Tourist places in Tamil Nadu

Here are the top 74 places to visit in tamil nadu in 2024:, 1. rameshwaram.

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1 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 22 Tourist attractions

Rameshwaram is located on a beautiful island in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is separated by a small Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. According to Hindu mythology, this is the place where Lord Rama created a bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka.

Best Time: Throughout the year

2 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 20 Tourist attractions

Nestled in the Shivaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a hill station in the Eastern Ghats steeped in abundant greenery. Commonly called ‘Ooty of the Poor’, this region has a history dating back to the time of the British. Located at an altitude of 4970 feet, Yercaud is known for its vast expanses ...

Best Time: October to June

3. Kodaikanal

3 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 35 Tourist attractions

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. A Lakeside resort town of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal has a beautiful climate, mist-covered manicured cliffs and waterfall that come together to create the ideal setting for a perfect getaway. Kodaik...

Best Time: September to May

4 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 43 Tourist attractions

Nestled amidst Nilgiri hills, Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a top-rated tourist destination. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company, the Queen of the hills is a picturesque getaway.

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5 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 91 Tourist attractions

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, in the southern part of India. Located on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal, Chennai is as dynamic as it is immersed in tradition. This 'capital of the south', is one among the four metropolitan siblings of In...

Best Time: October to March

6. Auroville

6 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 21 Tourist attractions

Located around 15 km from the city of Pondicherry, Auroville is located in Tamil Nadu and was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, a disciple of Aurobindo and fondly known as the 'Mother' of Sri Aurobindo Society. This place is the epitome of tranquillity and proves as the perfect escape for the ones i...

Best Time: November to March

7. Hogenakkal

7 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 9 Tourist attractions

Hogenakkal is a waterfall located in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu where the Kaveri river splits into multiple streams of waterfalls. Located at a distance of 180 km from Bangalore, Hogenakkal has water throughout the year. The carbonite rocks, the coracle (basket boat) rides, freshwater fish, o...

8. Mahabalipuram

8 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 23 Tourist attractions

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram as it is famously known, is a historically important and well-loved tourist location situated on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Once the abode of the famous dem...

Best Time: November to February

9. Kanyakumari

9 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 28 Tourist attractions

Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent, Kanyakumari is a captivating coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu. Renowned for its breathtaking confluence of three vast water bodies – the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean – Kanyakumari is celebrated for its stunnin...

Best Time: October to February

10. Kanchipuram

10 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 16 Tourist attractions

Widely known for its beautiful 'Kanchipuram sarees' and also referred to as the 'golden city of a thousand temples', Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu is a popular tourist attraction. Kanchipuram or Kanchi attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world who are interested in Hinduism or just want to enjo...

Best Time: October to May

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Historical Places in Tamilnadu For A Truly Heritage Circuit

Historical Places in Tamilnadu For A Truly Heritage Circuit

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Best Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu for a Perfect Religious Getaway

Beaches of Tamil Nadu For A Perfect Beachside Vacation

Beaches of Tamil Nadu For A Perfect Beachside Vacation

Hill Stations in Tamil Nadu To Beat The Heat

Hill Stations in Tamil Nadu To Beat The Heat

National Parks in Tamil Nadu For A Thrilling Wildlife Adventure

National Parks in Tamil Nadu For A Thrilling Wildlife Adventure

Trekking In Tamil Nadu For An Adventurous Getaway

Trekking In Tamil Nadu For An Adventurous Getaway

11. Madurai

11 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 20 Tourist attractions

Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of India. Ruled by Pandya kings for the longest time in its history, it is called as the 'Lotus City' as it was planned and built in the shape of a lotus. Madurai is known for Meenakshi Amm...

12. Coimbatore

12 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 27 Tourist attractions

Often termed as 'Manchester of South India', Coimbatore, the second-largest city in Tamil Nadu, photographically situated on the banks of River Noyyal. Coimbatore, also known as Kovai, is a welcoming area with the backdrop of hustle-bustle and charm of activity and industry. From ancient temple...

Best Time: September to March

13. Thanjavur

13 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 15 Tourist attractions

Also known as Tanjore or the city of temples, Thanjavur has a lot of cultural value and is known for its famous Tanjore paintings, antiques and handicrafts, textiles and saris , its Carnatic music and musical instruments and of course the temples.

14. Tirunelveli

14 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 32 Tourist attractions

Tirunelveli, also called Tinnevelly, is a big city in the midst of numerous small towns, each with its own bounty of beautiful sights, temples, waterfalls and much more. Unlike many temple towns, this 2000-year-old ancient city also does offer many other sites to its tourists. The city is locat...

15. Mudumalai National Park

15 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 3 Tourist attractions

Mudumalai National Park is a part of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, located at a distance of 150 kilometres from Coimbatore, in the Nilgiri District of Tamilnadu. It connects the Western Ghats to the Eastern Ghats and owes its popularity to the fact that it’s home to many vulnerable and endangere...

Best Time: December to June

16. Thiruvannamalai

16 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 9 Tourist attractions

A town that offers a significant history adorned in its countless temples and ashrams, Thiruvannamalai is where Hindu Mythology takes the form of stunning architecture

17. Coonoor

17 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 17 Tourist attractions

One of the three beautiful Nilgiri hill stations, Coonoor is the second largest hill station of the Western Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1930 meters and just 19 km from Ooty. With slopes of tea plantations, dotted with many attractions and blessed with chilly weather throughout ...

18. Velankanni

18 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 6 Tourist attractions

Quaint and calm, Velankanni is a little hamlet tucked away in the state of Tamil Nadu, on the coast of Bay of Bengal. It is a famous Roman Catholic pilgrim centre and is visited by thousands of devotees for its shrine of ‘Our Lady of Good Health’ aka Mother Mary. Inspired by the Lourdes in France, V...

19. Dhanushkodi

19 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 6 Tourist attractions

Dhanushkodi is a small, sparsely populated beach town on the coast of Tamil Nadu. In the 1964, Dhanushkodi was hit by one of the worst storms India has ever seen. Ever since then, Tamil Nadu has rebuilt this town to become one of the most unique and unusual beach towns of India.

20. Tuticorin

20 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 14 Tourist attractions

Popularly known as Thoothukudi, Tuticorin is a port city in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. The city lies 40km east of Tirunelveli on the gulf of Mannar of the Bay of Bengal. Tuticorin is known as the pearl city due to the pearl fishing carried out in the town.

Best Tourist Attractions in Tamil Nadu

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Ooty Lake

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

Ooty Botanical Gardens

Ooty Botanical Gardens

Ooty Rose Garden

Ooty Rose Garden

21. Yelagiri

21 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 13 Tourist attractions

A quaint little hill station located in Vellore, Yelagiri is just three hours away from Bangalore, making it the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Spread a little over 30 square kilometres, and at a height of over 1100 metres above sea level, Yelagiri offers its tourists some beautiful place...

22. Kumbakonam

22 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 25 Tourist attractions

Sandwiched between two great rivers of southern India, Cauvery and Arsala, Kumbakonam is a gorgeous temple town in the heart of the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.The town is a place for the lovers of history and those seeking to understand India's cultural roots and Hinduism.

23. Chettinad

23 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 13 Tourist attractions

Located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, Chettinad Showcases the rich heritage, striking art and grand architecture of the state. Apart from being known as a temple town, the Chettinad Cuisine is the most renowned in the repertoire of Tamil Nadu. The word "Chetti" is a Sanskrit term meaning ...

24 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 15 Tourist attractions

Nestled on the banks of the Cauvery River, Tiruchirappalli, colloquially known as Trichy, stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of Tamil Nadu's cultural heritage. With a history dating back to the 3rd century BC, this city seamlessly blends ancient traditions with modern developments. The iconi...

25. Chidambram

25 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 10 Tourist attractions

A beautiful temple town in the Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu, Chidamabaram is famous for housing the marvellous Lord Nataraja Temple and the famed chariot festival. Situated 250 kms away from the city of Chennai, Chidambaram has been a place of architectural glory and religious importance since a...

Best Time: October to January

26. Nagapattinam

26 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 8 Tourist attractions

Nagapattinam is a town on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal with a major historical significance which is also a renowned pilgrim centre with Divya Desam of Velankanni, many temples and mosques spread all over. Nagapattinam has its the name derived from Nagur, the land of serpent gods and is credit...

27. Vedanthangal

27 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 2 Tourist attractions

Lying close to the important district of Mahabalipuram, is Vedanthangal, best known for its bird sanctuary. The compact water tank of 30 hectares that the sanctuary is built around is home to at least 30,000 birds every year during migratory season.

28. Tharangambadi

28 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 7 Tourist attractions

Forgotten to be touched by time, and still known for its tranquillity, is Tharangambadi, otherwise known as Tranquebar- The land of the singing waves. Tranquebar or Tharangambadi is a tiny beach town in Nagapattinam district that dates back to the 14th century. Placed at a dreamy patch at the conflu...

Best Time: August to February

29. Kutralam

29 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 9 Tourist attractions

Courtallam, also known as Kutralam, is a perfect getaway from Tenkasi and Tirunelveli. A small town bordering Kollam District, Courtallam is famous for its waterfalls on the Western Ghats. With captivating panoramic vistas, the township is popularly renowned as 'Spa of South'. It has nine waterfalls...

Best Time: July to March

30. Bellikkal

30 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Bellikkal is one of those places where you can completely relax, without having to worry about a 'to-do' list for your vacations and yet experience mountains that will steal your breath away. Instead of having a hundred places to offer, it will take you by its beauty, calmness and serenity.

31. Vellore

31 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 17 Tourist attractions

An ancient city in the northeastern part of Tamil Nadu, Vellore is located on the banks of river Palar Vellore. Nicknamed ‘The Fort City’ due to the marvellous Vellore Fort which sits at the heart of Vellore city, it is an ideal place to glimpse Tamil Nadu's rich cultural heritage through ...

Best Time: October - March

32 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 7 Tourist attractions

Dotted by luscious patches of greenery and beautiful waterfalls, Theni is a little hamlet on the Western Ghats. The topography of Theni mainly consists of hills and ranges. It has plenty of rivers and dams and is an abode to 27 forests hence filled with unparalleled greenery. 

33. Pollachi

33 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Located down south, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, the town of Pollachi is a popular filming spot due to its lavish greenery and blissful sceneries. Primarily an agricultural region, Pollachi adorns vast spreads of coconut, jaggery and vegetable fields. The famous Topslip Tiger reserve and Annamalai wil...

Best Time: December to February

34 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

The city of Yanam is situated in the Yanam district of Puducherry, India. The small city which covers an area of 30 square kilometers is in the confluence where Godhavari meets Koringa to the south of Kakinada district in Andhra Pradesh. The city has a widely distinct culture with a mixture of Frenc...

Best Time: June to September

35. Kolli Hills

35 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu 4 Tourist attractions

With an ominous name which means ‘Mountain of Death’, Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai are a mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is relatively untouched by commercial tourism and therefore has retained most of its natural magnificence. The mountains are famous for not on...

Best Time: March-June; August-December

36 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Right between the 200km distance from Coimbatore and Madurai lies the hilly town of Palani. The town has two hills, Sivagiri and Sakthigiri, that are the prominent visual in this scenic, hilly landscape. There are many lakes in Palani that eventually drain into the Shanmuga River at the foot of thes...

Best Time: November-March

37. Tenkasi

37 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Tenkasi is the second largest town of the Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu on the Madurai - Kollam highway. Amidst the Western Ghats, River Chittar flows through this picturesque destination favoured amongst tourists. While this town is known for waterfalls and temples, it has been made famous for i...

Best Time: July to October

38. Dindigul

38 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Dindigul is a historical city and administrative centre for Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. Situated between the Palani hills and Sirumalai hills' foothills, this city is not particularly known for its terrain. Its history & culture has found reverence, having been home to an ancient settlement.&...

Best Time: July-March

39. Mayiladuthurai

39 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Located about 57.3 km from Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai is a temple town that's famous for it's Shiva temple known as Mayura Natha Swamy temple. Ruled dominantly by the medieval Chola dynasty, the history of Mayiladuthurai dates back many decades. The city is located near the river Cauvery with coco...

40. Thiruvarur

40 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Thiruvavur, also written as Tiruvarur, is a municipality town nestled in Tamil Nadu, India. Famed for its antiquity, the town has been ruled by multiple groups at varied times including Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire, Later Pandyas, Marathas, and the British. A charming templ...

Best Time: December to March

41. Pulicat

41 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Pulicat or Pazhaverkadu is a seashore town in Tamil Nadu, known for its colonial history. The main attractions here are the Pulicat Lake, being the second biggest brackish water body in India and the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary. The small town still showcases the Dutch aesthetic in its churches, old buil...

42. Bodinayakkanur

42 out of 74 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Bodinayakkanur is a town in Theni famous for its scenic beauty. Despite being a Tamil town, the elevation of 1,158 ft. makes for pleasant weather throughout the year. While cash crops grow here in plenty, it also boasts of spice plantations and is known as the Cardamom capital of India. Lush forests...

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Buzzing streets, stunning heritage temples, shopping arcades, and striking beaches are the elements that certainly allure the travel enthusiasts to visit Chennai. Located on the coast of Southeastern India, Chennai is one of the biggest cities in Tamil Nadu. It is also home to thriving technology, which makes it one of the largest IT parks in Asia. With Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram in its vicinity, it is pacing up as the cultural hub of India. This city has truly preserved its charisma all through its journey of becoming Chennai from Madras. Chennai is widely recognized for its bold flavors, warm hospitality, and colorful culture that never fails to impress the travelers. Whether you’re seeking for spiritual bliss, party frenzy atmosphere or mind boggling fun activities Chennai has so much in store for the tourists that it offers something for everyone. You can marvel at the beautiful expanse of the world famous Marina Beach or you can engage into the trekking activities that are organized close to the waterfalls. You can also buy souvenirs from the shopping arcades and try the lip smacking cuisines of Chennai to make your entire trip memorable. The magnificently built temples of Chennai also attract tourists to visit this city.  Chennai is not only the city of beaches and temples. This city offers you the provision to fly in the vast sky and sail in the water currents through the expansive sea. If you’re daring and have enough courage then get tied to the harness and jump from the highest mountain peak. Yes paragliding is a must try thrilling activity over here. Apart from this several other adrenaline rushing activities like river rafting, surfing and scuba diving are lined up for the tourists in Chennai. You can also indulge into rock climbing and camping session to test your adventurous streak.  The ideal time to visit Chennai is the winter and pre-monsoon season between February and October. During this time of the year, the weather is quite pleasant, which gives you a chance to explore this city at its best. Summers can be scorching and intensely harsh as the temperature rises up to 40 degrees Celsius, so it’s best not to visit Chennai during this season. During the winter season, the temperature hovers between 20-25 degrees Celsius and cool breezes flow from the sea, providing relief from the otherwise humid weather. The months between September to July constitute the monsoon season, which is accompanied by strong winds and heavy rainfall.

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From nature walks in gardens that makes one wonder whether Paradise, as depicted in scriptures of various cultures, have actually been derived from such sensory experiences to relaxing over a cup of tea from the tea plantations dotting the hillside, only to realize most humbly of nature’s gifts as a bountiful provider, the tourist places in Ooty can be expected to resuscitate the soul, depleted of its spiritual reserves through the trials of everyday existence. 

Ooty, once the summer capital of Madras Presidency under the British, can be safely regarded as “India’s Switzerland”. John Sullivan, the then collector of Coimbatore had noted the same in his elaborate report on the region, way back in the 19th century. After independence, Ooty was developed into a major tourist destination and understandably so, given its qualification for the same, owing to nature’s abundant blessings in terms of climate, scenic splendour, local sights and sounds, its wealth of birds and beasts and of course its homegrown beverages of tea and coffee.

The majestic “Queen of the Hills” forms part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, reputed for its fragile and exquisite ecosystem. In the ecological parlance, it is best known as a “hotspot”, the label justifying the designation of the section of the Western Ghats as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ooty has been developed to offer a rare glimpse to tourists of the essence of the rest of the reserve, much of which are out of bounds as part of conservation efforts.

The wooded hills of the Western Ghats with its canopy of unkempt, untouched shola vegetation interspersed with maintained and cultivated tea gardens offer a rare view of the symbiotic existence of man and nature where one can see and learn what sustainable use of natural resources should ideally look like. The botanical garden and rose garden curate much of the bounty of nature at Ooty to mesmerizing effect. One has to see the tourist places in Ooty it to believe in the gifts of life, otherwise often conveniently overlooked.

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A love child of the French and Indian cultures, Pondicherry (Pudducherry) is a beach-side union territory located in Tamil Nadu. Previously until 1954, Pondicherry was French settlement. Now the old Bouganvellia-draped French-style houses, churches and even the newly built French-style shops, bright coloured cafes and restaurants give Pondicherry an exotic character to it.   

This French capital of India will definitely make you feel like you are someplace out of India when you visit places like the Rock Beach, Pondicherry Beach, Serenity Beach or the Botanical Gardens. And the best place to see Pondicherry with the same notion is to visit Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram where people from all over the world come to seek spirituality through yoga and meditation. 

Pondicherry is such a place, which will never cease to surprise you with its unique style. There are several cafes and restaurants that serve impeccable French cuisine along with some lip-smacking international cuisines as well. As a popular beach-town, Pondicherry also offers you with the amazing nightlife through numerous clubs and beach-parties offering great music and delicious cocktails. There is so much to do and explore here, that you will not want to go back and experience more and more of this quaint French town of India. 

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Kodaikanal, the princess of hill station, is mainly known for being honeymoon destinations among other places in India. This is the most suitable and beautiful destination in the south of India because of its scenic beauty which leaves the visitors awestruck with memorable experiences.The meaning of tourist places in Kodaikanal is the gift of the forest and it contains some dense forest with enormous varieties of trees, enchanting waterfalls and huge rocks. Situated in the hills of Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, the Kodaikanal contains a huge history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. There are many locals name that are given to this beautiful town, but the most popular is “place to see in summer”.The queen of mountain destinations is also known as the “gift of God” because of its gifted lakes and hills.The beautiful place of Kodaikanal welcomes you with a fall in the temperature accompanied by scenic beauty. The Switzerland of the east is home to varieties of adventures and exciting things to do and places to visit. Kodaikanal, the town of romance, gives you a new feeling every time you go sightseeing to different places with its pure and untouched nature’s beauty and makes you feel a step closer to the glory of Mother Nature. Kodaikanal attracts a huge number of tourists and travellers along with adventurers both national and international every year. The king of romantic places, Kodaikanal is one of the best places to visit in the south region. We all know Tamil Nadu is the king of South India and hence the town of Kodaikanal adds a little more litter into its glory. The town is not only just meant for newly married couples but also you can visit the tourist places in Kodaikanal town with your family and enjoy the various sports and adventure provided by this mesmerizing and beautiful town.

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The beautiful hill station of Yelagiri is situated in the Vellore district of the Tamil Nadu state, off the Vaniyambadi Tirupattur road. The Yelagiri village, also sometimes spelled as the Elagiri Village, is located at an altitude of 1,110.6 meters above the sea level. It is surrounded by eye catching orchards, rose gardens, and a lush green valley, thereby comprising the most amazing Yelagiri Tour Packages . The hill station of Yelagiri is mainly a cluster of fourteen hamlets, with Athanavur as its main and capital town. Yelagiri is among the most famous places in India that is known for many trekking,  climbing and other adventure activities as it has some beautiful hills and mountains to climb on. The highest point in the village of Yelagiri is the Swamimalai Hill which is 4,388 ft in height blessed with some mesmerizing views and places that will make your trek a memorable one.

There is no doubt that a traveller or an adventurer will find plenty of places and sites to explore as the beautiful hills and valleys of the district allows you to give a treat to your eyes with its exotic locales. One of the most amazing and mind boggling place is the man made Punganur Lake in the region which attracts many tourists and visitors every year. It is also one of the many places to visit in Yelagiri while you stay. Every year during the months of summer, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department celebrates the Summer Festival in the Yelagiri district which showcases different cultural heritage and arts from across the country, which are considered to be the best in Yelagiri Tour. They organize several kinds of cultural programs like the flower show, the dog show, and much more. All of this festivity is conducted every year in which people from different parts of the state and country come down to take a part and is a perfect opportunity to know more about the people and past of Yelagiri.

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Making every small detail stand out in India and setting a hard-hitting impression in the travelers’ mind comes another place lying in the state of Tamil Nadu . This place called Coimbatore is also known to many as Kovai. Coimbatore or Kovai occupies the most of South and has a lot to offer to its visitors. There is no justice that you can do while you’re at this place except for appreciating the beauty and magnificence of the place. The green hills, broad ghats and the beautiful waterfalls – it is one the most popular destinations in Coimbatore. This city sets itself apart in terms of its culture, education, geography and ethnicity. Charming its way through – the city has endless amounts of activities to offer at every nook and corner of the place. The city is surrounded by the river Noyyal on its South west region and covers an approximate area of 642.12km. The Western Ghats make up for the most region on the North and the West and the important location of the place is the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which lies in the north. There are eight other major tanks and wetland areas that comprise Coimbatore. These are: Kumaraswami, Krishnampathi, Selvampathy, Singanallur, Selvachinthamani, Valankulam, Ukkadam Periyakulam. The place is blessed with an extremely pleasant climate especially given the presence of luscious green forests in the north.  As far as the culture is concerned, Coimbatore and its people have set themselves a reputation for getting recognized in the world for their dominance in entrepreneurship. The place is considered as the traditional capital of India and holds great respect in the minds of all those who have already visited the place.

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A less explored and undiscovered treasure perched in the Eastern Ghats in the Shevaroy Hills, Yercaud is a rejuvenating hill-station in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated around the Emerald Lake, which is also known as the Yercaud Lake. The emerald green hue of the beautiful natural lake is also where the hill-station gets its meaning from. In the local language, the word, Yercaud translates to ‘The Lake Forest’, which it, indeed, is. This Tamil Nadu weekend destination is all that an ideal getaway is about – green landscapes, fog covered hill-tops, fresh breeze, and a soulful experience.  Steeped in raw natural attractions and a rustic aesthetic, the destination is set at an altitude of 4970 ft above sea level. From flora and fauna to an air of freshness and purity, Yercaud is also called the Ooty of the Poor, given its low cost tourism. The hill-station is seemingly enveloped under picturesque skies above dense forests that grow coffee, spices and fruits, with oranges in abundance. It houses some famous parks and gardens proffering floral masterpieces, like Anna Park and Rose Garden to name a few. Yercaud, discovered in the 19th century by the Britishers, also boasts of some stunning vantage points that help tourists soak in the beauty of the town.   Due to its unspoiled and pristine nature, Yercaud is a paradise for nature lovers, trekkers and adventurers, with various trek tours that take you to spots like Kiliyur Falls and Tipperary Point. It sees less crowd than most hill-stations, which is why it remains fairly raw and thereby, cost-effective. Moreover, Yercaud is a compact destination, easily explorable in a day or two. Beautified by fruit orchards and spice & coffee plantations, the hill also reaps in its merit from its flora and fauna that intrigues all kinds of vacationers. Epitomized as the Jewel of South India, the untouched charm of this lake hill-station and its quaintness, undoubtedly, makes it one of the topmost places to visit in Tamil Nadu.

