Tamil Nadu boasts of more than 4,000 years of continuous cultural history and some of the most spectacular temple architecture found in India, if not the world. It also has a living and thriving tradition of performing, folk and fine arts.
Tourists at Tamil Nadu are usually spoilt for choices of magnificent temple towns and heritage sites, quaint hill stations and vast sea shores, towering waterfalls and dense national parks among others.
Tamil Nadu has several UNESCO World Heritage sites within its territory. Interestingly, these sites belong to different dynasties who have continued their pursuit of building excellence over centuries. Foremost among them were the Chola dynasty. Prominent locations to see and appreciate the unparalleled craftsmanship of Chola temple builders in Tamil Nadu include Thanjavur, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and Darasuram. Moving on, the discerning traveller can be mesmerised by the monuments attained by the Pallava kings at Mahabalipuram.
Other prominent places of religious tourism in Tamil Nadu include Chidambaram, Ervadi, Kancheepuram – considered one of seven holiest Hindu cities, Kannyakumari, Kumbakonam, Madurai – the temple city, Nagore, Rameshwaram, Tiruchirapalli and Thiruvarur among many others.
Tail Nadu also provides travellers to take a break from the exhausting city life by allowing them escapades into scenic hill stations on the Western and Eastern Ghats. Prominent among these hill stations are Udagamandalam – popularly known as Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Coonoor, Valparai, Yelagiri, Sirumalai, and Kalrayan and Kolli Hills. These hill stations let the travellers experience the undulating verdant greenery, vast plantations of coffee and tea and other spices, and glimpses of exotic wild animals.
Tamil Nadu is also home to the Mudumalai National park located at the base of Nilgiri hills. Among the most famous residents of this national park are Nilgiri Tahr, Indian elephant, Tiger, Gaur, Flying Squirrel, Sambar, Nilgiri langur and Indian Leopard. Along with Guindy National Park these provide ample scope of eco-tourism in Tamil Nadu.
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