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Activities In Tamil Nadu

Wondering what to do in Tamil Nadu on a family vacation or on a honeymoon? From boating in Kodaikanal to temple hopping in Madurai, read our detailed guide to popular things to do in Tamil Nadu to make your trip memorable.

Dravidian temples illustrate Tamil Nadu’s history in the same way Rajput forts characterize Rajasthan. Believe it or not, temple hopping is perhaps the most exhausting things to do in Tamil Nadu. Carved out of a rock or facing a lovely beach, temples in Tamil Nadu are ubiquitous. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple, Mahabalipuram Shore Temple, and Rameshwaram are some of the famous temples in Tamil Nadu worth visiting.  

Taking safaris in Anna Zoological Park, enjoying evening walk at Marina Beach, water sports in Muttukadu, spotting animals in Guindy Park, catching a dance performance at Kalakshetra are popular things to do in Chennai. Sauntering around the boulevards of the scenic French Quarter, exploring the "Grand Canal", and shopping for Indian craftsmanship are top things to do in Pondicherry.

Boating in Ooty Lake, walking in Ooty Botanical Gardens, trekking to Doddabetta Peak, taking a ride on Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and visiting Tea Factory are popular things to do in Ooty or Udhagamandalam.  A short ride away from Salem, the hill station of Yercaud is a renowned tourist hub for coffee plantations, sightseeing tours, botanical gardens, and lush green hills. Just as rewarding as Ooty but more affordable, Yercaud is considered one of the best places for trekking in Tamil Nadu. Coonoor, the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri Hills, is another ideal base for trekking expeditions. Bird watching, trekking, walking through tea estates, and taking toy train rides are famous things to do in Coonoor on a holiday. Cycling around Kodai Lake, horse riding, shopping, and boating are popular things to do in Kodaikanal.

Visiting Courtallam Falls, Catherine Falls, Hogenakkal Waterfalls, and Tirparappu Waterfalls is one of the best things to do in Tamil Nadu in monsoon season. Travellers can hit the coastline of Tamil Nadu to find respite during summer months. Marina Beach, Elliot Beach, Mahabalipuram Beach, Kanniyakumari Beach, and Promenade Beach are some of the best beaches in Tamil Nadu along the Coromandel Coast.

When it comes to adrenaline-pumping activities, hill stations of Tamil Nadu offer most of the adventure thrills. Trekking in Western Ghats is as delightful as a stroll in a tea estate. Camping at Yelagiri Adventure Camp, picnicking at Jalagamparai Falls, and bowing before Lord Murugan at Velavan Temple are popular things to do in Yelagiri. Paragliding, zorbing, and rock climbing are other adventure activities to do in Yelagiri.

Mudumalai National Park is arguably the most popular places to observe wildlife in Tamil Nadu. The park is home to Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaur, deer, langurs, and Indian elephants. Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary in Kancheepuram is home to about 40,000 birds including migratory species that come here in winter. Taking a safari ride to spot tigers in Anamalai Tiger Reserve near Coimbatore is another one of the top things to do in Tamil Nadu.


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Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ride in Coonoor

Featured in several Bollywood films such as Dil Se and Sadma, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is a metre gauge railway in Tamil Nadu. Built under British rule in 1908, Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs up and down a scenic route in the Nilgiri Hills.

Hop on a train with a lavish interior and enjoy the view, from the window...

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Trekking in Ooty

Trekking in Ooty is one of the much sought after activities that tourists look up to during their visit.  Being bestowed with the bounty of nature, Ooty offers various altitudes, terrain, and distances that comprise of a trek route to the Nilgiris. Ooty gives a trekker various routes which one can take and head towards the ...

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Camping in Kodaikanal

Blessed by Mother Nature, Kodaikanal is among the most scenic spots of India. Among many other sightseeing attractions and things to do, camping in Kodaikanal is one of the most preferred activities. it is an experience to treasure amidst dense jungles with exotic flora and fauna and a favorable environment. There are sever...

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Trekking in Kodaikanal

Trekking in Kodaikanal is truly a trekker’s delight as the city is blessed by several exquisite locales that offer trekking opportunities to both – beginners and professionals. Also known as Princess of Hill stations, the city’s name in Tamil means ‘Gift of the Forest’. So whether, it is about the Princess of Hill stations ...

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Scuba Diving in Rameshwaram

Located in the Pamban Island, the city of Rameshwaram is home to numerous beaches. These beaches form a hub for various adventure sports like snorkeling, kitesurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, and scuba diving in Rameshwaram.

Even though Rameshwaram is a pilgrim destination known for its holy temples but many travelers who ...

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Snorkeling in Rameshwaram

Adorning the coastline of India, the town of Rameshwaram is not only a pilgrim destination but also a hub for various adventure sports. Home to numerous beaches, the city of Rameshwaram makes a perfect destination for indulging in water sports like Kayaking, jet skiing, stand up board, windsurfing, snorkeling, coral watchin...

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Toy train ride in Ooty

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR), better known as Ooty toy train is the highlight of the popular hill town of Ooty in Tamil Nadu, India. This is a world heritage train that travels between Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor daily and imparts picturesque views while providing relief from the stifling summer heat. Started in ...

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Golfing in Wellington

Coonoor is an ideal haven to relax and rejuvenate with a range of activities. One of the most popular golf courses in South India, the Wellington Golf Course in Coonoor is nestled in the midst of exotic scenery. The serenity of the town, coupled with its picturesque beauty, adds to the appeal of Coonoor.

Wellington near C...

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Trekking in Coonoor

Trekking in Coonoor, especially in the Nilgiri Hills, is a popular activity for tourists. Coonoor is famous for tea plantations and viewpoints, however, there are some day treks to waterfalls and through the surrounding forests that are absolutely rewarding. Both nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts can quench their thir...

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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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