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Masinagudi is a beautiful hill station and a well-established tourist hotspot nestling amidst the Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri district. Situated at a drive of just one hour from the hill station of Ooty, Masinagudi forms a part of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Lush green forest cover, stunning waterfalls, gushing rivers and rivulets, and picture-perfect landscapes all boost the Masinagudi tourism multifold. This is an ultimate weekend retreat for all those who love wildlife safaris and want to remain surrounded by wildlife. Nature lovers and wildlife photographers will genuinely fall in love with the beauty of this place.  The town is loaded with some attracting tourist spots such as Pykara Falls, Mudumalai National Park, Maravakandy Dam, and Moyar River. Jeep Safari is the best way to explore the nooks and corners of this famous town of Masinagudi. You can start your day at Masinagudi adventure early with the Moyar River hydroelectric project and then explore other nearby regions. Sightseeing is the foremost thing to be enjoyed here with great chaos. The Mudumalai National Park is a hub for the local flora and fauna. Hence, wildlife photographers and lovers will surely have a busy schedule here. Wildlife spotting, adventurous jungle stay, fishing and boating at the Moyar River, and Masinagudi camping are other adventures to explore here. As Masinagudi is perched atop a height of 950 metres above the sea level, this spot features a tropical climate. January is the driest month of the year while April accounts as the warmest month here. To have a relaxing break, you can plan your Masinagudi visit anytime between late winters and the onset of the summer season. The climate of Masinagudi remains favourable throughout the period between October to May.

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Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the tourist places in Tamil Nadu . You can visit this place to experience the wild life and exotic flora and fauna. You can also trek in a few areas in this reserve. Many endangered species are  reside in this reserve. It is on the border of Karnataka and Kerala and shares its importance with the other wild life sanctuaries in the nearby locations. You will find more than 200 species of birds, 34 species of reptiles, and many other animals and birds in this wild life sanctuary. Mudumalai is popular for sightseeing and wild life tours. You can get the best of scenic view when you walk by the streams, rivers, waterfalls, and take a stroll in the deep valleys.

Close to Mudumalai you can also visit the Tiger Reserve and the Bandipur National Park. You can experience the best of eco tourism in Mudumalai. Summers in Mudumalai are hot, and monsoon and winters are cooler. Throughout the year except for the month of April and May, you can visit this sanctuary and take safaris to get a glimpse of the wildlife . There are many places to see in the nearby locations and taking safari rides are the most common activities that you will find here.

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Coonoor is a municipality and a Taluk located in the Nilgiris district, on the western edge of the state, Tamil Nadu, India. As far as size is concerned, Coonoor, after Ooty, comes second in largeness in all of the beautiful hills of the Nilgiris, providing people with a lot of ground to tour. For more than one trekking expeditions, Coonoor is an ideal base and leads right into the Nilgiri Hills. The tourist places in Coonoor are breath-takingly beautiful. For a Hill station, Coonoor is very accessible, with the nearest airport being only at a distance of 79 km from the town of Coonoor. The population being so less, it offers a peaceful and relaxing environment which other hill stations don’t. The station features a subtropical highland climate which basically means cool summers and cool but not cold winter. Among the tourist places in Coonoor comes Sim’s Park, with a collective display exceeding one thousand types of species of plants. The botany based garden is developed partly in Japanese style. The main attractions of this park are the fruits and vegetables shows held annually, in May. Another important place to visit lies about 10 km away from Coonoor, considered a part of Coonoor, which is the Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, which is famous for the magnificent view of the beautiful Hills of Nilgiri and the beautiful Falls called Catherine. Catherine Falls is another important tourist attraction Coonoor. Tourists normally go trekking from Lady Canning’s seat to Dolphin’s nose. Five and a half km away from Coonoor, also considered a part of Coonoor, lies Lamb’s Rock, which is another point of vantage. The Fort of Droog is a well-known attraction. People commuting to Mettupalayam, witness Law’s Falls about five km away from Coonoor.

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Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram is a small town situated in the southeastern part of Tamil Nadu, stretching between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake. It is a renowned representative city of our rich Indian culture and heritage. It is mainly a seaport, which lies 58 km away from the capital city Chennai. Mahabalipuram is a place that is famous for its temples and monuments, especially the very famous Shore Temple. It consists of three temples built in one single complex, that was constructed way back in the 8th century. Another famous temple is the Pancha Rathas. As the name suggests- they are a group of five temples sculpted in the form of chariots. The Descent of the Ganga is a giant rock with an open mouth in the form of sculpture. Some other popular tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram are Arjuna’s Penance, the Crocodile Farm, the Cave temples, the Indian Seashell Museum, Krishna’s Butterball. Along with these, there are innumerable monoliths, temples and stone carvings that are a testimony to the rich cultural heritage of India. Even though Mahabalipuram is a small town situated in the suburbs, it is well connected by buses and cars because of its immense popularity amongst Indian and even foreigners. These buses ply from different parts of Chennai, Chengal Pattu and Kanchipuram. The weather here remains cool and moderately humid throughout the year, which makes it possible to visit any time of the year, even though the best time to visit is between October and March. The town is well equipped with multiple accommodations according to the tourists’ choice and budget. Local restaurants, as well as multi-cuisine restaurants, are available for a culinarily rewarding trip as well. The local language spoken here is Tamil, although the locals are fluent in other languages like English and Hindi as well.

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Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu has a number of titles to its credit such as “The Athens of East", “Sleepless City" and “The City of Temples”. Steeped into history this ancient city is one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu and a popular pilgrimage destination of India. Legend has it that Madurai was built after cutting down a forest zone known as Kadambavanam. On the day of naming the city, Lord Shiva emerged on the site and drops of nectar fell from his hair on the ground. Hence the city got its name derived as Madurai from the Tamil word ‘mathuram’ which means “sweetness". Steeped in traditional Tamil culture the city of Madurai is known for its mythical, vivacious and soulful essence that will draw your attention as you enter its precincts. The city exhibits a seamless blend of the traditional and contemporary with its historical Dravidian architecture and modern skyscrapers adorning its skyline. The world famous Meenakshi Amman Temple, Idaikattur Church, The Pudhu Mandapam and The Thirumalai Nayakar Palace are the prominent historical monuments of Madurai city. Besides, there are several other places of interest that will take you close to its rich cultural heritage. Some of the must visit places at Madurai are the Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam, Villacherry Pottery Village, Teppakulam tank, Madurai Kamaraj University and others. Besides, you can also ramble across the narrow lanes of the vibrant marketplaces or strike up a bargain with the vendors. Down the years Madurai has become a cultural hub of Tamil Nadu attracting millions of tourists and history enthusiasts round the year who want to soak into its deep rooted ethos and cultural vibe. Winter (months between December-February) is the best time to visit Madurai when you can go sightseeing to the places of attraction as the climate is favourable. Also, the major Tamil festivals (Pongal, Christmas, Jallikattu etc) are held during this time which you can revel at.  Take a look at the detailed information provided below before you visit this ancient city of Tamilnadu.

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Kanyakumari

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Nestled at the extreme southern end of India, Kanyakumari is a beautiful coastal town of Tamil Nadu. Since its evolution, this peaceful town has been considered to be a major hub of culture, art, and religion in the country. Kanyakumari city showcases to the world the perfect amalgamation of enthralling natural beauties and captivating ancient architectural marvels. The city of Kanyakumari is beautifully enticing, owing to its spectacular scenic environs and brilliant iconic structures. Enclosed by magnificent mountains, lined by stunning sea shores, and bordered by lofty coconut trees and paddy fields, this city is set to mesmerize every traveler. The mountainous terrains, undulating valleys, hill patches, and pristine beaches can leave anyone awestruck and spellbound. In addition to all these natural elements, the city’s iconic monuments and majestic temples also add to its incredible beauty. A long list of the major attractions of the state of Tamil Nadu are sheltered in Kanyakumari. The important tourist spots of this place include religious sites like Thanumalayan Temple, Kumari Amman Temple, and Lord Subramanya Temple; historical spots like Vattakottai Fort, Padmanabhapuram Palace, and Vivekananda Rock Memorial; and natural beauties like Thirparappu Falls, Courtallam Falls, and Sanguthurai Beach. Kanyakumari tourism has ample scope for the tourists to engage in a number of fun-filled activities. From enjoying water activities at Kanyakumari Beach to marveling at the life-like statues of famous personalities at Wax Museum and from witnessing the breathtaking sunset at Sunset Point to marveling at the Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari will offer you an action-packed trip down south. Kanyakumari experiences tropical climate, with summers being moderately humid, monsoons bringing in frequent rainfall, and winters remaining pleasant. With less humidity and clear skies, the winter months from October to March make for the best time to visit Kanyakumari.

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Lying near the Cauvery Delta, Thanjavur popularly known as Tanjore is known not only in India but around the world for its vibrant culture, history and legacy of literature and learning. Dating back to the 10th-century reign of the Chola Empire, named after a demon ‘Tanjan-an-asura’, Tanjore is famous for having the largest paddy fields in southern India. While here, don’t miss to visit Saraswathi Mahal, one of the oldest libraries in Asia, that houses more than a million medieval-era manuscripts in Indian & European languages. Another amazing place to visit is the 10 th -century Brihadeshwara Temple that’s popular for its stunning architecture of 80-tonne Sikhara atop the 63-metre tall Vimana tower, the second-largest Nandi statue in the country, and one of the tallest Shiva Lingas in the world. The 16 th -century Thanjavur Palace, the royal seat of the Maratha rulers is a must-visit to see its bell tower, huge archways, pillared halls, observation towers, and it's art gallery. For those who love being amidst nature, must visit the Shiva Ganga Garden and spend time near the huge water tank amidst the cool breeze and beautifully lush surroundings. Tanjore, counted amongst the top tourist places in Tamil Nadu , is famous for its dance forms around the world and one of the best things to do here is to see a live Bharatanatyam performance, especially the ones that take place at the serene Brihadeshwara Temple. Visit any of the local markets near the temple to enjoy a cup of traditional filter coffee and see thousands of colourful terracotta dolls, stone-studded brass idols, and traditional paintings. Spend some tranquil time with yourself away from the crowds at the peaceful and quiet ambience of the Schwartz Church admiring its beautiful European architecture of stained glass windows, wooden beams, and paintings.

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Nilgiris or the ‘Blue Mountains’ have always caught the fancy of travellers who love the raw undulated beauty of nature. The blue-tinted mountain ranges, a part of the Western Ghats ranges, are famous for their exotic flora, waterfalls, wildlife, streams, and beautiful nature trails. The mist-covered valleys and miles of forests lend the Nilgiris an out of the world charm unlike any place in the country making it one of the places to visit in Tamil Nadu. One of the most popular attractions here is the Doddabetta Peak, which is the highest peak in the region. Visit the Telescope House at the summit of the peak to see the massive surrounding Shola forests and catch a stunning hillside sunset. Don’t miss to visit Catherine Falls, the second-highest waterfall in the Nilgiris. Surrounded by lush tea plantations and forests, this fall is amongst the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Another great place to visit is Sim’s Park that’s popular for its unusual plants, ornamental trees, rockeries, and flowerbeds. Located in the Silent Valley National Park, Emerald Lake is one of the prettiest lakes in the region. Views of its shimmering blue-green waters surrounded by thick forests are one of the most stunning sights in the Nilgiris. One of the best things to do in the Nilgiris is to enjoy a heritage train ride. Hop on the iconic toy train with a steam engine as it takes you on an unforgettable journey through 16 tunnels, forests, forested hilly slopes, and over 250 bridges. Another great experience is to enjoy a tea plantation trail that will take you through some of the oldest plantations in the region. The intoxicating fragrance of tea, the lush trails, and the opportunity to sample some of the best teas in the world is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

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Being one of the famous Char Dhams of India, Rameshwaram is a small Hindu pilgrimage town and is considered to be one of the reverenced places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Due to its deep-seated religious connection and unspoiled natural beauty, it witnesses a huge influx of tourists and devotees from various corners of the globe. It is perfectly nestled on the magnificent Pamban Island in the Gulf of Munnar, just off the Indian mainland at the tip of the Indian Peninsula.

Rameshwaram is situated just 1403 kilometers away from Sri Lanka and is the nearest transit point to gain access to its breathtaking tropical beauty. Since 1914, the town has been connected to the mainland of India via the eminent Pamban Railway Bridge. Apart from the traditional legacy, this spiritual town is also blessed with immaculate beaches, picture-perfect landscapes, underwater coral reefs, Water Bird Sanctuary, tropical weather and much more.

According to the Hindu mythology, Rameshwaram is believed to be the place from where Lord Rama had constructed the bridge to Sri Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana, the king of Lanka. It is also believed that this is the place where Lord  Rama decided to atone for his sins to seek penance after having killed the Brahmin king, Ravana. Owing to the mythological significance, Ramanathaswamy Temple was established by Rama in dedication to Lord Shiva. The temple has materialized into a pious expedition site for Vaishnavites, Shaivites,  and Smartha.

However, Rameshwaram has also emerged to be a happening holiday hotspot for enthusiastic travelers because of its proximity to famous destinations like Pondicherry, Munnar, Kanyakumari, and Madurai. As a result, it is one of the fastest-growing tourism markets in India and is expected to evolve more soon.

Rameshwaram has three distinct seasons-Summer, Monsoon, and Winter. The summer season begins with the onset of March and lasts till July. The temperature here gets pretty high ranging from 27 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius.  July marks the beginning of the Monsoons and is all about rainfall and humidity. October to March is the dry season when the weather is pleasant and makes way for the best time to visit the holy town of Rameshwaram.

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The city of Vellore is an ancient Indian city situated along the river banks of Palar River. It has been ruled by several different royal dynasties in the past. Comprising oodles of pilgrimage sites and historical monuments, the region accounts for one of the most sought tourist spots of Tamil Nadu. In fact, the city of Vellore is locally known as Tamil Nadu’s Fort City. Vellore lies somewhat 166 km north and 139 km west to Puducherry and Chennai, respectively. Today, the city comprises numerous temples, forts, a zoological park, and an observatory. Goddess Mahalakshmi Temple, Government Museum, Vainu Bappu Observatory, Science Park, and Yelagiri Hills are some of them. The State Government Museum at Vellore exclusively exhibits memorabilia belonging to the fields of botany, geology, prehistory, archaeology, and anthropology. While the observatory at Kavalur displays the largest telescopes of Asia employed in the studies of astronomical observations. Apart from being a vibrant cultural hub, Vellore City is also famous for its shopping activities. Roam around anywhere, and you are definitely going to spot one or the other unique local creativity. The city of Vellore leaves no stone unturned to get your adrenaline rushing. Yelagiri Hills and Swamimalai Hills are popular hiking trails amidst other tourist spots of Vellore. Wildlife spotting, archaeological survey, Periyar Park bird watching, boat riding are some activities which every Vellore tourist loves to enjoy. Vellore features a blend of both hot and dry weather throughout the 365 days of the year. The average temperature here may rise as high as 43.5 degrees and may drop as low as 18.4 degrees. In line with the remaining regions of Tamil Nadu, the city of Vellore faces the wrath of summers from April to June. June to September marks the monsoons here in Vellore while the town of Vellore enjoys its winter break from December to January.

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Kotagiri is popular as the most beautiful hill station in the Nilgiris. Surrounded by lush tea plantations, emerald-green meadows, and rugged nature trails, this is amongst the most-visited places in Tamil Nadu. The biggest draws of Kotagiri are its pleasant weather, the slow pace of life, and the stunning countryside that pull travellers who want to take a break from the chaotic city life. One of the most popular places to visit in Tamil Nadu , just a stone’s throw from Kotagiri, is Elk Falls. The beauty and attraction of the fall are enhanced manifolds by the surrounding lush forests and an old European house located nearby that lends an old-world charm to the place. For nature enthusiasts who want to lose themselves in the rustic wilderness of nature, Longwood Shola forests are a must-visit. This 115-hectare tropical rainforest is the home to more than 80 species of exotic birds, animals, and trees. Minutes away is another attraction revered by the local Irulas tribe. The Rangasamy Hill has a shrine dedicated to Lord Rangasamy on its summit. The hill’s top offers stunning views of the nearby forests, hills, and valleys and is a great vantage point to see a beautiful sunset. One of the best things to do in Kotagiri is exploring its raw natural beauty on foot. There are several great hiking trails here, the most popular being the Kotagiri-Kodanad trail. Kotagiri also lets you experience a gorgeous sunset at its various vantage points. One of the best locations to do is Dolphin’s Nose that also lets you enjoy views of the nearby ravines and waterfalls. Another great experience here is to enjoy freshly brewed tea that comes straight from the nearby plantations. There are several bakeries near Johnston Circle that serve wonderful tea along with savouries and fresh cakes that are a must-try.

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Krishnagiri

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Krishnagiri is counted amongst one of the most scenic places to visit in Tamil Nadu due to its remarkably beautiful contrasting landscape of lush green forests and black granite rocks dating back to the Palaeolithic Age. Besides its natural beauty, people from all over the country visit the place for its ancient temples, museums, and beautiful gardens. Krishnagiri’s other claim to fame is its home-grown mangoes that are transported all across the country and the world. A trip to Krishnagiri is not complete without seeing the Shri Parshwa Padmavathi Shaktipeeth Tirth Dham. Standing at the height of 365 ft., this is the world’s highest Jain Temple and consists of 24 tirthankars. For travellers interested in history, a visit to the Krishnagiri Museum is a must. You will see Hero stones, tools, rock paintings, pottery, and sculptures dating back to the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, and Megalithic ages. Another great attraction is the 2000-year-old Kattuveera Anjaneya Temple. This revered site consists of a rare Nandi monolith amidst the beautiful stone architecture of the temple. One of the greatest experiences that you can have at Krishnagiri is forest trekking and night camping. These trails pass through charming villages and ghat roads to take you to a campsite where you can enjoy an overnight stay in a tent and enjoy music and bonfire. If you love savouring south Indian food, Krishnagiri is the place to be! There are several restaurants like Agni, Sri Krishna Inn, Gowri Shankar Hotel, etc. that serve great food and filter coffee. If you want to get away from the crowded touristy places and enjoy some time with yourself, visit the KRP Dam. The sounds of the crashing waters, misty air, and cool breeze here will be an experience like nothing else. There are several cafes around the dam that will let you enjoy great food and surrounding views.

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Also called the City of Temples, Kumbakonam is located between the rivers of Cauvery and Arsala. This southern town is located in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu and attracts all art lovers, history buffs and culture vultures. Surrounded by vast paddy fields, this city lies in a region which is also called Old Delta. It is one of the oldest towns in Indian history and has many famous educational institutes. The town boasts of its amazing history which dates back to the Sangam age. It invites all the history lovers to appreciate the relevance of the times of Cholas, Pallavas and Pandavas. It was known as the Cambridge of South India and since then it has been a prominent centre to appreciate Hindu culture and European education. The city has about 188 temples which has earned it the name of Temple Town among the places to see in Tamil Nadu. Some of the most famous temples in Kumbakonam are Airavatesvara Temple, Uppiliappan Temple, Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Nageshwara Temple and Chakkarapani Temple. One of the most exciting experiences here is the festival of Mahamaham which attracts tourists from the neck and breadth of the country. Tourists attend this festival to take a holy dip in the Mahamaham Tank and soak in the blessings. While visiting the temples is a must-do activity in Kumbakonam, shopping lovers will take delight in its bustling bazaars. Along with that, the foodies will rejoice in savouring one of the best filter coffees in South India along with tasting the South Indian cuisines to treat the taste buds. With a typical tropical climate, Kumbakonan experiences cool winters and dry summers. The temperature here ranges between 20 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. The most suitable time to visit is during the winters when the weather is pleasant and during the monsoons when you can see moderate rains. Summers should be avoided because of the high temperatures.

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One of the quaintest places to visit in Tamil Nadu, Theni is a small village which is located in the Western Ghats. With a scintillating backdrop of hills and ranges, this town is home to 27 forests and filled with many gorgeous tea estates. The landscape of Theni is adorned by verdant green meadows and sparkling waterfalls. Along with the beautiful tea plantations charming everyone with the fresh aroma, the city is an abode for nature lovers with many rivers and dams. The Kolukkumalai Tea estate is a spellbinding escape to enjoy the beauty of nature along with the Suruli Falls and Kumbakarai Falls. Theni also entices the travellers with a lot of interesting places to see in Tamil Nadu which include the Meghamalai Hills, Bodi Mettu and the Paravasa Ulagam Water Theme Park. Tourists here can enjoy many engaging activities and cherish beautiful memories. You can enjoy a super picnic at Vaigai Dam, Sothuparai Dam and Shanmuganathi Dam. If you want to take a religious detour, there are many temples and shrines to visit in Theni like Kuchanur, Mavoothu, Theertha Thotti, Gowmariamman Temple, Devadanapatti Kamakshi Amman Temple and Balasubramanya Temple. To appreciate some solitude and tranquil moments by yourself, a sightseeing experience to the waterfalls like Suruli Falls, Kumbakkarai Falls and Chinna Suruli Falls will leave you in awe of nature.  To take a break from all the outdoor activities, you can also enjoy a vibrant shopping experience in the local markets of Theni. Theni is known for having a salubrious climate throughout the year. The average temperature ranges between 15 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. The best months to visit are from the month of December to February since the weather is pleasant and allows you to indulge in a number of outdoor activities.

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Auroville, meaning the City of Dawn, is a unique township in the district of Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, India. A lot of curious tourists come here for a day trip from Pondicherry. Many of them who have a leaning towards divine consciousness will find this place compelling. Auroville offers the tourists to witness the beautiful atmosphere where people from all over the world live in peace and harmony. The township is based on the principles of Sri Aurobindo and was thought of by Mirra Alfassa, who is popularly known as 'the Mother'. The main motive of the Ashram is to unite people of all races, caste, creed, political background and nationalities. The Auroville township was envisioned as an international community free from the clutches of the government, religion, strife, and money. Regarded as one of the most exotic places to visit in Tamil Nadu, the beauty of Auroville lies in the simplicity of the people and the peaceful atmosphere. This makes it a must-visit place on your trip to the Southern part of India. Auroville tourism has seen a gradual growth since its inception in the year 1965. As the township is unique in its principles and values, more and more people got interested in such an idealistic township which attracted a large number of tourists since its establishment.  There are certain attractions inside the township which compel the tourists to visit the place. The odd but beautiful Matrimandir here will let you bliss out in the peaceful setting. There are also a variety of projects, schools, and organic farming that are worth exploring. You can even find some excellent cafes and restaurants to enjoy some varied international food. With all this, your visit to Auroville will definitely help you relax your body and mind and make you feel rejuvenated.

