< Tamil Nadu Tourist Places Tamilnadu Tourism |Tamilnadu history

Places to visit in Tamil Nadu Tourist Places in India

The old name of Tamil Nadu is Madras State or Madrasapattinam. The name of Madras state was changed into Tamil Nadu in 1969.Tamilnadu, the piece of peace land, that lies down south of the largest peninsular in the Asian continental named India. It is the most prominent state of the country surrounded by three major ocean of the world, namely Arabian ocean, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The trinity junction of water symbolizes the trinity coloured national flag of the country and its trinity unity religion of the people in Tamilnadu. Such as Hinduism, Islamism and Christianize, which provoke serenity, culture, and faith and love amidst the people of Tamilnadu.

The historical background of the state exposes the rule of great kings the Cholan, the Pandiyan, the Cheran and later stepped into staunch Dravidian culture, which does exist even today. Those days, great workmanship of tamilians is today’s monuments of this state is a well-known fact to the worldwide.

The awesome Temple Towers of the state namely, Mahabalipuram, Srirangam, Meenakshi Temple and Tanjore Big Temple are some of the greatest exterior structures, which would first make us, say wow! Added to it the artistic ancient paintings, sculptures, statues, ideas, concepts etc., would provide an exuberant fiesta to the tourist naked eyes….!

Today! Tamilnadu has developed into all the extremes of commercialized businesses like Imports, Exports, IT, Textile, Leather, Film and so forth. A tourist from any part of the world could peacefully travel around the state with great fun, entertainment, spirituality, music, dance and spicy food that tap the tongue with great taste… yes! The taste of Tamilnadu. Moreover, safety, security, politeness and guidance are assured by the state to the tourist to make them feel easy at home…!

THE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION

Tamilnadu consist of four seasons (summer winter, spring, autumn). This change periodically on every quarter of a year. The state has a fertile landscape filled with rivers, nature and climate, which enhances agriculture as major occupation to the state. Tamilnadu has two major hill stations filled with heavenly blessings of nature. Such as Ooty and Kodaikanal- a lovely place to live alive forever…

To the north of Tamilnadu you have Karnataka and Andrapradesh as the neighboring state and to the west you have Kerala in other words “God’s own place”. To the east side the Bay of Bengal and to the tip of south you have Kanyakumari - the place where the sun rise and rest.

The capital of Tamilnadu is Chennai formally known as Madras a great place for business located along the east coasted area of the country.

THE TRANSPORT…

Tamilnadu ranks second in the country for its transport network, such as air routes, sea routes, rail routes and roadways. The state provides safe and secured journey to the passengers who travel throughout the state. It provides cleanliness, politeness and no time delay travel in all these respective sources of traveling. All the major districts of the state have International airports and the state has two major ancoring seaports namely Chennai and Tutucorin. The rail network is the greatest transportation of the state, you have it from Kanyakumari to Jammu and multi connection rail links throughout the country and the same progress to taken place with the roadways transportation too, and an awesome four way ring road national highway project is an enhancement to the state of Tamilnadu. This makes people glide on the road to any directions in the country.

THE CLIMATE

         Tamilnadu is known for its four seasons with no great variation among temperature. It has a tropical climate range from 400c to 250c (116f – 48f approx) in the plains region. While the hill stations record much cooler temperature throughout the season. The best climate of Tamilnadu is between November and February. Suggested dress wear will be cotton in summer and woolen in hill station, if needed.

