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Top tourist places to visit in Tamil Nadu

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Places to visit in Tamil Nadu:

1. Rameshwaram

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Rameshwaram is one of the holiest places and is located on a beautiful island.

2. Chennai

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The fourth largest city of India, Chennai is convoluted with temples, churches and beaches. The roads are always bustling with activity and the nightlife is as every youth dreams of.

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3. Ooty

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Ooty, the queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district, is one of the most popular tourist destination, especially as a honeymoon destination.

4. Kanyakumari

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Located at the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari with its beautiful beaches, Vivekananda Memorial and the perfect sunset is one of the most exotic places to go in India.

5. Kanchipuram

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Widely known for its 'Kanchipuram sarees' and also referred to as the 'golden city of thousand temples', Kanchipuram has various temples of religious and cultural importance spread all over the city.

6. Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal is the most sought after honeymoon destination in South India because of its scenic beauty and it has the attribute to leave any nature lover mesmerized by its charisma.

7. Madurai

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Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India and was ruled by Pandya kings over most of its history. The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as lotus city too.

8. Mahabalipuram

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Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram also offers beautiful white sand beaches and an exotic shopping experience to the tourists.

9. Yercaud

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Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a hill station called poor man's Ooty with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views.

10. Coimbatore

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Often termed as ‘Manchester of South India’, the city is photographically situated on the banks of River Noyyal and has an array of natural attractions.

11. Thanjavur

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Also known as Tanjore or the city of temples, Thanjavur has a lot of cultural value and is known for its famous Tanjore paintings, antiques and handicrafts, its Carnatic music and musical instruments and of course the temples.

12. Hogenakkal

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Hogenakkal is the small village that is known because of Kaveri river that splits into multiple streams of waterfalls over here, making it arguably the most heavenly place in the state.

13. Tirunelveli

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Tirunelveli is a big city in the midst of numerous small towns, each with its own bounty of beautiful sights, temples, waterfalls and much more.

14. Mudumalai National Park

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Placed on the Nilgiri hills, Mudumalai is largely popular because of its national park which has some exotic varieties of flora and fauna and the scenic landscapes.

15. Auroville

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Situated in the union territory of Pondicherry, this township is wholly and solely based on the principles of peace, harmony, sustainable living and 'divine consciousness' which was the brainchild of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Society, Mirra Alfassa.

16. Thiruvannamalai

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Perched on top of the Malai hill, Thiruvannamali is a holy town, most famous for its Arunachala temple among numerous other temples and ashrams dedicated to saints of olden times.

17. Coonoor

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One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in the country, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats.

18. Velankanni

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On the Coromandel coast, 165 kilometers south of Chennai in the district of Nagapattinam, it is said that years ago, the Virgin mother came to bless the land.

19. Dhanushkodi

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Dhanushkodi, a small, sparsely populated town on the coast of Tamil Nadu is one of the most unique and unusual beach town in India.

20. Tuticorin

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Tuticorin is a beach town, also one of the busiest ports, has a wildlife sanctuary, houses numerous temples and churches and tens of other monumental sites. If this does not make it to you radar, then nothing else would.

21. Yelagiri

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Yelagiri is small hill station, in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. If your looking for a hill station out of the ordinary, then you need to make your way to Tamil Nadu!

22. Kumbakonam

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Kumbakonam is a gorgeous temple town in the heart of the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.

23. Chettinad

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Chettinad is often touted as a temple town, but it is one of those holiday getaways where you will be glad you are burning all those calories from all the walking- It has mouth watering cuisines!

24. Trichy

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Trichy is a mid sized, fat emerging city in Tamil nadu. It is a refreshing change from cities that are either completely devoted to a religion and cities that are nothing but concrete jungles.

25. Chidambram

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A beautiful temple town in the eastern part of Tamil Nadu, Chidambaram is famous for housing the marvelous Lord Nataraja Temple and a few others which highlight its importance as a special place of pilgrim.

26. Nagapattinam

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Nagapattinam is a town on the coastline of Bay of Bengal with major historical significance which is also a renowned pilgrim center with many temples, churches and mosques spread all over.

27. Vedanthangal

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Lying close to the important district of Mahabalipuram, is Vedanthangal, best known for its bird sanctuary.

28. Tranquebar

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Forgotten to be touched by time, and still known for its tranquility, is Tharagambadi, otherwise known as Tranquebar- The land of the singing waves.

29. Kutralam (Courtallam)

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Kutrallam is a perfect getaway for those who want to be connected with nature and get lost in the penchant of spirituality.

30. Bellikkal

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Bellikkal is one of those places where you can completely relax, without having to worry about a 'to-do' list for your vacations and yet experience mountains that will steal your breath away.