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Nestled between the Coimbatore plains and foothills of Annamalai Hills, Pollachi town is the perfect place for travellers looking for an offbeat southern destination. The place, known as the coconut capital of Tamil Nadu, has an undulated raw landscape dotted with thickets of coconut trees, tea plantations, and meadows cosily nestled amidst lush green hills. Pollachi is popular around the country for its jaggery, coconut products, and cattle fairs. One of the best places to visit in Pollachi is the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. It houses animals like tigers, Gaurs, Nilgiri Tahr, etc. Not only this, but the reserve also has marshy grasslands and shola forests and houses indigenous tribes like Poopara, Anchaam, Sungam, etc. If you love to explore architectural landmarks, visit Arulmigu Subramanyar Thirukoil Temple, which is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu . The temple is famous for its stunning architecture and peaceful ambience. Savour the scenic countryside of Pollachi from Loam’s view point. Located at the Aliyar Valparai Hill, this is a great place to enjoy a beautiful sunset. One of the best activities to do in Pollachi is boating at the picturesque Aliyar Dam. The dam also has a beautiful garden perfect for taking long strolls and a theme park that has super-fun rides for everybody in the family. Another interesting activity is to enjoy trekking, elephant safaris, and van safaris at the Topslip Tiger Forest. The safari will let you see the resident tigers, sloth bear, wild boar, Indian Bison, etc. You can also explore exotic species of birds and trees like rosewood, teakwood, etc. Head over to Anaimalai Hills for a day-long trek as you walk amidst beautiful forested areas with views of the majestic Western Ghats. Enjoy a long countryside drive on the Pollachi road that leads to Kerala. Counted amongst the country’s most beautiful forest roads, this ghat road has 42 hairpin bends and passes through rainforests dotted with shimmering streams and stunning waterfalls.

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Salem, the hidden gem of Tamil Nadu, is surely worth anybody’s time that loves nature, heritage, and culture. This beautiful compact place, surrounded by 4 mountain ranges, is dotted with sites dating back to the Palaeolithic Age. There is an abundance of lush coffee plantations, fragrant mango & orange orchards, and gardens standing alongside ancient temples and forts. If you want to spend some time in tranquillity and quietude, head over to Oothumalai Hill, which not only is a great vantage point to see panoramic views of Salem but also houses a cluster of ancient temples. You can visit Sri Balasubramanian Temple, Shiva Temple, and Vishnu Temple here to admire their wonderful architecture. For people travelling with children, a great place to visit is Paravasa Ulagam, one of the most popular theme parks in the area. The park has a science park, waterfalls, and several fun rides. History enthusiasts must visit the Government Museum to see relics from the Palaeolithic Age and other geological specimens that tell the story of the evolution of Salem. One of the most fun activities to do in Salem is boating and fishing in the serene Mookaneri Lake. Or you can simply lounge at the well-maintained lakeside promenade and admire the scenic surroundings and enjoy the cool breeze. Get away from the noise and crowds to spend time with yourself at the beautiful 300 ft. Kiliyur Falls. Beat the heat by taking a long cool dip in the plunge pool or simply soaking in the beautiful views. Savour the intricate stone architecture of the 18 th-century Kalipatti Kandaswamy Temple. The temple is famous for curing snake bites and is the location for a huge cattle fair that’s held every year in January.

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Dharmapuri, located in the northwestern part of Tamil Nadu, has been the cradle of civilization since time immemorial. Rock sculptures from the Neolithic age unearthed nearby bear testimony to the ancientness of this city. The roots can be traced to the Sangam era literature dating as far back as the 2nd century CE. The famous poet Avvaiyar resided here at that time. Subsequently, The Pallavas, Rashtrakutas and the Cholas all ruled over the city. Its rich heritage has added to the attraction of tourists for this city. Natural splendour, ancient architecture, the grandeur of historic monuments, religious shrines, and other such attractions allure visitors from all over the country to this city. Dharmapuri is now mainly an agricultural trade centre. The city is renowned for the 50 varieties of delicious mangoes found here. It is also fringed by the Kaveri River in the west that enhances its scenic beauty. Dharmapuri city, being well-connected to all major metropolises in South India, is also an attractive weekend getaway for the citizens of Chennai and Bengaluru. Visitors flock here to view Hogenakkal Falls, located around 46 km away from the town centre. It is often referred to as the Niagra of India because of its mighty waters gushing down in cascades, taking the visitor's breath away. Pilgrims are drawn to the different places of religious significance in Dharmapuri. The Shri Theerthagirishwarar Temple at Theerthamalai, constructed during the reigns of the Chola and Vijayanagara Kings, is revered as one of the most sacred temples in the region. Mahashivratri celebrations at this temple are incredibly colourful. Another noteworthy religious site is the Hanumantha Theertham. It is a place of mythological legends that connects it to the epic Ramayana. The Mount Carmel Church in the city also offers spiritual peace to the visitors.

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Kanchipuram, also known as the Golden City of Temples, is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in the entire world. It is the crowning jewel of Tamil Nadu that offers the perfect respite to the spiritual souls with its beautiful temples that are known for their architectural splendor. It is known to be the second holiest city after Varanasi, and thousands of visitors flock into this city to seek solace and spiritual bliss. It has been an important center for Tamil learning and exhibits the glorious Dravidian heritage. You can also find the remains of Buddhist stupas over here that indicate that Buddhism prevailed over here for a long time. This city is a unique amalgamation of culture, history, and traditions and woos the visitors with its unmatched charm. There are many places to visit in Kanchipuram that create an impression to last forever on your senses. From bird sanctuary to scenic gardens and cascading lakes, Kanchipuram takes you closer to nature with its fresh burst of air, and soothing environment. This city is extremely renowned for its beautiful Kanchipuram Sarees that are woven from the thread of pure mulberry silk. If you’re looking for some of the best accommodation options, then there are numerous luxurious hotels in Kanchipuram that offer you a royal stay. You can even explore the palatable local delights served by quirky cafes and swanky restaurants over here. If you’re a shopaholic, then there are both high end as well as local stores in Kanchipuram from where you can buy everything under the sun at great prices. You can also witness festivals and fares all around the year in Kanchipuram, making it a gateway to happiness and delight. Steeped in tradition and drenched in spirituality, Kanchipuram is a city that offers a wealth of experiences to enrich the soul of the visitors. 

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The fact that Sayalgudi city is obscure and compact doesn’t take away from its extraordinary natural beauty. This hidden beachside city, located in the district of Ramanathapuram, is all about sun, sand, fresh air, and peace. Perfect for an offbeat vacation, it lets you take a break from the hustle-bustle of city life. The place has a warm and friendly atmosphere that lets you savour the slow pace of life amidst beautiful natural surroundings. While in Sayalgudi, the ancient temples are a must-visit. Temples like Sri Sakthi Mari Amman Temple and Ayyanar Kovil not only have a beautifully serene ambience, but their architecture is worth looking at too. Head over to the nearby Pamban Island to see a beautiful beachside sunset. This is the perfect place to enjoy a day under the sun. Another attraction to visit near Sayalkudi is Kilakarai Lighthouse. Established in 1979, this is a great vantage point to see the beautiful beach and fishermen’s activities. People visit from all over Tamil Nadu to the lighthouse to see a gorgeous beachside sunset and spend time in quietude. One of the most amazing activities to enjoy in Sayalkudi is beach camping along with bonfire, food, and music. The beach here offers striking views of the Bay of Bengal and its waters with ever-changing colours. This rocky beach is the home to a variety of birds like flamingos and seagulls. You can also enjoy trying out a variety of rustic South Indian foods here in Sayalkudi. There are several great restaurants like Al Baik Broasted, Hyder Ali Tea Stall, Vathiyar Mess, Jamal Hotel, etc. that serve the typical south Indian fare along with seafood.

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Valparai city is a beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu located at an altitude of 3500 feet above the sea level on the mighty hills of Anamalai. Tucked in the cradle of the Western Ghats, it’s renowned for its scenic beauty and picturesque sites. It is a magical city dotted with enchanting grasslands, evergreen trees, cascading waterfalls, and majestic dams. You can also find here endless stretches of coffee plantations and tea estates that will rejuvenate your tired soul. Some of the best attractions that you can witness here are Whispering Falls and Sholayar Dam that are an absolute retreat for nature lovers. Valparai is also home to some of the most beautiful temples, such as Balaji Temple and Sree Muruga Temple. You can also visit Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary to spot lion-tailed macaque, wild boar, common langur and other animals. The city also gives you a chance to indulge in tons of adventurous activities such as trekking,  rock climbing, and hiking. You can also do a cycling tour of the city, and you can even enjoy boating in the famous lakes. Sampling the local delicacies and enjoying shopping at the local bazaars are something that you should not miss when you’re over here. Valparai Tourism is at its peak between September to March as the weather remains delightful during this time of the year. It generally experiences tropical weather, and the rainfall here is around 76.5 inch per year. The average temperature here ranges between 58 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and it rarely falls below 51 degrees.

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Also called Trichy, it is a famous historical city which is perched on the banks of River Kaveri in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is located at a distance of 320 kms from Chennai and has been one of the popular commercial and tourist hubs of the state. When you are here, you can’t help but admire the old-world charm which is a fine remnant of the Sangam Age during the Chola dynasty. With a landscape dotted by many beautiful Dravidian temples, this city is a wonder for architecture lovers. The famous Rock Fort Temple is one of the prominent landmarks in the city. There is also the Thayumanaswamy Temple known for its 100-pillar hall and Ranganathaswamy Temple which is hailed as one the largest temples in South India. While exploring the temples and admiring the architectural brilliance is highly recommended, Tiruchirappallli offers many other different kinds of experiences. For the shopping lovers, it is a delight to go to the bazaars and browse through a number of items like cigars, textiles and fake diamonds. If you are a foodie, you will love to attend the annual food festival here which is called Suvai and enjoy many South Indian dishes like Parupu, sambar, rasam, moru, kootu etc. The vibrant city also celebrates many other festivals like Srirangam car festival, Samayapuram flower festival, Vaikunta Ekadasi, and the Teppakulam float festival which attracts many visitors. If you have some extra time on hand, you can also play day excursions to Chettinad and Kanyakumari from Tiruchirappalli. Tiruchirapplaii experiences a tropical kind of climate with soaring temperatures and low humidity. The average yearly temperature is 30 degrees Celsius and it always ranges between 25 to 32 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit here is from December to February when the weather is pleasant and the temperature ranges between 19 to 22 degrees Celsius.

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Located near Chennai, Tuticorin is one of the popular cities in Tamil Nadu that will enchant you with its seaport and beaches. Offering a superb weekend getaway, this city is accessible via railways and buses from the major towns of Tamil Nadu. Also called Thoothukudi, the city is for everyone who loves to appreciate the culture and history of Tamil Nadu. Tuticorin is perched on the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal and offers an ideal retreat to enjoy with family. Also called Pearl City, this city is well-known for pearl fishing and a must visit for anyone who loves to spend time by the beach. Moreover, it is replete with many pilgrimage places. Tourist spots like Our Lady of Snows Basilica, Shiva Temple etc bring in many religious travellers. For those who appreciate solitude, there are beach parks in Tuticorin to savour some quiet moments by yourself. Some of the popular ones are Roche Park, Harbour Beach Park, Nehru Park and Rajaji Park. Tuticorin offers many soothing activities for the guests as it is a pleasant destination to go with your loved ones in Tamil Nadu. A sightseeing tour of the churches and temples is a must-do activity here. Also, visiting the beaches and watching the sea waves crash on the shores of beaches like Muthu Nagar New Beach and Pearl City Beach will leave you enthralled. Photography enthusiasts can look forward to capturing the beautiful sunset views. The foodies here will relish eating the famous local delicacy called macaroons which are made of cashew, coconut milk and dry fruits. Tuticorin offers pleasant weather throughout the year as the temperature remains around 30 degrees Celsius. However, the best time for tourist activities in Tuticorin is between December and March as it can get uncomfortable to venture outdoors in the summer and monsoon season due to more heat humidity.

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Dhanushkodi is often referred to as India's phantom town, it is situated by the south of Pamban Island  Rameswaram and truly is a captivating site to see. This place can be tricky to find for tourists as it is in an off beat location and can be  missed easily, nonetheless it is a breathtaking place any adventurer would like to visit. Dhanushkodi is surrounded with many small fishing villages which can be seen from the incredible train journey on the Palk strait, it is this stretched structure that goes between India to Sri Lanka. It was a peaceful town back in the british raj and was one of the prime locations for traders and pilgrims coming from Sri Lanka, at present the town of Dhanushkodi is abandoned and has turned into a ruin, as surprising it may be the coastline of Sri Lanka is just 31 km away from this ghost town. Location: Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram, Tamil. Timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00PM (Monday to Sunday). Best time to visit: Throughout the day.

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Top 14 Beautiful Nature Places In Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu is one of India’s largest states and is also famous for its festivals, culture, food, temples, hill stations, classical Indian dance, Carnatic music, and architecture.

Some best nature places in Tamil Nadu are Ooty, Yercaud, Chennai, Valparai, Yelagiri, Kotagiri, Coonoor, Kanyakumari, Pollachi, Kodaikanal, etc. It is also known as “The Land of Temples.”

According to the report of News18 , more than 14 crore visitors visit Tamil Nadu annually, of which around 20% of people are from tier 1 countries like the United States and the United Kingdom.

Now, it’s enough for you to know about Tamil Nadu; let’s talk about the best nature places in Tamil Nadu in this blog post.

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Here Are The List Of The Top 14 Beautiful Nature Places In Tamil Nadu:

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Ooty

It is one of the most fantastic hill stations in South India. It is famous for its tea plantation, mountains, lakes, and adventure activities. Ooty has a variety of tea like cardamom, chocolate, masala, and jasmine.

It is also one of the best natural places in India. You can also go Government Botanical Garden, Government Museum, Tea Factory, Tamil Nadu Tourism Ooty Boat House, and Government Rose Garden.

Ooty is also an excellent place to visit with friends, family, and solo. It would be best to visit Ooty between April to July. You can easily reach Ooty via train, bus, car, and plane.

  • Best Time To Visit – April to July
  • Ideal Trip Duration – 2-3 Days
  • Best Way To Reach – By Train and By Air

Yercaud

Yercaud is also one of my favorite destinations in Tamil Nadu. It is known for its coffee plantation, guava, black pepper, jackfruit, and Kurinji flowers which bloom once in twelve years.

Yercaud is also rich in silver oaks, teak, and sandalwood. It is also the home of wild animals like foxes, birds, snakes, mongooses, deer, squirrels, and bison. There are also fun activities in Yercaud, like zip-line, boating, low rope, and high rope.

The top sights in Yercaud are Children’s seat, Gent’s Seat, Kiliyur Falls, Manjakuttai View Point, Lady’s Seat, and Grange Tree Top Adventure. You can reach Yercaud via train, bus, taxi, and car.

  • Best Time To Visit – October to March
  • Idea Trip Duration – 2-3 Days
  • Best Way To Reach – By Train

Valparai

Valparai is an excellent place for bikers, solo travelers, and adventure lovers. It is also known as the 7th heaven because it is free of pollution and surrounded by trees, tea plants, and waterfalls.

Valparai is also one of the best nature places in Tamil Nadu. If you are a road trip lover, Valparai is also an ideal destination for you. I visited Valaparai more than three times, and I found something fantastic here every time.

Some top sights in Valparai are Birla Waterfalls, Kuzhankal River, Tea Estate Garden, and Nirar Dam. The best way to reach Valpari is via car and bus because there are no regular trains available to Valparai.

  • Best Time To Visit – October to January
  • Ideal Trip Duration – 1-2 Days
  • Best Way To Reach – By Car and Bus

Kotagiri, Among The Best Nature Places In Tamil Nadu

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Kotagiri is one of the best nature places in Tamil Nadu because it has the best climate all the year. It is also an excellent place for couples, destination weddings, and enjoying with friends.

Kotagiri offers the best trails, eye-blessing river views, vast trees, tea gardens, and trekking. After Ooty, Kotagiri has one of the best climates in South India.

There are also the best tourist attractions in Kotagiri, like Kodanad View Point, Catherine Water Falls View Point, John Sullivan Memorial, and Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar.

You can visit Kotagiri from all the transport ways, like by air, bus, train, and car. It is a developed hill station and connected with the major cities of Tamil Nadu.

  • Best Time To Visit – January to April
  • Idea Trip Duration – 3-4 Days
  • Best Way To Reach – By Air, Train, and Bus

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Pollachi

Pollachi is one of the unique places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Not many people know about the Pollachi, but it is a hidden gem in Tamil Nadu. It is famous for vegetables, the trade of jaggery, and coconuts.

Some best things to do in Pollachi are Aliyar Dam Monkey Falls, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnakallar Falls, and Pollachi Ayyappan Temple.

You can easily reach Pollachi via bus, train, plane, and car. If you want the best experience in Pollachi, visit between November to March.

  • Best Time To Visit – November to March
  • Best Way To Reach – By Flight

Chennai

Chennai is also known as Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu; it is also one of the most developed cities in Tamil Nadu, South India, and among the best unique places to visit in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai is known for its art, culture, architecture, music, drama, exhibition, Hindu Temples, museums, and Churches. It is also the most significant economic and educational center of South India.

The top sights in Chennai are Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Guindy National Park, Marina Beach, and Government Museum Chennai.

You can reach Chennai easily via all the methods of transportation. But, it would be best to reach Chennai via your vehicle. The best time to visit Chennai is between October to January.

  • Ideal Trip Duration – 3-4 Days
  • Best Way To Reach – By Car

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is one of the best natural places in India, or you can say it is a miracle of God. It is famous because it is the only place on earth where you can see the sunrise and sunset.

It is also the land of Goddess Parvati, a Hindu Goddess. People mainly come to Kanyakumari to see waterfalls. It has more than seven waterfalls which are famous worldwide.

Some famous top sights in Kanyakumari are the Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari Beach, Our Lady of Ransom Shrine, and Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

  • Best Time To Visit – October to February
  • Best Way To Reach – By Air

Kodaikanal, One Of The Best Natural Places In India

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Kodaikanal is one of the worth visiting places in Tamil Nadu and one of the best natural places in India. It is known for its scenic views, pleasant weather, delicious seafood, and mountain.

It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. According to the report of Wikipedia , Kodaikanal is also rich in flora. It has some big trees, like cypress and eucalyptus.

The top sights in Kodaikanal are Bryant Park, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Coaker’s Walk, and Kodaikanal Lake. The simplest way to reach Kodaikanal is via air and train.

  • Best Way To Reach – Via Train and Air

Yelagiri

Yelagiri is a must-visit place in Tamil Nadu, South India. People mainly come here for boating, hiking, camping, and adventure activities. Yelagiri is becoming more popular day by day.

Yelagiri is also an essential place for Hindus because it has more than 14 famous Hindu Temples of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, God Ganesh, and Lord Vishnu Temple.

Yelagiri has the best tourist attractions, like Thrill Valley, GB Castle, SRL Rose Garden, Yelagiri Herbal Garden, Perumal Temple, and Yelagiri Nature Park, and it is also among the best natural places in India.

The best way to reach Yelagiri is via car and bus. There is not much air and train transport available in Yelagiri.

  • Ideal Trip Duration – 1-2 days
  • Best Way To Reach – Via Bus and Car

Coonoor, One Of The Most Recommended Nature Places In Tamil Nadu

Coonoor

Coonoor is one of the most recommended nature places in India because it is the second largest hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is famous for tea plantations, mainly the Nilgiri Tea plantation.

People do not come here only to see the tea plantation; it has the best activities like rock climbing, hiking, trekking, camping, and bonfire.

Some top things to do in Coonoor are Highfield Tea Factory, Nilgiri Tea, Laws Falls, Lamb’s Rock, and Tiger Hill Cemetery. All transport options are available to reach Coonoor like by bus, car, train, and air.

  • Best Time To Visit – November to February

Salem

Like Pollachi, Salem is also a hidden treasure in Tamil Nadu and also one of the unique places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Salem is the fifth largest city in population in Tamil Nadu, after Chennai.

It is famous for its oldest Hindu Temples and massive steel, iron, and hand weaving industries. Idlis, Pongal, Vadas, and Kothhu Parottas are famous food of Salem.

Some top sights in Salem are Pagoda Point, Anna Park, Eco Tourism Park, Kiliyur Falls, and Yercaud Lake. The finest way to reach Salem is via car and plane.

  • Best Time To Visit – November to January
  • Best Way To Reach – By Car and Plane

Dindigul

Dindigul is one of the hidden locations in Tamil Nadu. It is not one of the best nature places in Tamil Nadu, but it is an excellent place for eating chicken biryani.

Honestly, there are not many things in Dindigul. People mainly come here to eat chicken biryani, which is the specialty of Dindigul.

Some best tourist attractions in Dindigul are New Golden Aquarium, Dindigul Fort Temple, and Dindigul Rock Fort. You can easily reach Dindigul via all transport methods.

  • Ideal Trip Duration – 1 Day
  • Best Way To Reach – Via all transport methods

Nagercoil

Nagercoil is also a hidden gem in Tamil Nadu. It is surrounded by giant trees, beautiful mountains, and fantastic lakes. It has a vast population of more than 10 million people.

There are not many things to do in Nagercoil, but if you are looking for a place to relax in Tamil Nadu, it is an excellent option. Not many people come here so you can enjoy yourself alone here sometimes.

The top sights in Nagercoil are Nagaraja Temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace, and St. Xaviers’s Cathedral. The best option to reach Nagercoil is via car and bus.

Kaveripattinam

Kaveripattinam is a small town but also a surprising town in Tamil Nadu. It has a low population of only 50,000 people. It is also an excellent place for first-time travelers and solo travelers.

Some best things to do in Kaveripattinama are Krishnagiri Reservoir Project Dam, KRP Dam Park, and Botanical Garden. You can easily reach Kaveripattinam by air and road.

  • Best Time To Visit – Anytime
  • Best Way To Reach – By Air and Bus

Conclusion On The Top 14 Beautiful Nature Places In Tamil Nadu:

So it is the ending of this blog post about the top 14 beautiful nature places in Tamil Nadu. As my audience knows, I will always try to give you truthful and genuine information.

In this article, I will tell you almost all the best nature places in Tamil Nadu. Honestly, it takes more than eight hours to write this blog post. If you love my work, tell me in the comments.

All the places I tell you about in this blog post take only four days. You can cover any place mentioned in this blog post in four days. The places I tell you about in this blog post are also excellent places for weekends.

In n the end, if you enjoyed this blog post, let me know in the comments. And if you like my blog post, share it with your loved ones.

Related Questions About The Best Nature Places In Tamil Nadu:

Q1. what are the best natural places in india.

Ans: 1. Tamil Nadu 2. Jammu & Kashmir 3. Uttarakhand

Q2. Unique Places To Visit In Tamil Nadu.

Ans: 1. Nagercoil 2. Pollachi 3. Salem

Q3. Which Is The Coolest Natural Place In Tamil Nadu?

Ans: 1. Ooty 2. Coonoor 3. Kotagiri

Q4. Which place is Most beautiful in Tamil Nadu?

