Tamil Nadu

Discover Tamil Nadu

Travel to Ariyalur, Chengalpattu, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Erode, Kallakurichi, Kancheepuram, Karur, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Kanyakumari, Namakkal, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Ranipet, Salem, Sivagangai, Tenkasi, Thanjavur, Theni, Thiruvallur, Thiruvarur, Tuticorin, Trichirappalli, Thirunelveli, Tirupathur, Tiruppur, Tiruvannamalai, The Nilgiris, Vellore, Viluppuram, Virudhunagar.

Tamil Nadu, state of India, located in the extreme south of the subcontinent. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the east and south and by the states of Kerala to the west, Karnataka (formerly Mysore) to the northwest, and Andhra Pradesh to the north. Enclosed by Tamil Nadu along the north-central coast are the enclaves of Puducherry and Karaikal, both of which are part of Puducherry union territory. The capital is Chennai (Madras), on the coast in the northeastern portion of the state.

Tamil Nadu represents the Tamil-speaking area of what was formerly the Madras Presidency of British India. The Tamils are especially proud of their Dravidian language and culture, and they have notably resisted attempts by the central government to make Hindi (an Indo-Aryan language) the sole national language. While it has an industrial core in Chennai, the state is essentially agricultural. Area 50,216 square miles (130,058 square km). Pop. (2011) 72,138,958.

Ariyalur: Ariyalur District consists of two Revenue Divisions viz., Ariyalur and Udayarpalayam, Four Taluks viz., Ariyalur, Sendurai, Udayarpalayam and Andimadam (Andimadam Taluk is formed as per G.O.(Ms) No. 167 Revenue(RA1(1)) Department dated : 08-05-2017) comprising of 195 Revenue Villages. The District has six blocks viz. Ariyalur, Thirumanur, Sendurai, Jayankondam, Andimadam and T.Palur comprising of 201 Village Panchayats. There are two Municipalities viz. Ariyalur & Jayankondam and two Town Panchayats viz. Udayarpalayam & Varadharajanpettai.

Famous Places in Ariyalur: Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary, Gangaikondacholisvarar.

Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary: The Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary with an area of 453.71 ha. has been notified under section 18(1) of Wildlife Protection Act 1972 as per Government Order No.219 E&F (FR.VI) Dept dt. 10.06.1997. The sanctuary is basically an irrigation tank that receives water from the Mettur dam from September onwards which is supplemented by the northeast monsoons from October till January.

Gangaikondacholisvarar: Ariyalur is best known for the Gangaikondacholisvarar temple in Gangaikondacholapuram, the biggest temple constructed during the reign of Rajendra–I in Ariyalur region. Following the conquest of the Gangetic plains in A.D. 1023 Rajendra–I built a great city called Gangaikondacholapauram and a Siva temple Gangaikondacholisvarar and a lake Chola Gangam in commemoration of his victory. The place, the temple and the lake (Chola Gangam) are the living embodiments of the heroism of the Tamils who unfurled the Chola‘s Tiger flag on the banks of the River Ganges.

Chengalpattu: Chengalpattu district came into existence on 29.11.2019, when it was carved out of the erstwhile Kancheepuram district. Chengalpattu district being part of the Kancheepuram district until recently and being in close geographical proximity to the city of Kancheepuram which is a cultural hub for the region, has undergone through almost all the phases of history which Kancheepuram has witnessed. From 600 AD to 900 AD the region was under the Pallava rule. It was during the Pallava reign that the Chengalpattu region attained the maximum height of prosperity and cultural glory. The temple architecture, as illustrated by the rock cut temple of Mamallapuram and other temples belonging to the contemporary period along the east coast, was at its excellence during the Pallava period.

Famous Places in Chengalpattu: Kandhaswamy Temple, Vedagiriswarar Temple, Tiruvidanthai, Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Crocodile Bank, Aringar Anna Zoological Park, Kovalam, Muttukadu Boat House, Mamallapuram, Mudaliarkuppam.

 Kandhaswamy Temple: This temple is one of the 33 Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu. Built during the Pallava period. The temple is located at a distance of 25 km from Chengalpattu. Poriyur, Yudhapuri and Samarapuri are the names given to Thiruporur. Started an ancient temple in OMR dedicated to Lord Muruga is located here.

Vedagiriswarar Temple: It is famous for the rare phenomenon of two eagles visiting to worship Lord vedagiriswarar round noon daily at the hill to temple. Hence the village got this name. This small Siva temple is situated on the top of the Vedagiri hill, which is 160 metres high. There is also a Siva temple in the town below. At the southeast end of the town is a spacious tank where the water is said to have curative powers. Once in every 12 years, a conch is discovered in this tank and thousands of devotees throng to bathe in the tank at this auspicious time. This is also the Laksha Deepam (lighting of 1 lakh lamps) festival. A collection of the conches is displayed in the Siva Temple in the town.

Tiruvidanthai: The Nityakalyana Perumal Temple more than 1000 years old is situated on the East Coast Road between Chennai and Mamallapuram. The beautiful deity here is Varaha Perumal, otherwise called Nitya Kalyana Perumal. The deity is believed to bestow marital bliss to the unmarried devotees who worship him.

Srinivasa Perumal Temple: The Archaeological Department confirms that the present structure could be around 500 years old. But locals call it a 1500 years old temple. It is located at Semmenjeri on the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) 30 kms from Chennai. It is said that, a Pallava king who lost his eye sight got back his vision on worshipping Srinivasa Perumal here. Even now, people believe that anyone with eye problems get it cured by worshipping the Perumal here. This is also said to be a Prahtana sthalam for the unmarried and childless couples.

Crocodile Bank: The Crocodile Bank is situated at around 44 km away from the capital city of Tamil Nadu, near Mahabalipuram. It extends over an area of about 3.2 hectares, comprising a wide range of Indian and African crocodiles, alligators and other reptiles including turtles and snakes. Here the crocodiles are kept in their natural habitat. Founded by Romulus Whitaker, the German Biologist in 1976, to conserve the species of crocodiles and alligators which are endangered, it is provided with lush tropical vegetation for giving ample shade to these reptiles. At the time of its establishment, the total population of the crocodiles was only 30. Presently, it has 14 varieties of crocodiles, 12 specriesof turtles and 5 types of snakes, with total number of 2,400 reptiles in the Crocodile Bank.

Aringar Anna Zoological Park: The work to establish the Zoological park was started in 1976. It was opened to public in 1985. It is one of the largest Zoological Complex in South East Asia sprawling over an area of 602 ha. This houses 40 varieties of mammals, 20 avian species and 14 species of reptiles, Animal Welfare, research, veterinary, horticulture and sanitation teams, apart from maintain Zoological complex, conducts awareness campaigns for the school children and teachers as a part of its education program.

Kovalam: A Sea side village, 40 kms, from Chennai city is on the way to Mamallapuram. There is a popular Church and a Dargah within the village boundary that attracts pilgrims from its neighbourhood areas and Chennai too. Catamaran ride and mid sea diving arranged by the locals attract a lot of tourists.

Muttukadu Boat House: TTDC operates a Boating centre in this ideal picnic destination with enticing green back ground and glittering blue sky and sea, with food court facility. Annual Windsurfing Regatta is organized in the month of February. Muttukadu Boat House is a water sport facility on the East Coast Road at Muttukadu, Chennai.

Mamallapuram: Mamallapuram is a resort and tourist centre. In addition to the ancient monuments and temples. It has an extensive beach front on the ocean. It was created by the Pallava Dynasty and it was their seaport during their regime. The Pallava king Nrasimha Varman I, was a great wrestler with the title, MAMALLAN, hence it was named MAMALLAPURAM. This has an exotic and long sea shore, temples in the form of Chariots called Rathas, mandapams (cave sanctuaries) huge open air reliefs such as the famous and excellent 100 foot long “Arjuna Penance”. And the Temple of Rivage, with innumerable glorious sculptures of Lord Siva.