31. Vellore

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An ancient city in the northeastern part of Tamil Nadu, Vellore is located on the banks of river Palar Vellore. The land of Vellore has seen glorious days of many empires such as the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Vijayanagara, the Rashtrakuta, the Carnatic and the British.

32. Tiruchirappalli

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33. Salem

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Salem may be the fifth largest city in Tamil Nadu in terms of its area but is largest when it comes to breathtaking natural beauty and tranquil holy shrines. The city also houses several noteworthy mosques and churches.

34. Theni

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The mighty Western Ghats fringes the beautiful hamlet of Theni. It is dotted by luscious patches of greenery and gushing waterfalls wherever you go. The town of Theni offers unprecedented serenity and peace.

35. Pollachi

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Located down south, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, the town of Pollachi is a popular filming spot due to its lavish greenery and blissful sceneries. Primarily an agricultural region, Pollachi adorns vast spreads of coconut, jaggery and vegetable fields.

36. Yanam

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The city of Yanam is situated in the Yanam district of Puducherry, India. The small city which covers an area of 30 square kilometers is in the confluence where Godhavari meets Koringa to the south of Kakinada district in Andhra Pradesh.

37. Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

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The second largest Mangrove forest in the world, Pichavaram is located off the tourist trail but is totally worth the effort. One can be enchanted by the complex river system and canal network that bind this beautiful place together and support the rich biodiversity of the place.

38. Kalugumalai

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A tiny tranquil town in the district of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, Kalugumalai or Kazhugumalai is famous for its ancient rock-cut temples and monolithic Jain beds. The city got its name from the hills surrounding it with the same name, which translates to "Hill of Vultures". The hills that surrounding the town gives a unique physical beauty to the whole place. They were earlier known as known as Araimalai or Thirumalai.

39. Koli Hills

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With an ominous name which means ‘Mountain of Death’, Koli Hills are a mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is relatively untouched by commercial tourism and therefore has retained most of its natural magnificence.

40. Gangaikonda Cholapuram

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A place which is a testimony to the architectural and engineering genius of the region and the pride of one of the greatest empires of India - Chola Empire, Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a place worth exploring. The magnificence of the Brihadishwara temple along with few others will enchant you and thrill you with its history and engineering.

41. Papanasam Falls

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A twin brother to the Banateertham Falls, Papanasam Fall is an immaculate sheet of white water that flows enchantingly in the rainforests of the Western Ghats mesmerizing one and all with its sheer volume, beauty and height. The Papanasam Falls, with a drop of 120 meters is highly revered by the locals both for their immense beauty and religious significance. It is believed that a dip in its waters can absolve one of all their sins. It is, therefore, also called Papanasam Falls; Papanasam in local language means removal of all sins. It is also said that these pleasant force waterfalls possess unique herbal and medicinal properties and that the waters are so nourishing it feels like a soothing oil massage. 

42. Silver Cascade Falls

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The perfect stop over in-between a long journey, these silver cascade falls demand your attention while you travel from Kodaikanal till Madurai. The Silver Cascade Falls formed as a result of the over flowing of the famous man-made Kodai Lake, are the perfect way to have a break while on a long road trip. One can also take a swim in the waters of the waterfall provided the temperature is right.

43. Kodai-Palani Trek

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Known as the Princess of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal is a popular destination for those seeking adventure. The town of Kodaikanal is established on a plateau above the southern escarpment of the Upper Palani Hills at a height of 6, 998 ft.

44. Doddabetta Peak

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Dodabetta, literally translating to mean - Big Peak, is located approximately 10 km away from Ooty. It towers to a staggering height of 8650 feet or 2,623 meters above the sea level and is the highest peak in the Nilgiri Hills. A treat to the eyes, this picturesque land is indeed a great sightseeing place. Dodabetta is one of the most preferred places to visit in Ooty and is also a popular trekking destination. The summit offers an astounding view of the nearby areas which are covered with dense forests and, on clear days, one can see as far as Mysore.

45. Banatheertham Falls

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A beautiful white wall of water, the Banatheertham Falls is a joy of nature meant to be adored and embraced with all its amazement. In the amazing beauty of the Western Ghats is hidden a beautiful white wall of water flowing through the dense green forest known as the Banatheertham Falls. The Banatheertham Falls which is situated just over the Karaiyar Dam in the Tamirabarani River in the state of Tamil Nadu was largely unknown till the 90s until the popular Hindi movie Roja was shot here which also led the falls to be named Roja Falls.