Ans: There are many beautiful places in Tamil Nadu, but Kodaikanal and Yercaud are among the most beautiful places in Tamil Nadu.

Q5. Forest Places In Tamil Nadu.

Ans: 1. Topslip Forest 2. Pitchandikulam Forest 3. Anamalai Tiger Reserve Forest

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Enchanting Tamil Nadu is the epitome of ancient culture and heritage co-existing with modern infrastructure.

This beautiful state of south India is the proud home of several Indian luminaries like Nobel laureate CV Raman, World Chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and many more.

For tourists, this is one of the best states to visit in India.

In this post I bring to you the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu from my own travel diaries as well as from fellow bloggers who share this love for the Dravidian state.

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My Favorite Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is full of wonders – natural and man-made. Places like Mahabalipuram and Thanjavur are studded with UNESCO heritage monuments, while the Nilgiri Railways, Pamban bridge are examples of modern engineering excellence.

With the Western Ghats on the West and Eastern Ghats on the east, one can just keep exploring hill-forests in Tamil Nadu forever. Here are my all-time favorite destinations of Tamil Nadu which I would love to visit again and again.

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Dhanushkodi – A visual spectacle

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Dhanushkodi is my most favorite tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. Located at the southern tip of Rameshwaram island, it was called the Ghost town of India. That is because the town that was once a trading hotspot for Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) and India , was ravaged by a cyclone.

Following this, it was declared uninhabitable and most people , barring a few families left the town. Today tourism has breathed in new life and ushered a new ray of hope in Dhanushkodi . The crystal clear waters that change colors throughout the day, the vast clean beaches, the coastal woods and ruins of the past charms everyone who visits.

Dhanushkodi is not your usual tourist destination and does not have hotels to stay in. The entry to Dhanushkodi is closed at 6pm every day. 

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Kolukkumalai – The Pristine Nature

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My second most favorite place in Tamil Nadu lies far from the sea, at the top of the hills of Western Ghats. This is Kolukkumalai , the highest organic tea garden in the world. It also boasts of one of the oldest active tea factories in India.

The cool weather, natural streams and vibrant vistas of green and blue fills the soul with pure happiness. You can take a trip to the Kolukkumalai tea estate either by a jeep from the tea garden or by trekking 9 km to the tea factory. Besides the tea estate you can also drive along the hills and explore the bountiful nature. To visit Kolukkumalai, Munnar is the best place to book your stay.

To visit Kolukkumalai, the best place to search for accommodation is in Chinnakanal, Kerala .

Rameshwaram – Architectural wonders

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Rameshwaram is the holy land of Hindus – one of the biggest pilgrimage sites for the worshippers of Sri Ram. With pristine beaches, ancient heritage sites and modern architectural marvels – this is a must visit place in Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram is in fact an island which is connected to mainland India through the first Sea-link of India – Pamban Bridge. Also called the Rameshwaram bridge, it is a marvel of modern engineering.

Mandappam is the last town in mainland India before you land on to the Rameshwaram bridge. Even this place is dotted with great beaches, the most famous of them being the Kushi beach. Rameshwaram is also home to the spectacular Ramnathaswamy temple. The quaint island is also the birthplace of late APJ Abdul Kalam, an eminent scientist and the most loved president of India.

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Mahabalipuram – The land of Pallavas

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The next on my list is Mahabalipuram – a treasure trove of heritage monuments. Also called Mamallapuram, it is a historic town on the Coromandel coast which was the seat of the great 7th-century Pallava dynasty. It is associated with many ancient Hindu legends, which is probably why the Pallavas commissioned so many rock-cut temples here.

There are around 40 exquisite architectural masterpieces here, some of which are honored as UNESCO world heritage sites. The Shore temple, Pancharathas and Arjuna’s penance are my favorites. The views of the sea from the top of the cave temple complex is unworldly. Watching the sunrise at Mahabalipuram beach adjacent to the shore temple is a mesmerizing experience.

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Pondicherry – The French Meets Indian

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Pondicherry is actually an union territory, politically independent from Tamil Nadu. But geographically and culturally it is in Tamil Nadu , for an average tourist. From culinary delights, to throbbing beaches, to heritage sites from the French colonial era as well as old Hindu temples – the city has it all. It’s officially called Puducherry, but the anglicized name from colonial era is still more popular. My favorite part of Pondicherry is the long wide promenade speckled with beautiful sculptures, wall art and cafe’s.

Pondicherry is a city that is best explored on foot or on a cycle. You can visit the museums, the old catholic churches, the botanical garden, Aurobindo Ashram – all in a walking tour. The food of Pondicherry is also a special attraction. The amalgamation of French and south India flavors lend a unique character to the local food.

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Kodaikanal – Queen of Hills in the South

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Kodaikanal – the queen of hills in South India is a precious natural gem of Tamil Nadu. It’s one of the most popular weekend getaways for the IT crowd of Bangalore and Chennai. And why wouldn’t it be? Temperate weather all over the year, opulent green valleys, captivating scenes of mountain peaks playing hide and seek behind the clouds, treks through pine forests – what more does the heart seek?

When in Kodaikanal you will find cottage stays for all budget range. You will feel like stopping your car at every hairpin belt to marvel at the natural beauty. Croaker’s walk, Kodaikanal lake, silent valley view point, Guna caves, Byrant are some of the most popular places for all kinds of tourists. For adventure you can undertake trek to the Dolphin’s Nose, Vattakanal falls and other hidden spots.

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Coonoor is a quiet hill station in the Nilgiris tucked away from the crowd of Ooty and Kodaikanal. Coonoor is best known for the Nilgiri toy train, which also happens to be a UNESCO heritage site. The train line built on the Nilgiris is quiet a marvel. It will take you through the scenic tea gardens and valleys of the picturesque town. It’s a great place to visit for a leisure holiday with family, on honeymoon or with friends for adventure.

The Sim’s Park, the famous tea estates, treks to the hidden valley, Law’s falls are some of the best things to do in Coonoor. When in Coonoor don’t forget to take a trip to a tea factory and the heritage Indian Bakery to try out some delicacies there.

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Now I give it up to the amazing travel bloggers who pitched in with their favorite places in Tamil Nadu. These are some stunning places that surely made into my bucket-list for future. All the amazing photos here are presented by the bloggers who contributed to this.

Thanjavur – The Land of Cholas

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Located in Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur was the seat of the Cholas, the Nayaks, and the Marathas. The iconic attraction is the magnificent Brihadeshwara Temple, one of the three great living Chola temples (the other two being the Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple), whose intricate carvings narrate the religious and social traditions of the Chola kingdom. All three temples are UNESCO heritage sites.

Don’t miss the Maratha Palace on your trip to Thanjavur ; the gorgeous Durbar Hall with its vibrant frescoes draws artists and travelers from around the world. At the Saraswati Mahal library, you can see some of the world’s oldest manuscript, including a book of recipes written in the forgotten “Modi” script. Thanjavur is also the birthplace of Carnatic music and one of the major styles of Bharatnatyam; if you can attend a performance, consider yourself lucky!

If you travel to eat, Thanjavur won’t disappoint you. From Thanjavur-style biriyani, dosa and idli, and Ashoka halwa (a moong dal halwa named after a nearby town) to spicy Chettinad-style preparations, the local cuisine will leave you wanting more.

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Madurai – Old is Gold

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Madurai is India’s oldest continuously inhabited city. It is mostly famous because of the Meenakshi temple , but there are many more reasons to visit. Madurai is a city soaked in history and culture and also has incredible food on top of that.

Madurai’s bustling and colorful bazaars are where history and modern culture go hand in hand. Silk, cotton and jasmine flowers are sold among the sturdy remains of ancient temple architecture. The locals are rightly proud of their city and there are excellent walking tours as well as food tours available.

The Madurai Meenakshi temple will be one of the most impressive temples you have seen in India. It is a huge complex of high walls, gateways, carvings, paintings and inner sanctums. You will without doubt get lost among the more than 30,000 sculptures. Something new will amaze you at every corner and a visit to the Madurai temple can easily take up your whole day.

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Kanyakumari – The Southern Tip

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Located at the southernmost tip of India, in the state of Tamil Nadu is this famous coastal town of Kanyakumari. It is a popular religious and tourist destination. It is home to the ‘Triveni Sangam’ – the confluence of three seas- Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. It is also considered auspicious to take bath in this holy water.

It is a sight to behold watching both the sunrise and sunset at the Kanyakumari beach with only the waters, monuments and the horizon within your sight. This one sure is a magical experience that can only be felt. 

Besides being a famous tourist spot it is also an important pilgrim place. Kanyakumari is named after Devi Kanya Kumari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. There is an interesting story associated with it. In order to honor her, there is Bhagavathy Amman  temple, beloved to be 3000 year old. The temple has fixed timings and also gets closed during afternoon, so make sure to check the timings.

Other major attractions in Kanyakumari , are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue, both on islands off the shore. It is believed that Swami Vivekananda attained enlightenment on this rock. Thiruvalluvar statue is a 41 meter tall stone sculpture of the famous Tamil poet and scholar. Both the islands are accessible by state run ferries that have a nominal ticket for a to and fro trip.

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Tiruvannamalai – The abode of Shiva

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The city of Tiruvannamalai is located in the shadow of Arunachala mountain and is one of the 5 elemental cities of Shiva in South India. It is a place of pilgrimage and many come from afar on foot to here. Tiruvannamalai pilgrims walk what’s called the Giravalam, which is a purifying ritual and is usually done barefoot. It involves circling the base of Arunachala, visiting the 8 linga along the 14-kilometre route, on tarmac roads with little road traffic to worry about its thirsty work.

The temple at the centre of Tiruvannamalai is another reason to visit – Arunachaleswarar is one of the largest in India, measuring 10 hectares with four stunning gopurams marking the entrances. Some parts of the temple date back to the 9 th century. Arunachala itself, the “mountain” is just 800 meters high but also another hike with a viewpoint of the local area. Tiruvannamalai is off the beaten track and all the most interesting to visit for it.

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Valparai Hill Station

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Other beautiful places in Tamil Nadu

It’s a little odd to not include Ooty on the list right at the beginning. While these don’t feature on my top 5 list, they are no less beautiful. 

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Who does not know about Ooty? It was the most featured destination in Hindi movies before Bollywood got obsessed with Switzerland. Ooty is probably the most famous tourist destination of Tamil Nadu. This kind of makes a weekend trip to Ooty an underwhelming experience because of the over-commercialization and over-crowded tourist spots.

If you truly want to enjoy Ooty, slow down. Book a homestay or resort away from the tourist zones and explore the enchanting small town. That doesn’t mean you should miss out on the highlights. The popular family spots in Ooty are the Boat Park, the botanical garden which hosts a flower show in May, Dodabetta peak and Avalanche lake. Unfortunately, because of the fame the places are crowded throughout the year.

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Chennai - TamilNadu bucketlist

Chennai is the capital of TamilNadu and one of the four original metropolitan cities of India. Sitting on the Coromandel Coast the city is bustling with culture and heritage along with modern highways, theme parks and other amenities of an international city. It was called Detroit of India because of the large number of automobile firms that grew here.

The most famous beach of Chennai is the Marina Beach, a place where you can spend the whole day wandering. When in Chennai you can also stroll around the Eliiot’s Beach or visit the clean and offbeat ECR beach on the outskirts. There are a plethora of monuments like visit St George fort , cathedrals and temples to marvel at in Chennai. You can also consider visit to the amusement parks with family and take amazing day trips to places like Mahabalipuram or Pulicat Lake.

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Mudumalai National Park

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Mudumalai National Park, also known as Masinagudi is one of the largest tiger reserves of India. Besides tigers, these dense forests are home to giant elephants, antelopes and many indigenous species of the Western Ghats .  Living in a cottage in the forests amidst deer and peacocks , and going on a tiger safari is an experience of a lifetime.

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Yercaud - Tamil Nadu Highlights

Yercaud is a little town in Tamil Nadu that developed around a resplendent lake surrounded by forests. Yeri means “lake” and Kaddu means “forest” – what an apt name isn’t it? This is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the Eastern Ghats of India. Filled with beautiful lakes, forests, nature-parks and colonial English houses, Yercaud is indeed a gem. You can drive to Yercaud through the 32-km loop road with numerous harpin turns along the mountains. That itself will introduce you the the bountiful nature of Yercaud.

When in Yercaud, a visit to the Emerald Lake, the lake from which the town derives its name is a must. Around the Yercaud lake there are a plethora of parks and gardens. See the sunrise on the Eastern Ghats from the Pagoda point, explore the English architecture in Montfort school, Norton’s Bunglow and other old houses in the streets. Trek to the Killyur falls, and Shevaroy temples and end your day with a magical sunset at the Lady’s seat.

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Auroville is an experimental city based on the vision of Rishi Aurobindo Ghosh and Mirra Alfassa, fondly remembered as the Mother. The residents of this city have no religion, no nationality, no race that divides humanity. Located right off Pondicherry, Auroville is however a separate city, and a different world all together. The experimental city pans across 20 square kilometers and is an international township. People from all over the world live and work there renouncing their nationality , religion and everything that divides humanity.

Tourists can book rooms at very affordable prices to stay and enjoy Auroville. Or they can just explore it on a day trip on foot or on a cycle. Large trees abound the city providing the much needed shade from the scorching sun. There is a theatre where you will be invited to see a short film on Auroville. Then you can walk to the Matrimandir revelling at the nature around you. Entry to Matrimandir is restricted only to people who have booked meditation sessions.

French Colony of Pondicherry and Auroville

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Gingee is an ancient fortified town located in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. It’s surrounded by three lofty citadels which you can explore on a day trip from Pondicherry. Rajagiri, Krishnagiri and Chandrayandurg – these three together made Gingee an impregnable fortress in the medieval ages. It is located 60 km from Pondicherry and 150km from Chennai. It’s a fantastic day trip destination for families and history-lovers from either of the cities.

It is believed that the Jains built the Gingee fort 1800 years ago and lived there till 5th century AD. After that it was subsequently captured and extended by the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Nayakas, the Marathas , the Mughals, the French and the British! The British called it the Troy of the East. The forts are in ruins now but still magnificent enough to remind you of the past glory.

One day trip from bangalore to Hogenekkal

Hogenekkal falls is wide plunge formed by the Kaveri River in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. It is a charming perennial waterfall and one of the most popular one day trip from Bangalore , despite its distance. You can also take a coracle or boat ride in the river here.

So this was my tribute to the great Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Have you visited the state? What is it you loved about it? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section. Please share the post and subscribe to our email-list if you liked it. Stay safe and travel later.

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Impressive list. Have been to a few places from the list. It inspires me to go back to Tamil Nadu and explore the others. Would def love to visit and Mudumalai National Park.

Thanks Nehaim sure you’ll enjoy the safari

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That is quite an imposing list. I have been to a few places out of these. However, Pondicherry is one place I would like to visit again and again.

Thanks. Yes Pondicherry has a very easy vibe

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I’ve been to Chennai, Pondicherry, and Auroville. That was my first time in South India and I was really surprised by how different it felt from the north. It almost felt like home, because we do have a lot of South Indian communities in our country. I would really love to experience more of Tamil Nadu.

Thanks a lot. You should really explore the heritage sites of Tamil Nadu next time and the beautiful hill stations

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Excellent list! We were planning a trip to the hill stations of Tamil Nadu– Kodaikanal, Kolukkumalai, Valparai, all look amazing– when the pandemic began last year. Hopefully, soon this will all be over and we all can go exploring again.

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I was just going through thinking you would have left some place. But you have covered all the important places of TN

thanks a lot for reading.

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Brilliant coverage Sanjana. Kumbakonam is a temple town revered by the Hindus for the various famous temples including the Airaatheeswarar temple. Home of the degree coffee a myth I discovered is not due to the coffee but by the milk and the whole process of the filter coffee.

Thanks a lot! I did not know about this amazing place. Should certainly add to my bucketlist.

I have been to most of the places mentioned in this post. And it is such a nice feeling to have. My favorite is Pondicherry and Chennai. Rameshwaram is next on the list.

Thanks for reading. Rameshwaram is amazing

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Its blogs describe the beauty of Tamil Nadu . All the places are very beautiful.

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Have you ever been to the south? If yes, you’d know what a gem Tamil Nadu is. If you haven’t, it’s time you think about taking a trip now because the state is home to a lot of beautiful places. In fact, even drop dead gorgeous would be an under expression to describe the beauty of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu . These places are brimming with beautiful temples, serene beaches, spectacular forts & waterfalls, and more, which only means that there are multiple excuses for you to pack your bags and head for a tour! 

50 Best Tourist Places In Tamil Nadu Of 2024

There are numerous places in the state of Tamil Nadu. However, when looking for some of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu, you can use this list below and choose the best for your next trip.

1. Chennai – Cultural Centre

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Being the capital of the state and home to beautiful temples, churches, and beaches, Chennai is best tourist place in Tamil Nadu that would let you have a real glimpse of South India and its lifestyle. With numerous places to visit in Chennai , such as Marina Beach, Museums, Kapaleeshwara temple, and much more, this place is one of its kind. If culture, history, or art lies anywhere under your interest list, this is a place you should definitely consider visiting! So, if you are thinking what to do in Chennai, just escape to Chennai, among the top 10 tourist places in Tamil Nadu.

Best Time to Visit Chennai: November to February Ideal duration: 3-4 days Places to visit: Marina Beach, Government Museum, Fort St. George, Edward Elliot’s Beach, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Mylapore, Valluvar Kottam Things To Do in Chennai:

  • Shop for sarees, jewelry, and other handicrafts at Pondy Bazaar, Anna Salai, or Mylapore
  • Spend time at Marina Beach
  • Indulge in the famous local food, and party at The Westminster or 10 Downing Street

How to reach : Flights, Railway and Bus

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2. Pondicherry – French Colony

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Also known as Puducherry, this is an ideal place for explorers, beach lovers, and experience-seekers interested in French culture and architecture. With an extensive number of romantic places in Pondicherry, this Union Territory reeks of excitement and vibrancy. If you have had too much of Goa already or even if you haven’t, it’s time you witness the charm of Pondy! In addition, traveling from Chennai to Pondicherry has been made much more easier and this is what attracts the young crowd to one of the best tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu and the land of beautiful beaches to rejuvenate and relax. If you are looking for low budget tourist places in Tamil Nadu, visit this amazing place to have an adrenaline-filled experience.

Best Time to Visit Pondicherry: October to March Ideal duration:  4 days Places to visit: Sri Aurobindo Ashram , Promendade Beach, Arulmigu Manakula, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Paradise Beach, Auroville Things to do in Pondicherry:

  • Visit the famous Aurobindo Ashram
  • Indulge in water sports at Paradise Beach
  • Savour croissants, baguettes, and other famous French cuisine

3. Mudumalai – Ancient Hills

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Located in the Nilgiri hills, Mudumalai is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu, which is known for its wildlife persona. For anyone who loves an encounter with nature in the most unique way, the national park here is a must visit. In Tamil Nadu tourism, this is the major attraction that one should not miss and count it on the top.

Best Time to Visit Mudumalai: October to May Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit:  Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Madumalai National Park, Gopalswami Hills, Needle Rock View Point Things to do:

  • Spot tigers, leopards, golden jackals, and more at Mudumalai National Park
  • Capture the beautiful landscapes
  • Interact with elephants at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp

How to reach : Railways then taxi, bus or public transport

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4. Dhanushkodi – Beautiful Abandoned Town

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If you are someone who’s on a constant lookout for places that are away from the city life, Dhanushkodi is one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu. This beach town’s grandeur and beauty make Dhanushkodi one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu for your next refreshing getaway!

Best Time to Visit Dhanushkodi: October to February Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit: Dhanushkodi Beach, Gulf Of Mannar Marine National Park, Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Shri Ram Setu View Point Things to do:

  • Unwind and relax at the Dhanushkodi Beach
  • Savor the gorgeous views from the Adam’s Bridge
  • Visit the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park

5. Hogenakkal – Gorgeous Waterfalls

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Of all the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu, Hogenakkal is a hometown of gorgeous waterfalls. Situated in Dharampuri, this small village is an absolute hotspot for romantic getaways, a short family vacay, and even an offbeat trip with your friends.

Best Time to Visit Hogenakkal: September to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit:  Hogenakkal Waterfalls, Hanging Bridge, Crocodile Park, Hogenakkal Falls View Point Things to do:

  • Be spellbound by the famous Hogenakkal Falls
  • Visit the Melagiri Hills
  • Go temple hopping, and explore the Pennagram Village

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6. Tuticorin – Stunning Beaches

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This is one place in South India that lets you witness the best of everything at one place. From boasting a beautiful beach and a spectacular wildlife sanctuary to numerous temples & churches, Tuticorin is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu that makes sure that every moment of your holiday outshines the previous one. There are an array of things to do here that invite you to refresh your mind, body, and soul, making it one of the reasons for tourism in Tamil Nadu.

Best Time to Visit Tuticorin: November to March Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit in Tuticorin: Baisilica of Our Lady of Snows, Hare Island, Muthu Nagar Beach, Thiruchendur Murugan Temple  Things to do:

  • Visit the Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Explore the temples, and unwind on the beaches
  • Relish sweets like Tuticorin macaroons

How to reach : Flights, Railways, Bus, Taxi

7. Kanyakumari – Southernmost Tip Of India

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Famous for being one of the most exotic places to visit in Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari is a paradise for experience-seekers. The art, architecture of temples, and even the local cuisine along with so many places to see in Kanyakumari that reflects every bit of its culture will leave you fascinated! It is also a great destination to observe some of Tamil Nadu’s popular annual festivals . 

Best Time to Visit Kanyakumari: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Kanyakumari: Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari Beach, Sarvani Shaktipeeth Shri Bhagavathy Temple, Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam, Our Lady of Ransom Church Things to do in Kanyakumari:

  • Go on an excursion tour to Kumari Amman Temple or to the Vattakottai Fort.
  • Relax at Sanguthurai Beach, the Sothavilai Beach. or the Kanyakumari Beach.
  • Visit the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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8. Trichy – Historical Temples

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Trichy is one of the fastest emerging cities in Tami Nadu that can be easily explored in a weekend. It offers multiple places for tourists to visit, like temples, churches. Each brings an amazing uniqueness with it that will be etched in your heart for a long time. It is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu.

Best Time To Visit Trichy: October to February Ideal duration: 5-6 days Places to visit in Trichy: Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Thayumanaswami Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple, Kallanai Things to do :

  • Explore the gorgeous Puliyancholai Waterfalls
  • Visit the ancient Kallanai Dam and enjoy the mesmerizing view

9. Nagapattinam – Renowned Pilgrimage Site

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Nagapattinam is a renowned pilgrimage center with several places of historical significance. The place has many temples, churches and mosques spread all over which attracts tourists from far across the globe and makes it one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the best places to explore during the Monsoon in Tamil Nadu. 