Mudaliarkuppam: Also called as Rain Drop Boat House, maintained and operated by the TTDC, it is 90 kms. From the city of Chennai and 30 kms south of Mamallapuram on the East Coast Road. This boat house has varieties of boats like Banan Boat, water scooters, speed boats to suit the taste of the visitors. Boating trip is also arranged to the nearest beach island in the Odiyur Lake.

Chennai: Chennai or Madras, as it was called earlier, is known as the Gateway of Southern India and is the capital of the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The fourth largest metropolis and the third important port in India, Chennai is flanked by the breathtakingly beautiful Marina beach on the eastern side and the city skyscape with its eclectic mix of temple towers, steeples, minarets and star hotels on the other. From classical concerts to trendy nightclubs, Chettinad to multi-cuisine restaurants, museums to Internet cafes, Chennai offers choices that range from the quaint to the ultra modern. Places to visit in Chennai include the Marina Beach, a marvellous 13 km stretch of sea and sand, the San Thome Cathederal, built on the site of a 16th century Portuguese basilica which is said to be the tomb of the apostle Thomas, who is reputed to have brought Christianity to India in the 1st century AD. The Fort St George and the Fort Museum which has a collection of objects from the tenure of the East India Company in Chennai, including letters from Robert Clive.

Famous Places in Chennai: Marina Beach, Government Museum, MGR Film city, Breezy Beach, Marundeeswarar Temple, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Valluvar Kottam, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Connemara Public Library, Kolli Hills, Elliot’s Beach, VGP Golden beach, ISKCON Temple, Vivekananda House, Akkarai Beach, Dakshinachitra Museum, Santhome Cathedral, Madras War Cemetery, Madras Crocodile Bank, MGM Dizzee World, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Nettukuppam, Prakasam Salai, Thousand Lights Mosque, Fort St. George, Chennai Sangamam, Royapuram Fishing Harbour, San Thome Church, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Express Avenue, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, T Nagar, Parthasarathy Temple, Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Camping in Chennai, Rock Climbing, Jungle Safari, Boating in Chennai, Anjaneyar Temple Nanganallur, Thiruvanmiyur Beach, Neelankarai Beach, Santhome Beach, Pebble Beach, Palavakkam Beach, Kaismedu Beach.

Marina Beach: Marina Beach is a natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal. The beach is stretched out to a distance of 13 kilometres making it the longest natural urban beach in the country, second largest in the world and also the most crowded beach in India with almost 30,000 visitors a day.

Government Museum: Government Museum was established in 1851 and is the second oldest museum in the country after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. Situated in Egmore suburb of Chennai, it is built in the Indo-Sarcenic style and houses a rich collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma.

MGR Film city: Having been established in the year 1994, a considerably new structure, the MGR Film city is managed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in loving memory of MG Ramachandran who was not only a crowd-pleasing tamil actor but also a longtime CM of Tamil Nadu.

Breezy Beach: Breezy Beach lays in the remote and serene neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. Being smaller and less polluted, it’s a perfect getaway for anyone looking for a peaceful evening.

Marundeeswarar Temple: The magnificent Marundeeswarar Temple, in Tiruvanmiyur, near Chennai has the temple deity Shiva in the form of Marundeeswar or Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. A fine specimen of Dravidian architecture, this temple is a must visit for anyone visiting Chennai or nearby cities.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park: Arignar Anna Zoological Park aka Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur is spread over an area of 602 hectares, including a rescue and rehabilitation centre. The zoo shelters about 3000 species of flora and fauna across twelve hundred acres including 46 endangered species, in its 160 enclosures.

Valluvar Kottam: Valluvar Kottam is an auditorium, with a gigantic capacity to hold 4,000 people, built in remembrance of the poet-saint, Tiruvalluvar. Verses of the poet Tiruvalluvar are embellished on the pillars in and around the auditorium.

Ashtalakshmi temple: The Chennai Ashtalakshmi temple is situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. That stretch of beach is known as the Elliot’s beach. The temple was constructed on the express wishes of Sri Mahaa Periyavaal of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal. The temple’s architecture is unique, with the deities installed in four levels.

Connemara Public Library: The Connemara Public Library at Chennai holds the prestigious status of being amongst one of the four deposit libraries in India which entitles them to a copy of every publication in India.

Kolli Hills: With an ominous name which means ‘Mountain of Death’, Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai 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.

Elliot’s Beach: A beach showcasing beauty, calmness, serenity and everything that signifies nature at its best, the Elliot’s beach cannot be forgotten by anyone who has visited it once.

VGP Golden Beach: Considered as one of the cleanest and beautiful beaches in Chennai, VGP Golden beach is one of the most sought after destinations in the area by family and friends.

ISKCON Temple: ISKCON Temple Chennai is a temple devoted to Lord Krishna. It is located on the East Coast Road at southern Chennai. Built on 1.5 acres of land, ISKCON, Chennai is the biggest Radha Krishna temple in Tamil Nadu. It was officially inaugurated on 26 April 2012. The deities revered in the temple include those of Radha Krishna and lord’s family, including Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga.

Vivekananda House: Vivekananda House also popularly known as The Ice House, is a shrine and pilgrimage centre for the admirers and followers of Swami Vivekananda. It is in this house that Swami Vivekananda stayed for six weeks in 1900.

Akkarai Beach: The sandy coastline begins from Ennore in the north extending south into Uthandi, leaving one to choose from more than just Marina and Elliot’s beach.

With nicely constructed walkers’ paths, convenient seats, adequate lighting, lush green areas and children’s playgrounds proposed for select beaches initially, there is more to look forward to when you clock in some time for fitness.

Dakshinachitra Museum: Dakshinachitra Museum is one of the living-history museums in India which stores in itself great works of architecture, crafts, performing arts, and lifestyles that belong to South India.

Madras Crocodile Bank: The Madras Crocodile Bank is not to be confused with a zoo. Yes, you can certainly take a look at the reptiles in captivity. But unlike a zoo, this has a much more in-depth operation through ex-situ and in-situ conservation. Right now, it is home to around 17 croc subspecies and some other reptiles like frogs, lizards, snakes and turtles as well.

MGM Dizzee World: MGM Dizzee World is one of the largest and oldest amusement parks in India. It brought Jurong’s Bird Show from Singapore to India way back in 1999. There are extreme level thrill rides, but nice and enjoyable ones are there too. The park has something for every age group.

Shirdi Sai Baba temple: Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Chennai is among the most visited and respected places of worship In Tamil Nadu as well as India. Sai Baba is recognised as one of those spiritual reformers who does not have ties to any particular god of any religion but is a figure of worship himself. So there are no religious restrictions imposed upon those who visit the temple.

Nettukuppam: Nettukuppam is the northernmost tip of Chennai and has a beach which is yet not tarnished by encroaching crowds. It is a solitary retreat for those who seek to enjoy the raging sea up close but in a peaceful environment. The place is an ideal place to spend quiet time as it is still not on the radar of the maddening tourist crowd.

Prakasam Salai: Built in 1795,a milestone in the history of Chennai, located Opposite Parry’s Corner, Prakasam Salai is an impressive stylish building in Indo-Saracenic style with eminence in red bricks.

Thousand Lights Mosque: The Thousand Lights Mosque of Royapettah, Chennai is among the most esteemed mosques of the city as well as the state of Tamil Nadu. Built in the early 19th century by the Wallajah family of the Carnatic rulers, it is till date a popular gathering place for the daily prayers and festive occasions like Muharram.

Fort St. George: The origin of the great white structure of Fort St. George is inextricable from the history of the city of Chennai itself. Popularly called the ‘White Town’, the sole purpose of establishing the massive fort compound was to build a British stronghold in the Coromandel Coast and the rest of south India.

Chennai Sangamam: The Chennai Sangamam, a large open Tamil festival, also coincides with the Pongal season. It is organized in various open locations like beaches, parks etc and showcase traditional folk events, martial arts and classical dance, to name a few. In addition the festival brings together the best that South Indian cuisine has to offer – from tasty panirayams to the traditional pongal.