THE HISTORY

        Four Major crowned head – The Cholen, the Pandiyan, The Cheran and the Pallavas, ruled ancient Tamilnadu. These where the golden days of Tamilnadu to rise up in Tamil culture, art, music, painting, civil engineering, agriculture, etc., with unique style and strategy which even still prevails now in the earth of Tamilnadu. Following there principles with the neo-reformation, Tamilnadu did improve in the reign of Vijayanagaram Empire and with various small rulers like Nayaks etc., During the mid 18th century British over ruled the state as East Indian company and called the region as Madras presidency. In 1956, the Madras presidency was reformed as Tamilnadu and still exist the same…

THE PEOPLE…

         The people of Tamilnadu are affable, amiable, loveable with great hospitality and generous to others. They love to bring joy and comfort on others living, they are easy going and friendly by nature. They give much importance to traditional value, beliefs and festivals. They are orthodox but bravery is their strength. Tamil is the people’s language, but the people are multilingual and quite conversant in English, which make a tourist feel comfortable while travel.

THE CLOTHES…

         People of Tamilnadu have their own traditional style of wearing dresses. They prefer cotton materials mostly, because that suits the climates. Women are precious to the earth of Tamilnadu and that’s why they gift wrap the ladies in sarers with great fascinating design and colour which could hunt peoples sight, gorgeously and adds beauty to the beautiful. Men are clothed with a comfortable dressing called vetti and shirt, Nowadays traditional wear have become festival wears and fashionable wears have taken the routine of Tamil people. Yes! West is running to the East and East is moving to the west. That’s true

RELIGION, CULTURE AND CASTE…

         It is said that Tamilnadu is one of the oldest place in the world because human activity have taken place by 3, 00,000 year ago. Tamilnadu is the place known for Tamilans and the Tamil & Dravidian culture. Hinduism is the major religion with great rituals stringently followed till date. Ancient days Tamilians worshipped nature as God, and later after the Aryans invasion idols worshipped as image Gods with great beliefs. Christianity and Islamism are the minority religion of the state of Tamilnadu, but with real good integrity these trinity of religionist is followed as Tamilians without chaos…

Even today traditional outlook is portrayed more in the rural areas than in the cities, the tribalism are still found in the hilly regions, they does follow their culture that yet matches the ancient days.

THE PERFORMING ARTS

         The real traditional art of Tamilnadu is Folk Music and dance. This rhythm that expresses the aesthetic values and melodies of tamil culture, faith and worship to their gods. Tamil arts is famous for Therukoothu or street play, Thappathi Attam, Karagam and kaavadi, Dummy horse leg dance and peacock Dance, Puli aattam, Oyilaattam, snake dance, Urumni aattam, Ottan koothu, Kamaandi or Kaman pandigai, kali aattam or kolaatam, sevai aattam and silambam. These are the real traditional arts of Tamilnadu; later when Aryan’s invaded with idols it was a merger of traditional stir in the arts of Tamilians. Bharathanatyam, Carnatic music where implemented with some musical instruments such as Veena, violin, Flute, gottuvadayam, Mridangam, Nadaswaram and ghatam have added flavour to the Tamilians real music and real melody with great ethics to create great epics…

FESTIVALS

         As you know that Tamilians are aesthetic in music and Dance, their festivals are real master blaster to the state. Pongal the harvest festival, the chithirai festival, held at madurai temple, summer tourist festivals held annually at Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and Yelagiri Hills.Mango Festival in kirshnagiri, Saaral festival at courtrallam, the cape festival in kanyakumari, Natyanjali festival in Chidambaram and the dance festival in manallapuram are the worth ones. The annual Tourist fair in Chennai and the tea and tourism festival at Ooty and Coonoor are also the tourist attraction in Tamilnadu.

THE CRAFTS

         The state of Tamilnadu is famous for its traditional arts and crafts. Tanjore is famous for paintings, mat weaving and Baskets and also it is well known for its gold foils and precious stone works on jewelry. The south Indian culture for homeliness is kolam. That is a sort of Rangoli with dots of white powder drawings, designs on front of every house. This predicts that in every family there is small dotted problem and the home makers will design those problems into beauty is the philosophical thought behind this kolam art. Moreover, handycraft works in woven textiles,brass items and wood are the added feature to the state.