Best Time To Visit Nagapattinam: October to February Ideal duration: 2-3 days Places to visit:  Nagapattinam Beach, Soundararajaperumal temple, Nagore Sharif Dargah Khadar vali, Kayarohanaswami Temple Things to do:

  • Spend some peaceful time at the long stretch of beach
  • Enjoy Divya Desam, the Sapta Vidangar and the sacred town of Velankanni nearby
  • Explore the beautiful architecture at the Dutch Fort

How to reach : Railways then buses and taxi

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10. Vellore – The Fort City

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Primarily known for two premier institutions, Christain Medical College and Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore is an ancient city located in the northeastern part of Tamil Nadu. The city has been aptly named the Fort City due to the enchanting fort located in the heart of the city. There are some great hotels in Vellore too where one can stay during the trip here. This is one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu with family.

Best Time To Visit Vellore: October to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Vellore: Vellore Fort, Jalakandeswarar Temple, Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple, Ratnagiri Murugan Temple, Balamathi Hills Things to do in Vellore:

  • Visit the marvelous fort and St. John’s church
  • Spend some quality time at Periyar Park

How to reach : Trains, Railways, Buses and Taxi

11. Pollachi – Popular Tollywood Destination

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One of the most offbeat Tamil Nadu tourist places, Pollachi is located down south in Coimbatore. It is a famous filming spot because of its blissful scenery. This is the best tourist spot in Tamil Nadu that attract travellers because of the famous attractions like Topslip Tiger Reserve and Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best Time To Visit Pollachi: December to February Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit: Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, Pollachi Mahalingapuram Arch, Pollachi Ayyappan Temple, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Things to do:

  • Jungle trekking and bamboo rafting at the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
  • Visit dams and adorn jaggery, coconut, and vegetable fields

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12. Yanam – Unique Culture And History

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Yanam is a small city in the district of Puducherry, India and is one of the best amongst all offbeat Tamil Nadu tourist places. The historical place in Tamil Nadu is famous for its interesting history and culture. One can enjoy the sunrise and sunset view from the viewpoint and visit a few holy temples spread around the city. The city also has some old churches with a touch of French architecture. It is also surrounded by some of the best honeymoon places in Tamil Nadu . 

Best Time To Visit Yanam: June to September Ideal duration: 4 days Places to visit:  Yanam Tower, Jesus Statue Church, Yanam Botanical Garden Things to do:

  • Explore the history and the unique culture
  • Visit the Rajiv Gandhi Beach for amazing sunrise and sunset views

13. Tranquebar – A Tranquil Beach Town

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Tranquebar is a tranquil destination known as the land of the singing waves and is perfect for a one day trip in Tamil Nadu. This tiny beach town dates back to the 14th century with the establishment of the Shiva Temple built in 1306. The place has definitely a lot of history to learn, amazing architecture to adore, and a lot of activities to enjoy in one of the best Tamil Nadu tourist places.

Best Time To Visit Tranquebar: November to March Ideal duration: 1-2 days Places to visit:  Dansborg, New Jerusalem Church, Tharangambadi Maritime Museum, Danish Fort, New Masilamani Iswaran Temple Things to do:

  • Visit the Fort Dansborg
  • One of India’s first printing presses at Ziegenbalg Museum Complex on Admiral Street

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14. Chettinad – Every Food Lover’s Paradise

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Sitting just a few kilometres from Madurai, Chettinad is a hidden region that is known for its ancient and old mansions, lip-smacking meat curries, and rich heritage. This region is one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu with family for those who are seeking an amazing day-out experience. With plenty of places to witness and ample dishes to relish, Chettinad is a foodie’s paradise. It is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu.

Best Time To Visit Chettinad: October to March Ideal duration: 1 day  Places to visit:  Chettinad Palace, Chettinad Museum, Soorakudi, Pillaiyarpatti, Athmanathaswamy Temple Things to do:

  • Unravel the tales of the beautiful Chettinad Palace.
  • Indulge in the local cuisine, especially fiery meat dishes, and make your tongue crave for more.
  • Experience the village life of Chettinad and witness the beauty of it.

15. Courtallam – Spa Town Of Tamil Nadu

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Often tagged as the ‘Spa of South India’, Courtallam is that charming destination sitting in the Western Ghats that makes has the power to distress and rejuvenate travelers in an instant. Blanketing waterfalls, museums, temples, dams, eco-parks, and much more, this town is one of those awesome places in Tamil Nadu that offers an absolute experience to its guests. Courtallam is a must-visit town when going for Tamil Nadu tourist places all thanks to the modern touch amalgamated with the tribal tales, making it one of the beautiful places. If you are looking for the best place for 2 days trip in Tamil Nadu, this is an ideal destination.

Best Time To Visit Courtallam: June to September Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit:  Five Falls, Courtallam Main Falls, Tigar Falls Road,  Things to do:

  • Take a dip in any of the famous waterfalls sitting in Courtallam including Main Falls, Five Falls, Tiger Falls, and more. 
  • Take a stroll in the beautiful temple and pay some respects in the Chitra Sabhai Temple. 
  • Shop for some beautiful handicrafts, sarees, artifacts, souvenirs, and more.

How to reach : Railways, buses, and taxi

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16. Madurai – Stunning Architecture

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Constructed like a lotus, Madurai City is mostly popular for its Meenakshi Temple. While visiting here, you can marvel at the intriguing architecture or explore its numerous tourist attractions. To witness the best of the city, you must plan at least 2-day trip to Tamil Nadu.

Best Time to Visit Madurai: December to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit in Madurai: Meenakshi Amman Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Koodal Azhagar Temple Things to do in Madurai :

  • Go temple hopping, and spend time at the famous Meenakshi and Thiruparankundram Temples
  • Explore the Gandhi Museum
  • Visit the Vaigai Dam

How to reach : Airport, Railways, Buses and Taxi

17. Chidambaram – Gorgeous Temple Town

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A beautiful temple town, Chidambaram is situated in the eastern part of Tamil Nadu. The glorious history, rich culture, and diverse traditions of this city have the magic of leaving anyone in awe. One of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu for 2 days trip, this town  is perfect if you’re a history buff or have a thirst for knowledge. This place can be reached by any of the airports. 

Best Time to Visit: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit:  Thillai Nataraja Temple, Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Pasupatheswarar Temple, Tirukkazhippalai Palvannanathar Temple Things to do:

  • Visit the Pichavaram Backwaters and Mangrove Forests
  • Indulge in delectable Tamil cuisines like idli, vadai, and more
  • Visit the famous Nataraja Temple

How to reach : Flights, trains, buses, and taxi

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18. Mahabalipuram – Magnificent Carved Temples

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Popular for its intricately carved temples and caves, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu is another gem to marvel at. Located just a few kilometres from the capital city, traveling from Chennai to Mahabalipuram is not at all a hassle. The city has beautiful beaches, magnificent architecture, soothing weather, and offers a refreshing experience to every kind of tourist. It is recommended as one of the best places in Tamil Nadu, for those who are seeking a peaceful atmosphere on their next visit. While engaging in thrilling adventures and exploring the beautiful district in Tamil Nadu, visitors can have over-the-top experience.

Best Time to Visit Mahabalipuram: November to February Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit Mahabalipuram: Shore Temple, Descent of the Ganges, Pancha Rathas, Varaha Cave Temple, Thirukadalmallai Things to do in Mahabalipuram:

  • Rejuvenate on the Mahabalipuram Beach
  • Visit the famous Five Rathas and Shore Temple
  • Explore Kovalam and Sadras, the fishing villages turned into exotic beach resorts

How to reach : Railways, Buses and Taxi

19. Rameshwaram – Temple Hopping

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Situated on an island, this is one of the most religious places in India . The town is separated by a Pamban bridge from Sri Lanka, and is the best tourist spot in Tamil Nadu to explore if temple hopping is the sole purpose of your trip. Besides this, there are a plethora of hotels in Rameswaram, offering travellers the unique places to visit in Tamil Nadu.

Best Time to Visit Rameswaram: October to April Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Villoondi Tirtham, Lakshmana Tirtham Things to do:

  • Visit the famous five-faced Hanuman Temple
  • Witness the poojas at Agniteertham
  • Visit the Dhanushkodi Temple and Beach
  • Visit the beautiful  Rameshwaram Temple  and the  Rameshawaram Beach

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20. Thanjavur – Centre Of Art

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Of all the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur has a lot to offer when it comes to experiences. This city of temples boast paintings, antiques, handicrafts, textiles, and sarees, which are amongst the popular things to be admired around. Explore the best district in Tamil Nadu and soak yourself with the rich culture and history.

Best Time to Visit Thanjavur: October to March Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit: Thanjavur Maratha Palace, Saraswathi Mahal Library, Brihadeeswara Temple, Schwartz Church, Thanjavur Palace Things to do:

  • Visit the popular Brihadeeshwara Temple
  • Explore the Siva Ganga Garden, Palace & Saraswathi Mahal Library
  • Admire the grandeur of the Vijayanagar Fort

How to reach : Railways, Buses, and Taxi

21. Velankanni – Beautiful Coastal Town

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While you may not have heard of Velankanni before like most of the other cities in the state, this place is absolutely worth your time and visit. It is a gorgeous coastal town popular for a spectacular church that was built in the honor of Mother Mary. The distance that one needs to cover from Pondicherry to Velankanni is around 160 kilometres and one can easily find road transport to cover this path.

Best Time to Visit: October to March Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit:  Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Velankanni Church, Velankanni Beach, Morning Star Church Things to do:

  • Visit the famous Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health
  • Unwind and relax at the Velankanni Beach
  • Explore the town and the museum at Holy Path

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22. Kanchipuram – Pretty Kanchipuram Sarees

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Kanchipuram is also known as the Golden City of a thousand temples. This popular tourist attraction is known for its beautiful ‘Kanchipuram sarees’. Tourists who are interested in Hinduism or just want to catch a glimpse of the beautiful South Indian architecture, visit this place. Kanchipuram, among the famous cities in Tamil Nadu, is an ideal place for art & literature, architectural, and adventure enthusiasts.

Best Time To Visit Kanchipuram: October to March Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit: Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Tiru Parameswara Vinnagaram, Thiru Ekambaranathar Temple Things to do:

  • Visit Kanchi Kamakshi Temple and Kailasanathar Temple
  • Attend South Indian classical music concerts in the evenings
  • Indulge in shopping of Kanchipuram sarees

23. Coimbatore – A Major Textile Hub

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Coimbatore is one of the largest cities of Tamil Nadu, famous for its industry, textiles and manufacturing. For a perfect holiday experience, the place offers you gorgeous waterfalls, breathtaking mountains, and temples in Coimbatore are a must-visit by all the travelers.

Best Time To Visit Coimbatore: July to March Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit: Marudhamalai, Dhyanalinga, Siruvani Waterfalls, Gass Forest Museum, Arulmigu Eachanari Vinayagar Temple,  Things to do:

  • Visit the the Maruthamalai Murugan Temple, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, the Sree Ayyappan Temple
  • Enjoy exciting trekking trails such as the Vellari Mala, the Dhoni Hills, the Perumal Peak, and the Thalaiyar Falls trek
  • Visit the famous 112 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva, known as the Adiyogi Shiva Statue

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24. Tirunelveli – Scenic Beauty

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Located on the west bank of the Thamirabarani River, Tirunelveli offers many exciting tourist attractions like breathtaking waterfalls, scenic beauty, temples and much more. Along with many religious places, the city also has some wonderful delicacies you can try.

Best Time To Visit: October to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Nellaiappar Temple, District Science Centre, Sri Subramania Swamy Temple, Holy Trinity Cathedral Things to do:

  • Visit Nellaiappar Temple and Nellaiappar Temple
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty at Nainar Kulam Lake

25. Kumbakonam – Historic Beauty

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Kumbakonam is a beautiful temple town in the Thanjavur district. It is a must-visit place for history lovers to understand the depth of India’s culture and Hinduism. This is also one of the oldest towns in the Indian history known for its famous temples.

Best Time To Visit: December to February Ideal duration:  1-2 days Places to visit: Airavatesvara Temple, Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Mahamaham tank, Swamimalai Temple, Kasi Viswanathar Temple Things to do:

  • Visit the grand festival called Mahamaham festival which is celebrated every twelve years at the Mahamaham Tank
  • Shop in the town for indigenous products
  • Visit the various famous temples such as Adi Kumbeshwara Temple

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26. Tiruvannamalai – Town With Spiritual Significance

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Home to one of the most famous and mighty Mount Arunchala, Tiruvannamalai has spiritual importance latched to itself. With the mountain being tagged as the most silent place in the entire world, Tiruvannamalai is a great escape for those who are seeking to run away from chaos and embrace tranquility. Home to various temples and ashrams, this destination attracts numerous pilgrims and spiritual seekers.

Best Time To Visit: October to March | June to September Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple, Virupaksha Cave, Agni Lingam, Sri Ramanasramam Things to do:

  • Explore one of the largest temples of India- Arunachaleshwara Temple.
  • Conquer the mighty Mount Arunachala along with other pilgrims.
  • Try the healthy, scrumptious dishes served at the Dreaming Tree restaurant.

27. Dharmapuri – City Of Places Of Worship

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Dharmapuri, a city often tagged as the land of churches and temples, is one of the greatest places to see in Tamil Nadu. Along with enveloping various places of worship, this town is also home to some of the marvelous wonders of mother nature such as waterfalls, rivers, and more. For those who are seeking to get closer to mother nature and the higher power above us, this place is definitely a steal!

Best Time To Visit: November to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Kalabairavar Temple, Shri Theerthagirishwarar Temple, Dharmapuri Archaeological Museum, Chenraya Perumal Temple Things to do:

  • Take a ride on the boat in the pond near the Dharmapuri Falls.
  • Try the oil massages that are offered in this town and get relieved of all the stress, even if it is just for a little while.
  • Head to the various temples and churches covering the floors of Dharmapuri and offer homage.

How to reach : Flights then buses and taxi

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28. Ooty – Queen Of Hill Stations

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Situated in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is one of thecool tourist places in Tamil Nadu It has a gorgeous backdrop of the hills and greenery, which makes it a great destination for both honeymooners and family.Ooty sightseeing is everything one needs to rejuvenate and simply relax on their escape to Tamil Nadu. When traveling from Ooty to Kodaikanal, one needs to cover the distance of 250 kilometres that is best covered by a cab or taxi. Cover all the major places to visit in Ooty on your trip here.

Best Time to Visit Ooty: March to June Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit:  Government Rose Garden, The Tea Factory & The Tea Museum, St. Stephen’s Church, Tiger Hill Things to do:

  • Visit the popular Ooty Lake
  • Take a scenic toy train ride
  • Explore the Botanical Gardens

29. Kodaikanal – Breathtaking Natural Beauty

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Adorned with dense forests, huge rocks, beautiful waterfalls, and plenty of other places to visit in Kodaikanal, this destination is a perfect romantic tourist place to visit with your loved one. We can bet that the picturesque beauty and romantic things to do in Kodaikanal would add stars to your holiday experience, making it only more memorable!

Best Time to Visit: March to June and December to February Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit in Kodaikanal: Coaker’s Walk, Kodaikanal Lake, Silver Cascade Falls, Bryant Park, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Bear Shola Falls Things to do:

  • Indulge in boating at Kodai Lake
  • Enjoy horse riding while you savour the scenic views
  • Visit the Pillar rocks and the Palni Hills

How to reach : Flights, trains – then buses and taxi

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30. Coonoor – Thrilling Joyride

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Situated at an altitude of 1,930 metres, Coonoor is gradually becoming one of the top cool tourist places in Tamil Nadu. It offers a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls, which makes it an ideal hotspot for those whose heart belong in the hills! Moreover, when traveling from Coonoor to Ooty, one can take a train that runs on a regular basis and exhibits some beautiful landscapes of the surroundings. 

Best Time to Visit: October to March Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Sim’s Park, Hight Field Tea Estate, Droog Fort, Tiger Hill Cemetery, Lamb’s Rock, Wellington Lake Things to do:

  • Savor the breathtaking views from Dolphin’s Nose
  • Trek to the famous Doddabetta Mountain
  • Visit the beautiful Sim’s Park

31. Yelagiri – Exciting Adventure Activities

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Trekking in the hills has its own joy and fun. Situated at an elevation of 4,626 feet, Yelagiri Hills is a perfect tourist place in Tamil Nadu surrounded by green valleys, orchards, and rose gardens. This is an ideal place to visit with a loved one, and even your friends if adventure is on your mind!

Best Time to Visit Yelagiri: May to June and November to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Swamimalai Hills, Yelagiri Lake, Yelagiri Nature Park, Murugan Temple, Stellar Cave Things to do Yelagiri:

  • Trek to Swami Malai Hills through the lush green forests
  • Visit the Jalagamparai Falls
  • Indulge in paragliding, mountain climbing, etc.

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32. Yercaud – Ooty Of Poor People

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Situated close to the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a gorgeous hill station in Tamil Nadu. This place is a must visit for its vast evergreen forests, rich coffee plantations, and unique flora and fauna. From trekking to admiring the beauty of the famous attractions, there are many things to do in Yercaud that will keep you on your toes.

Best Time to Visit Yercaud: October to June Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit: Kiliyur Falls, Lady’s Seat, Shevaroy Hills, Shevaroy Temple, Karadiyoor View Point, Manjakuttai View Point Things to do:

  • Visit the popular Emerald Lake
  • Take a tour of attractions like Anna Park, Japanese Park, Bear’s Cave, and more
  • Enjoy the gorgeous view of the hills from the Lady’s Seat

33. Kotagiri – Captivating Waterfalls

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Situated in the Nilgiris, this place is a small town known for having one of the best climates in the world. With captivating waterfalls and rich wildlife, Kotagiri is one of the summer tourist places in Tamil Nadu you must visit during your trip to the state.

Best Time to Visit Kotagiri: November to May Ideal duration:  2-3 days Places to visit: Catherine Water Falls, Lamb’s Rock, Ralliah Dam, Kodanad View Point, Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar Things to do:

  • Visit the mesmerizing Elk Falls
  • Wildlife spotting at Longwood Shola
  • Indulge in a picturesque trekking trail from Kotagiri to Kodanad

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34. Valparai – Beautiful Hill Station

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Valparai is a beautiful hill station, situated in the mesmerizing Anamalai Hill Range. Apart from being a part of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, the town also has a decent number of tea and coffee estates surrounded by forests. It’s an awesome tourist attraction in Tamil Nadu for the travellers who wants to get closer to nature. One can take a flight to travel from Chennai to Valparaiand cover the distance of approximately 587 kilometres in a feasible manner. 

Best Time to Visit: September to March Ideal duration:  2-3 days Places to visit: Anaimalai Hills, Monkey Falls, Solaiyar Dam, Nirar Dam, Nallamudi View point, Chinnakallar Falls Things to do:

  • Go on a backpacking tour to the famous Anamalai Hills
  • Visit Nallamudi Viewpoint
  • Explore the Sholayar Dam, Monkey Falls, Balaji Temple, and more

35. Theni – The Magical Land

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No matter what time of the year it is, Theni is that town in Tamil Nadu that one would always find nestled amidst the foggy mist, making it look like a fairyland. Theni is the best tourist place in Tamil Nadu for those who are seeking to avoid the beaten paths and take the roads less taken. Sitting on the Western Ghats, Theni covers some fragrant plantations, velvety green landscapes, colorful markets, magical waterfalls, and much more.

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year Ideal duration: 1-2 days Places to visit:  Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Suruli Falls, Gowmariamman Temple Things to do:

  • Visit the Kolukkumalai Tea estate, world’s highest organic estate.
  • Shop for various exotic spices and condiments, handloom products, agricultural products, and much more.
  • Plan a picnic to the Vaigai Dam and spend some quality time with your family

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36. Vedanthangal – Paradise For Bird Lovers

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You must have heard about Vedanthangal for its bird sanctuary which makes it one of the top places to visit in Tamil Nadu. If you visit the sanctuary during the migratory season, then you can witness around 30,000 birds like spoonbills, herons, and storks. So, if you are a bird lover then make sure that you include this place in your itinerary.

Best time to visit: November to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit:  Madurantakam Lake, Karikili Bird Sanctuary, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Things to do:

  • Visit the bird sanctuary.
  • Admire the view of Vedanthangal covered with thousands of birds.

37. Tharangambadi – The Land Of The Singing Waves

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Counted among the top tourist places in Tamil Nadu, Tharangambadi is a tiny beach town. The history of this place can be dated back to the 14th century. The name of this town literally translates into ‘the land of the singing waves’. The town overlooks the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and Kaveri River. The place is known for its tranquility which is why it is visited by hundreds of tourists every year.

Best time to visit: November to March Ideal duration:  2-3 days Places to visit:  Shri Murugan Temple, Tharangambadi Maritime Museum, New Masilamani Iswaran Temple, Danish Fort Things to do:

  • Explore Dansborg Fort where you can witness a mixture of German, Danish, and French colonies.
  • Visit the Zion Church that stands still since the year 1701.

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38. Salem – Explore The Bucolic Nature

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A visit to Tamil Nadu will remain incomplete if you do not visit its fifth largest city, Salem. That may not be a great fact but it being a home to natural vistas is a great fact. Not only this, there are several ancient temples in Salem that are a must visit. So, make sure to include it in your Tamil Nadu vacation itinerary.

Best time to visit: October to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Anna Park, Pagoda Point Road, Yercaud Lake, Kurumbapatty Zoological Park, Eco Tourism Park Things to do:

  • Explore the churches and temples here.
  • Get ready to soak in some amazing nature views.

39. Kolli Hills – Ride Through The Bent Curves

Kolli Hills- places to visit in tamil nadu

Popular as the ‘Mountain of Death’, Kolli Hills is located in the Namakkal District which is untouched by industrialization and retains most of the natural beauty. If you are looking for one of the best places to see in Tamil Nadu then you must include Kolli Hills in your itinerary as several tourists head to this place and watch nature at its best.

Best time to visit: December to February Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit:  Kolli Hill Forest, Puliansolai R.F, Nayinarmalai Forest, Rasipuram Things to do:

  • Admire the natural magnificence.
  • Visit the famous Lord Shiva’s Arappaleshwar Temple.

How to reach : Trains, buses, and taxi

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40. Palani – Wrapped Within Two Hills

Palani- places to visit in tamil nadu

Another amazing place to explore in Tamil Nadu is Palani which is blanketed with two hills – Sakthigiri and Sivagiri. So, where you look, you will get to see these majestic hills creating a beautiful scenery. While exploring Palani, you will come across several lakes that eventually flow to the Shanmuga River at the foothills.

Best time to visit: November to March Ideal duration:  3 days Places to visit:  Palani Hill Temple, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy, Thiru Aavinnankudi Temple, Thanga Ther, Idumban Temple Things to do:

  • Explore the lakes making their way through the whole Palani.
  • Visit the temples that are famous here.

41. Dindigul – A Historical City

Dindigul- places to visit in tamil nadu

If you are planning a vacation to Tamil Nadu then your trip will remain incomplete without Dindigul as it is one of the famous places in Tamil Nadu. It is a historical city that is wedged between Sirumalai Hills and Palani Hills. One of the must-visit place here is Dindigul Fort which has attracted several tourists to this place.