Royapuram Fishing Harbour: Under the administration of Chennai Port Trust, Royapuram Fishing Harbour is one of the most popular fishing grounds in Chennai. Located in a region which is famous for seafood, this harbour surely has its name among the busiest fishing hubs of Tamil Nadu.

San Thome Church: San Thome Church is among the only three in the world that house the tombs of one of Christ’s original disciples. If you visit this church, you will be stepping into a historical tale that will take you back a couple of centuries. The museum inside displays souvenirs of the great saint and his legend.

Kapaleeswarar Temple: Kapaleeswarar Temple is a holy shrine of Shiva in Mylapore, Chennai. A visit to this temple will be an experience enriched with a glimpse into Tamil religious culture and the lovely architectural combination of the two styles – Dravidian and Vijaynagari, complete with towering Gopurams.

Mylapore: Mylapore is one of the oldest and culturally enriched neighbourhoods, located in the southern part of Chennai. It is very much traditionalist to its core and boasts many temples, churches and historical monuments.

Express Avenue: Express Avenue is a mall in Royapettah of Chennai owned, developed and promoted by Express Infrastructure. The premise includes commercial and hospitality sectors as well. E Hotel is the name of the 4-star boutique luxury-lodging, which caters to the guests all year long with its 44 room capacity. But the mall is the main attraction of the place.

Vadapalani Murugan Temple: Vadapalani Murugan Temple is one of the most popular temples dedicated to Lord Murugan. Located in Vadapalani, Chennai, the temple is known for helping devotees finding solutions to life’s problems. It is also believed that worshipping Lord Murugan here is as pious as praying to him at the original Palani temple.

T Nagar: T Nagar is one of the busiest neighbourhoods in Chennai, and also the most crowded one. It serves as a commercial and economic hub, as well as a residential area. It does not have many attractions, but you will come across a plethora of retail shops lined up on every main road and arterial streets.

Parthasarathy Temple: Parthasarathy Temple, located in Triplicane area of Chennai, is a structure more than 1000 years old, standing in the heart of the bustling city. Dedicated to different avatars of Lord Vishnu within the many shrines of the temple, it attracts thousands of Vaishanvite followers from all across the country.

Parasailing: If you think the city of Chennai is all about glitzy temples and serene beaches, look deeper cause the uber city is home to one of the most adventurous sports of all times – Parasailing. Unlike several other water sports, this one is not for the faint hearted. It allows you to sail above the water with a safely harnessed parachute tied to your back.

Scuba Diving in Chennai: Chennai could get quite hot in the summer and beating the heat would be the top priority in summers. Then why not dive into the Bay of Bengal somewhere off the coast of Chennai. Discovering a totally different world under the surface of the sea and cooling yourself at the same time is the best deal about Chennai.

Camping in Chennai: Surrounded by a number of hills around it, Chennai neighbours to some amazing places that offer nearness to Nature. Every soul in any metro city craves for something new every now and then, and Chennai doesn’t lack in fulfilling this need for its people. There are a number of places to camp in Chennai for a twist out of the normal. One can never run out of places to get closer to something natural.

Jungle Safari: The tropical climate of Chennai has blessed the land with ample amount of lush greenery and equally rich wildlife. Safari in Chennai’s wildlife parks award the visitors with some amazing experiences around our neighbours of nature. Interacting with the wild animals makes us realize the true nature of wilderness. There’s a lot to learn and understand from animals.

Anjaneya Temple: Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple is located around 10 kilometres away from the heart of the city, in a locality called Nanganallur. Commonly called the Anjaneya Temple in short, it gets its name from its principal deity, Lord Hanuman. The most important aspect of the temple is its 32 feet idol.

Thiruvanmiyur Beach: Located in the neighbourhood of Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai, Thiruvanmiyur Beach is one of the isolated and peaceful beaches of the city. Popular for beautiful sunrise and sunset views, the beach is mostly frequented by nature lovers, romantic couples or solitude seekers.

Neelankarai Beach: Neelankarai Beach is an untouched gorgeous beach located in the small locality of Neelankarai in South Chennai. The highlight of the beach are the innumerous turtles that can be found on the shores. People usually visit it to watch the turtles or to walk along the lengthy coastline touching the beautiful blue waters of the sea.

Pebble Beach: Situated at a distance of 1 km from Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai, Pebble Beach is a comparatively smaller beach. Due to its location, it receives relatively lesser number of visitors. However, the beach offers extremely peaceful and serene and you can visit it to spend some time in solitude.

Palavakkam Beach: Located at the southern tip of Chennai in Palavakkam, Palavakkam Beach is a wonderful beach boasting of mesmerising sunrise and sunset views. The highlight of the beach is an age-old temple situated on the beach. The beach has vast expanse of shores, with stunning views of the horizon merging in the sea.

Kaismedu Beach: Kaismedu Beach is a comparatively lesser known beach of Chennai. It is not just a recreation spot but also an important fishing harbour. With vast expanse of the blue sea and brown sandy shores, you can also find several fishermen at work with their huge fishing nets and boats. Besides, the fisher folks also sell their spoils at the shores; you can buy fresh fish here. Volleyball is another popular activity at the beach.

Coimbatore: Coimbatore is the third largest city of the state, one of the most industrialized cities in Tamil Nadu, known as the textile capital of South India or the Manchester of the South India, the city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal, Coimbatore existed even prior to the 2nd or 3rd century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. Among its other great rulers were Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara kings. When Kongunadu fell to the British along with the rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that it is known today, in local Tamil language it is also called as Kovai.

Famous Places in Coimbatore: Vydehi water falls, Adiyogi Shiva Statue, Kovai Kondattam, Marudhamalai hill temple, Sree Ayyappan Temple, Velliangiri Hill Temple, Monkey falls, VOC Park & Zoo, Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park, Kodiveri Dam, Perur Pateeswarar Temple, Siruvani Waterfalls, Siruvani Dam, Isha Yoga Ashram, Anubhavi Subramaniar temple, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, Brookefields Mall, Gedee Car Museum, Masani Amman Temple, Puliakulam Vinayagar Temple, Black Thunder, Sri Naga Sai Temple, Ramar Temple, TNAU Botanical Garden, Aliyar Dam Reservoir Park, Nehru Park, Gass Forest Museum.

Vydehi water falls: The Vydehi water falls is situated some 35 km away from the Coimbatore city. People who pay a visit to Coimbatore must make it a point to visit the Vydehi water falls, as it is one of the most familiar waterfalls and is highly known for its magnificence.

Adiyogi Shiva Statue: Surrounded by verdant green farms at the foothills of Velliangiri Mountains in the Western Ghats, Adiyogi Shiva Statue is the world’s biggest bust statue dedicated to the celebrated Hindu deity Shiva, which is carved out of 500 tonnes of steel. Located in the Isha Yoga Complex in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, the sculpture stands tall at a height of 112 feet.

Kovai Kondattam: Kovai Kondattam is an amusement park located about 2 kilometres away from Perur, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. A fun-filled destination ideal for spending hours of unending entertainment with friends and family, Kodai Kondattam is an eco-friendly theme park.

Marudhamalai hill temple: The Marudhamalai hill temple is located at a towering height of 500 ft. in the highland on the Western Ghats. 15 kms away to north-west of Coimbatore city, the temple has an excellent invigorating atmosphere. Vehicles are allowed to pass through the Marudhamalai temple and the devasthanam has granted three buses from the low slope of the hill to get through the temple on top.

Sree Ayyappan Temple: Located in the centre of the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India; the Sree Ayyappan Temple is a significant temple that is dedicated to Lord Sree Ayyappa. This temple in Coimbatore has been built on the same lines as of the original Sabarimala Temple in Kerala and thus is rightly honoured as the second Sabarimala Temple by devotees. In fact, not only the style of architecture but also the styles and methods of performing pooja at both the temples are similar. A visit to the Ayyappan Temple would thus make you feel as if you are in Kerala.

