Are you the one, who is bored of the daily routine of life and wish to get away for a couple of days? Then your wish fulfil here!“Tamil Nadu” which is blessed with tones of culture, ethnicity, naturalness,good markets, adventure sports and exotic food is not only perfect to relax and settle down, but the answer of all your travelling wishes.
So for more information, here Visit India present small and user-friendly travel guide of Tamil Nadu which clear all your doubts and convince you to head to Tamil Nadu and book anyTamil Nadu holiday packagesright now!
Like most other southern states of India, the main culture in Tamil Nadu is “Dravidian”. Despite its collection of temple richness, Tamil Nadu gives the expansion to southern classical Carnatic Music, classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi and Poetry.
Tamil is the official language of Tamil Nadu, so almost 80 per cent of population speak Tamil, but being an area with good literacy rates, it is easy for one to travel with English.For more, festivals are a part of the live for local peoples. They celebrate cultural festivals like: Natyanjali Dance Festival (Feb), Mammalapuram Dance festival (mid Jan-Feb), Float Festival (Jan), Pongal (Jan) and many other festivals with full zeal, fanfare, enthusiasm and lot of excitement forgetting all caste and language biases.
As too much to shop in almost every huge town and city of Tamil Nadu, shopping experience in Tamil Nadu is totally successful, with more than 5 to 6 towns have a lot to offer to shoppers like: The capital city of “Chennai” has stalls lined on the footpaths around “Parry's Corner”, “Burma Bazaar” which is stuffed with items such as inexpensive electronic devices, watches and clothing,“Nalli”, one of the famous sari brand stores with floors of ethnic and traditional garments has various branches extent across the city. Despite these there are hyper markets and malls and who wish to buy souvenirs then don't forget to explore all this famous emporiums: Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, Purbashree Emporium, Poompuhar Tamil Nadu Government Emporium and Central Cottage Industries.
Beside Chennai, “Madurai” is also famous for cotton fabrics with Batik work and Sungundi Saris and “Chidambaram” for Khadi Craft Store. “Mamallapuram” which is a shopper’s heaven for wonderful images of Hindu deities carved on soft stone or wood, decorative shells items, hammocks and other handicraft items.Last but not least don't forget to buy souvenirs, fabrics and toys (made out of wood, shells or bamboo) from “Kanyakumari”.
Be it Tamil specialties, Chinese extravaganza or the Thai and Korean cuisine, Tamil Nadu serves its visitors yummy dishes from the best of the global menus in numerous eateries and restaurants. Covering the list of mouth-watering dishes “Chettinad Cuisine”of Tamil Nadu is one that offers a variety of hot and spicy non-vegetarian plates; Fish, Mutton and Chicken (Chettinad Pepper Chicken) are the specialty.Without the saying of Pongal, Idli, Dosa, Sambar and the “Culinary Cuisine” of Tamil Nadu (steamed rice) the list is totally incomplete. So those who want to taste the typical south Indian delicacies with coconut chutneys and vegetarian dishes must try these dishes that satisfy the taste buds of each and every tourist with equal ease.
Apart from the daily rice meals or special vegetarian thalis, Tamil Nadu is famous for its filter coffee and desserts such as burfis and payasams.
India’ eleventh biggest state “Tamil Nadu” is a traveller’s delight, from huge temples to age-old monuments, quiet hill station to pleasant beaches, abundant wildlife sanctuaries toomany exhilarating activities never stop wowing you. So without ado let's check out its top wonders:
Temples, sculptures and architectural wonders: Land of temples/Tamil Nadu, which is home to more than 33,000 ancient temples,sculptures and architectural splendours of different dynasty no doubt offers the best intricate sculpted designs and the beautiful Dravidian style of architecture in a grand and glorious way. So what are you thinking, let's start this spiritual cum architectural trail of Tamil Nadu through Trichy(Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple), Chidambaram(Thillai Nataraja Temple), Tiruvannamalai(Annamalaiyar Temple), Kanchipuram(Ekambareswarar Temple), Tiruchirappalli (Jambukeswarar Temple), Madurai(Meenakshi Amman Temple), Vaitheeswaran Koil( Vaitheeswaran Temple), Tiruvarur(Tiruvarur Thyagarajaswamy Temple), Vellore( Sripuram Golden Temple), Ramanathaswamy Temple (Rameshwaram) and last winds up in Kanyakumari/Chennai.