Best time to visit: October to March Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit:  Dindigul Rock Fort, Soundararajaperumal Temple, Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyer Temple, Murugan Temple Things to do:

  • Explore the popular Dindigul Fort on your visit.
  • Dig deep into the culture and history of this place.

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42. Mayiladuthurai – The Peacock Town

Mayiladuthurai- places to visit in tamil nadu

Another one listed in the places to visit in Tamil Nadu is Mayiladuthurai which is a temple town famous for Mayura Natha Swamy Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place was ruled by the Chola dynasty and it still holds reminiscents of that. While traveling on the roads here, you will witness coconut trees lining along the roadsides.

Best time to visit: October to March Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit:  Mayuranathaswami Temple, Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple, Mahalakshmeeswarar Temple, Thirupariyalur Veeratteswarar Koil Things to do:

  • Admire the Dravidian architecture on your visit.
  • Explore the famous Shiva temple.

43. Thiruvarur – A Blend Of Cultures

Thiruvarur- places to visit in tamil nadu

The list of tourist places in Tamil Nadu also includes Thiruvarur which is popular for its antiquity as it was ruled by several groups like VIjayanagar Empire, Marathas, Medieval as well as Later Cholas, and the British. Apart from this, it is home to three rivers namely Sukumar, Valaiyar, and Odambokki rivers which add to the beauty of this place.

Best time to visit: December to March Ideal duration:  2 days Places to visit:  Thyagaraja Temple, Sivan Temple, Perumal Kovil, Kariviranathan Temple, Akshyalingaswamy Temple Things to do:

  • Visit the famous Thyagaraja Temple.
  • Dig into the rich history of Thiruvarur.

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44. Pulicat – For Bird Watchers

Pulicat- places to visit in tamil nadu

One of the bestplaces to visit in Tamil Nadu is Pulicat which is home to the Pulicat Lake. This is that famous place where thousands of birds migrate here between the months of October & March. You can witness several species including Flamingos.

Best time to visit: October to March Ideal duration:  2-3 days Places to visit:  Thirupalaivanam Sivan Koil, Perumal Temple, Jadarayar Temple, Chindamaniseswarar Temple Things to do:

  • Visit the famous Fort Geldaria.
  • Bird watchers must explore this place

45. Bodinayakkanur – Cardamom Capital Of India

Bodinayakkanur- places to visit in tamil nadu

One of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu for all serenity lovers, Bodinayakkanur is a quaint town. With its beautiful surroundings, this town will leave you in awe. This town is famed as the Cardamom capital of India and you must visit it on your vacation. You can observe pleasant weather in Bodinayakkanur at all times and it was called South Kashmir by Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Best Time To Visit: October to February Ideal duration: 2 days Places to visit: Vaigai Dam, Bodi Hill. Things to do:

  • Buy the best quality Cardamom
  • Explore the town

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46. Javadi Hills – An Unexplored Charm

Javadi Hills- places to visit in tamil nadu

The Javadi Hills is one of the most popular trekking destinations among travelers that is a stretch of sprawling green landscapes between the Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts. From a diverse variety of flora and fauna to observatories and trails that give a panoramic view of the area, it is among the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu for one day trip.

Best Time To Visit : March to September Ideal duration: 1 day Places to visit: Shevaroy Hills Things to do:

  • Birdwatching

47. Sirumalai – A Serene Valley

Sirumalai- places to visit in tamil nadu

Nestled amidst the green outskirts at a distance of 90 kilometers from Madurai, the Sirumalai region is the last mountain range in the Eastern Ghat. If you are a nature lover and want to explore the far stretches of Tamil Nadu, this place is perfect for a wild weekend getaway. 

Best Time To Visit: March to September Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit: Kolli Hills Things to do:

  • Sightseeing

Suggested Read: Things To Do In Chennai

48. Devala – A Hidden Gem

Devala- places to visit in tamil nadu

A quaint town located in the Nilgiris district, it is one of those small towns that give off the real essence of Tamil Nadu’s local suburban culture. If you are traveling to the state and looking to stay with a family for some cultural tourism experience, this is where you can feel warm and welcome for an exploration of your own. 

Best Time To Visit: April to October Ideal duration: 1 day Places to visit: Wild Planet Resort Things to do:

  • Local food tasting

49. Ambur – Quaint Escape

Ambur- places to visit in tamil nadu

From being the home to a popular leather industry to hosting some of Tamil Nadu’s dense residencies, Ambur is an edgy, suburban town situated on the banks of the Palar River. But more than that, it is popular for a spicy non-vegetarian biryani that is known across India for its unique taste. Another much-recommended food item is Makkhenpeda, a traditional sweet that is known for its classic flavors. 

Best Time To Visit: March to October Ideal duration: 1 day Places to visit: Kasi Vishwanath Temple Things to do:

Suggested Read: Seaports In India 

50. Idappadi – The Best Kept Secret

Idappadi- places to visit in tamil nadu

Located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu, Edappdi was once a popular town for its power loom industry. The riverside landscape of this town is rocky and surrounded by lakes like Periyayeri, ChettiYeri, and Punka-yeri. If you are looking for an escape in Tamil Nadu where you can enjoy a long-stay, do some sightseeing, enjoy nature walks and observe the local life, Idappadi is the place to be. 

Best Time To Visit: April to October Ideal duration: 3 days Places to visit: Wild Planet Resort Things to do:  Arulmigu Kailashanathar Temple

Further Read: New Year Parties In Chennai 

While these best tourist places in Tamil Nadu are famous for their own attractions, each one of them is worth your time, money, and visit to experience the best of the south! Plan your trip to Tamil Nadu right away and have an awesome vacation. While you have a wonderful trip to this amazing place, do not forget to share your experience with us!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Best Tourist Places In Tamil Nadu

Which is the coolest place in Tamil Nadu?

There are numerous cool places in Tamil Nadu but the following are the most popular among them: 1. Ooty 2. Yercaud 3. Yelagiri 4. Kodaikanal 5. Coonoor 6. Kotagiri 7. Kolli Hills 8. Anamalai Hills 9. Meghamalai 10. Velliangiri Hilla

Which is the most beautiful place in Tamil Nadu?

Tamil Nadu is home to numerous beautiful places that offer something unique to its visitors. The most popular beautiful places in Tamil Nadu are: 1. Chennai 2. Pondicherry 3. Mudumalai 4. Dhanushkodi 5. Hogenakkal 6. Tuticorin 7. Kanyakumari 8. Madurai 9. Chidambaram

What should I buy in Tamil Nadu?

If you are planning a visit to Tamil Nadu then you must know that Chennai, the capital city is a hub of shopping. The following are the most popular Chennai shopping items- 1. Pure mulberry silk 2. Classical dance accessories 3. Cool cotton fabrics 4. Pandian bangles and accessories 5. Handbags 6. Ladies’ ornaments

Which is the best city in Tamil Nadu?

There’s not just one but a number of cities that are considered the best in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. These are the ones that are renowned as the best here: 1. Coimbatore 2. Madurai 3. Tiruchirappalli 4. Chennai

Which is the best hill station in Tamil Nadu?

There are a number of hill stations in Tamil Nadu that are: 1. Yelagiri 2. Ooty 3. Kolli Hills 4. Coonoor 5. Kotagiri 6. Yercaud 7. Velliangiri Hills 8. Kodaikanal

Which is the best place for a honeymoon in Tamil Nadu?

There are a number of tourist spots in Tamil Nadu that are ideal for a honeymoon vacation. Some of them are: 1. Chennai 2. Ooty 3. Meghamalai 4. Kodaikanal 5. Kanyakumari

Which place in Tamil Nadu is famous for the mangrove forest?

The floors of Tamil Nadu are covered with the mangrove forest in many regions. But the most famous place in Tamil Nadu is Pichavaram.

Is Tamil Nadu beautiful?

Tamil Nadu is one of the most beautiful places to visit in South India. It is home to waterfalls, lush greens, trekking trails, beautifully carved temples, picturesque landscapes, and much more, this state of India is one of a kind.

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32 Top Tourist and Pilgrimage Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

If you want to explore the diverse aspects of the South Indian state , the plethora of treasures opens in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu, a state in the Southern part of India, has plenty of places to visit in Tamilnadu that no matter how you plan your trip, it will be an eventful and happening trip.

The state extends its tourists a fortune to experience all kinds of adventures. From Asia’s longest beach to some cool hill stations, where you can enjoy your vacations in nature’s lap in all weather conditions. Not only to treat your eyes with some beautiful sceneries, but Tamil Nadu also has a lot of treasure to provide you inner peace. It is an excellent Pilgrimage destination with plenty of temples presenting the rich culture and vibrant life of South India.

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If you are a shopaholic, just step out of any temple and enter the city, the shopkeepers are waiting for you. The variety of some of the best silk sarees, decorative items, handicraft, stonework items, and wooden work items; there are plenty of options to shop.

Tourist Places to visit in Tamilnadu

There are numerous tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu, offering you beaches with the blue sea in the backdrop of palm trees, a road-trip on the smooth East Coast Road (ECR), tranquil hill stations far away from the coastal reason to give you some reprieve from the hot weather in summers, and temples and churches that are marvels of architecture to give you inner peace and reduce stress. Every place in Tamil Nadu has something to offer to visitors and travelers.

If you wish to feel the true Tamil culture and douse into its savoir-faire clubbed with a solid cutting edge cosmopolitan impact, a visit to Chennai must be included in the list of places to visit in Tamilnadu. From praying at some of the famous historical holy pilgrimage places to going for a comfortable walk at the longest seashore in Asia, the city makes you relive the days of history at its many historical places. The visit through Chennai will leave you requesting more.

A visit to Chennai must be included in the list of places to visit in Tamilnadu

Kanchipuram

The Golden City of Thousand Temples, Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, is an ideal tourist destination for pilgrims and history lovers. The Pilgrims can have the best time exploring the temple city, but nature lovers and history fans can enjoy the forts and sanctuaries in Kanchipuram.

Kanyakumari

If you love traveling, Kanyakumari is the ideal place for you. A pilgrim, nature lover, traveling with family, or a solo traveler; no matter who you are, you will love visiting this coastal city in Tamil Nadu. The destination presents picture-perfect sunsets, fascinating full-moon nights, delicious sea-food, walk on the beach with the beautiful blue sea around while holding your loved one’s hand, or enjoy the thrill to see the southern end of India.

Kodaikanal is one of the popular tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. It is an ideal place for tired people looking for a break from their monotonous life. You can plan for a solo trip to enjoy some time in peace, go for a family vacation, or plan for your honeymoon; Kodaikanal will not let you down with plenty of options to have fun.

A small town showing its visitors the true colors of Tamil culture. With many famous temples and churches, busy and small streets, and colorful markets; Madurai is a must visit place in Tamil Nadu.

Thousands of travelers visit Ooty to relax in the hills and escape from the soaring temperature in the summers. Right from lakes, to mountain viewpoints to trekking trails, waterfalls, churches, and temples; the choices are numerous to see in Ooty.

Chidambaram

With the mangrove forest around the city, waterways, exotic birds to watch, seafood, and outstanding architecture of the temples; Chidambaram gives a mix of both spirituality and nature to its tourist.

Astonishing waterfalls, temples, and other places; there is something to embrace in this small tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. A trip to Courtallam leaves a never-fading memory in the heart and mind of every visitor. The people rightly call this place as ‘Spa of South India’, which is situated in the Western ghats of India.

Dharampuri was previously known as Thagadur, the name in Tamil, which means iron place. It is an oasis to kill the thirst of pilgrims, nature lovers, and adventure seekers. There are plenty of tourist places to see in Dharampuri; churches, temples, waterfalls, and picnic spots.

The seventh-largest urban cluster in the state, after Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Salem, and Tirunelveli. A bustling city on the banks of the Bhavani and Cauvery rivers. The city is famous for the turmeric and textile industry. If you are missing something in your wardrobe or there are one missing essential ingredients in your dish, head towards Erode.

Krishnagiri

Chandira Choodeswarar Temple, Shree Parshwa Padmavathi Shaktipeet Tirth Dham, Shree Venkateshwara Swamy temple, Dakshina Tirupati, Sri Kattu Veera Anjaneya Temple, and Krishnagiri Reservoir Dam or KRP Dam are some of the major tourist attractions in Krishnagiri. The land of black stones or Black Mountain as the literal meaning of the name Krishnagiri, the travelers have a lot of options to enjoy nature and get some time in peace.

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is a small town in the Chengalpattu district in Tamil Nadu. At a distance of just 56 km on the ECR, Mahabalipuram is a perfect picnic spot to spend a Sunday with your family or friends. With many architectural wonders, the town is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Seashore temple, Mahabalipuram

Nagapattinam

If you want to take a sunbathe, walking on the beach, or playing with the seawater; then Nagapattinam welcomes you with the warm sand and blue water of the Bay of Bengal.

The city is famous for the textile and technology hub of South India. The city still admires a lot of travelers visiting South India. This hill station is a perfect mixture of tradition and modern lifestyle and one of the most visited places in South India. The Noyyal river flowing with cool water and Nilgiri hills in the background forms a picture-perfect scenery. There is no doubt that it is a paradise and an ideal tourist place for nature lovers.

Vellore is a majestic town having numerous historical monuments and pilgrimage sites. It is one of the most sought tourist places in Tamilnadu and is famous as the Fort City of Tamil Nadu. The city was once home to numerous great dynasties, such as the Pallavas, Cholas, Carnatic Empire, and the Vijayanagar Kingdom. Vellore has various historical monuments, religious sites, and hill stations.

Even after knowing that they have to cross the snake-shaped roads, the tourists keep trooping in to explore the charming sights of Yercaud. This hill station contains a lot in its bucket, from some family time well spent at Deer Park, sightseeing at Arthur Seat, and visiting Beer caves, to spending some cool time on a picnic at Yercaud lake.

The land famous for its mention in the Hindu epic Ramayana, Rameswaram is the prominent Pilgrimage destination of Tamil Nadu. The famous Pamban Bridge, Ramanathaswamy temple where lord Ram after his victory in Lanka offered prayers to Lord Shiva, ruins of religious shrines, and miles of shorelines; Rameshwaram is definitely worth a visit to all kind of travelers.

Other Lesser-known Tourist Places to visit in Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu is full of surprises with pocket full of pilgrimage sights, beautiful beaches, and lovely trails across Nigiri hills and Western Ghats; there are a bag full of tourist places to visit in Tamilnadu. The below list is curated of the places which are lesser known to most of the world, but offers a lot to their visitors. If you are thinking or planning a trip to South India, you must include these places in your list of places to visit in Tamil Nadu.

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Theni District

A land blessed by nature, get ready to be welcomed by a green carpet that nature lays out for you; embraced by chilly mist that takes you to an all-new world of euphoria. theni is much more than a destination, it is an experience in itself..

Speak of destinations from where your mind will just not want to go back, Theni will for sure be on the top list. One of the most picturesque locations in Tamil Nadu, Theni offers a traveller a whole new perspective of natural beauty and bliss. Located in the shades of the mesmerising Western Ghats, Theni will lure any traveller with its innate and intrinsic virtues. If you are looking for a perfect break from the hustles of city life, then Theni is indeed the place to be in. Watching the majesty of the hills and listening to the lulling tunes of Nature, it is going to be an experience like few others.  Adding to the appeal of the destination are a string of cardamom plantations, along with coffee and tea plantations. The economy is mainly agricultural with a variety of crops cultivated including sugarcane, cotton, millets, groundnuts, grapes, mangoes and so on. Grapes are harvested throughout the year unlike many grape growing countries that end their season towards summer. Cotton spinning mills and sugar mills are also major industries in the region.  Theni district has a large amount of forest land home to flora and fauna of diverse kinds. About 33.70% of the land of the district is covered with forests. No wonder the quality of air and the charm of nature here is unparalleled. The soul of these forests is reflected in every single scenic spot spread across the place – from riverbeds to waterfalls and dams to hills.  Theni is for sure going to be a never-before and never-again experience.

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Kumbakarai Falls, Theni

Kumbakarai Falls, Theni

Take a memorable drive from Madurai along the beautifully laid road dotted with trees on either side. The drive itself is a pleasure and what awaits you at Kumbakkarai falls is sheer joy. The scenic spot in the foothills of Kodaikkanal enjoys immense popularity among the famous tourist sites in Tamilnadu

Suruli Falls, Theni

Suruli Falls, Theni

The beauty of Suruli waterfalls is such that it finds mention in the epic Silappathikaram. The place has an untamed appeal which offers an exhilarating experience for the tourists.

Meghamalai

Marvel at the sky piercing mountains cloaked by clouds and carpeted by tea plantations at Meghamalai. A quiet hilly village where you get to experience the quaint nature and the simple village life. Tour the hamlet, make new friends, taste the local cuisine and savour the unique landscapes of Meghamalai.

Kolukkumalai

Kolukkumalai

Situated near Munnar is this world's highest tea plantation known as Kolukkumalai, a hamlet in Theni district in Tamil Nadu.

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1. Grass Hills

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At a distance of 16 km from Valparai Bus Station, Grass Hills is a protected area located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. It is one of the awe-inspiring places to visit in Valparai. Located at an altitude of 2400 m, Grass Hills is a part of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu which forms its boundary with Eravikulam National Park in the neighboring Kerala state. The landscape is a combination of peaks and high plateaus composed of montane shola-grassland eco-system that is unique to the higher ranges of the Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This cool location surrounded by high green grasses on mountain slopes is a mind-blowing place to watch and explore. Here, viewing the gorgeous sunset over the hills is an unforgettable experience. Grass Hills presents the visitor with the beauty and ambiance of a pristine green ecosystem and astonishing views of the hill and forest entwined as one. The Valparai range is a habitat of the Niligiri Tahr, an endemic wild goat. These mountain goats inhabit the high ranges and prefer open terrain cliffs and green covered hills largely confining to altitudes from 1200 to 2700 m in the Western Ghats. Apart from the Nilgiri Tahr, elephants, bison, Indian Gaur, Bear, Nilgiri Langurs and a wide variety of birds including Hornbills are a part of the environs of Grass Hills. Access to Grass Hills is two-pronged. The first is a combination of 4x 4 ride for about an hour and a half on a non-existent bumpy track and then trek a couple ...

2. Siruvani Waterfalls

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At a distance of 36 km from Coimbatore, and 50 km from Palakkad, Siruvani Waterfall is a scenic waterfall situated in the Siruvani Hills of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular waterfalls in Tamilnadu , and among the must-visit places during your Coimbatore trip . Also called Kovai Kutralam Falls, the Siruvani Fall is formed by the Siruvani river. The reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government with funds collected by the Tamil Nadu government to meet the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore city. The water of the Dam is famous for its sweetness and it is typically known to be the second sweetest lake water in the world. It is one of the major tourist places in Coimbatore . The visitors are not allowed to see the falls after 5 pm as it is located in the center part of a dense forest. With an outstanding panoramic view, the Siruvani dam is extremely beautiful and breathe taking. Tourists cannot make their visit to this falls anytime because only a few numbers of buses are available to visit the place. Sadivayal Checkpost, where an entry fee Rs. 50 is charged, is at the gateway to the waterfalls. Private vehicles are not allowed beyond this point. However, vehicles arranged by the forest department can be used for the conveyance to the point where ...

3. Vaideki Waterfalls

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At a distance of 35 Kms from Coimbatore Railway Station & 533 Kms from Chennai, Vaideki Falls are located near Narisipuram town. The falls is very beautiful and has a naturally formed slope. It is located inside the forest and one must obtain permission before entering the forest. Visitors are only allowed by being escorted by a forest guard into the forest. This area of forest has lot of animal movements; especially elephants. There are lot of incidents of elephants attacking humans, so it is always advisable to obtain permission and get some guards accompanying while entering the forest. About 5 Kms trek through forest is required to reach the falls from nearest road point. One can get private vehicles to reach forest trek point from Narisipuram town.

4. Perumal Peak

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At a distance of 18 km from Kodaikanal & 55 km from Palani, Perumal Peak is a trekker's delight situated near Perumalmalai village close to Palani road. Perumal Peak or Perumal Malai Peak is a high peak at kodaikanal in the Perumalmalai hills, which are part of the greater Western Ghat mountain range in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular places for trekking in Kodaikanal and also one of the top attractions you must include in Kodaikanal packages . The trek begins from the foot of the Peak near Perumal Malai Village which is 11 km from Kodaikanal. The trek distance is about 7 km one way and takes about 3-4 hours one way. Most of the trekking stretch is of moderate difficulty while few parts are little steep. Overnight camping is also possible on the peak while most of the trekkers visit the peak and return on the same day. Perumal Malai Village can be reached from Palani or Kodaikanal by bus or private vehicles.

5. Thalaiyar Falls / Rat Tail Falls

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At a distance of 40 Kms from Kodaikanal & 485 Kms from Chennai, Thalaiyar Falls, also known as the Rat Tail Falls is the highest waterfalls in Tamil Nadu and third highest falls in India. It is also one of the popular sites for trekking near Kodaikanal. With a height of 975 feet (297 meters), the falls is visible from a great distance on the ghat road towards Dindigul. This falls is considered inaccessible to the general public, as there is no access road to it. However, one can reach these falls with 6 kms trekking after 34 Kms of road journey on ghat road from kodaikanal . The trek duration is around 2-3 hours one way. The trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. The very edge at the top of the falls has a concrete wall. One can walk along the wall and get near the center of the falls. The water here is considered polluted and it's better to avoid bathing here. One can catch Dindigal / Madurai buses from Kodaikanal, get down at the ghat road after 34 Kms and trek down to the falls from here. There are no sign boards but can get done at the mile stone which shows distance to Kodai as 34 km.

6. Kolli Hills

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At a distance 50 km from Namakkal, 87 km from Salem, 135 km from Trichy & 395 km from Chennai, Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai is a small mountain range located in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular places to visit near Trichy . These hills are situated at an elevation of 1000 to 1300 m and cover an area of approximately 280 sq km. The Kolli Hills has 70 hairpin bends to reach the top of the hills from the Namakkal side. The mountains are relatively untouched by commercial tourism and still retain their natural beauty. It can be visited as a day trip as part of Tiruchirappalli tour packages . The mountain is named Kolli Malai after the Goddess Ettukkai Amman (Kolli Paavai). According to legend, the sages chose Kolli hills when they were looking for a peaceful place to do their penance. However, the demons invaded the hills to disrupt the penance when the sages began their rituals. The sages prayed to Kollipavai, who according to the myth, chased away the demons. Trekking at Kolli Hills is a popular activity. Trekking to Agaya Gangai Waterfalls is a wonderful experience. There are two viewpoints - one at Seekuparai and another at Selur Nadu. There is a pineapple research farm maintained by the Government of Tamil Nadu at Seekuparai Viewpoint. Kundur Nadu, Puliancholai, and Ariyur Solai are the three main reserved forests ...