THE CUSINE

         Tamilnadu is very much famous for vegetarian food which is very popular over the global because of good health. Variety meals and dishes will have its exclusive taste that Tamilnadu owns. Chettinadu is a small region in Tamilnadu compensates its quality in non-vegetarian dishes such as fish, meat, chicken etc., Tamilnadu a spicy tasty world for good eaters provide quality food to both vegetarian and non vegetarians.

THE INDUSTRIES

         Tamilnadu, today has grown up into multifaceted business era. Information technology has a boom in the state and Film making industry is a boon to the state. Apart from this, major industries like, cotton, Chemicals, fertilizers, paper products, printing and allied industries, automobiles, cements, sugar, iron and steel, rail coach body building industries has a rapid growth in the state. This exposes the civilized people of Tamilnadu with literacy level to the international standards, proclaims the ladder of success into globalization as of today.

THE ECONOMY

         The economy growth is on the progress side because of most MNC companys target Tamilnadu as a great place for all seasons and reasons. Perhaps! Rice, Maize, Jowar, Bajra, Ragi and pulses are the major crops which standardizes the south Indian market trend to the national and international level.

Tamil Nadu Tourist Places

Chennai

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu.  It is the fourth biggest city of India. Chennai was the first major settlement in India for the British.  This city is the gateway to South India.  Chennai is the very important rail centre of India and has connections by road rail and air to almost all the cities of India Chennai is served by a major harbor and an international airport.

Important Tourist Places

Fort St. George Fort is constructed by the British East India Company in 1653.  This fort is the most famous examples of British military construction. The state legislature and Government offices function with this fort.

St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church was the first Anglican Church situated within the fort. Armory coins, medals and other artefacts used by the British and their contemporaries are displayed here.  It now houses the officer of the Archaeological survey of India.

Light House

Light house was built in 1844 AD.  It lies to the north of the fort.

The Marina Beach and Aquarium

The marina Beach is 13km long and it is second largest beach in the world.  The Aquarium on the sea front is a great attraction for tourist lot of people enjoy beach by walking and playing.

Government Museum and Art Gallery

Government Museum is located on pantheon Road in Egmore.  This museum is well known for its exquisite collection of more than 2000 South Indian Bronzes and Amaravathi Marbles.

Santhome Cathedral

This is Roman Catholic Church built at the Southern end. Was built to preserve the remains of St. Thomas, the Apostle.

Deer Park and Snake Park

These parks are in Guindy and have a large number of black bucks, civet cats, Jackals, spotted deer, mongoose and monkeys.

Kapaleeswarar Temple

This Kapaleeswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.  This temple was built in 6th century at Mylapore.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

Sri Parthasarathy temple was built in 8th century.  It is dedicated to Lord Krishna.  This was a creation of Pallavas and belongs to Vaishnavaite temple in Tripilicane.  The other temples are Kandaswami temple in park town.  Thiruvanmiyur temple is 4km east of Adyar beach. Vadapalani Ashta Lakshmi temple is at Kodambakkam.  The Shiva temple at Thiruvotriyur is 12 km.

Kalakshetra or the Abode of Arts

Kalakshetra was established by Smt. Rukmini Arundale at Thiruvanmiyur in the midst of age old trees and flower midst of age old trees and flower gardens. The institute of age old trees and flower gardens.  The institute reverberates to the sound of music and classical dance.

Valluvar kottom

Valluvar Kottam was built in the memory of saint Thiruvalluvar.  This building has a huge auditorium.

Tiruttani

Tiruttani is about 82km from Chennai.  This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. It is located at the top of the hill.  We can reach the temple by climbing 365 steps.

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is called as the “Golden city of Temples”. It is on the Bangalore – Chennai highway. Kanchipuram was once the proud capital of the Pallavas from the 6th to 8th century Adi Sankaracharya established his episcopal seat her that is called as Kamakotipeetam.  The city of Kanchipuram has three divisions. They are Siva Kanchi, Vishnu Kanchi, and Jain Kanchi on the faith each based dominant of set.

