A testimony to the rich culture and architecture of Ancient India, Tamil Nadu offers the most unique experiences to travellers in India. Celebrated for its temples and cultural prowess, Tamil Nadu is a land of scholars, artists, and architects.
The aura of ancient Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu is spellbinding! The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tiruchirappalli, dedicated to the reclining form of Lord Vishnu, is the largest temple in the country. Witness the 33,000 sculptures at the Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur that describe episodes of Hindu mythology. Expect to be mesmerised by the extravagant way the Hindu devotees worship their Gods in Tamil Nadu. They often shower the deities with milk and butter, a truly unique sight to behold. Find amazing works of architecture at the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. It is said that the entire city of Madurai was built around the Shiva Lingam that rests in the sanctum sanctorum. Another magnificent example of architecture is the oldest temple in Tamil Nadu, the Mahabalipuram Temple Complex, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Behold the mastery of ancient Indian sculptors in the stone carvings abundant in the 7th century temples.
Stand in awe of the Five-faced Hanuman and Indulge in the beautiful tale of Ramayana at the Rameswaram Temple. This sacred site holds the corner stone which is said to be used to build the bridge between India and Sri Lanka during the epic battle of Lord Ram and demon king Ravana.
Tamil Nadu also hosts the southern-most tip of India which is perhaps at the pinnacle when it comes to spiritual significance. Kanyakumari is the place where the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda performed Yoga and received enlightenment about his great purpose of spreading the message of Hinduism to the entire world.
Apart from spectacular temples, Tamil Nadu has serene beaches that let you relax and have a soulful experience. Relax beside the heritage temples of Mahabalipuram along the long crescent shoreline of the Mahabalipuram beach famous for windsurfing and swimming. Spend your time with luxury and comfort at the Covelong beach in Kanchipuram famous for its picturesque beach road, neatly maintained by the locals. Visit Pondicherry and experience a soothing peace of mind in the quaint little town by the sea which is also a former French colony. For a unique experience, take a tour of Auroville, an experimental community space located near Pondicherry, which is home to over 2,500 individuals from 54 countries living in harmony to promote human unity.
Witness Tamil Naduís natural diversity as a unique heritage toy train ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway will take you to one of the most beautiful hill stations in India Ė Ooty. With its stunning view of lush green hilltops and serene valleys, Ooty tourist places have been a popular summer getaway since the time of the British Raj. Experience stunning views of cloudy mountains, serene valleys and a peaceful ambiance at one of the most popular tourist places in Tamil Nadu is Kodaikanal. This offbeat destination will soothe your senses and offer you a great time in the lap of Mother Nature.
Immerse in the rich cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu entices you with its various forms of folk dance and music. The festivals of Tamil Nadu are a soulful treat for your eyes.
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