: the Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agniteertham (a place where pilgrims perform poojas and rituals for their ancestors) and the five-faced Hanuman Temple( place with the floating stone that was used to build the bridge to Sri Lanka). Other than these, you can also go sight-seeing, visit the amazing beaches, indulge in water sports and do much more.
On your next trip to this beautiful southern state, do visit these places and tell us about your experiences!