Kanchipuram is well known famous for its kanjeevaram silk sarees. It is marketed co-operative societies.  There are about 1000 temples in Kanchipuram. Some important temples are the Ekambareswara Temple, Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Temple and The Sakkiswarar Temple.

Places to visit in Tamilnadu

Vellore

Vellore is about 137 km from Chennai. Vellore historical fort was built in the 16th century and is considered to be a perfected specimen of military architecture. The fort is surrounded by a moat and the fort has Jalakanteshwara Temple inside the fort the Christian medical college and Hospitals attracts lot of patients for their specialized treatment.

Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai is called as a temple town. It is about 188km from Chennai.  This temple is dedicated to Lord Arunachaleswarar. A Deepam is hit on the sacred hill by the side of the temple on the karthigai day in the month of November/December and the Deepam sheds its light for several Kilometers around the town.

Devotees throng the town to have a darshan of the Deepam . The gopuram of the temple is 61m high with 11 storeys.  Then it is well known famous for “Sri ramana Maharishi” the sage of Arunachala, He lived and taught the Virtues of wisdom.

Chidambaram

Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram is believed to have emerged from sacred space and performed his cosmic dance.  The main deity of this temple is Siva Nateswara. This temple is situated in the middle of the town.  It is surrounded by 4 broad chariot streets. The tall towers of the temple has 108 dance postures of Lord Shiva.

Chidambaram is also well known famous for the Annamalai University.  It was the first residential university in Tamil Nadu.

Excursion Chitambaram 

Nagveli

Nagveli  is the place were lignite is mined in a large scale Pichawaram  is about 16 km from Chitambaram  and Pichawaram  is an excellent picnic spot . IT covers an area of about 3000 acres of mangrove forest.

Poompuhar

Poompuhar is about 40km from Chidambaram. It was the ancient capital of the Cholas this place was originally called as ‘Kaveri Poopattinam’. Now except for the small village everything has submerged under water. There is a 7 storey museum containing a pictorial representation of the story of Silappathikaram it is a classical work of Tamil Literature Seerkazhi is about 20km from Chidambaram. It is a temple town.  Parangipettai is about 25km from Chidambaram where we can see the ruins of a Dutch cemetery and the battle field.  This is the place where British defeated Hyder Ali.

Thiruvengadu

Thiruvengadu is about 28km from Chidambaram.  This temple is dedicated to Shiva as Aghoramuthi.

Vaitheeswara Koil

This temple is about 24km from Chidambaram. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswarar.  He is the healer of all diseases.

Srimushnam

Srimushnam is about 20km to the northwest of Chidambaram.  The Bhuvarahaswamy temple is one of the eight self-created swayam Vysktamkshetras in the south.  The temple has some of the richest carvings and is said to be very ancient vadalur.  This place is associated with saint Ramalingaswamigal who preached us brotherhood.  Viruddachalam is about 45km from Chidambaram. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Virudhagreeswarar.  His two consorts are Periyanayaki and Illyanayaki.

Gangai Kondacholapuram

Gangai Kondacholapuram is about 60km from Chidambaram.  It is on the way to Tanjore highway.  The temple Gangai Konda Cholapuram was built by Chola emperor Rajendra I in 1020AD.  This Lingam is one of the biggest Lingam in South.

Tanjore

Tanjore is about 334km from Chennai.  Chennai lies the historical city of Thanjavur.  This temple city was once the capital of the Chola Empire.  The famous Peruvudaiyar Temple was built in 1000AD by Raja Raja Cholan. Thanjavur is also called “The Rice Bowel of Tamil Nadu”.  It is known for its exquisite handicraft, musical instrument and bronze items. The Cauvery River has made the Tanjore the most fertile belt.

