Southindia – Tamilnadu Tourism

ImageExquisite 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.

 MADURAI

 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.

KODAIKANAL

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

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.

OOTY

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.

KANNIYAKUMARI

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.

THANJAVUR

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.

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Requisite Facilities of Good Hotels Kodaikanal

As soon as one enters the vicinity of Kodaikanal one can see any number of agents of various hotels calling out to the tourists, distributing flyers and handouts advertising their hotels. And one can see banners of any number of hotels in Kodaikanal and its surroundings. Wherever we are in the township there are hotels in every direction we turn towards. But how many of these are good and are of superior quality? What may be the qualities of a great hotel, a hotel with characteristics and services that would appease all the expectations of its customers? After all staying in a proper hotel can make your stay tranquil and spare you the horror of a tensed stay!
Of all the qualities and facilities that determine the standards of the hotel the foremost is certainly its standard of cleanliness. The floor must be maintained very clean at any time, the bed sheets, table cloth, towels and linen are expected to be changed regularly. In a good hotel there shouldn’t be any evidence of previous guests. Presence of bad odors can be highly irritable. Sweet smells of roses or lavenders can be welcoming. Also the glassware and stir sticks provided by the hotel are expected to be sealed. The level of hygiene provided to the guests is of utmost importance. A very important factor is that the toilet pan and seat must be kept clean and disinfected. The bathrooms’ cleanliness and sanitation is a measure of the hotel’s standard.
No one likes to go to a hotel with poor service and unapproachable staff. Hospitality plays a major role any time. Having trained staff who are courteous, helpful, sincere and are willing to go an extra mile to help the guests is of great significance. Staff personnel who make the guests feel special and not treat them like just another set of customers to be attended would certainly please the guests.
The locality being Kodaikanal the hotels location and its surrounding environment are certainly of weightiness. Majority of visitors to Kodaikanal are from the busy concrete cities of the plains. That being the case, rather than being present in a relatively commercial lane being located in a verdant and picturesque environment and offering a panoramic view of the rich sceneries for which Kodaikanal is well-known for adds to the credit of the hotel.
A good hotel’s food mustn’t be anything short of ambrosial. Apart from its restaurant providing a variety of choices on the menu and being multi-cuisine the chef’s culinary expertise should be capable of satiating the taste buds of its guests.
The hotel must be a soothing place to unwind and relax. The customers should look forward to return to the hotel at the end of a busy day, their mitigation and refreshment ensured.
Some hotels in the hills fail when it comes to providing hot water round the clock. And that usually upsets guests and may be a serious issue with many of them. A hotel of acceptable standard must make sure they offer this highly important amenity.
Considering the temperature of Kodaikanal, especially during nights and winters hotels providing fireplaces and rooms with heaters would achieve preference by visitors.
A preferred hotel although confining within budget should offer luxurious stay. Overall a hotel of good standing must have good word of mouth and have its guests waiting to come back on their next visit to this ‘Princess of Hills’.

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