Exquisite museums, temples with intricate architectural bearing, ethnic delicacies and the still-in-practice age-old traditions of the folklore, all mellifluously rhapsodizing the cultural heritage of the place are no scarcity in TamilNadu, the southernmost state of the Indian peninsular. Right from its northernmost city of Thiruvallur to its southernmost tip of Kanniyakumari every city in the state has numerous tourist destinations to offer to its visitors. Let us take a look at six major destinations in the state.
Formerly known as Kadambavanam and Madhurapuri the city is the oldest in Tamil Nadu. Apart from lodging the globally acclaimed Sri Mennakshi-Sundareswarar temple with its astonishing Aayiram-Kaal Mandapam, it also houses the Thirumalai Nayakar palace with its majestic pillars and impressive arches, Gandhi museum and the famous temples of Thiruppurankundram, Alagar-Kovil and Maariamman-Theppakulam. It also has a water theme-park-Athisayam.
The scenic beauties of its dense forests and breathtaking waterfalls make it the most sought-after honeymoon destination in South-India. Tourists can take part in various activities like cycling, boating, horse-riding and trekking. Its lake, Suicide-point, Bryant-Park, Pillar-rock, Coaker’s walk, Guna caves and Kurinji-Andavar temple are must-see places.
Coimbatore is the textile capital of South India. In addition to housing the historic temples of Perur Patteswarar and Marudhamalai Murugan it also lodges more recent yet very famous temples of Echanari-Vinayagar and Dhyanalingam. The city’s water amusement park Black-Thunder is highly relishing.
The ‘Queen of Hills’ is the most popular hill station of South-India. Nature’s generosity has made it the most beautiful city in the state. Its famous Botanical-Garden, Rose-Garden, Lake-park and Deer-park prove to be very pleasant. Also available to tourists are Doudabetta, its highest peak, Pykara waterfalls, forest sanctuaries of Mudumalai and Mukurthi, Avalanche and many more.
Known for being the southernmost tip of India and the confluence of three colossal water bodies namely the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean the city constitutes the temple dedicated to Kanyakumari whose diamond nose-ring is visible even from the seas, Vivekananda Rock Memorial and its iconic 41m statue of Thiruvalluvar, the celebrated saintly poet of TamilNadu.
Having served as the capital of the magnificent Chola empire, the city is rich in culture and monuments. It’s the home of the world-famous Brihadesswarar temple- a UNESCO World-Heritage site, the Maratha-Palace and Saraswathi-Mahal Library.