Tamilnadu is a land where traditions and culture live in harmony
and is truly a living tradition of music and dance! Tamilnadu
is a home to many natural resources, temples of Dravidian
architecture, hill stations, beach resorts and multi religious
pilgrimage sites. Its capital and largest city is Chennai (formerly
known as Madras till 1996). The Coromandel Coast along the
Bay of Bengal boasts of many ideal locations for sun and surf.
The breathtaking sights as you travel within Tamilnadu will
hold you spellbound.
Chennai holds a large cultural event, the annual Madras
Music Season, with performances by hundreds of artists. The
city has a vibrant theatre scene and is an important centre
for Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form. The fort St.George
remains one of the city's important landmarks and serves as
the Government Secretariat today. Kanchipuram 'The Golden
town of Temples' has shrines dating back to 200 BC - Chola
period. Mammalapuram - is sculptors delight, Arjuna's
Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Varaha Mandapam and the
famous shore temples.
Puducherry, former French colony, known as the French
Riviera of the East has a rich French cultural heritage and the
French legacy is visible in the well-planned town, neatly laid
roads, wide and vibrant beaches. At Chunnamar 8 kms from
the town along Cuddalore Main Road lies this stretch of
tropical paradise "Plage Paradise" (Paradise Beach).
Puducherry's mystic spirit found a great resurrection in the
20th century with the establishment of Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, noted for its Gothic
architecture and stained glass panels, depicts the life of
Jesus Christ and Puducherry's landmark, Auroville located
just 20 kms north of Puducherry was founded as a Universal Town, where people from different nationalities, faith and
beliefs live in peace and harmony. It’s a tranquil land that
Thanjavur or Tanjore was the royal city of the Chola Kings
who made it their capital and Thanjavur continued to flourish
during the rule of the Nayaks and the Mahrattas. Thanjavur
was at the height of its glory Rajaraja Cholan. The famous
Brihadeshwara Temple constructed by Rajaraja Cholan, is an
architect’s marvel, a finest contribution to Dravidan temple
architecture. Thanjavur is known as Granary of South India,
it lies in the deltaic region of river Calvary and rice grows in
abundance and it is known as “Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu”.
Madurai is known as “The Temple City”. It is the cultural
capital of Tamilnadu. On the day the city was to be named
as Lord Shiva blessed the land and its people, devine nectur
(madhu) was showered on the city and the city was henceforth
known as Madurapuri. Madurai is famous for jasmine flowers.
Rameshwaram, a town in Ramanathpuram, is a major pilgrim
centre. a small island in the Gulf of Manner at the very tip
of the Indian peninsula. Lord Ram built a bridge Ram Setu
(also known as Adam’s Bridge) across the sea to Lanka to
rescue Sita from her abductor Ravana. It is a holy place where
Lord Rama on his return from Sri Lanka, offered prayers and
performed a religious ceremony to Lord Shiva to absolve his
sin in killing Ravana. Both the Shaivites and the Vaishnivites
visit this pilgrimage centre which is known as "Varanasi of the
South". The famous Ramanathaswamy Temple is renowned for
its magnificent corridors and massive sculputed pillars. The 3rd
corridor of the temple is the longest one in the world.