Nature Wonders:As Summer in India comes with sweltering hot, sticky days,humidity and heat and no doubt all of one can think ideas to chill down.The idea to take a trip to hill station to beat the heat is fascinating. If you’re also one of those planning a summer retreat this year then why not do something different? Instead of travelling to Nainital or Shimla, head Tamil Nadu which is bestowed with the pristine beauty of the Queen of the Nilgiris “Ooty”, Yercaud, Yelagiri, Kodaikanal, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Velliangiri Hills, Kolli Hills, Anamalai Hills, Meghamalai, Javadi Hills and Sirumalai; truly each of these (hill stations) natural beauty, shady avenues, cool breezy evenings and friendly people has something unique to offer.
After a wonderful hill station sojourn, it’s time to kick back and relax,scattered all over 1076 km second largest coast line, the lovely state of Tamil Nadu boasts many pristine/ surf kissed beaches named: Covelong Beach, Elliot Beach, Mamallapuram, Kanyakumari, Poompuhar, Muttukadu, Mandapam, Thiruchendur, Tuticorin and Sadurangapatnam that truly leave you surprised and awestruck.
Wildlife Wonders:With 5 national parks and 17 wildlife sanctuaries, Tamil Nadu state offers a wide array of wildlife or wildly refreshing experience to tourists. So are you ready to strike out into the wild at famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Tamil Nadu named Anamalai (Indira Gandhi) Wildlife Sanctuary, Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Mundanthuri Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mukkurthi National Park, Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary, Vallunadu Black Buck Sanctuary, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Viralimalai Wildlife Sanctuary , Guindy National Park and Anna Zoological Park
Beside this wonders,if you are looking for outdoor activities in Tamil Naduthen there is no need to look behind. With diverse topography, here tourists can indulge in various adventure sports/outdoor activities. So to get experience the thrill of Para-Sailing, Yachting or Angling, the flowing seawater of Tamil Nadu beachawaits you and still if you want more adrenaline pumping action? Then try Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Jungle Trekking, Mountaineering Expeditions, Hangs – Gliding etc. no doubt the list of adventure sports here is endless.
Winter Season (October to February):
The best time to visit Tamil Nadu is October to February as this time the climate is usually dry/cool and ideal for sightseeing or outdoor activities and last but not least, during this time you can attend a grand celebration of popular festivals named: Pongal (Jan), Classical Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam (Jan) and Dussehra (Sept).
However the climate in Tamil Nadu is basically tropical or it's believed that Tamil Naduis either “hot and humid” or “hot and dry” and never anything in between! So let’s have a look on how Tamil Nadu climatic condition in varied seasons:
Summer Season (March to June):
Summer season are mostly warm and humid and the state experience maximum temperature of almost 40°C, but due to picturesque hill stations Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and Yelagiri Hills(which are hot favourite summer destinationsin India) and 12 day Chithirai festival celebration in Meenakshi Temple, Madurai/Summer festival in Ooty (May) make crowded this land.
Monsoon Season (July to September):
Tamil Nadu has two duration of rainfalls: South West Monsoon and North east Monsoon, but due to average rainfall recorded every year( between 25 to 75 inches), travellers visit Tamil Nadu during monsoon also and enjoy one of the famousNativity of Mary feast in Velankalli Town (August-September)/natural splendour at it best.
Having airports in all the major cities like Madurai, Chennai and Coimbatore, the state “Tamil Nadu” is well connected to every corner of India and rest of the world by airways. “Chennai International Airport” is considered to be the main gateway of Tamil Nadu, as it handles all the domestic flights/operations and international flights to and from countries like Sri Lanka, Dubai, Germany, Jakarta, Malaysia, England, Maldives, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
Tamil Nadu which is blessed with an extensive network of roadways (approximately 1.70 lakh km) or intertwined with number of national highways and state highways connects this state to all the major cities of south India and the country easily. Beside this its connectivity to Government-owned bus operators: Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) and or other private operators make travelling in to the neighbouring cities/state simple.
If you are choosing to travel by rail, then there is no lack of choices in Tamil Nadu, its huge chain of railway facilities or a well-connected series of trains that link the state with all the other cities of India allure travellers.For more the main rail junction of Tamil Nadu is in “Chennai”.Being connected to all parts of India,the railway station at Chennai offers maximum number of train’s every day and connects to/from all major cities in India.Apart from Chennai, other prominent railway stations of Tamil Nadu are Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Salem, and Coimbatore.
Tamil Nadu offers various options to visitors: buses, auto rickshaws, taxis and cabs.