11 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is one of the best places to visit in South India. Among the famous temples in Tamil Nadu are Meenakshi Temple, Kanchipuram and Nataraja temple. A trip to the Southern part of the country isn’t considered complete without a visit to the two C's - Chennai and Coimbatore. Taking pride in their uniqueness, both the places have their own charm and grandeur.

While Chennai is most famous for its culture and cuisine, Coimbatore is known for its natural beauty and age-old temples. Coimbatore to Chennai bus route is also scenic and adds a fun factor to the entire vacation.

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Tamilnadu

1. Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli is known for its rock fortress and temple at a height of more than 83 meters. The best place in Trichy is the Rockfort temple and the shopping places around the temple. Other famous temples are the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Srirangam), Siva Tiruvanaikkaval Temple and the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple.

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the jewels of India but, despite being one, it is not so well known among travelers who venture to this area of ​​this intense country. It has 21 Gopuram (towers), the highest known as Rajagopuram and that makes the entrance to the temple, is more than 70 meters high, which makes it the tallest temple tower in Asia.

Another of its most impressive towers is the white tower, with more than 40 meters high. Its annual festival of 21 days, called Margazhi, attracts a million people. Of course, there are other scenic places like the Kallanai dam, Mukkombur, Butterfly park, churches, and other temples like Srirangam, Vayalur Murugan temple, Erumbeeshwarar temple, Sai Baba temple, etc.

But Malaikottai Uchi Pillayar temple is the highlight of the city. Climbing the rock is a unique experience and when you reach the top, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the whole city of Trichy, Cauvery river and the Gopurams of Srirangam. We have a place to sit at the top of the rock and enjoy the breeze hitting your face as you listen to the amazing devotional music from the temple.

And not to forget, Ganesha here is quite powerful. It is also said that the rock itself looks like Ganesha from aerial view. The temple is as old as 7th century. And then, there is also this huge shopping area around the base of the rock where you can buy anything and everything. This area is full of activity and vibrant and very delightful to watch.

Though Saradhas is the speciality of Trichy for shopping clothes, we also have The Chennai Silks and Pothys in the vicinity (near Singarathoppe).

2. Dhanushkodi

Dhanushkodi, on the southeastern tip of Pamban Island is called the arch of Rama. The waters of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean can be found here.

Bathing in this place is considered very auspicious. The bridge here is known as the Adam's bridge and the rocks around the sea are believed to be used by Hanuman to get through Sri Lanka. 16-km south-west of Ramanathapuram is the renowned Shiva temple of Uttarakosamangai. The temple has inspired many Tamil devotional works. And of course, it has inspired the Ramanatha temple in Rameshwaram.

Dhanushkodi once had a railway station and jetty service to transport travelers to Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. It was a busy port town with a working post office, a temple visited regularly by devotees and a church attended by locals and visitors alike. Vinayaka temple was in front of our house And church was behind the house on the way to school. But now, only ruins are remaining.

3. Yelagiri

Yelagiri is a small hill station located in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. If you are looking for some peace and isolation during the weekend, then you should go to this place. Yelagiri is a vibrant hill station and is one of the ideal places to visit near Bangalore. Like Kodaikanal and Ooty, you can enjoy the calm amid the incredible views.

Endowed with an aesthetic beauty by nature, Yelagiri provides a peaceful environment suitable for nature walks and hiking. There are several attractive tourist spots to visit here such as Punganoor Lake, Velavan Temple, Jalagamparai Falls, Murugan Temple, Moksha Vimochana Temple and Nilavoor Lake. Yelagiri also offers numerous adventure avenues especially trekking and rappelling.

Beside the infamous Nilavoor Lake in Yelagiri stands the Nachi Amman Temple.

4. Kolli Hills

The route to Kolli Hills has about 75 narrow turns which makes the journey extremely thrilling.

5. Mudumalai

Considered the queen of hill stations of South India and the capital of the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam is one of the most recommended hill stations in India. A drive through the Mudumalai forests is a treat to the soul. Home to the Indian tigers, elephants, gaurs, sloth bears, dhols and more; this is a safari you don't want to miss!

6. Masinagudi

You can proceed to Masinagudi, a small village located near the wildlife sanctuaries in Mudumalai and Bandipur. Another place where you can go for a safari AND stay in a tree house!

7. Coimbatore

Manchester Of South India or Coimbatore is a bustling city in the state of Tamil Nadu. South India has a lot of places to visit and is, of sure a treat to the eyes. The temples in Coimbatore not only holds a beautiful aura where one can seek spiritual peace but is also a great example of beautiful and ancient Indian architecture. These temple holds history and charm and is a must visit whenever a person decides to visit the place.

Marudamalai Temple: Situated atop a hill, Marudamalai Temple is dedicated to Murugan or Kartikeya. The temple complex is built using unique Dravidian style, which is around 1200 years old. Other than the religious aspect, the temple complex also offers sensational views of the surroundings.

Adiyogi Shiva Statue: Adiyogi Shiva Statue has been recognized as the "Largest Bust Sculpture" by Guinness World Records. This 112-foot tall statue of Shiva is situated at the foothills of Velliangiri Mountains.

