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Tantalising Tamilnadu

Chennai, puducherry, thanjavur, madurai, rameshwaram

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 embodies spirituality.


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.

Important Note

Weather &
Apr - Sept Oct - Mar
Plains 35 - 40°C
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20 - 25°C
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Low Hills 25 - 33°C
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18 - 24°C
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High Hills --NA-- --NA--
Best Season
to Travel
April to September
October to March
Rainfall Tamil Nadu gets all its rains from northeast monsoons between October & December. The average annual rainfall is between 635 & 1905 mm.
Tamil Nadu

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