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Tamil Nadu is one of the best places of India to visit. 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.

1. Top Things to Do in Chennai


Chennai (formerly called Madras) is a city younger than its image along the Bay of Bengal. More than any other city in India, it is a true reflection of the diversity of this country. This floating metropolis is a mixture of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern.

Marina Beach

Located at a distance of about 4 kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, the famous Marina beach is the second longest beach in the World with a coastline of about 13 Km. The best time to visit this beach is during mornings and late evenings when the beach is all lively with food stalls and other entertainment.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Sri Parthasarathy Temple is one of the oldest temples in Chennai. The temple was built by Pallavas in the 8th century and is of high religious importance.

The National Art Gallery

Situated inside the Government Museum Complex, National Art Complex is one of the oldest art galleries in India and among the most visited attractions. The National Art Gallery consists of four different sections, including Tanjore Painting Gallery, Decorative Art Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and Raja Ravi Varma Painting Gallery.

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was built in the 8th Century by Pallavas and was later rebuilt by the Vijayanagara rulers in the 16th century. The 37 meters tall and grand gopuram of this temple is made in the characteristic Dravidian style of architecture and is a major attraction.

Chepauk Palace

Here the Chepauk Palace was the official residence of the Nawab of Arcot from 1768 to 1855. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. By the end of the Carnatic Wars, the independent kingdom before the Carnatic had become practically a protectorate of the British East India Company.

The Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah was a close friend and ally of the British and was dependent on the company's troops for their protection. Thus, in 1764, he thought of building a palace for himself within the walls of Fort St George. However, due to space limitations, Wallajah was forced to abandon his plans and instead built a palace in Chepauk, a few kilometers south of the fort.

Some other places in Chennai that must not be left unexplored are Elliots beach, V.G.P Golden Beach, MGR Memorial, Snake Park and Ripon Building.

2. Top Things to Do in Mahabalipuram


Along with numerous palaces in Tamilnadu, Mahabalipuram is one of the best place visit in India. The city of Seven Pagodas and the Coromandel coast located 60 kilometers south of Chennai offers beautiful sandy beaches and promises an exotic shopping experience to tourists. From the architecture to the serenity, the relaxing atmosphere and the impressive surroundings, this city makes a traveling experience unlike others.

The five Rathas offer a quiet environment and are a very well-informed place to be. Covelong (Kovalam) and Sadras are fishing villages that have become exotic beach resorts and an absolute must visit in Mahabalipuram. Places to visit in Mahabalipuram are Arjuna's Penance, Pancha Rathas, Sea Shore Temple, Krishna's Butter Ball, Descent of the Ganges, India Seashell Museum, Varaha Cave Temple etc.

3. Top Things to Do in 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.

4. Top Things to Do in Yercaud


Located in eastern Ghats in Salem, Yercaud is commonly called as the poor man's Ooty. Yercaud is blessed with forests, mountains and waterfalls, making this a paradise for travelers with limited budget. The Yercaud roads are well maintained, making this a great destination for a road trip.

5. Top Things to Do in Ooty


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. This newlyweds honeymoon paradise sees guests all through the year. The climate, the Blue Mountains and the steepness of the global experience that Ooty offers make this super popular among photography and nature lovers.

The estates, the tea gardens, the toy train, the high mountains and the splendid views make this a great escape for any occasion. Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, Deer Park, St Stephen's Church, and Kalhatty Waterfalls are the best places to visit in Ooty. Tourists can enjoy Nilgiri hills toy train, boating on Ooty lake, bikepacking, mountain biking in the Blue Mountains, paragliding and hang gliding in Kalahatti.

Like an electrocardiogram of the Earth, these valleys and mountains descend and rise in Kotagiri. It is impossible not to visit Coonoor, a mountain city located 19 kilometers from Ooty. In it we can visit Sim Park, one of the most visited nature reserves in Asia. Without a doubt, this is one of the best places to go hiking 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. Top Things to Do in Coimbatore


Marudamalai Temple


Situated atop a hill, Marudamalai Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord 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 Lord Shiva Statue has been recognized as the "Largest Bust Sculpture" by Guinness World Records. This 112-foot tall statue of Lord Shiva, situated at the foothills of Velliangiri Mountains, was inaugurated on 24 February 2017 by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

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, 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.

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8. Top Things to Do in Tiruchirapalli


Tiruchirappalli is known for its rock fortress and temple at a height of more than 83 meters. 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.