Peruvudaiyar Temple

Peruvudaiyar Temple is one of the greatest temple ever to have been erected in India.  We cannot see the shadow of the temple. The tower over the inner sanctum rises to a height of 15m and then tapes to make a total of 65.8m. This tower is capped by an 81.3 tonne monolithic slab. This enormous piece of stone is said to have been hauled into position along an inclined place 6km. This long enshrine has a big sanctum and it has a huge Lingam.  A monolithic Nandi of 3.7m high, 6m long, 2.5m broad and weight 25tonnes chiseled out of a single rock adorns the portals of the inner shrine.

A place is also here.  It is about 1km from the temple.  Which is a vast one built by Nayaks around 1550 AD. An art gallery is also located inside the place, it has over 100 Cholas bronzes of outstanding merit.  Saraswathi Mahal Library is also inside the palace.  It has the collections of rare and illustrated manuscripts in Indian and European languages. The palm leaf manuscripts go beyond 20,000 in numbers Sangeetha Mahal and Schwartz church are some other places to visit in this area.

Kumbakonam

This temple tour is about 36km from Tanjore.  There are 4 large temples here the Sarangapani temple, Ramaswamy temple, Vaishnava temples, Kumbeswarar and Nageswarar temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva.  These temples are noted for their sculptures and carvings the grand festival Mahamagam is celebrated once in 12 years.  It draws thousands of devotes.  Kumbakonam is famous for its brassware and handloom sarees.

Swamimalai

Swamimalai is one of the 6 abodes of Lord Subramaniya.  It is about 6km from Kumbakonam.  Thirubhuwanam is about 8 km from Kumbakonam.  The 8th century Shiva temple is an important specimen of temple art.

Thiruvaiyaru

Thiruvaiyaru is about 18km from Kumbakonam.  This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Saint Thyagaraja is one of the musical trinity attained Samadhi here and a music festival is held in his honour in the month of January every year.  Velankanni is the renowned church dedicated to Virgin Mary.  This church attracts large number of devotees from all over the country.  It is about 95km from Kumbakonam.  Nagore is a famous pilgrim centre for Muslims.  The Dargah of Mazarat Meeras sultan Syed Shahaddul Hameed, a great Muslim saint temple is located here.  Its distance is about 80km from Tanjore.

Thirunallar

There are very few temples dedicated to Lord Shanisvara.  It is an ancient temple Sanipeyarchi festival is celebrated once in 2 years.  This temple is dedicated to Shanishwarar o Saturn is located here.

The other places of tourist importance are:

Thirukandiyur, Daraswaram, Manoro, Vedaranyam, Tranqubas, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Point Calamere, Karaikal.

Thruchirapalli

Trichy is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. Trichy is about 319km from Chennai and 55km from Tanjore.  It had been a Chola clades since the sangam age and it has a unique plate in the history of Tamil Nadu.  The important landmark in Trichy being the rock fort. It has raised abruptly from the plains to a height of 83m high.  There are 344 rock-cut steps which lead us to the Ucchipillar temple on the half way up we can see 1300 year old Thayumanavar temple.  This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Srirangam

This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his reclining form.  It is situated on the picturesque island between the river Cauvery and its tributary Kolladam.  It is a place of Pilgrimage to the followers of Sri Ramanujacharya.  He was the exponent of the Vishistadvaita school of Philosophy.  The complex of this temple is surrounded by 7 walls within which the town is located.  It has 21 magnificent towers and stone pillars covered with profuse carvings.  Srirangam is about 10km from north of Thiruchirapalli.

The other places of interest around Trichy are Tiruvanaikkaval.  It is about 9km from Trichy.  A temple of Lord Shiva is represented in the form of a Lingam.  It is submerged in water, this type of Lingam is located here Grand Anicut, and upper Anicut.

Samayapuram is about 11km from Trichy.  This temple is dedicated to Maramman.  Thir Vellarai is about 12km.  It is a Vaishnavaite temple, Sittanavasal is about 70km.  It is a rock cut Jain Temples.  Viralimalai is about 30km.  This temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga.

