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Tourist Places In Tamil Nadu

Only those who haven’t been to Tamil Nadu will find hard to believe that it’s the most visited state in India, not just South India. With over 4,000 years of cultural history, the southernmost state in India features some of the most stunning temple architecture and living tradition of music & dance in the country. Let’s take a closer look at the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu.

There is no dearth of top places in Tamil Nadu, be it a holiday or a honeymoon. The capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is one of the four major metropolises in India. Formerly known as Madras, the city is known for its beaches, ancient Tamil architecture, colonial history, and cultural festivals. One of the top attractions in Chennai, Marina Beach is the longest urban beach in the country. Referred as the Manchester of South India, Coimbatore is one of the most visited cities in Tamil Nadu. Madurai, the cultural headquarters of the state, is also known as Athens of the East for being the oldest city in Tamil Nadu. Sri Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, and Gandhi Memorial Museum are top attractions in Madurai.

Thanjavur finds itself among the top in the list of popular historical places in Tamil Nadu. A vital centre of South Indian art and architecture, the city is renowned for Tanjore paintings and for producing exquisite handicrafts. One of the popular places to visit in Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur’s musical legacy rightly receives plenty of attention from travellers.

Among the top tourist places in Tamil Nadu for a honeymoon, Ooty is situated 2,240 metres above the sea level in the Nilgiris Hills of Tamil Nadu. Caressing the border with Kerala, Ooty or Udhagamandalam is a popular hotspot for newlyweds and families. With the natural beauty of tea states, green rolling mountains, and sprawling grasslands, Ooty ranks high among the summer tourist places in Tamil Nadu.

Another one of the hill stations of Tamil Nadu, Coonoor lies only 19 km from Ooty at an altitude of 1930 metres. With a jaw-dropping view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls, Coonoor is an ideal place for a romantic rendezvous in Tamil Nadu. It’s hard to oversee Kodaikanal when listing top 10 tourist places in Tamil Nadu. The Princess of Hill stations is among the top destinations in Tamil Nadu for trekking, boating, and horseback riding. After exploring the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu, visit Yercaud in the Eastern Ghats. Known for evergreen forests and coffee plantations, it is one of the best trekking places in Tamil Nadu.  

Call it Pondicherry or Puducherry, the allure of Frech culture and Cajun cuisine in this scenic coastal town never fades away. Dhanushkodi Temple & Beach and Pamban Bridge are major tourist attractions in Rameswaram, which is considered one of the holiest places in India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga sites in India.

Trace history of Tamil Nadu by visiting ancient Hindu Temples built by Chola and Pallava kings. UNESCO has listed these magnificent temples, with Dravidian architecture, as the world heritage sites in Tamil Nadu. The Brihadishwara Temple in Thanjavur and the Airavateswara temple in Darasuram along with the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram are some of the most famous temples in Tamil Nadu for not just devotees but art lovers.


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Dolphin's Nose in Coonoor

Dolphin's Nose Coonoor is one of the favourite places in Coonoor for families and honeymooners. Set amidst the rolling hills of the Nilgiris Hills or Blue Mountains of Tamil Nadu, Dolphin’s Nose View Point in Coonoor is a popular natural attraction for tourists. With an altitude of 1,550 metres, this stunning viewpoint in C...

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Avalanche Lake in Ooty

Also referred to as Avalanchi Lake, the Avalanche Lake is located almost 30 kms away from the city center of Ooty. Although the lake was formed by a landslide and not an avalanche, the misnomer is quite favored by all. It is a beautiful area for spending the entire day at, or even simply a couple of hours, alone, with frien...

  • Nature
  • Lake
  • Ideal for families

Botanical Garden in Ooty

The Ooty Botanical Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in India, is an amazing place to be for nature lovers, and those who love to be around exotic and rare flora. Covering an area of almost 55 hectares, this botanical garden in Ooty lies on the foothills of the Doddabetta Peak.

The Botanical Garden Ooty offer...

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  • Ideal for families

Kalhatti Falls in Ooty

One of the most popular attractions of Ooty is the Kalhatti falls, which boasts a mighty height of 40 meters. It is a popular destination for trekking, as well as for spending some serene moments away from the hustle bustle of city life. Kalhatti falls Ooty is located almost 13 kms away from the city center, on the Ooty-Mys...

  • Nature
  • Waterfalls
  • Sightseeing

Doddabetta Peak in Ooty

Located about 9 kilometers from Ooty hill station, Doddabetta Peak is the tallest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. The view from the summit is mind-blowing, greeting the eyes with panoramic visions. The hills here are full of wildflowers, and a few wild animals as well, thereby being a massive attraction for loc...

  • Nature
  • Mountains
  • Sightseeing

Ooty Lake in Ooty

For those looking to relax after a hectic day, a visit to the Ooty Lake is a great stress-buster. Although it is an artificially constructed lake, its beauty is something to look forward to visiting and experiencing. The Ooty lake view is something to die for, with lush greenery all around and a serene lake façade that make...

  • Nature
  • Sightseeing
  • Local market

Ooty Tea Factory in Ooty

On an Ooty tea factory visit, one can hope to see some really amazing tea gardens. The tea factory and the tea museum in Ooty Tamil Nadu is a must visit when here, not just for the natural beauty of the place, but also for the historical significance of the artifacts in the museum.

Travellers can learn about the tea mak...

  • Hills
  • Tea Factory
  • Nature walks

Kotagiri

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Located in the Nilgiri Hills at an elevation of 1,793 metres, Kotagiri has its own distinct appeal among Coonoor tourist places. Kotagiri is located about an hour’s drive from Ooty and Coonoor – two of the most popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu.

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  • Hills
  • Tea Estate
  • Nature

Catherine Falls in Coonoor

Catherine Falls, also referred to as St. Catherine Water Falls in Tamil Nadu, is a major attraction in Coonoor, for locals as well as for tourists. The River Kallar of Tamil Nadu descends as the Geddhehaada Halla stream, and forms the Catherine Falls. Catherine water falls is a double-cascaded waterfall, wherein there are t...

  • Nature
  • Hills
  • Sightseeing

Lamb's Rock in Coonoor

One of the most popular attractions of Coonoor, Lamb’s Rock offers some most amazing sights of the surrounding peaks and valleys. And if one squints just right it is also possible to check out some waterfalls from the very summit of Lamb’s Rock. Families and friends love to spend time here and enjoy a picnic, or spend time ...

  • Nature
  • Hills
  • Adventure
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Temple hopping in Mamallapuram, toy train rides in Ooty, shopping in Tanjore, trekking in Yelagiri, and boating in Kodaikanal are popular things to do in Tamil Nadu.

The state has 32 districts in Tamil Nadu. Chennai is the most populated district while Viluppuram is the largest by area.

Compared to the cities in North India, places in South India are much safer for solo travellers and women. Crime rates are lower in Tamil Nadu and the people are usually welcoming.

Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Ooty, Coonoor, Kodaikanal, and Yercaud are popular tourist places in Tamil Nadu.

December through February is the ideal time to plan a trip to Tamil Nadu. In the winter season, the temperatures are pleasant for sightseeing.

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