9. Top Things to Do in Kodaikanal


If you want a perfect "reverse" weekend then Kodaikanal is the best place for you. In Kodaikanal you can have Tibetan food, you can go cycling around the lake that will calm your mood and you can even have a walk in the streets. The main tourist attractions include the dolphin nose, pine forest trails and pillar rocks.

If you are a water loving person then make your backpack, put food in it and hop in a car and go to Lake Berijam or Lake Mannavanur and do not forget to keep the non-plastic policy in these places. The Vattakanal Waterfalls is a small waterfall located on the way to Dolphin's Nose. It is not one of the most impressive, so if you have time, we recommend you visit the Silver Waterfalls, the Bear Shola Falls or the Thalaiyar Falls.

Very close to Dolphin's Nose is the viewpoint of Echo Rock, named for the echo phenomenon, and from where there are even more incredible views. It depends on what time and at what time you go, it is possible that the fog prevents you from enjoying the views. You can reach the ancient village of Vellagavi through a rugged bridle path here.

A short paved road leads from the road to the Pambar Falls which is also known locally as Liril Falls after the filming of the famous Liril soap advertisement in 1985. Coaker's Walk is a 1 kilometer-long mountain side road. If there is no fog, you can see the entire city of Kodaikanal, Dolphin's Nose and the Pambar River Valley.

Bryant Park is a botanical park with a great variety of flowers, plants and trees located a few meters from the Kodaikanal Lake. In the month of May the summer festival is celebrated with a flower show that attracts a lot of people.

10. Top Things to Do in Sivaganga


Karaikudi is the largest city in the Sivaganga district of India. It is also known as the capital of Chettinad, mainly because of the predominance of Nattukottai Chettiars. Karaikudi owes its popularity to the type of constructions it has, are houses built with limestone called Karai Veedu and also due to a plant called Karai, which is widely distributed on the surface.

Another thing Karaikudi is known for is its food. A new cooking genre is named after the region known as Chettinad and the type of cooking is also known as Aachi Samayal. The Chettiars built a financial and commercial empire in Sri Lanka, Burma and Southeast Asia. Their original towns in Chettinad still show mansions, now abandoned, full of teak furniture, Chinese porcelain and overseas treasures.

Stroll through the nostalgia of this region of Tamil Nadu where you can relax in the shadow of the magnificent buildings like the kanadukathan palace.

Until a few years ago, Keezhadi was a small, indefinite village in Tamil Nadu that courted few visitors. But Keezhadi's excavation led to the discovery of the enormous archaeological importance of this site and established it as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the decade with valuable artifacts dating back almost 3,000 years.

11. Top Things to Do in Rameswaram


In the middle of the Palk Strait, between India and Sri Lanka, there is the small elongated Pamban island, which is connected to the mainland of India by a hundred year old railway bridge. This Pamban bridge, the only link connecting the mainland, is considered one of the most dangerous bridge in the world.

Rameswaram is one of the Char Dham located in the Gulf of Mannar, at the tip of the Indian peninsula of Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram is 175 km from Madurai and 80 km far from Sri Lanka. Rameshwaram is also a place from where the ferry to Sri Lanka (Talaimannar) departs.

Ramanathaswamy is the famous temple in Rameshwaram. The most important dynasty in the history of the construction of the Ramanathaswamy temple, however, was the Sethupathi dynasty, which reigned over Ramnad and Sivaganga during the seventeenth century.

Kurusadai Island is one of a group of 16 islands in the region. The waters surrounding the islands are a biological paradise with rich marine life and rare colorful coral reefs. 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.

12. Top Things to Do in Kanyakumari


In fact, it is one of the most exotic places to visit in India. One can find destinations here that can never cease to amaze. There are temples, churches, religious pillars and statues everywhere. The perfect blend of the culture of the place is reflected in the art, architecture and even in the local cuisine of Kanyakumari.

Those who enjoy history can take an excursion to Kumari Amman Temple or Vattakottai Fort. The Chilling on the coasts such as Sanguthurai Beach, Sothavilai Beach and many others is simply exotic. The Wax Museum is a different place but equally attractive for tourists and should be seen in the city.

Chitharal is a small village located at a distance of 7 km from Marthandam and 55 kms from Kanyakumari. It is famous for the Jain Monuments also known as Chitharal Malai Kovil or Chitharal Cave Temple carved into the rock containing sculptures of Tirthankaras and carved deities inside and outside dating from the ninth century.

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

  1. OOty has always been on my visit list... few years back we were in Tamilnadu and could not make it to Ooty... I am planning to visit there soon.

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