Velliangiri Hill Temple: Velliangiri Hill Temple is situated some 40 km away from the city Of Coimbatore. The temple has essentially been dedicated to Lord Siva and sits on the Velliangiri Hill which has an imperial altitude of 6000 feet. The Velliangiri hill temple is contemplated to be the most conspicuous worship abode in and around Coimbatore and an immense number of tourist groups visit this hill temple to offer their prayers.

Monkey Falls: The Monkey falls is an exemplary and archetypal out-of-doors coffee break spot, which is situated some 65 kilometers away from Coimbatore city and it is some 27 kilometer away from Pollachi on Coimbatore-Pollachi-Valparai main road.

VOC Park & Zoo: VOC Park & Zoo is an Amusement Park and Zoological Garden mostly visited by locals of Coimbatore for recreational purposes. This is a preferred picnic spot for families who get their kids to have a wonderful time and introduce their children to the world of animals. The park has a play area for the kids, an aquarium and a Jurassic Park where not just children but even adults can have fun.

Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park: Established in 1936, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve or Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park is an initiative of the government to preserve the rich flora and fauna of the Nilgiris. The park boasts of over 430 species of 25,000 plants in addition to several species of mammals, reptiles, birds etc.

Kodiveri Dam: Situated on the Bhavani River near Gobichettipalayam in Tamil Nadu, Kodiveri Dam is a scenic picnic spot and a major tourist attraction in the place. The dam is not only a tourist spot but it also provides irrigation water for over 25000 hectares of land.

Perur Pateeswarar Temple: Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, or the Perur Pateeswarar Temple, is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Patteeswarar located at a distance of 9 kilometres from the city of Coimbatore. The grand temple has immense religious, cultural and historical importance for the followers and devotees of Lord Patteeswarar who visit from all over the world to offer their prayers.

Siruvani Waterfalls: Siruvani Waterfalls is an exhilarating waterfall located in the scenic region of Siruvani. Also known as Kovai Kutralam Falls, it is about 37 kilometres away from Coimbatore city and the waterfall is predominantly manifested for its exaltedness.

Isha Yoga Ashram: Isha Yoga Ashram in India is a non-profit and non-religious center, which has been drawing innumerable people from different parts of the globe since a long time. The ashram and yoga center has been founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Anubhavi Subramaniar temple: The Anubhavi Subramaniar temple is one of the most famous temples situated in close proximity to Coimbatore. With a spiritual aura known for its uniqueness, this temple is visited by vacationers and locals alike.

Eachanari Vinayagar Temple: Within half an hour’s drive from the city of Coimbatore stands the shrine of Vinayagar at Eachanari dedicated to the Elephant God Ganesh. The temple follows typical Dravidian style architecture and is imbibed with a peaceful spiritual vibe around it. The story of the deity follows a myth that has been passed down from one generation to the next.

Brookefields Mall: Brookefields Mall is an attraction famous for shopping and recreational activities in Coimbatore. From apparel to shoes and accessories, you name it, and they have it. It is a perfect place to buy stylish and trendy outfits or to put a look together for an important event.

Gedee Car Museum: Gedee Car Museum is one of the few places in India where one can find cars made in Britain, Japan, France, Germany and America under one roof. The collection of cars is extremely well maintained and all the relevant information about the cars on display is mentioned for visitors to learn. It is, therefore, a favourite attraction for automobile freaks and engineering students.

Masani Amman Temple: Masani Amman Temple is a temple dedicated to Masani Devi, who is also known as Shakti Devi. Situated at the confluence of the Uppar Stream and River Aliyar, the temple is a major attraction for not just the devotees of Masani Devi but also for tourists visiting Coimbatore from all around the world.

Puliakulam Vinayagar Temple: Mundhi Vinayagar Temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, is also called Arulmigu Mundhi Vinayagar Temple located in Puliakulam district of Coimbatore. The most important feature of the grand temple that makes is a major attraction in the city is the idol of Lord Ganesha which, at the height of 20 feet and width of 11 feet, is the largest idol of the deity carved in stone. Because of its size, the magnificent idol is also Asia’s largest idol of Lord Ganesh.

Black Thunder: Black Thunder Theme Park is a wonderful picnic spot in Coimbatore. Right from Dashing Boats, Volcano, Dragon Coaster, Kiddies pool, Wave pool to a Wild River Ride the park has rides to suit every age group.

Sri Naga Sai Temple: Sri Naga Sai Temple is dedicated to Sai Baba and is a famous attraction for the believers and followers of Sai Baba. This is one of the few temples of Sai Baba found in the southern part of the country.

Ramar Temple: Ramar Temple is the only temple where the idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita are seen facing each other depicting their love and admiration for each other. It is a well-maintained and clean temple where devotees can offer their prayers and sit in solitude before they resume their daily work.

TNAU Botanical Garden: Spread over an area of around 300 acres in Coimbatore, TNAU Botanical Garden boasts of some rare varieties of trees, shrubs and herbs. The garden is very well-maintained and vibrantly blooms with flowers including roses, marigold, carnations, chrysanthemums, lilies etc.

Aliyar Dam Reservoir Park: Aliyar Dam Reservoir Park is situated adjacent to the dam at the foothills of Anamalai Hills in Western Ghats. The park boasts of well-maintained gardens, orderly green lawns, swings for kids and play area etc.

Nehru Park: Nehru Park is one of the popular parks in Coimbatore. It houses a massive statue of Jawaharlal Nehru- the first Prime Minister of India. Besides, it has well-maintained gardens, swings, jogging track and spaces for yoga and meditation etc.

Gass Forest Museum: Gass Forest Museum is a natural history museum in Coimbatore located inside the premises of the Forest College Campus. The museum has several relics of wild and domestic animals stuffed and preserved to make them look real. It invites a lot of tourist influx all through the year.

Cuddalore: The name Arcot is derived from the Tamil word “Aaru kadu” which means six forests, the abode of six Rishis. This District was called Thondai Nadu in olden days. It has a specialty “Saandror Udaithu”, which means that great and elite personalities  lived in this land. The history of the past shows that the Cuddalore district held a proud position during the rule of Cholas, Pallavas and Pandyas. Cuddalore traded with the Roman Empire approximately 2000 years ago. Archaeological evidence of these ancient trade relationships can be found in the Cuddalore Government Museum in Manjakuppam. This District is the birthplace of Vallalar Ramalingaswami Adigal, Chief Shaivist Appar Saint   and ragavendra Swamigal. The famous temple of Lord Nataraja is situated in this district and is regarded as one of the speciality of this district.

Famous Places in Cuddalore: Samiyarpettai Beach, Pichavaram, Silver Beach, Sri Raghavendra Swami, Devanathaswamy temple, Fort St David, Bhu Varaha Swamy temple, Thillai Kali Temple, Viruthagerreswarar Temple, Veeranam Lake.

Samiyarpettai beach: Samiyarpettai is a village on the Indian east coast about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Pondicherry and 210 kilometres (130 mi) south of Chennai, located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The coastal village of Samiyarpettai, population 1,729, lies midway between Cuddalore and Chidambaram east of Pudhuchattiram in Tamil Nadu, India. It is the largest of the coastal villages in the surrounding. Most of the people here make a living by fishing. Many other men, like from other coastal villages have moved to other countries to work to make a living.

Pichavaram: Pichavaramnear Chidambaram in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, in South India. The nearest railway station is Chidambaram from where it is accessible by road. The Pichavaram Mangrove Forest near Chidambaram is the world’s second largest mangrove forest.

Silver Beach: Silver Beach is a beach on the southeast coast of India. It is located 2 km (1.2 mi) from downtown Cuddalore, the headquarters of Cuddalore district in the state of Tamil Nadu. Silver Beach, however, is untouched by the busy life of the city. It is the second longest beach on the Coromandel Coast and one of the longest beaches in Asia. The 57 km-long stretch of beach faces severe seafront erosion. There are town buses which ply frequently between Cuddalore town bus stand and Silver Beach.