7. Gingee Fort

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At a distance of 2 km from Gingee Bus Stand, 71 km from Puducherry, 85 km from Kanchipuram, and 93 km from Vellore, Gingee Fort or Senji Fort is an ancient hill-fort sitated in the Villupuram district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the largest surviving forts in Tamilnadu , and among the popular historical places to visit near Chennai . The fort was historically considered most impregnable and it was called the 'Troy of the East' by the British. Originally the site had a small fort built by the Chola dynasty during the 9th century. Gingee Fort, also known as Shinji or Jinji, was modified by Kurumbar while fighting the Cholas and again by the Vijayanagara Empire during the 13th century. As per one account, the fort was built during the 15-16th century by the Gingee Nayaks, the lieutenants of the Vijayanagara Empire and who later became independent kings. The fort passed to the Marathas under the leadership of Shivaji in 1677 AD, the Mughals, Carnatic Nawabs, French, and the British in 1761. It is one of the must visit places as part of Vellore holiday packages for history buffs. The Gingee Fort complex is spread on three hillocks, Krishnagiri to the north, Rajagiri to the west, and Chandrayandurg to the southeast. The three hills together constitute the fort complex, each having a separate and self-contained ...

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Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu

Discover the beauty of Tamil Nadu with its Ooty, Yelagiri, Chennai, Yercaud, Masinagudi. Explore the top places in the state, including Botanical Garden, Fernhills Palace, Toda Huts, Pykara Waterfalls, Ooty Trekking, and immerse yourself in a memorable travel

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

1 Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Colonial Hill Station in Tamil Nadu

Officially called Ootacamund, the hill-town is better known by its nicknameOoty. It is loved by Bollywood directors, honeymooners, families, and even backpackers, for its mountains, lakes, gardens, and waterfalls.

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Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

2 Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

Hub of Enthralling Adventure Activities

Located in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu and at 1,110 metres above sea level, Yelagiri is a picturesque hill station with rose gardens, lush green orchards and deep valleys.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

3 Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Gateway to South India

With large stretches of white sand, diverse ethnicities and ancient monuments enhancing its natural, cultural, artistic and culinary vibe, the modern city of Chennai (formerly Madras) lies along the coast of Bay of Bengal.

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Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

4 Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

Land of the Rare Kurinji Flowers

At an altitude of 1,515 metres and tucked away in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a charming hill station with lakes, forests and delightful views.

Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu

5 Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu

Nature Lovers Paradise

Masinagudi is a small town situated in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, India. It is surrounded by dense forests, tea and coffee plantations, and wildlife sanctuaries. Masinagudi is known for its scenic beauty and wildlife, and it attracts a large number of tourists every year. The town also has many trekking trails and waterfalls, making it a great destination for adventure lovers.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

6 Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Pretty Hill Town in Tamil Nadu

Spread across the scenic Western Ghats at an altitude of 7,200 feet, Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu with wooded slopes, gigantic trees, and misty green meadows.

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

7 Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Gateway to Tamil Nadu's Hilly Wonders

Popularly called the Manchester of South India due to its booming textile industry, Coimbatore lies nestled within the Western Ghats. Big businesses, friendly crowd, botanical gardens, and cosmopolitan vibes thats what it is all about!

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

8 Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Land of the Nilgiri Tea & Hills

Blessed with stunning flora and fauna of the Nilgiris Hills, Coonoor is the quintessential hill station with viewpoints, waterfalls, lakes, gardens, tea estates and colonial-style architecture.

Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

9 Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Beautiful Pilgrimage Site in Tamil Nadu

Made famous by the epic Ramayana, Rameshwaram is a quaint beach town and a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination that also attracts nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

10 Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Cultural Capital of Tamil Nadu

The 4th century temple city of Madurai boasts of ancient temples built by the Pandyan and Madurai Nayak kings. The destination draws pilgrims from far and near.

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

11 Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Historically Rich Town in Tamil Nadu

The temple town of Mahabalipuram, in Tamil Nadu, is famous for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing 7th and 8th century monuments, along with sun-kissed beaches and scenic shorelines.

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

12 Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Spiritual Beach Town in Tamil Nadu

The southernmost tip of India, Kanyakumari boasts of stunning natural beauty with pristine beaches and gushing waterfalls along with sacred temples, ancient forts and poignant memorials.

Hosur, Tamil Nadu

13 Hosur, Tamil Nadu

The Little England of India

Immerse yourself in the spiritual heart of Hosur as you explore the numerous temples of the city as well the tranquil natural spots, perfect for a relaxing vacation. Hosur, in Tamil Nadu, India, is a major industrial center. Set on the banks of the Ponnaiyar River, this stunning city is home to several factories and industries. Yet, there is plenty to see and explore here, when it comes to tourism. Hosur offers a beautiful blend of ancient religious sites, commercial hubs as well as natural spots. You can also notice the strong spiritual connection and historical tradition in the city as reflected by several temples of the city.

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

14 Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu's Golden City

Also known as 'The City of Thousand Temples', Kanchipuram is a holy pilgrimage destination located on the banks of the Vegavathi River. It served as the erstwhile capital of Chola Dynasty.

Vellore, Tamil Nadu

15 Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Ancient City in Tamil Nadu

Once a centre for ancient dynasties, the fort city of Vellore and is known for its premier medical facilities along with religious sites and historic monuments.

Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

16 Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

The Picturesque Town of Southern India

Tiruchirappalli boasts a multitude of temples that are worth seeing. This charming city is an example of how secularism and diversity can coexist. You can also explore natural landscapes and various shopping sites here.

Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

17 Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

Pleasant city in Tamil Nadu

Velankanni, a city in Tamil Nadu, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India because of its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. Basilica of Our Lady of Health is a popular pilgrimage destination due to its prominence as a religious site. After learning about Velankanni's significance, the Pope of Vatican City designated it a Holy city. In addition to churches, you can spend your time exploring various temples in the city as well.

Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu

18 Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadus popular vacation spot

Dharmapuri, a city in Tamil Nadu, is one of the state's most popular vacation spots because of all the religious buildings you'll find there. Adding to its natural beauty is the mighty Kaveri River, which forms its western boundary. The area is famous for its religious institutions, but it is also loved by individuals who appreciate nature and scenic vistas. On October 2, 1965, the Salem District was split in two, and the resulting Dharmapuri District encompassed the formerly separate Taluks of Hosur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Harur. This city was once known as Thagadur, a combination of the south Indian terms thagadu (meaning "iron") and ore (meaning "place").

Pollachi, Tamil Nadu

19 Pollachi, Tamil Nadu

Pollachi City in Tamil Nadu is the district's second biggest town, and it's located in the Coimbatore district. A town in the Western Ghats range, Pozhil Vaitchi means the country of wealth in Tamil. More than fifteen hundred films have used the stunning Pollachi location as a setting, a testament to the area's natural splendour. Moreover, the cultural significance of the city's tourist attractions is not to be underestimated.

Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

20 Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

Discover the Serene Nilgiris

Kotagiri is a beautiful hill station located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, tea plantations, and peaceful atmosphere. With its pleasant climate and serene surroundings, Kotagiri is a popular destination for those seeking a tranquil getaway in the midst of nature.

Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

21 Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

The Temple Town of Tamil Nadu

Kumbakonam, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a stunning temple town with a wealth of attractions. Tourists and pilgrims are drawn to the area year after year by the thousands of temples that dot the landscape around the city. Kumbakonam is commonly referred to as a temple town all over the country since it is home to several well-known temples. Every year, thousands of people from all over the country make the journey here to pay homage to their gods at various temples that are also well-known for their cultural and architectural significance. Kumbakonam also hosts a number of annual events, including the popular Mahamahan Festival.

Palani, Tamil Nadu

22 Palani, Tamil Nadu

Home to Palani Murugan Temple

The Palani Murugan Temple has made the city of Palani famous in Tamil Nadu. The picturesque Western Ghats rise in the distance, and at their feet are several beautiful lakes, making for a really picturesque scene that will soothe your senses. This city attracts a large number of tourists annually because of its abundance of natural attractions, including beautiful waterfalls, gorgeous lakes, charming hills, verdant woods, a wonderful animal sanctuary and historic temples. Photographers like this location for its ability to depict natures pristine splendour that will leave you absolutely spellbound.

Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

23 Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

Incredible Temple Town

Chidambaram can be found in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This temple town is situated on the Vellar River. It is known for its ancient Dravidian architecture and majestic Gopurams. This town was ruled by a number of empires in the past including the Cholas, the Pandyas and later, the Britishers. The town's most notable landmark is the majestic Chidambaram Natarajar Temple. Lord Shiva is the main god worshipped at the temple, making the town a popular destination for Shaivites.

Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

24 Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

Beautiful city on the banks of the Noyyal River

Tirupur is a well-known city in the southern part of the Deccan Plateau, nestled right on the banks of the Noyyal River. The city is recognised as the Knitwear Capital of India and is a major tourism destination for the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is well-equipped to host visitors from all over the country, whether they are in town for a quick weekend or planning an extended adventure vacation. Tirupur, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a spiritual hub for individuals interested in visiting religious and spiritual sites.

Dindigul, Tamil Nadu

25 Dindigul, Tamil Nadu

The incredible city of Tamil Nadu

Dindigul, located in Tamil Nadu, is 100 kilometres from Tiruchirapalli and 154 kilometres from Coimbatore. The fertile area in and around the stunning city, nestled between the Sirumalai Hills and the Palani Hills, is a major economic driver. The city's status as the site of a historic colony has earned it a place of respect for its rich cultural history. In addition, it is widely renowned as the city of textiles, locks, and tanneries, as well as the Biryani Capital of the World. The Dindigul Fort is the most well-known attraction, while the city has many other points of interest for visitors.

Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

26 Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

The Ancient City of Tamil Nadu

Tirunelveli, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a popular vacation spot. Because of its uniqueness, the region has a wide variety of landscapes, from mountains to beaches, fields to forests, rivers to lakes, lakes to low plains, and plains to woodlands. The attractions in Tirunelveli that have earned their status as "must-sees" provide the whole gamut of vacationer favourites. Nature lovers, history aficionados, pilgrims, and everyone else may all find something to enjoy in Tirunelveli.

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Best Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu , a treasure trove of culture, history, and natural beauty, offers a plethora of best places to visit for travelers. From the bustling city of Chennai to the serene hill stations and ancient temples, Tamil Nadu caters to diverse interests, making it an ideal destination for couples, families, and solo travelers.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Marina Beach: The longest natural urban beach in India, Marina Beach is a popular spot for leisurely strolls, street food, and mesmerizing sunsets.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple: A stunning example of Dravidian architecture, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and features intricately carved gopurams and colorful shrines.

Fort St. George: A historic landmark, Fort St. George houses the St. Mary's Church, a museum, and the iconic flagstaff, offering insights into Chennai's colonial past.

Government Museum: A treasure trove of art, history, and archaeology, the Government Museum showcases an extensive collection of artefacts, paintings, and sculptures.

Guindy National Park: A unique urban national park, Guindy offers a serene escape amidst lush greenery, featuring a variety of flora and fauna, walking trails, and a children's park.

Top Places to visit in Winters in Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram: Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its ancient temples, rock-cut caves, and intricate stone carvings.

Kanyakumari: Witness the mesmerizing confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean at the southernmost tip of India.

Madurai: Visit the historic Meenakshi Amman Temple, an architectural marvel adorned with colourful gopurams and intricate sculptures.

Thanjavur: Discover the rich cultural heritage of this ancient city, home to the magnificent Brihadeeswarar Temple and the exquisite Thanjavur Royal Palace.

Top Places to visit in Summers in Tamil Nadu

Ooty: A picturesque hill station, Ooty offers a refreshing retreat with its lush tea gardens, serene lakes, and pleasant weather.

Kodaikanal: Known as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations,’ Kodaikanal enchants visitors with its misty hills, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful parks.

Coonoor: A charming hill station, Coonoor boasts stunning viewpoints, aromatic tea estates, and the thrilling Nilgiri Mountain Railway .

Yercaud: A tranquil escape, Yercaud features lush coffee plantations, scenic viewpoints, and the serene Yercaud Lake.

Top Places to visit in Monsoon in Tamil Nadu

Valparai: A lesser-known gem, Valparai offers lush greenery, tea estates, and a variety of wildlife during the monsoon season.

Hogenakkal Falls: Witness the majestic Hogenakkal Falls , often referred to as the ‘Niagara Falls of India,’ in its full glory during the monsoon.

Meghamalai: A picturesque hill station, Meghamalai comes alive with verdant landscapes, misty hills, and cascading waterfalls during the monsoon.

Courtallam: Known as the ‘Spa of South India,’ Courtallam features rejuvenating waterfalls and therapeutic natural springs, perfect for a monsoon getaway.

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Tamil Nadu's cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors, aromatic spices, and a variety of mouth-watering dishes. The iconic dosa, a crispy rice and lentil pancake, is a must-try, often served with flavourful chutneys and sambar. Other popular dishes include Other popular dishes include idli, vada, and uttapam, all made from fermented rice and lentil batter, and often accompanied by coconut chutney and tangy sambar. Don't miss the flavorful biryanis, especially the Chettinad-style preparations, and the delectable, sweet treats like payasam and Mysore pak.

Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu in 1 Day:

Explore the historic city of Mahabalipuram, visiting its ancient temples, rock-cut caves, and the famous Shore Temple.

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Discover the cultural gems of Madurai and Thanjavur, visiting the Meenakshi Amman Temple and the Brihadeeswarar Temple.

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Experience the vibrant city life of Chennai, visiting Marina Beach, Kapaleeshwarar Temple , and Fort St. George, before heading to Mahabalipuram for a day trip.

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Combine a visit to the bustling city of Chennai with a relaxing retreat to the picturesque hill stations of Ooty or Kodaikanal.

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Embark on a comprehensive tour of Tamil Nadu, covering the cities of Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Madurai, and Thanjavur, along with a visit to the serene hill station of Ooty or Kodaikanal.

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Vannakam Wanderlusters! Are you looking for a little adventure? How about exploring the beauty of Tamil Nadu? This state is an absolute gem, with its rich culture, history, and stunning landscapes. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, a beach lover, or a nature enthusiast, Tamil Nadu has something to offer everyone.

From the bustling city of Chennai, with its colorful markets and mouth-watering street food, to the tranquil hill stations of Ooty and Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu has a little bit of everything. And let’s not forget about the magnificent temples and heritage sites that dot the landscape, such as the majestic Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, or the ancient rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram.

But it’s not just the big-ticket attractions that make Tamil Nadu so special. It’s also the little things, like sipping on a steaming cup of filter coffee at a roadside stall, or taking a leisurely walk through a lush green tea plantation. And if you’re looking for some fun in the sun, you can always head to the sandy beaches of Marina or Mahabalipuram, or take a dip in the sparkling waters of Kanyakumari.

So, if you’re ready to pack your bags and explore the wonders of Tamil Nadu, buckle up and get ready for an unforgettable journey. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to visit in this amazing state, and we can’t wait to share them with you. So sit back, relax, and let’s dive in!

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The Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai

This stunning temple complex is a must-visit for anyone who wants to experience the rich cultural heritage of South India. You can get lost in the maze-like structure. This temple complex is massive and can be a bit confusing to navigate, but that’s part of the fun! Let yourself get lost in the maze-like corridors and discover hidden gems along the way.

You can marvel at the intricate carvings. The temple is famous for its exquisite carvings, which depict scenes from Hindu mythology and everyday life. Take a close look at the intricate details and appreciate the skill and artistry that went into creating them. 

You can offer prayers at the shrines. The temple has several shrines dedicated to various gods and goddesses, including the main shrine of Meenakshi Amman. Take a moment to offer prayers and soak in the spiritual atmosphere.

Furthermore you can watch the ceremonies. The temple has several daily ceremonies that are a feast for the senses. From the sound of the temple bells to the smell of incense, these ceremonies are a sensory overload.

Additionally, you can shop for souvenirs. The temple complex has several stalls selling souvenirs like brass figurines, silk sarees, and traditional jewelry. Take home a piece of South India with you!

And once you’re done with all the touring you can feast on some local delicacies. Tamil Nadu is famous for its delicious cuisine, and the temple complex has several food stalls serving traditional dishes like idli, dosa, and sambar. Don’t miss out on the culinary delights!

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French Quarter in Pondicherry

First things first, let’s start with a walk along the famous Promenade Beach. This picturesque beach stretches for about 1.5 km and is a great place to take a leisurely stroll, soak in the sun or watch the waves. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the delicious street food stalls that sell crispy dosas and piping hot vadas.

Next up, let’s explore the French Quarter on foot. Take a walk along the streets lined with bougainvillea and take in the colonial architecture. You’ll find colorful houses, quaint cafes, art galleries, and boutique stores. If you’re an art lover, check out the Maison Perumal or the Alliance Française de Pondicherry, where you can see some stunning exhibits.

If you’re feeling peckish, there’s no better place to indulge in some French delicacies than here. Head to Baker Street, a charming French bakery that serves delicious croissants, quiches, and cakes. Or, if you’re in the mood for some fine dining, check out the Rendezvous or La Villa, which serve some exquisite French cuisine.

Finally, no visit to Pondicherry is complete without exploring Auroville, an experimental township located just a few kilometers from the French Quarter. This unique community aims to create a sustainable way of living and is home to people from all over the world. You can visit the Matrimandir, a golden dome-shaped structure, and learn about the community’s ethos.

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Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur

This temple is a marvel of ancient engineering and design, and you’re sure to be awed by its grandeur. Take some time to walk around the temple and marvel at the intricate carvings and sculptures that adorn the walls and ceilings. And don’t forget to look up! The towering vimana (temple tower) is truly a sight to behold.

Next up, let’s talk about the rituals and ceremonies that take place at the temple. The Brihadeeswara Temple is an active place of worship, so you’ll have the chance to witness and participate in a variety of traditional Hindu rituals. From daily pujas (offerings to the deities) to larger festivals and processions, there’s always something interesting happening at the temple.

Of course, no visit to the Brihadeeswara Temple would be complete without taking some time to simply sit and soak in the atmosphere. Find a quiet spot to sit and meditate, or simply wander around and take in the sights and sounds of the temple. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of one of the temple’s resident peacocks!

Last but not least, make sure to visit the nearby Royal Palace and Art Gallery. The palace was once the residence of the Nayak kings and is now a museum filled with fascinating artifacts and exhibits. The art gallery showcases some of the best examples of Tanjore painting, a style of traditional Indian painting that originated in Thanjavur.

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The Coastal Town of Mahabalipuram

The charming and historical town of Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram offers lots of things. There’s plenty to keep you occupied. First off, head over to the Shore Temple, an ancient and stunning temple that dates back to the 8th century AD. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and a true architectural marvel. The temple is located right on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, so you can soak in some gorgeous ocean views while you’re there.

Next up, take a stroll along the town’s famous Beach Road. It’s a long stretch of beach that’s perfect for a leisurely walk, and you’ll come across plenty of little shops and restaurants along the way. You can even rent a bike or scooter if you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore more of the area.

For history buffs, the town is full of fascinating relics and monuments. Make sure you check out the Five Rathas, a set of rock-cut temples that are over 1,000 years old. Each of the temples is carved to look like a different chariot and they’re incredibly detailed and impressive.

If you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping, head to the Crocodile Bank, a reptile sanctuary that’s home to over 2,000 crocs and alligators. You can even watch the keepers feed them if you’re feeling brave enough!

Finally, don’t leave Mahabalipuram without trying some of the delicious seafood that’s on offer. The town is famous for its fresh catches and you’ll find plenty of restaurants and street vendors selling everything from prawns to squid.

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The Rolling Hills of Ooty

This charming hill station nestled in the Nilgiris is a paradise for nature lovers, thrill-seekers, and anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

First on the list is a visit to the breathtaking Doddabetta Peak, the highest point in the Nilgiris. The panoramic views from the top are sure to take your breath away. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even go trekking to the peak!

Next up is a visit to the tranquil Ooty Lake. Take a boat ride on the shimmering waters and soak in the picturesque surroundings. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot some ducks and swans!

For all you animal lovers out there, a trip to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-do. Spot tigers, elephants, and a variety of birds and reptiles in their natural habitat. Just make sure to keep a safe distance!

And finally, what’s a trip to Ooty without indulging in some delicious homemade chocolates? Head over to the famous Ooty Chocolate Factory and stock up on some of the finest chocolates you’ll ever taste.

Kodaikanal

The Hill Station of Kodaikanal 

Oh, Kodaikanal ! The beautiful hill station in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, famous for its serene natural beauty and breathtaking views. It’s a must-visit place for anyone who loves nature, adventure, and delicious food. So, what are some of the things you can do in Kodaikanal? Let’s find out!

First things first, you can’t visit Kodaikanal and not take a stroll around the famous Kodaikanal Lake. It’s a beautiful lake surrounded by lush greenery and perfect for a leisurely walk with your loved ones. You can even rent a boat and row around the lake or simply sit on the banks and enjoy the view.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, then a trek to the top of the beautiful Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint is a must. The trek can be a bit challenging, but the stunning panoramic views of the valley and the surrounding mountains are totally worth it.

And how can we forget about the food? Kodaikanal is famous for its delicious and mouth-watering homemade chocolates, so make sure to indulge in some. You can even visit one of the many chocolate factories in the town and see how they’re made.

If you’re interested in history and culture, then a visit to the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is a must. It’s one of the oldest solar observatories in the world and a great place to learn about the stars and the universe.

Last but not least, don’t forget to visit the beautiful Bryant Park. It’s a well-maintained park with beautiful flowers, fountains, and a greenhouse. It’s a perfect place for a picnic with your family or just a quiet afternoon reading a book.

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The Charming Village of Chettinad 

There’s a lot to do in the charming village of Chettinad.

First and foremost, let’s talk about FOOD. If you’re a foodie, you’re going to have a field day in Chettinad. The cuisine here is renowned for its unique flavors and aromatic spices. You simply can’t leave without trying some of their signature dishes like the Chettinad Pepper Chicken, Mutton Chukka, and Kandarappam. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Now, let’s move on to some cultural activities. Chettinad is known for its stunning mansions, or “palaces,” that were built by wealthy merchants in the early 20th century. Take a stroll through the village and marvel at the intricate architecture and design of these grand structures. You can even visit a few of them like the Chettinad Palace and the Chettinad Museum to learn more about the history and culture of the region.

If you’re in the mood for some shopping, head over to the local market where you can find a variety of unique handicrafts and textiles. Pick up some souvenirs for your loved ones back home, or just treat yourself to some beautiful handmade items.

Finally, for the adventurous souls out there, take a trip to the nearby villages and explore the countryside on foot or bicycle. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of lush green fields and quaint villages, and you might even make some new furry friends along the way (hint: cows and goats).

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The Mudumalai National Park

Now if you’re thinking of just lazing around and catching up on some shut-eye, then this might not be the place for you. But if you’re looking for some adventure and a chance to commune with nature, then saddle up and let’s ride!

First off, you gotta go on a safari. The Mudumalai National Park is home to a whole lot of wildlife, including elephants, tigers, leopards, and a bunch of other critters. And there’s nothing quite like seeing these majestic beasts up close and personal in their natural habitat.