46. Ketti Valley

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Located in the beautiful hills extending from Coonoor to Ooty in Tamil Nadu is the beautiful Ketti Valley. The best way to visit this beautiful valley, that is if you want to really feel its beauty is to take the toy train which is like a 20-25 minute ride. If you are a lover of culture and have an interest in learning the culture of Tamil Nadu, then a visit to Ketti Valley has to be on your To-Do list. The Ketti Valley is also famous for bird watching and especially trekking. Being the second largest gorge in the world, the Ketti Valley is a natural beauty surrounded by the beautiful blue mountains( Nilgiri hills). Don’t forget to visit the famous Shiva Lingam temple, the tea gardens and also to mention the amazing waterfalls in the area.

47. Vattakanal

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Endless mist pervading gorgeous and expansive hills, a breezy cool weather throughout the year, wide patches of lush greenery, a fun trekking experience, wild bisons idling amongst eucalyptus trees -- these are some of the things you’d associate with a trip to Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. Yet there’s a place just nearby that harbours the same charm and pleasantness, that offers the same enriching experiences but without the crowdedness that you’d expect out of the former.

48. Meghamalai

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Often known as the “High Wavy Mountains”, Meghamalai is a petit yet beautiful place located in the Western Ghats in the state of Tamil Nadu. At an elevation of 1500 meters, this place is a perfect getaway to beat the heat and enjoy some peaceful time relaxing amidst nature. Nestled between the evergreen forest this place is filled with the fresh aroma of cardamom, cinnamon and pepper. The lush green tea plantations will give you an opportunity to sip fresh piping tea and enjoy a lazy stroll amidst nature replete with flora and fauna.

49. Pykara Falls

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Pykara Falls are set amidst the backdrop of a lush green forest and are an absolute delight to witness. Pykara is the name of a village which lies at a distance of around 19 kms from Ooty, in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also the name of a river which runs through the Pykara village, which is sacred to the natives of this land. The Pykara river flows downstream from the mountains, over a series of waterfalls, and these are known as the Pykara falls. These falls drop into two separate sections of 55 metres and 61 metres and the sheer beauty and magnificence of the spectacle makes for an exotic weekend getaway. A perfect amalgam of clouds, water, scenic beauty and mountains, Pykara Falls are among the majestic and mesmerising sights, you will ever get to witness.

50. Valparai

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Situated at 1500m above sea level in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, Valparai is an obscure yet tranquil hill station in the Anamalai Hills. Its alluring combination of grassy knolls, clean air, and picturesque sights entice tourists from all over the country and beyond, rendering it one of the most sought-after destinations in the southern region of the Western Ghats.

51. Anamalai Tiger Reserve

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The Anamalai Tiger Reserve, more famously known as the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, located in the south of India is a unique reserve which has long since protected the endemic species of both plants and animals that reside here. The reserve was officially declared a Tiger Reserve in the year 2007. It lies in the Western Ghats which is a well-known hotspot for biodiversity. This also means that the species found in the tiger reserve are truly endangered and often rare and in need of protection. A visit to Tamil Nadu will never be complete without visiting the Anamalai Tiger Reserve that has been the constant state's companion since its establishment in the year of 1848. The reserve’s unique location also makes it a gathering spot for many nature lovers and photographers that wish to witness the marvels of the reserve while also taking in the marvels of the landscape surrounding it. Another aspect that makes the reserve truly unique is the fact that it is also an anthropological reserve and hosts around six different tribal groups, one of which is endemic to the area. When visiting the reserve individuals are sure to witness at least a few things that would hold their interest and have them delving deeper into the reserve.

52. Pongal

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One of the most popular harvest festivals of South India is Pongal. It is celebrated in mid-January every year and marks the beginning of Uttarayan-sun’s journey northwards. It is mainly observed in Tamil Nadu and lasts for about four days. The literal meaning of Pongal is “spilling over”, and it is so called because of the tradition of boiling rice in a pot until it starts to spill while people show gratitude to nature during the festival. Drawing of Kolam, swinging and cooking are essential traditions of the festival.

53. Panguni Uthiram

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Panguni Uthiram is a significant Tamil festival that sees thousands of devotees flocking to all Murugan temples. This festival is also auspicious to Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Shiva and is hence considered sacred by both Saivites and Vaishnavites. This day is also celebrated as Gowri Kalyanam Day as it is believed that Goddess Parvati, in the form of Gowri, had married Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram on this holy day. Devotees offer their prayers in different ways, and it is believed that their offerings have yielded astonishing results, which drives them to continue to keep coming to the temples each year on this occasion.

54. Erumbeeswarar Temple

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Erumbeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hoisted on a 60-foot tall hill, the temple can be reached via a flight of granite steps. Since the temple is on a hill, it is colloquially called “Malai Kovil” or “hill temple”. The temple is famous not only for its Dravidian architecture style but also its legend - Lord Shiva is believed to have morphed himself into an anthill and tilted his head at this place to allow other Gods who took the form of ants, to climb up and worship him. This is how the temple got its name: Erumbu means ant and Easwaran refers to Shiva.

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