Sri Raghavendra Swami: Bhuvanagiri is the birthplace of the saint of South India; Raghavendra Swami.The town is also close to the birthplace of Saint Ramalinga Adigalar (town Maruthur). The word Bhuvanagiri is a combination of two Tamilized-Sanskrit words – Bhuvanam (means World) and Giri (means Mountain or Unmovable). Hence, the name Bhuvanagiri can mean “the place (world) that does not move”. Bhuvanagiri is internally referred to by the local population as “Mel Bhuvanagiri” (Western Segment) and “Kezh Bhuvanagiri” (Eastern Segment).

Devanathaswamy temple: Devanathaswamy temple (also called Thiruvanthipuram Kovil) in Thiruvanthipuram, a village in the outskirts of Cuddalore in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Devanathaswamy and his consort Lakshmi as Hemabhujavalli.

Fort St David: Fort St David, now in ruins, was a British fort near the town of Cuddalore, a hundred miles south of Chennai on the Coromandel Coast of India. It is located near silver beach without any maintenance. It was named for the patron saint of Wales because the governor of Madras at the time, Elihu Yale, was Welsh.

Bhu Varaha Swamy temple: Bhu Varaha Swamy temple is a Hindu temple, located at Srimushnam, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is dedicated to Varaha (Bhu Varaha Swamy), the boar-avatar of the god Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi as Ambujavalli Thayar.

Thillai Kali Temple: This is a Hindu Temple located on the outskirts of the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore DistrictTamil Nadu in India. It was built by Chola King Kopperunjingan who ruled between 1229 and 1278. This Temple is on the outskirts of the city of Chidambaram. Legend says that Goddess Kaali Devi moved here after losing to Lord Siva in the celestial dance contest.

Viruthagerreswarar Temple: In the remotest past when Brahma thought of creating the earth, he created water. Lord Vishnu happened to cut down the evil Madhukaidavas. The cut pieces of the bodies floated on water created by brahma. On seeing that Brahma prayed to Lord Shiva to create the earth out of the hardened compound from the water and the flesh of the bodies. Lord Shiva appeared as a mountain. Lord Brahma who did not know this created many different mountains. As they did not have space to exist, he was sorrowful. The pranava God appeared and conveyed Brahma the truth through gestures. Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva who was the form of mountain.

Veeranam Lake: Veeranam Lake (Veeranarayanapuram Lake)   is located 14 km (8.7 mi) SSW of Nattarmangalam in Cuddalore district in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. 1 km (0.62 mi) from kattumannarkoil. The lake located 235 km (146 mi) from Chennai, India, is one of the water reservoirs from where water is planned to be supplied to Chennai. The Veeranam project to supply water to Chennai was conceived in 1967 by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, C. N. Annadurai, and executed under his successor, M. Karunanidhi.

Dharmapuri: Dharmapuri District was bifurcated from the erstwhile Salem District and Dharmapuri District came into existence from 2nd October, 1965, consisting of Hosur, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Harur Taluks. Subsequently, Dharmapuri District was again bifurcated into two districts viz., Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri on 09-02-2004 due to administrative reasons, more number of villages and vast area.

Famous Places in Dharmapuri: Theerthamalai, Hogenakkal Water Falls.

Theerthamalai: Theerthamalai is an important scacred place in Harur taluk of Dharmapuri District.  Shri Theerthagirishwarar Temple is located at the top of a hillock. Chola   and   Vijayanagara  Kings donated liberally to this temple. A lot of devotees throng the temple during the Mahashivarathiri. The Department of Tourism has a Guest Houses for the benefit of the devotees. Theerthamalai is declared as an important tourist spot in Dharmapuri District.

Hogenakkal Water Falls: Hogenakal is situated at the borders of Karnataka at 46 kms from Dharmapuri. In Hogenakal the  river Cauvery enters into Tamil Nadu as a big river with gushing water    presentably as a natural falls.  The name Hogenakal is derived from Kannada means ‘Smoky Rocks’.  The river when falls on the rock below, the gushing force of water resembles like smoke emanating from the rocks.

Dindigul: This district is having a flourishing handloom industry at Chinnalapatti, which is located at 11 Kms away from Dindigul on the Madurai-Dindigul road. Art –Silk saris and Sungudi saris produced in Chinnalapatti are famous through out India. More than 1000 families are engaged in this Industry.

Famous Places in Dindigul: Sirumalai, Soundararaja Perumal Temple, Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Kodaikanal.

Sirumalai: Sirumalai is a region of 60,000 acres (200 kms) situated 25 km (16 miles) from Dindigul and 40 km (25 miles) from Madurai, Tamilnadu, India. There are many high hills in the area. Hillock International School is located in Sirumalai. Sirumalai is a dense forest region with a moderate climate throughout the year. With an altitude of 1600 metres above sea level, it contains diversified flora and fauna.

Soundararaja Perumal Temple: Thadikombu Perumal Temple is located on the Dindigul- Karur route about 18 kms away from Dindigul. The main deity of the temple is Lord Alagar. The main festival of the temple is celebrated during the Tamil month of Chitrai, which falls in April and May. During this festival, the deity is offered regular prayer for 12 days.

Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple: Palani Arulmigu Shri Dhandayuthapani temple is one of the Six Abodes of Murugan. It is located in the town of Palani in Dindigul district, 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Coimbatore and northwest of Madurai in the foot-hills of the Palani hills, Tamil Nadu, India.

Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal is one of the very popular holiday destination hill resorts in South India. This hill station stands 7200 feet above sea level and situated in upper palani hills of the westernghats near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal is also popularly known as the princes of Hill Stations.

Erode: Erode District lies on the extreme north of Tamil Nadu. It is bounded mostly by Karnataka State and also River Palar covers pretty long distance. To the East lies Namakkal and Karur Districts. Dindigal District is its immediate neighbour to the South and on the West; it has Coimbatore and Nilgiri Districts, as its boundaries. Thus Erode District is essentially a land-locked area having no sea-cost of its own. Erode District situated at between 10 36” and 11 58” North Latitude and between 76 49” and 77 58” East Longitude.

Famous Places in Erode: Government Museum, Birds Sanctuary, Bhavanisagar Dam, Bannari Amman Temple, Murugan Temples, Bhavani Sangameshwarar Temple.

Government Museum: Erode Government Museum will appeal to culture buffs and history lovers. The museum is a rich repository of objects related to art, anthropology and archeology, being one of the largest storehouses of art and culture in Tamil Nadu. The museum was established in 1987 and is open on Sundays too.

Birds Sanctuary: Birds Sanctuary, Vellode is about 15 kms from Erode.
It is at a large lake surrounded with semi-dark bushes near Vellode. This .772 km (0.298 sq mi) sanctuary is home to many foreign birds. The sanctuary features thousands of birds coming from various countries, some of which can be easily identified. Some easily found bird species include cormorants, teals, pintail ducks, pelicans, and darters.

Bhavanisagar Dam: Bhavanisagar Dam is about 16 kms. From Sathyamangalam across the river Bhavani.Kodiveri Dam is about 10 kms from Gobichettipalayam and 55 kms from Erode.

Bannari Amman Temple: Bannari Amman Temple is 75 kms away from Erode and 10 kms distance from Sathyamangalam. It is the famous temple in Erode District and situated at the bottom of the Western Ghats on the way to Mysore.

Murugan Temples: Chennimalai – is about 30 kms. From Erode and 12 kms from Perundurai.

Bhavani Sangameshwarar Temple: Sangameshwarar Temple, Bhavani is about 15 kms. From Erode. Confluence of three rivers by name Cauvery, Bhavani and invisible Amudha at this pilgrimage place and termed as Mukkoodal.

Kallakurichi: Kallakurichi is one of the thirty seven districts of Tamil Nadu state located on the southern tip of India. The district headquarters is located at Kallakurichi. Kallakurichi district came into existence on 12th November 2019 when it was created out of Viluppuram district. The district lies in the middle of Salem to Chennai National Highways No.79 . The nearst Railway station is Chinnasalem and it is suituated 15KMs from Kallakuruchi. One can go to any corner of the Tamil Nadu as well as to other parts of India from here. The district has temples, mosques and churches which are very old and famous.

Famous Places in Kallakurichi: Sri Veeratteswarar Koil, Aadhi Thiruvarangam, Kalvarayan Hills.