Siruvani Waterfalls: Home to the tribals of Mudugars and Irular, Siruvani Waterfalls is located at a distance of 35km from Coimbatore. This dam is a major tourist attraction and is flocked by tourists all year round.

Anaimalai Hills: While the Western Ghats have been in the limelight as a tourist spot for a long time, its tallest and tallest subset, the Anaimalai Hills, has often been overlooked in favor of more popular areas and clusters such as the Sahyadris and the nearby Nilgiris . In recent years, the rich coffee, teak and sandalwood plantations surrounding the hills have attracted many travelers seeking to experience the majestic Western Gates in their pristine and untouched form.

From here the Anaimalai Nature Reserve located in the Anaimalai Hills of Pollachi in Valparai is a must-visit center. With tea estates ranging up to 70,000 acres of plantation and more, this slice of heaven is as green as it can get throughout the year! Turn back in time, live the colonial life and hospitality in plush bungalows and walk through the green lands and detox. Be sure to visit the numerous dams and lakes, plan a picnic or hike!

It is located at an altitude of 1,400 meters in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. The highest peak is the Anaimudi (8850 feet). A large number of dams and reservoirs exist in the area including the Aliyar dam, Kadamparai dam, Nirar dam, Solaiyar dam (one of the largest of its classes in Asia) Mannambhally Dam and the largest of all is the Parambikulam dam.

Some other prominent attractions in the city include Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Perur Pateeswarar Temple, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple and Marudamalai Temple. Coimbatore to Chennai bus fare is cheap and varies between Rs 700 to Rs 1200.

8. Valparai

Valparai is a soothing hill station in Tamil Nadu. This little corner in Tamil Nadu receives the highest rainfall during the months of monsoon. If you are looking for some quiet and hassle-free time, Valparai is the perfect destination for it has everything to soothe your tired city soul.

From the misty tea estates, overflowing dams, dense forests, gushing waterfalls, whispering streams to the cool climate to give you just the right monsoon experience. Soak in the beauty of this little heaven in South India when you take a morning stroll through the tea plantations in Valparai.

Located in the wide mountain range of Anamalai hills on the western ghats, Valparai will stun you into silence with its tea gardens and coffee estates. This place is a perfect travel destination. Take your car in Monsoon, ride through the most beautiful, thrilling ghat section with 40 hairpin bends on Pollachi - Valparai road, rest, play your favourite song and close your eyes. How would you feel if rain also joins in the situation.💕

This road trip is scenic beyond words, and hence is highly recommended. The tea plantations are surrounded by evergreen forests. The region is also a rich elephant tract and is known to have many leopards. Reaching Valparai is a most enjoyable hair raising experience. A snakelike road from Pollachi takes you through 40 hairpin bends hidden in lofty lush green mountains.

Rich wildlife, tribe spotting, never-ending tea estates, silver waterfalls and soulful hikes – Valparai has it all for the enthusiastic tourists. Indulge in all the tea that you can – you’re in tea country! Visit the dams, particularly the Upper Nerar dam for its unspoiled charm. You need permissions at most entry points.

It is 104 km away from Coimbatore, 64 km from Pollachi and 110 km from Ernakulam. Closest airport and railway station is at Coimbatore. Buses are available from Coimbatore to Pollachi. Every 30 minutes, there are heavily crowded public buses from Pollachi to Valparai which take 4 hours. Taxi services are available from Coimbatore.

There are many options between hotels and homestays like Joby’s Holiday Home, Misty Creek Homestay, Valparai, Raja complex, and Sinna Dorai’s Bungalow.

9. Chidambaram

Now its the turn of the East coast. An equally beautiful road trip from Chennai, Pichavaram on East Coast road is as refreshing as it can get. Most of us know that the world's biggest mangrove forest is Sundarbans spread in West Bengal and Bangladesh. But majority doesn't know that the second largest mangrove forests is also in India. It's the Pichavaram mangrove forest in Tamil Nadu.

The forest is spread about 1100 acres and there are more than 400 routes for boating. The forest is known for its richness in biodiversity. It houses some endangered species of plants and birds. Snakes could surprise you during your boat ride. As you go inside the forest, it would get denser and you could feel the thrill and the adventure. Make sure not to miss peaceful sunrise next day after exploring mangroves.

10. Tiruvannamalai

Tiruvannamalai isn’t much famous and not at all popular for a vacation purpose but it’s super peaceful and rejuvenating.

11. Kanchipuram

Pancha Bhootha Stalas are a set of five temples spread all across Southern India, where Shiva is worshiped as one of the five primal elements. One of these five is the Ekambareswarar Temple in Kanchipuram where Shiva is worshiped as Prithvi Lingam (the element of Earth). The earliest historical reference to the temple can be found in the classic Tamil Sangam literature, dating back to roughly 300 BCE.

Occupying an area of 25 acres, Ekambareswarar is also one of the largest temples in the country. Rajagopruam is the main and the southern entrance tower of the temple. At a height of 192 ft, this eleven storied tower is the sixth tallest gopuram in India. The gopuram was constructed in 1509 AD during the Vijayanagar era.

To cover all these destinations, keep at least a week's time in hand. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now.
Kalyan Panja