Travel to Tamilnadu

The state of Tamil Nadu lies along the coasts of the Bay of Bengal. Once the cradle of a rich ancient civilization, the state today paves successfully the way to progress.
Travel to Tamilnadu
Travel to Tamilnadu

The glorious history of the land spans vividly over more than 2000 years which has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties, namely: Cheras, Cholas, Pallavas and Pandyan. Each period has enriched the land with their customs and creations and left a rich legacy on the culture and heritage of the state.

Tamil Nadu has of late started drawing attention of the global tourists. Travel to Tamil Nadu to see how a rich ancient past continues to shape a dynamic present.

Lots of people travel to Tamil Nadu to see the crumbling old temples where myths and legends come live in etched stones. Travel to Tamilnadu to see how master craftsmen chiseled created sheer music out of solid rocks in Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.

How to Reach Tamil Nadu
The state of Tamil Nadu offers an enchanting combination of temples, monuments, beaches, hill stations and wild life. The intricately carved temples and monuments sport the architectural splendor of the Indian civilization. Tranquil hill stations and picturesque beaches promise you an ideal holiday.

As a sum total, the lure of Tamil Nadu is hard to ignore. 'How to Reach Tamil Nadu' helps you access this beautiful state of south India.

By Air

Tamil Nadu has an International Airport near Chennai, which serves as the most convenient entry point for Tamil Nadu. International airlines from countries like Sri Lanka, Dubai, Germany, Jakarta, Malaysia, England, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore operate regular flights to connect Chennai. You can also approach Chennai from any part of the country by most public and private airlines in India.

By Train

The main Railway Station in Tamil Nadu is in Chennai. Many important trains connect Chennai to other major Railway Stations in the country.

By Road

An extensive network of roadways covers Tamil Nadu. A number of national highways and state highways crisscross the land. The major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bangalore are linked by road to Chennai and other important cities in the state. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) buses run throughout the state and connect it to the neighbouring cities and states.

Places to See in Tamil Nadu

Vellankanni

Vellankanni is a small hamlet on the shores of Bay of Bengal. It lies at a distance of 14 kms from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. The sacred Basilica of Our Lady of Health, situated here, is one of the most important Christian Pilgrimages in India. It draws pilgrims from all over the world irrespective of caste and creed. 
Vellankanni

The awesome building is adorned with Gothic style architecture and is a marvel in itself. Mysteries and miracle-stories are common here and the church is held in high-esteem for its wish-fulfilling power. The sidewalls are beautifully decorated with biblical incidents. What is more peculiar is that, pilgrims here follow many Hindu ways of offering which includes tonsuring of heads and ear-boring.

Vedaranyam
Also known as Thirumaraikkadu, Vedranyam had been witness to C. Rajagopalachari's Salt March and Gandhiji's Dandi March.
Vedaranyam

At a distance of 55 kms from Nagapattinam it also houses Shri Vedaranyeswarar Temple.

Kodikkarai
66 kms from Nagapattinam and 11 kms south of Vedaranyam is the popular seaside town of Kodikkarai. Better known as Point Calimere, it has a wild life sanctuary for animals and Bivats sanctuary for migrating birds.
Kodikkarai

The birds are known to travel from as far as Russia, Siberia, Iran, Australia and the Himalayas. Species include the flamingos, ibises, herons, spoonbills, woodcock, hornbills, storks, willow warbler, wagtail and the wild duck. The lighthouse is reminiscent of the Chola period, and popular belief says there is also a foot print of Lord Rama called Ramar patham.

Thirunelveli

The history of Thirunelveli or Nellai in Tamil Nadu dates back to 2000 year old. Thirunelveli lies on the western bank of the Tamraparni river.
Thirunelveli
Once the capital of the Pandyas, the city is named after the Kanthimathi Nellaiyappar Shiva temple.

Mundanthurai-Kalakad wildlife sanctuary
A National Tiger Reserve from 1988 onwards, Mundanthurai-Kalakad wildlife sanctuary stretches over an area of 817 sq. km. Road access is from Ambasamudaram (20km) and Kalakad (15 km).Predators other than the tigers include panthers, jungle cats, civets, dholes, jackals and striped hyenas.
Mundanthurai-Kalakad wildlife sanctuary
It is a safe haven for the endangered species like Nilgiri tahr, Malabar giant squirrel, sloth bear, Indian bison, Indian elephant, mouse deer and pangolin. Poisonous reptiles, amphibians and a large variety of birds are also found in the sanctuary. Trekkers have the choice of 24 different nature walks for exciting adventures. The Tiger Reserve is open all through the year for tourists between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mundanthurai and Thalayanai Forest Rest Houses provide accommodation for the tourists.

Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary
A popular Bird Sanctuary in the far south of Thirunelveli, this place is fast developing as a haven for migratory birds. Winters here see around 35 various species of birds.
Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary


Thiruchirappalli
Thiruchirappalli was built by the Nayaks of Madurai on the banks of the serene Cauvery river. Spread over an area of 146.90 sq.kms, Thiruchirappalli was under the stronghold of the early Cholas and then to the Pallavas. 
Thiruchirappalli
Lovingly called Trichy, this ancient city is famous for its architectural marvels. This bustling city of Tamil Nadu is famous for colorful glass bangles, artificial diamonds, cigars, handloom cloth, and wooden and clay toys.

Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu is the fourth largest of the Indian cities. Situated on the east coast, Chennai is considered to be the gateway to the south of India. Chennai, Tamil Nadu was the first major British settlement in India. 
Chennai
The city of Chennai is a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity. While the growing and changing exterior presents an increasingly cosmopolitan look, while the city interior remains traditional and religious. The British influence on Chennai can still be noticed because of the presence of the buildings of Indo Saracenic style, wide tree lined avenues and old cathedrals.

Temples in Tamil Nadu
The glorious history of Tamil Nadu Temples & Shrines manifests the architectural brilliance of the bygone centuries. Exotic creative skills of the Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas and the Nayakas have left their imprints in the numerous Temple structures that don the holy land of Tamil Nadu. From Lord Venkatesha, Vinayaka and Shiva to Murugan and Vishnu, the Temples of the place are enshrined with the marvelous idols of various Gods and goddesses. From the prehistoric ages to the recent 20th century, Tamil Nadu showcases both period and contemporary style of Temple architecture. Inspired by the art, culture and mythic sagas of the ancient rulers, the Temples & Shrines present an awe-inspiring series of ancient extravaganza of Tamil Nadu.

Characterized by a common tower, also known by the name of gopurams, the Temples of Tamil Nadu dates back even to 700 AD. Primarily built with the raw materials of brick and mortar, these sacred places of worship are revered worldwide for their majestic pillar structures, spacious prakarams and embellished entrances. More Detail...

Tamil Nadu Beaches
Tamil Nadu beaches are one of the principal tourist attractions in the state and all of them make Tamil Nadu a favorite tourist destination in India. The state sports some of the best beaches in South India that have a charm of their own. All these are ideal destinations for sun bathing, relaxation, and water sports activities. Located at a distance of forty kilometers from Chennai, Covelong serves as the perfect holiday destination for those who wants to enjoy their leisure time in perfect solitude. The beach of Covelong is lined with tall palm and coconut trees that add to the beauty of the place. The place offers an excellent opportunity for the water sports and one can experiment his or her sporting skills amidst the beautiful surrounding of the place. More Detail...

Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks
Tamil Nadu, the cultural hot seat of South India has added another feather in its cap owing to its diverse natural heritage. Tamil Nadu Wildlife Tours are thus quite naturally a rage among the tourists. Tamil Nadu is marked by a varied topography. The state encompasses an area of 1,30,058 sq km land area, out of which 17.6% is covered with forests. The lush terrains comprise of fertile low-lying plains, lofty mountains and the Western Ghats. A delightful blend of dry and wet deciduous forests, wet evergreen forests, sholas, grasslands and thorny scrubs and mangroves make up the state's natural vegetation. More Detail...

Shopping in Tamil Nadu
Shopping in Tamil Nadu is a truly delightful experience. The region boasts of an exceptionally rich heritage of arts and crafts. One of the most popular items for shopping in Tamil Nadu is its silk fabric. Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Kanchipuram have earned worldwide fame for the silks whereas in Mahabalipuram you can buy the stone sculptures.

Another renowned item for shopping in Tamilnadu is musical instruments, which are used in Indian classical music. At the same time the bronze and brass cast statues and artifacts would leave you spoilt for choice.

Hotels in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu is home to both star and non star category hotels that cater to the needs of the tourists visiting the state. Besides it has resorts, restaurants and cafes which cater to the needs of all segments of travelers.One of the 28 states in India, Tamil Nadu is located in the south of the Peninsular India. The state is surrounded by the states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Pondicherry. In the north it is bordered by the Eastern Ghats while in the south east, it is surrounded by the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait. The Nilgiri, Palakkad and the the Anamalai Hills covers Tamil Nadu on the west, Indian Ocean in the south and Bay of Bengal in the east. Chennai serves as both the capital city as well the largest city of Tamil Nadu. More Detail...

Tamilnadu Travel Map

Tamilnadu Travel Map