Sri Veeratteswarar Koil: This Temple is one of the eight Veeratta temples (Ashta Veeratta Sthalas). This is the 11th Shiva temple in the Nadunadu region praised in Thevaram hymns. Saints Sambandar, Appar and sundarar had sung the praise of the Lord of the temple in their Thevaram hymns. Addressing the ignorant struggling for enlightment, Saint Gnanasambandar advises them saying, “If you wish to know what is eternal and avoid letting your legs into mud and struggle to pick it up, think of the one with Ganga on His turf gracing at Veerattanam.

Aadhi Thiruvarangam: Prominence of the Shrine : The 108 Divya Desams are popular. More popular and ancient than that there is Utharangam alias Aadhirangam alias Aadhi Thiruvarangam. It is because Aadi Thiruvarangam is established on the first incarnation of Vishnu. Srirangam is next to the Aadi Thiruvarangam told quite commonly in this region.

Kalvarayan Hills: The Kalrayan Hills are a major range of hills situated in the Eastern Ghats of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Along with the Pachaimalai, Javadi, and Shevaroy hills, they separate the Kaveri River basin to the south from the Palar River basin to the north. The hills range in height from 2000 feet to 3000 feet and extend over an area of 1095 square kilometers.

Kancheepuram: Kancheepuram district is situated on the northern East Coast of Tamil Nadu and is adjacent by Bay of Bengal and Chennai city and is bounded in the west by Vellore and Thiruvannamalai district, in the north by Thiruvallur district and Chennai district, in the south by Villuppuram district in the east by Bay of Bangal. It lies between 11° 00′ to 12° 00’ North latitudes and 77° 28′ to 78° 50′ East longitudes. The district has a total geographical area of 1704.79 Sq.Kms and coastline of 87.2 Kms. Kancheepuram, the temple town is the district headquarters. For administrative reasons, the district has been divided into 2 revenue divisions comprising of 5 taluks with 520 revenue villages. For development reasons, it is divided into 5 development blocks with 274 Village Panchayats.

Famous Places in Kancheepuram: Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Devarajaswami Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchi Kudhil, Ekambaranatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple,  Thennangur Panduranga Temple, Kachapeshwarar Temple, Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, Jain Temples, Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple, Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Eri Katha Ramar Temple.

Kamakshi Amman Temple: Southern India is well-known for its cultural heritage, and the Kamakshi Amman Temple represents an important gem from the past. The Kamakshi Amman temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, which are sacred shrines built around the falling body parts from the corpse of Goddess Sati from heaven.

Varadharaja Perumal Temple: The marvelous Varadaraja Temple was built during the 10th century by the Vijayanagar kings. There is a big outer wall that covers or as the locals say, protect this fine temple.

Devarajaswami Temple: The Devarajaswami Temple was constructed by the Vijaynagar kings. It is devoted to the Hindu god Lord Vishnu. There are ornamented engraved pillars that can be seen inside the temple.

Kailasanathar Temple: The Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is a Hindu temple, constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is probably the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. The temple is located on the banks of the Vedavathi River at the western limits of the Kanchipuram.

Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam: Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam is a monastic institution for the Hindu community located in one of the Pancha Bhuta Sthalas, the city of Kanchipuram, in the South-Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Visitors often find the institution a place to find peace.

Kanchi Kudhil: Highly influenced by the Hindu religion, many of the temples here can be seen are in fact Hindu temples. The ancient culture as well as the cultural heritage of Hinduism is shown at Kanchi Kudhil.

Ekambaranatha Temple: The Ekambaranatha Temple is the largest temple in Kanchipuram. It covers a massive area of 20 acres. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and was built by the Pallavas and then in turn was renovated by both the Cholas and the Rayas.

Vaikunda Perumal Temple: The Vaikunda Perumal Temple was built by the Pallava king Nadivarman II during the 7th century. This is particular temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Thennangur Panduranga Temple: Thennangur Panduranga Temple is located in the Thennangur village in the district of Tiruvannamalai. Dedicated to Panduranga and his consort Rukmayee, it attracts tourists from all over the world for its religious importance and unique architecture.

Kachapeshwarar Temple: It is at the Kachapeshwarar Temple that the Lord Shiva can be seen being worshipped by Lord Vishnu in the form of a tortoise. This image can be viewed on sculptures and engravings that have ornated this beautiful temple from start to end.

Ulagalantha Perumal Temple: Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the 108 Divya Desams. The temple is of great historical and religious importance and followers from all over the world visit this revered place.

Jain Temples: The Jain Temples of Kanchipuram are of immense religious importance for Jain devotees. One of these temples is dedicated to Bhagwan Mahavir and the other is dedicated to Jain Teerthankaras.

Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple: Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple is a place of worship dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. It has a unique idol of Lord Venkateswara which is seen standing on a Shivlinga. This kind of a representation is not seen anywhere else in the world.

Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple: Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple is a place of worship dedicated to Lord Vijayaraghava Perumal. This temple is the 57th of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Chitragupta Temple: Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to Chitragupta who is a Hindu Deity. It is a rare temple in India that is dedicated to Chitragupta who is also known as the assistant of The God of Death, Yamaraja.

Eri Katha Ramar Temple: Eri Katha Ramar Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama or Ramanuja. It is of immense religious importance for the followers and devotees of Lord Rama.

Karur is an old city located in the Karur District of the state Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its handloom textiles and blanket exports. The city has fertile land because of the Kaveri River and Amravati River.

Famous Places in Karur: Arulmigu Sadasiva Brahmendra Adhishtanam, Ponnaniar Dam.

Arulmigu Sadasiva Brahmendra Adhishtanam: Arulmigu Sadasiva Brahmendra Adhishtanam and Arulmigu Kashi Vishwanatha temple are located at Nerur Village (13 KM from Karur-Thirumukkudalur Road), Karur district. This Jeeva Samadhi is located in a Oasis of cauvery river bank. Here Cauvery river running towards south is a very special feature. It is a wonderful place where not only people from Tamil Nadu pay a visit but devotees from various other states are also visiting.

Ponnaniar Dam: A picnic spot located near Pooncholai village of Kadavoor hill region in Karur district is known as Ponnaniar Dam. A dam has been constructed at the foot of the Semmalai. This Dam has provided irrigation facilities to the surrounding fertilesoil. The public works department preserves the dam site.

Krishnagiri: This District has Hills, valleys, waterfalls, Ponds, Lakes,Reservoirs, historical forts and many other attractions. C.Rajagopalachariar,India’s First Governor General after Independence, was born at Thorapally near Hosur. Chandra Choodeswarar Temple of Hosur, Hanuman Theertham at Uthangarai, Kattinampatty Balamurugan Temple near Krishnagiri and Bettarayaswamy Temple of Thenkanikottai are some of the ancient and popular temples of this District. Krishnagiri District population is 18,79,809 and the Town’s population is 71,323.

Famous Places in Krishnagiri: Kattuveera Anjaneya Temple, Shree Parshwa Padmavathe ShaktipeetTirth Dham, Thally garden and lake, Aiyur, Krishnagiri Museum, Chandra choodeswarar temple, Kellavarapalli dam, Avathanapatti lake, Krishnagiri dam.

Kattuveera Anjaneya Temple: Kattuveera Anjaneya Temple is located at Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu is said to be 2500 years old and this Anjaneya here ensures that the one wish which one pray with full devotion is said to come true, within 3 months.

Shree Parshwa Padmavathe ShaktipeetTirth Dham: Jain dharma consists of 24 theerthankars, In these 24 theerthankars the 23rd theerthankar is considered to be swami parshwanathbhagwan. Today shaktipeet is the world’s highest (365 ft height) Jain temple adorning images of the Tirthankar Arihanta Paramatmans. 6 km from Krishnagiri. Shree Parshwa Padmavti Nagar, Sadhanpalli, sundampatti post.

Thally garden and lake: Thally garden and lake is located 25 kms from hosur 77 kms from krishnagiri. Thally village is fully surrounded by number of hill stations in Denkannikottai thaluk this place is located 1000ft above the sea level salubrious weather is remembering England climate therefore during the British regime onwards this place we call it as “Little England”.