Thirumayam is about 79km. Shiva and Vishnu temples are here. Some there places and Vayalur temple, Avadayar temple, Kudumiyanmalai, Kodambalur.

Madurai

Madurai is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. It is about 472km from Chennai.  It has well connected airway, roadways and railways.  The history of Madurai relates an era to several centuries before Christ.  This city was successfully ruled by the Pandyas, the Cholas and again Pandyans, after that it fell into the hand of invading Muslims. Later the Vijayanagar rulers and the Madurai Nayak dynasty ruled Madurai.    

Meenakshi Temple

The towering gopurams of the temple rise height above the surrounding countryside.  This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi.  This is Perhaps the grandest temple in the entire South India.  There are 4 lofty gopurams representing 4 direction all profusely carved.  The southern tower is 48.8 m tall. There is a separate shrine of Lord Sundhareswarar consort of Goddess Meenakshi.  There is a sacred tank inside the temple called ‘Golden Lotus tank’.  The hall of 1000 pillars is the highlight of the temple and it has remarkable sculptures. 

The major attractions of this city are Mariamman tanks, Thirumalai Nayak palace, Koodal Azhagar temple, Gandhi Museum, Government museum.

Places around Madurai

Thiruppurankundram is about 8km from Madurai.  It is above rockcut temple of Lord Subramanya. Azhagar Koil is about 21km.

It is a Vishnu temple dedicated to Lord Algar also known as Soundaraja Perumal temple is here.  Amaimlai hillock is about 10km Jain temples are located here.  A picnic spot Vaigain Dam is here.  It is about 69km.  Pazhamudhircholai is one of the 6 holyshrines of Lord Subramanya is also here.  It is about 25km above the hill of Alagarmalai Srivilliputhur.  Srivilliputhur is a famous Vishnu temple.  In this temple Vishnu was in a reclining form and it is a birth place of Andal who was devote of Vishnu.  Sankaran Koil is about 45km from Sriviliputhur. The unique feature of this temple is the synthesis of shaivism and vaishnavism (ie) Lord Shiva is in the form of half Shiva and half Vishnu Kazhugumalai is about 2km from Sankaran koil.  This temple are rock cut temples dedicated to Lord Murugan and Ganapathi.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill resort.  It is about 120km from Madurai.  It is situated amidst the grandeur of the Palani Hills.  The main attraction of this hill station is the enchanting lake.

Palani

Palani is about 123km from Madurai. It is a well-known pilgrim centre and one of the 8 abodes of Lord Subramanya or Muruga.  The temple of Dandayudhapani stands on top of the Palani hills. We can reach it by climbing 66o steps.

Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is also known as Thekkady.  It is about 155km form Madurai this place is located on the Tamil Nadu, Kerala border.  It is a natural habitat for elephant bison’s, wild boars, sambar and deer.  This sanctuary is set around an artificial lake formed by a dam across the Periyar River.

Thirunelveli

Thirunelveli is situate in the banks of the river Thamraparani.  It is one the way to Kanyakumari from Madurai. It is a twin town.  Thirunelveil and Palayamkottai. The Kanthimathi Nelliyappar temple are famousand they are well known for its rare jewels and Musical pillars.
Excursions around Thirunelveli Krishnapuram

Krishnapuram is about 13km from Thirunelveli.  This temple Thiruvenkatanathar temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located here.  Tenkasi popularly known as the Kashi (Varanasi) of the South.  The Ulagamman Vishwanatha Temple Gopuram is well known for its sculptural beauty.  Papanasam is about 49km from Tirunelveli.  It has a dam with picnic spot and excursion centre the cascading waterfalls located in the midst of forests is Papanasam are fascinating Thiruchendur a Shore temple of Lord Subramanya is about 48km from Tirunelveli.  It is one of the 6 abodes of Lord Muruga.