Next, how about a little bird-watching? The park is home to over 200 species of birds, so bring your binoculars and get ready to spot some winged wonders.

If you’re feeling up for it, you can also take a trek up the hills nearby. The scenery is breathtaking, and you might even catch a glimpse of some rare flora and fauna.

And if you’re still up for more adventure, why not try some camping? There are plenty of campsites in and around the park, and spending a night under the stars with the sounds of nature all around you is an experience you won’t soon forget.

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The Town of Tanjore

Tanjore, the land of magnificent temples, exquisite art, and delicious food!

First and foremost, you absolutely cannot miss the Brihadeeswarar Temple, also known as the Big Temple. This architectural masterpiece is over a thousand years old and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sheer size and intricate carvings of the temple will leave you in awe. 

And if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the temple’s shadow, which never falls on the ground!

Next up, visit the Tanjore Palace, also called the Maratha Palace. This impressive structure was the residence of the Thanjavur Nayak and Maratha rulers. You can explore the palace’s courtyards, halls, and galleries to get a glimpse of the town’s history and culture.

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Now, let’s talk about food! Tanjore is famous for its delicious South Indian cuisine, and you must try some of the local delicacies. Head to any of the town’s restaurants or street food stalls and savor the mouth-watering dosas, idlis, and vadas. Don’t forget to end your meal with a glass of refreshing sugarcane juice!

Last but not least, take a stroll through the town’s vibrant markets. You’ll find a variety of handicrafts, silk sarees, and Tanjore paintings that make for unique souvenirs. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the town’s traditional musical instruments being crafted.

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The Yelagiri Hills

Yelagiri Hills is a beautiful destination located in Tamil Nadu, India. If you’re looking for a getaway from the city’s hustle-bustle, then this is the place to be. I mean, the view from the hills is simply breathtaking, with lush greenery and beautiful mountains.

First things first, let’s talk about what to do in Yelagiri Hills. Well, for starters, you can go on a trekking adventure! Yes, you heard me right. Yelagiri Hills is a trekking paradise with a variety of trails for all skill levels. Whether you’re an experienced trekker or a beginner, there’s something for everyone.

If trekking isn’t your thing, then you can opt for a leisurely walk in the beautiful gardens of Punganoor Lake Park. The park is perfect for a picnic with your loved ones, and you can even go boating on the lake.

Now, if you’re looking for something more adventurous, then you must try your hand at paragliding! Yes, you can fly like a bird in Yelagiri Hills. Trust me, it’s an experience like no other.

For the spiritual folks, you can visit the Jalagamparai Waterfalls and the Swamimalai Hills. 

These places are not only beautiful but also hold a lot of cultural and religious significance.

Lastly, don’t forget to try the local cuisine. Yelagiri Hills is famous for its delicious biryani, so make sure to indulge in some gastronomic delights while you’re here.

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Tips For Traveling in Tamil Nadu

And before you’ve packed your bags, there are a few more things to keep in mind. 

  • Tamil Nadu is a culturally rich and diverse state, and it’s important to be respectful of local customs and traditions. When visiting temples, make sure to dress modestly and remove your shoes before entering. 
  • And when it comes to food, be adventurous but also mindful of your stomach. Tamil Nadu cuisine can be spicy and heavy, so it’s a good idea to start with small portions and gradually work your way up.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is the weather. Tamil Nadu can get pretty hot and humid, especially during the summer months. Make sure to pack lightweight and breathable clothing, as well as plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellent. And if you’re visiting during the monsoon season (June to September), be prepared for some heavy rains and possible flooding in low-lying areas.
  • One final tip – don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path and explore some of the smaller towns and villages in Tamil Nadu. You never know what hidden treasures you might discover. And remember, sometimes the best memories are made when you step outside your comfort zone and try something new.

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We’ve come to the end of our journey exploring some of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu! If you’ve enjoyed reading about these incredible destinations and have been inspired to start planning your next adventure, do not wait a second more! 

Whether you’re a history fanatic looking to delve into the rich cultural heritage of the state, a foodie eager to explore the diverse culinary offerings, or a nature lover seeking solace in the scenic beauty of Tamil Nadu’s landscapes, there’s something for everyone here.

From the majestic temples of Madurai to the tranquil hill stations of Ooty and Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu is an enchanting place of experiences waiting to be discovered. 

But perhaps what makes Tamil Nadu truly special are its people, who are renowned for their warm hospitality and vibrant spirit. So make sure to strike up a conversation with the locals, sample some of the delicious street food, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture.

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Some FAQs For You

Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is considered one of the coolest places in Tamil Nadu due to its pleasant weather and scenic beauty. Located in the Nilgiri hills, it is a popular hill station known for its tea plantations, botanical gardens, and serene lakes. Ooty is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

If you’re looking for a one-day trip in Tamil Nadu, go for a quick visit to the beautiful town of Mahabalipuram, where you can soak up some ancient history and stunning coastal views. Or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can take a trip to Yelagiri Hills for some trekking, paragliding, and breathtaking scenery. And if you’re a foodie, then a day trip to Madurai for some lip-smacking South Indian delicacies is a must-do! 

Well, if you want to spice up your life, you should definitely buy some aromatic spices from Tamil Nadu! Your taste buds will definitely thank you. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try some traditional silk sarees? They’re sure to make you look and feel like a Bollywood star! So go ahead and treat yourself to some spicy souvenirs, and get ready to add some sizzle to your life!

Well, Tamil Nadu’s most famous food is probably The Dosa, a thin and crispy pancake made from fermented rice and lentil batter. It is commonly served with sambar, a vegetable and lentil stew, and coconut chutney. Other popular Tamil Nadu dishes include idli, vadai, rasam, and biryani.

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu in December

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In the heart of South India lies Tamil Nadu , a land where history whispers from ancient temples and nature flourishes in its most pristine form. As December rolls in, this vibrant state, renowned for its tapestry of cultural richness, welcomes travelers with open arms. The monsoons have just bid their farewell, leaving behind a canvas of lush greenery and landscapes bathed in a pleasant chill – a quintessential setting for exploration and discovery.

December in Tamil Nadu is not just about cooler weather; it’s a period when the state is abuzz with festivities and cheer. From the majestic hills of the Western Ghats to the golden sands of its serene beaches, every corner of Tamil Nadu in December is a celebration of life and joy. This blog post is your compass to navigate through the top 10 destinations within this enchanting southern jewel, each a unique confluence of historical splendor, natural beauty, and cultural vibrancy. Join us as we unveil the best of Tamil Nadu, tailored for an unforgettable December escapade.

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Weather in Tamil Nadu in December:

In December, Tamil Nadu transforms under a spell of inviting weather, marking it as a prime time for exploration and discovery. The monsoon retreats, leaving behind a cooler, drier climate across the state. The hill stations like Ooty and Kodaikanal, nestled in the Western Ghats, experience a pleasant chill, with misty mornings and crisp evenings that are ideal for cozy hillside retreats.

Meanwhile, the plains and coastal regions, including bustling cities like Chennai, enjoy moderate warmth during the day with temperatures ranging between 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F). Nights bring a comfortable coolness, perfect for savoring the local nightlife or a peaceful walk by the beach. This delightful weather combination ensures an enjoyable experience for all kinds of travelers.

Top 10 Must-Visit Destinations in Tamil Nadu for December:

1. ooty: the queen of hill stations.

Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

Ooty’s Winter Charm : Nestled in the Nilgiri hills, Ooty captivates visitors with its serene landscapes and colonial-era feel. December, with its misty mornings and chilly evenings, is especially magical. The famous Botanical Gardens, with their exotic plants and lush greenery, offer a peaceful retreat, while the Ooty Lake invites visitors for tranquil boat rides.

The panoramic view from Doddabetta Peak is a must-see. The winter month also brings unique local experiences, from cozy stays in colonial bungalows to sipping freshly brewed Nilgiri tea.

  • Weather : Cool and misty with occasional sunny spells.
  • Major Attractions : Botanical Gardens, Ooty Lake, Doddabetta Peak, and Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
  • How to Reach : The nearest airport is Coimbatore (88 km away). Well-connected by road and rail.

2. Kodaikanal: The Princess of Hill Stations

Pillar Rocks Kodaikanal Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal’s Tranquil Beauty : Kodaikanal , another gem in Tamil Nadu’s crown of hill stations, stands out with its star-shaped lake, mist-covered cliffs, and dense forests. The town’s laid-back atmosphere is perfect for those seeking a peaceful getaway.

In December, the cool weather is ideal for exploring the Pillar Rocks, Coaker’s Walk, and Bryant Park. The town’s Christmas celebrations add to its charm, making it a festive destination.

  • Weather : Pleasant with cool temperatures, ideal for trekking and sightseeing.
  • Major Attractions : Kodaikanal Lake, Pillar Rocks, Coaker’s Walk, Bryant Park.
  • How to Reach : The nearest airport is Madurai (120 km). Accessible by road from major cities.

3. Chennai: The Cultural Capital

Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Chennai’s Festive Vibes : Tamil Nadu’s capital, Chennai , is a bustling metropolis that blends modernity with tradition. December in Chennai is lively, with the city celebrating various cultural events and music festivals.

The Marina Beach, Fort St. George, and Kapaleeshwarar Temple are not to be missed. The winter weather is perfect for exploring the city’s rich history and indulging in its famous street food.

  • Weather : Moderately warm and pleasant.
  • Major Attractions : Marina Beach, Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and San Thome Basilica.
  • How to Reach : Major international airport and railway hub. Well-connected by road.
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4. Mahabalipuram: The Coastal Monument Town

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Mahabalipuram’s Ancient Marvels : Mahabalipuram, known for its extraordinary stone carvings and ancient temples, stands as one of the South India December tourism highlights .

In this coastal town, architectural masterpieces like the Shore Temple and the Pancha Rathas, each hewn from a single large rock, gain an even more special allure under the pleasant climate of December. The town’s beaches offer the perfect setting for a relaxed day, complemented by the local seafood, which is a gastronomic treat for visitors.

  • Weather : Pleasant with cooler evenings.
  • Major Attractions : Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, and the beaches.
  • How to Reach : 60 km from Chennai; accessible by road. Nearest airport is Chennai.

5. Rameswaram: The Spiritual Island

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram’s Divine Experience : Known for its religious significance and breathtaking views of the Bay of Bengal, Rameswaram is a must-visit. The Ramanathaswamy Temple, with its intricate corridors and striking architecture, is particularly enchanting in the mild December weather. The calm and spirituality of the place provide a soul-soothing experience.

  • Weather : Relatively mild and humid.
  • Major Attractions : Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi Beach, Pamban Bridge.
  • How to Reach : Connected by the Pamban bridge to mainland India. The nearest major city is Madurai (175 km).

6. Coimbatore: The Manchester of South India

Marudhamalai Temple Coimbatore Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore’s Urban Charm : Coimbatore is an urban hub surrounded by natural beauty. In December, the weather is perfect for exploring its numerous parks, waterfalls, and temples. The city is also a gateway to the hill stations of Ooty and Valparai, making it an ideal stop for travelers.

  • Weather : Pleasant with cool nights.
  • Major Attractions : Marudhamalai Temple, Siruvani Waterfalls, G.D. Naidu Museum.
  • How to Reach : Has its airport. Well-connected by road and rail.

7. Thanjavur: The Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

Brihadeeswarar Temple Thanjavur Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur’s Royal Legacy : This city, once the capital of the great Chola dynasty, is steeped in history and culture. The Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is particularly impressive in December’s clear weather. The city’s ancient art forms, like the Thanjavur painting and the classical dance Bharatanatyam, are cultural treasures.

  • Weather : Cool and comfortable for sightseeing.
  • Major Attractions : Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur Royal Palace, Saraswathi Mahal Library.
  • How to Reach : The nearest airport is in Tiruchirappalli (60 km). Accessible by road and rail.
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8. Madurai: The Temple City

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Madurai’s Timeless Appeal : One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai , is renowned for the Meenakshi Amman Temple.

In December, the city’s rich history and vibrant culture are on full display, with cooler temperatures making it comfortable to explore. The temple’s architecture and the bustling streets around it offer a glimpse into Tamil Nadu’s soul.

  • Weather : Cool and pleasant, ideal for temple visits.
  • Major Attractions : Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, Alagar Koyil.
  • How to Reach : Madurai has its airport. Well-connected by road and rail.

9. Yercaud: The Jewel of the South

Emerald Lake Yercaud Tamil Nadu

Yercaud’s Serene Landscapes : This lesser-known hill station is a haven of tranquility. In December, it’s coffee plantations and orange groves are particularly inviting.

The Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, and the Killiyur Falls are natural retreats that offer stunning views and a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle.

  • Weather : Cool and misty, ideal for nature walks.
  • Major Attractions : Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls, and coffee plantations.
  • How to Reach : The nearest airport is in Salem (38 km). Accessible by road.

10. Tharangambadi: The Land of the Singing Waves

Fort Dansborg, Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu

Tharangambadi’s Coastal Charm : Formerly known as Tranquebar, this coastal town offers a unique blend of Tamil and Danish cultures.

Its tranquil beaches, the Dansborg Fort, and the Zion Church are particularly pleasant in December’s cool weather. The town’s slow-paced life and historical architecture make it a perfect spot for those looking to unwind and step back in time.

  • Weather : Pleasantly warm, suitable for beach activities.
  • Major Attractions : Dansborg Fort, Zion Church, and the town’s unique Danish colonial architecture.
  • How to Reach : The nearest major city is Thanjavur (100 km). Best reached by road.

Summing Up the Journey : As the blog post concludes, recap the unique experiences that each destination offers. Emphasize the diversity of Tamil Nadu and how each place brings its flavor to the table, making the state a mosaic of cultural, historical, and natural beauty, especially in December. Encourage travelers to explore these gems and experience the warmth and hospitality of Tamil Nadu.

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FAQs about visiting Tamil Nadu in December:

1. what is the weather like in tamil nadu in december.

Answer : December in Tamil Nadu is characterized by pleasant and cool weather, especially in hill stations like Ooty and Kodaikanal, where it can be quite chilly. In the plains and coastal areas, such as Chennai and Mahabalipuram, the climate is moderately warm and comfortable, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

2. Are there any special festivals or events in Tamil Nadu during December?

Answer : Yes, December is a culturally vibrant month in Tamil Nadu. The Margazhi Festival of Dance and Music is a significant event in Chennai, showcasing classical dance and music performances. Christmas is also celebrated with enthusiasm, especially in the hill stations and cities. Moreover, local temples may have special events and rituals during this time.

3. What are the best places for shopping in Tamil Nadu in December?

Answer : Tamil Nadu offers a variety of shopping experiences. In Chennai, T. Nagar and Pondy Bazaar are popular for textiles and traditional jewelry. Coimbatore is known for its silk sarees and fabrics. Madurai and Thanjavur are great for traditional handicrafts, Tanjore paintings, and brassware. December might also feature Christmas markets and fairs in various cities.

4. Is it necessary to book accommodations in advance for a December visit?

Answer : Yes, it is advisable to book accommodations in advance if you’re visiting Tamil Nadu in December. This month is a peak tourist season due to the pleasant weather and festive atmosphere. Popular destinations like Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Chennai get particularly crowded, and last-minute bookings might be hard to find or more expensive.

5. What are the must-try foods in Tamil Nadu during a December visit?

Answer : Tamil Nadu’s cuisine is rich and varied. Must-try dishes include traditional meals like dosa, idli, vada, and uttapam, served with sambar and a variety of chutneys. For non-vegetarian options, Chettinad cuisine offers spicy and flavorful dishes like Chettinad chicken. In December, many places also offer special Christmas sweets like plum cakes and rose cookies.

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  1. THE 10 BEST Tamil Nadu Nature & Wildlife Areas

    See tours. 8. Sanctuary Avalanche. 155. Nature & Wildlife Areas. By Amyberg1. At a distance of 23 km from Ooty, ,Avalanche Lake & sanctuary is beautiful lake situated at Avalanche village in... 9. Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    These are the best places for budget-friendly nature & parks in Tamil Nadu: Sadhana Forest; Cloud Forest Entertainment Park; Besant Nagar Beach; Dhanushkodi Beach Point; Rock Fort Temple; See more budget-friendly nature & parks in Tamil Nadu on Tripadvisor

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    33. Pollachi. 5.0 /5. 33 out of 74. Places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Located down south, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, the town of Pollachi is a popular filming spot due to its lavish greenery and blissful sceneries. Primarily an agricultural region, Pollachi adorns vast spreads of coconut, jaggery and vegetable fields.

  4. Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu

    Coonoor: This is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Tamil Nadu and is a haven for couples who love nature and adventure. From staying in old estates to driving along serene roads and visiting attractions like Catherine Falls, Botanical Gardens and more, there is a lot that this city has to offer to couples.

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    Kotagiri, Among The Best Nature Places In Tamil Nadu. Kotagiri is one of the best nature places in Tamil Nadu because it has the best climate all the year. It is also an excellent place for couples, destination weddings, and enjoying with friends. Kotagiri offers the best trails, eye-blessing river views, vast trees, tea gardens, and trekking.

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    Discover best scenic places in Tamil Nadu and nature spots around Chennai - travel guide, sightseeing attractions, season, weather, location map & directions ... Kanyakumari is one of the famous pilgrimage places to visit as part of Tamilnadu tour. It is about 242 km from Madurai and 707 km from Chennai.

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    Tamil Nadu is a paradise for Nature lovers. Hill stations, waterfalls, forests, bird sanctuaries and seashores are easily accessible for people who want to immerse themselves in Mother Nature. ... Districts Pilgrim Centres Cities Places of Interest Trekking Routes. ... 1800-425-31111 (Within India only) Department of Tourism, Government of ...

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    7. Mukurthi National Park. Wildlife. At a distance of 40 km from Ooty, Mukurthi National Park is a protected area located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu state. It is one of the most attractive wildlife sanctuaries in South India and among the best places to visit as part of Ooty Tour Packages.

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    Discover best tourist places to visit in Tamil Nadu - travel guide, sightseeing attractions with itinerary, trip duration, weather, best season & tourist map. Tamilnadu is home for historical, heritage & pilgrimage sites, hill stations, waterfalls & beaches. At least 10 days required to explore Tamilnadu tourism.

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    Part of the world's 2nd longest beach, Bessie holds its own spot. See way to experience (1) 2023. 5. Brihadeeswara Temple. 1,536. Architectural Buildings. Brihadishvara Temple, also called Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.

  11. National Parks in Tamil Nadu

    National Parks in Tamil Nadu, India. Gangaikonda Cholapuram. A temple that is much more than a place of worship; a living tribute to the rich history of India and the legacy of the marvellous Dravidian architectural genre.

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    Rameshwaram is the holy land of Hindus - one of the biggest pilgrimage sites for the worshippers of Sri Ram. With pristine beaches, ancient heritage sites and modern architectural marvels - this is a must visit place in Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram is in fact an island which is connected to mainland India through the first Sea-link of India ...

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    Some of the magnanimous tourist sightseeing places include Bandipur National Park, Hogenakkal Falls, Paradise Beach, and Marina Beach. Notable cities like Salem, Vellore, Ooty, Kanchipuram, Chennai, etc. perfectly fit the bill for the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Best Places To Visit In Tamil Nadu. 1.

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    from. ₹1,15,343. per adult. 23. Kolukkumalai Jeep safari -tea trail and Orthodox Tea Factory visit -Private Tour. 4WD Tours. 6-7 hours. Kolukkumalai "The highest tea growing estate in the World" . - the tea plantation in the sky - This adventurous full day….

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    So, if you are thinking what to do in Chennai, just escape to Chennai, among the top 10 tourist places in Tamil Nadu. Best Time to Visit Chennai: November to February. Ideal duration: 3-4 days. Places to visit: Marina Beach, Government Museum, Fort St. George, Edward Elliot's Beach, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Mylapore, Valluvar Kottam.

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    A small town showing its visitors the true colors of Tamil culture. With many famous temples and churches, busy and small streets, and colorful markets; Madurai is a must visit place in Tamil Nadu. Ooty. Thousands of travelers visit Ooty to relax in the hills and escape from the soaring temperature in the summers.

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    No wonder the quality of air and the charm of nature here is unparalleled. Toll Free No: 1800-425 -31111. tamilnadu-tourism ... Districts Pilgrim Centres Cities Places of Interest Trekking Routes. ... Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, #2, Wallajah Road, Chennai - 600002 Fax: +044 25333385, 25333567 | Email: [email protected]. All ...

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    6. Kolli Hills. Hill Station | Adventure / Trekking. At a distance 50 km from Namakkal, 87 km from Salem, 135 km from Trichy & 395 km from Chennai, Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai is a small mountain range located in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular places to visit near Trichy.

  19. Best Places To Visit In Tamil Nadu During Summer

    The calm and picturesque hill station, Yercaud is nature's gift. It is rated as the 5th coolest place in Tamil Nadu which makes it one of the best places to visit in the state during summer. ... Mudumalai National Park is one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu during summer for wildlife enthusiasts and bird lovers.

  20. Exploring Tamil Nadu in January: Top 10 Destinations

    This blog post takes you on a journey through the top 10 destinations in Tamil Nadu that are a must-visit in January. Table of Contents. Top 10 Must-Visit Destinations in Tamil Nadu for a January Getaway: 1. Ooty: The Queen of Hill Stations. 2. Madurai: A Cultural Epicenter. 3.

  21. Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu

    5 Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu. Nature Lovers Paradise. Masinagudi is a small town situated in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, India. It is surrounded by dense forests, tea and coffee plantations, and wildlife sanctuaries. Masinagudi is known for its scenic beauty and wildlife, and it attracts a large number of tourists every year.

  22. Exploring Tamil Nadu in April

    Here are the 10 best places to visit in Tamil Nadu during this month, each offering its unique flavor and charm. 1. Ooty - The Queen of Hill Stations. 2. Kodaikanal - The Princess of Hill Stations. 3. Madurai - The Temple City. 4. Rameshwaram - The Island Sanctuary.

  23. Tamil Nadu- The Best Things To See and Do

    The Rolling Hills of Ooty. This charming hill station nestled in the Nilgiris is a paradise for nature lovers, thrill-seekers, and anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. First on the list is a visit to the breathtaking Doddabetta Peak, the highest point in the Nilgiris.

  24. Tourist Attractions

    Tamil Nadu Tourist Attractions. Unwrap some noteworthy places to spend your leisure time in Tamil Nadu. The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is home to a variety of landscapes, a vibrant cultural past, and a rich cultural legacy. Tamil Nadu provides travelers with a diverse range of experiences, spanning from historic temples to contemporary ...

  25. Explore Tamil Nadu in December for an Unforgettable Experience

    Top 10 Must-Visit Destinations in Tamil Nadu for December: 1. Ooty: The Queen of Hill Stations. Ooty's Winter Charm: Nestled in the Nilgiri hills, Ooty captivates visitors with its serene landscapes and colonial-era feel. December, with its misty mornings and chilly evenings, is especially magical.