Aiyur: Aiyur reserve forest is located 20 kms from Denkanikottai thaluk, Krishnagiri District. Eco tourism park is located 1060 mts above the sea level in western Ghats region.

Krishnagiri Museum: Krishnagiri Museum is located near Apsara Theatre on Gandhi Road. It was opened as 12th District Museum in the year 1993. This Museum exhibits objects of Art and Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Botany and Zoology disciplines. Most important exhibits of this Museum are the Hero Stones, which were collected from different parts of this district.

Chandra choodeswarar temple: Chandra choodeswarar temple (lord siva temple) is famous for its hill temple where presiding deity lord Siva is Arul migu maragathambal samadha (Sreee Chandra Choodeswarar) it is located 40kms from Bangalore 52 kms from Krishnagiri in National High ways NH-7 Daily 500-1000 Devotees are visiting this temple most of them from hosur, Bangalore, Krishnagri, and neibouring states like Karnataka, and Anthrapradesh.

Kellavarapalli dam: Kellavarapalli dam is located 10 kms from Hosur, 60 kms from Krishnagiri it is constructed in the year 1995 it is only 8 kms from Karnataka state this dam park become a picnic spot from citizen of hosur area.

Avathanapatti lake: Avathanapatti lake is located 5 km away from Krishnagiri town it’s found salem Bangalore national highways NH7. Excess water sources supplied regularly from Krishnagiri dam throughout the year (perennial water).

Krishnagiri dam: Krishnagiri dam is located in between Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri 10 kms away from Krishnagiri and river thenpennai is supplying water sources to the dam, this dam is constructed in 1955 – 1957 by former chief minister of Tamilnadu thiru. Kamaraj benefited thousands of acres of land around Krishnagiri irrigated with the help of this dam. This dam have park around 50 Acre land area either side being decked with beautiful flower gardens children playing equipments.

Madurai: Much like Varanasi in the north, Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in India. Situated on the banks of Vaigai river in Tamil Nadu, the city is known for its Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. Apart from being a pilgrim town, a popular tourist destination, a cultural hotspot and the erstwhile capital of the Pandyan dynasty Madurai is also known for its food, cuisine, architecture, shopping and endearing people.

Famous Places in Madurai: Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, Vaigai Dam, Alagar Koil, Meghamalai, Samanar Hills, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Athisayam, Mariamman Teppakulam, Pazhamudhir Solai, Tirupparankundram Murugan temple, Chithirai festival, St Maryês Cathedral, Vandiyur Maiamman Teppakulam, ISKCON Madurai, Banana Market, Kazimar Big Mosque, Goripalayam Dargah.

Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple: The Historic Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. It is primarily dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her spouse, Shiva. That makes this temple different than the others is the fact that both God and Goddess are worshipped together.

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal: Thirumalai Nayak Mahal was constructed way back in the 17th century. Several buildings and temples had been constructed by him in the region and they have all been splendid both in terms of construction location and spirituality.

Vaigai Dam: Vaigai Dam, a magnificent human-made structure, is constructed over River Vaigai near Andipatti, Theni District in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Andipatti lies about 70 kilometres from Madurai and travellers on their way to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary often visit this massive and wondrous dam.

Alagar Koil: Alagar Koil is an exquisite temple situated in the north east of Madurai. The temple is the rest place of Lord Vishnu and is the sacred place for several followers of Lord Vishnu in the region.

Meghamalai: 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.

Samanar Hills: Located in Keelakuyilkudi village near Madurai, Samanar Hills or Samanar Malai is a beautiful hill rock complex which was originally home to Tamil Jain monks. The hill caves are a popular place of tourism and have elaborate carvings and drawings of the monks, on the interior walls. The spot also has a beautiful lotus temple located in the premises.

Gandhi Museum: The Gandhi Memorial Museum serves as a remembrance and tribute to the efforts of our very own father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Established in 1959 in his cherished memory, eleven years after his demise, it is one of the few Gandhi Museums in the country.

Koodal Azhagar Temple: The Koodal Azhagar Temple is situated in the city of Azhaghar, the dazzling city of southern India. It is the temple of lord Vishnu with a magnanimous monument of lord Vishnu embossed in front of the temple.

Athisayam: Located on the Madurai – Dindigul National Highway near Madurai, Athisayam is a massive water cum amusement park. Sprawling over a vast 70 acres of land, the park boasts of a total of 40 games and 20 water rides. The park also has a 7D theatre, an eatery and a recreation garden for kids.

Mariamman Teppakulam: Constructed in the honor of Lord Vigneshwara, this divine temple is situated about 5 km from the meenakshi temple. It has a huge tank in the compound of the temple and holds the record of being the biggest tank in the region of Tamil Nadu.

Pazhamudhir Solai: Pazhamudhir Solai is a beautiful temple created in the memory of Lord Subramaniya who is worshipped by several people in southern India. It has great sculptures of Lord Subramaniya carved in wood and marble and is a wonderful temple with giant steps in the front of it.

Tirupparankundram Murugan temple: Tirupparankundram Murugan temple is one of the pilgrimage places in the southern India. The temple is an excellent master piece of art and is devoted to mother earth for the benedicts it has bequeathed on the holy earth.

Chithirai festival: The Chithirai festival of Tamil Nadu happens to be one of the longest stretched festivals to be celebrated anywhere in the world. The festival is celebrated in the city of Madurai of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is celebrated for over two weeks. An estimated number of a million people gather for the celebrations from all over India and abroad.

St Maryês Cathedral: St Maryês Cathedral is a gothic style catholic church situated in East Veli Street in Madurai. The striking architecture is a mix of European, Continental and Roman designs. The statue of virgin Mary installed inside is dressed in a saree. The church receives a regular influx of visitors all year long.

Vandiyur Maiamman Teppakulam: Vandiyur Maiamman Teppakulam is a tiny pond located near the premises of Vandiyur Maiamman Temple in mandir. Teppakulamê literally meaning temple pond is connected to the river Vaigai through underground tunnels and its water is used for temple rituals. The pond also has a Mandapam in the centre with a Ganesha Temple and a tiny garden.

ISKCON Madurai: Situated in the Mani Nagaram Main Road in Madurai, ISKCON Madurai is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Goddess Radha. The temple reverberates with mantras and songs at all times and devotees are fed with prasad. The premises also has a pure veg tiny eatery for the devotees and other visitors.

Banana Market: Banana Market in Madurai is a wholesale market for bananas situated in Rukmanipalayam. The place sells as many as 16 varieties of the fruit and is a hot trading place in the city. The bananas are brought early in the morning from the factory outlets and are unbranched from the branches to sell them to the local vendors.

Kazimar Big Mosque: Kazimar Big Mosque or Kazimar Periya Pallivasal is the oldest mosque in Madurai located near the Periyar bus stand. The mosque also holds significant religious importance and is visited by pilgrims from far and wide. With a space to accommodate close to 1500 people, the mosque also has an enchanting architecture with a magnificent maqbara.

Goripalayam Dargah: Goripalayam Dargah is also known as Hajha Syed Sultan Alaoudeen Syed Sultan Samsudeen Aouliya Dargah and is situated in Madurai. Done in green and white paint, the mosque has towering minars and a magnificent dome; and it houses the shrine of Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha and Hazrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badusha.

Mayiladuthurai: Mayiladuthurai literally translates as “the peacock town”. Mayiladuthurai is a portmanteau of three words, Mayil meaning peacock, Aadum means dancing and Thurai is a place. The name “Mayiladuthurai” stems from a legend that says Parvathi who donned the form of a peahen because of a curse and worshipped Lord Shiva in the town that is Mayiladuthurai today.

Famous Places in Mayiladuthurai: Poompuhar, Tharangambadi.

Poompuhar: Poompuhar is a town in the Mayiladuthurai district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was once a flourishing ancient port city known as Kaveri Poompattinam, which for a while served as the capital of the Early Chola kings in Tamilakam. Puhar is located near the mouth of the Kaveri river, on the sea coast.