Tuticorin

Tuticorin is a major harbor.  This is a well-known famous for pearls diving and fishing centre.  It is about 48km from Thirunelveli.  Nanguneri is about 3km from Thirunelveli.  It is famous for a temple built in a centre of fourtanks Kalakkad.

Kalakkad

Kalakkad Wild Life sanctuary is about 60km from Tirunelveli.

Courtallam

Coutrallam is about 60km Thirunelveli.  It is the ‘Spa of the South’ its height is about 167m on the Western ghats in Kattabomman district endowed with 9 waterfalls.  It is a famous tourist attraction.  The water is believed to contain medicinat properties.  There are 2 temples here, one Thirukutsalanthar.  It is dedicated to Shiva and another one is dedicated to Lord Muruga Coutrallam is 160km from Madurai and 137km from Kanyakumari. The rail head is in Tenkasi.  It is just 6km from there.

Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram is a sacred tours in Ramanathapuram district and it is located at the extreme south-eastern limit of the Indian Peninsula.  The island of Rameshwaram is in the form of conch.  It is hollowed by the epic Ramayana.  A devout Hindu who visit Varanasi is expected to visit Rameshwaram also.  It is for the culmination of his quest for salvation, according to the Hindu Epic.  Rama sanctified the place by worshipping Lord Shiva here. 

After the war against Ravana, this temple is held sacred by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites.  Rameshwarem is about 592km from Chennai.  It is well connected by rail to Chennai.  Madurai, Mandapam Rameshwarem is connected by road to various places in the south.

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

The glory of the temple is pillared corridors. These pillars extend to a total length of 1220m.  The corridor is the longest among the temples.  It is 197m long from East to West, 133m long from north to South.  The height of this gopuram is 38.4m. There are 2 Lingams in the temple Gandhamadhana Parvadham is about 2.5km from the temple on a hillock is a two-storied mandapam are the footprints of Sri Rama.  It is the highest point on the island and the view of the surrounding area is very excellent.  It is Rama’s Padam (ie) Rama’s foot that attracts lot of pilgrims.

Kothandaramaswamy Temple

This temple is about 8km away enroute to Dhanushkodi.  It is a beautiful temple of Rama where Vibhishana (brother of Ravana) surrendered before Rama at this spot.  There are idols of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman and Vibhishana are here in Dhanushkodi.

Dhanuskodi

Dhanuskodi is the southernmost tip of the island.  It was completely washed away by cyclone in 1964.  Only the Kothandaramaswamy temple remained intact pilgrimage to the holy place is considered complete only after a both in Dhanuskodi.

Coral Reef

The water around the island abound in coral reefs.  It is a paradise island of golden sands, gently swaying coconut palms and shady trees.  Kurusadai Island is 20km away.  These islands lie between the main land and the island can be reached by Mandapam.  It is a paradise for Biologists.

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is on the southernmost point of Peninsular India.  Water of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal mingle with the Indian Ocean.  This temple is dedicated to Virgin Goddess Kanyakumari. Sunrise and Sunset are spectacular because thousands of people crowed to observe the unique spectacle of sunrise and sunset and moonrise simultaneously at the dusk of the day.  A dip in the congregating of the 3 oceans is considered as holy.  Kanyakumari is well connected by road to all the places in South India.  Chennai, Madurai, Rameshwaram and Tirunelveli. The nearest airport is 80km at Thiruvananthapuram.

Places of Excursion in and around Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari Temple

Kanyakumari temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi Amman.  The Virgin goddess of this temple stands as a protector of India’s shores.  A legend is that Goddess Parvathi in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanya performed.  Penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva, but her dream could not become a reality and hence she remained as a virgin. 

The diamond nose ring of the deity is famous for its sparkling splendor. It is supposed to be visible even from the sea.

Gandhi Memorial

A famous Mandapam was built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi is near the temple.  This memorial was built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma’s ashes were kept for public viewing before the immersion of sea.

Vivekananda Memorial

This memorial lies on the South-eastern side of the temple stand has 2 rock projecting out of the ocean.  It provides a vantage point for tourist desirous of viewing the tip of India.  It was one of the rocks that Swami Vivekananda sat in a long and deep meditation.  He became a powerful crusader with blessings of the Virgin Goddess.  This rock is now called as Vivekananda Rock Memorial.  We can reach it by a boat service.

Sucindram

Sucindram is about 13km from Kanyakumari by road on the way to Trivandrum. Thanumalayan Temple is there.  It is a repository of art treasures belonging to many Kingdoms.  The main deities of this temple are Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

Nagercoil

Nagercoil is about 2okm from Kanyakumari.  The Nagaraja temple is unique in many aspects. Nagaraja is the presiding deity. Lord Shiva and Vishnu are also enshrined.  The images of Jain Thrithankara are found on the pillars of the temple.  Udayagiri fort is located at 34km from Kanyakumari.  It was popularly known on a foundry for casting guns on king Marthandavarma regime they built this fort in the 18th century.

Salem

The name salem is derived from the word ‘Sailam’ meaning an area surrounded by mountains. It rich in mineral wealth.  The Indian institute of handloom technology is located here.

Excursions in and around Salem

Poiman Karadu

It is about 9km from Salem.  It is a particular spot for the likeness of a deer with 2 horns, seen from the plains to the east.  The mysterious vision disappears when we get nearest Belur. A Shiva Temple is located on the banks of the river Vasistanadhi.

Mettur Dam

Mettur Dam was built in 1934.  This is one of the largest of its kind in the world.  The total length of the dam is 1700m.  The amount of the water stored is 93,500 million cubic feet. This dam provides irrigation facilities to Salem, Trichy and Thanjavur districts. The Hydroelectric project of Mettur is quite large.

Taramangalam

It is about 24km from Salem.  This town is famous for Kailasanatha temple.  The rotating lotus flowers made of stone, status of Rathi – Manmatha, Vali Sugriva and the Yali with rotating stone ball in its mouth are some of the beautiful sculptures.

Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills is about 48km from Salem and 100km from Namakkal.  This is the 2nd hill station in the district at a latitude of 1190m.  The Arppateeswarar temple on chaturagiri hills is quite famous.  Thiruchengode is one of the seven Sirasthalams in Kongunadu. The presiding deity is Arthananarishwarar (ie) half male and half female form Shiva and Sakthi and it is worshiped as one.

Namakkal

Namakkal is about 50km south of Salem. It is famous for its Vishnu temple.  The fort and the massive Hanuman Statue are carved out of a single stone.  There is a fort on the rock.  There are 2 rock cut cave temples dedicated to narasimhaswami and renganatha Swamy.

Yercaud

Yercaud is a hill station of pleasant cool climate.  This place attracts lot of tourists throughout the year.  Boating in the Yercaud Lake is very enchanting and refreshing.  The Anna Park and Lady Seat are good picnic spots.

Hogenakkal

Hogenakkal is about 46km from Dharmapuri 114km from Salem and 133km from Bangalore on the Tamil Nadu side of the Karnataka border.  The stream Sanathakumaranadhi meets the river Cauvery situated about 250m above the sea level.  The main attraction is to bath in the falls. The water drops vertically from a height of 20m with a thundering sound.

Coimbatore

Coimbatore is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu. It is an important industrial and Agricultural centre. It is called as the “Manchester of South India”. It is a major textile and engineering centre.

The Perur Temple

The Perur temple is situated about 7km west of Coimbatore.  The temple of Partheeswarar is dedicated to Lord Shiva is located here.  The sculptures of the Kanagasabai hall is very attractive.

Maruthamalai

Maruthamalai temple is located on a hillock of 12km from railway station.  It is dedicated to Lord Subramanya Known here as Dandayudhapani.