Tharangambadi: It is 28kms north of Nagapattinam on the east coastal line of Bay of Bengal. Danish ArchiteCture is the attractions of Tranguebar. Bus facilities are available to this place from Mayiladuthurai, Poompuhar, Sirkali and Chidambaram. Built in 1620 exists to exhibit Danish architecture. The fort is now under the control of Tamil Nadu Archeological Department, houses an archaeological Museum. This museum is open on all days expect Friday.

Nagapattinam: Nagapattinam is a town located in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. The town serves as the district headquarters. Located on the eastern coast of the Indian peninsula by the Bay of Bengal, the district emerged after being diverged from the Thanjavur district. The town is located at a distance of 270 km from Chennai.

Famous Places in Nagapattinam: Dutch Fort, Archaeological Museum, Sikkal Singaravelar Temple, Kayarohanaswamy Temple, Soundaryaraja Perumal Temple, Nellukadai Mariamman Koil, Poompuhar beach, Mayiladuthurai.

Dutch Fort: This is the most popular, not religious attraction of the town. The Dutch Fort was built in 1620 and still lies in excellent condition. The fort is often renovated and hence is well maintained.

Archaeological Museum: This museum lies within a 17th century Dutch Fort – a marvelous example of Dutch architecture. The Archaeological Museum displays many valuable archaeological materials and ancient old artifacts.

Sikkal Singaravelar Temple: A popular temple in a small village called Sikkal, the presiding deity in this temple is Singaravelar (Lord Muruga). Lord Navaneetheswarar (a form of Lord Shiva) with his consort Nedum Kanni Amman (Goddess Parvathi) are also installed in this temple.

Kayarohanaswamy Temple: Also known as the Neelayatakshi, this is one of the seven temples of the Thyagraja cult. Built in 6th century AD, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva whereas the presiding deity is known as Kayarohana.

Soundaryaraja Perumal Temple: dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Soundaryarajan, a synonym of love and beauty, this temple lies on the heart of the city and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.

Nellukadai Mariamman Koil: According to legend, Mariamman appeared in the dream of a rice trader and asked him to build a shrine for him. He constructed a beautiful temple in Nagapattinam and started offering prayers.

Poompuhar beach: Located in the quaint little town of Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu, Poompuhar beach is an ancient and natural beach along the Bay of Bengal. The beach starts at river Kaveri and extends towards Neithavasal, around 3 km to the north side. Poompuhar is a coastline town perfect for those who love wandering amidst history and memoirs. It is your gateway to the past. You can plan a weekend trip to the town and live in a unique shell shaped cottages.

Mayiladuthurai: Located about 57.3 km from Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai is a temple town that’s famous for its Shiva temple known as Mayura Natha Swamy temple. Ruled dominantly by the medieval Chola dynasty, the history of Mayiladuthurai dates back many decades. The city is located near the river Cauvery with coconut trees alongside the roads.

Kanyakumari: Bordered by the three seas – Arabian, Indian and the Bay of Bengal, Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula. A small coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari was earlier known as Cape Comorin.

Kanyakumari offers the marvellous confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian ocean meeting together at a point. But, this is not a miracle, the miracle lies in the beauty that the water of three seas does not mix, you can clearly distinguish between the turquoise blue, deep blue and sea green waters of the three seas. To enjoy the best view of sunset and sunrise, you can visit the Triveni Sangam point and the famous View tower.

Famous Places in Kanyakumari: Thirparappu Falls, Kanyakumari beach, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thanumalay temple, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kumari Amman Temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Lord Subramanya Temple, Wax Museum, Vattakottai Fort, Courtallam falls, Sanguthurai Beach, Chitharal Jain monument, Gandhi Mandapam, Mathoor Aqueduct, Our Lady of Ransom Church, Sothavilai Beach, Sunset Point, Tsunami Monument, View Tower, St. Xavier Church, Adikesavaperumal Temple, Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple.

Thirparappu Falls: Located at a distance of about 55 kilometres from Kanyakumari, the cascading waters of the Tirparappu Falls make up for an enchanting sight. This waterfall is a manmade one and falls from a height of 50 feet.

Kanyakumari beach: Located in the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari beach with its beautiful hue-changing beaches, the confluence of three water bodies: Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. Miraculously, here you can see that the water of three seas does not mix, you can distinguish between the turquoise blue, deep blue, and sea green waters of the three seas, though the colors keep changing with the season and the day’s weather.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial: Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a well-known tourist monument placed in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, India. The memorial stands on one of the two rocks, about 500 metres away from India’s southernmost tip. It was constructed in honour of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on this rock.

Thanumalayan Temple: Situated in Suchindram, Thanumalay temple is also known as Sthanumalayan Kovil is the sacred shrine dedicated to Trimuthis (Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva). The beautiful temple was renovated in the 17th century, and its inscriptions date back to the 9th century.

Thiruvalluvar Statue: Dedicated to the accomplished philosopher and poet Thiruvalluvar, this beautiful statue finds itself on a small island near Kanyakumari. Thiruvalluvar was the author of a legendary work in the world of Literature, Tirukkural, the classic Tamil text. In his devotion, the work for the statue started in 1990 and continued till 1999, during the year in which the figure finally got completed.

Kumari Amman Temple: Kumari Amman Temple is one place in Kanyakumari with a lot of cultural significance in Kanyakumari. This magnificent temple is situated on the coast surmounting the beach and thousands of vacationers come here creating very big queues. A word of caution: unless you are a Hindu you will not be permitted to enter Kumari Amman Temple even for sightseeing.

Padmanabhapuram Palace: Padmanabhapuram Palace is one of the most exquisite palaces of India that symbolize the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India that has been around for many centuries aptly.

Lord Subramanya Temple: Lord Subramanya Temple is one of the most interesting temples to visit when in India. The never ending pillars and countless towers give it a magnificent look.

Wax Museum: The Wax Museum is definitely is one of its kind Museum that stands above the rest in terms of creativity. It is situated in Kanyakumari region in the city of Baywatch.

Vattakottai Fort: Vattakottai Fort, which translates to the ‘Circular Fort’ is a seaside fort near Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India. The fort is largely made of granite blocks and today, a part of the fort even extends into the sea. The Fort is now a protected site under the Indian Archaeological Department and a major renovation of the fort was undertaken recently by the Department.

Courtallam falls: Set in the midst of a Panchayat town in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, the Courtallam falls are renowned in the state for its enormity as well as ferocity. At an elevation of 160 metres (520 feet), the cascade towers above its green surroundings and magnificent hillside.

Sanguthurai Beach: Sanguthurai Beach is one of the calmest yet cleanest beaches that you should go to, during your visit to Kanyakumari. Sanguthurai Beach is located in the southernmost part of India, and you can feel the fierce power of the Indian Ocean there.

Chitharal Jain monuments: Chitharal Jain monuments and temples are an effigy to the diversity of the culture and the religions existing in harmony in India. Sitharal Jain Monuments are one of these culturally rich monuments.

Gandhi Mandapam: Gandhi Mandapam is built near the famous Anna University. Gandhi Mandapam is one of the greatest monuments that you can look at when you go to India. The Gandhi Mandapam was erected to honor the world famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi.

Mathoor Aqueduct: Also known as the Mathoor Hanging Trough, the Mathoor Aqueduct is amongst the longest and tallest trough bridges that can be found all across the continent. This trough bridge gets its name from Mathoor, which is a small village located near the aqueduct.

Our Lady of Ransom Church: Our Lady of Ransom Church is a famous Catholic Church built in dedication to Mother Mary. A brilliant example of Gothic architecture, the church was built during the 15th century and looks breathtakingly beautiful against the blue lashing waves of the ocean behind it.

Sothavilai Beach: The Sothavilai Beach is one of the most famous beaches that can be found in the entire district of Kanyakumari. The beach stretches to over 4 kilometres, which makes it one of the longest natural beaches in the entire state, and the views that this attraction offers cannot be put into words.

Sunset Point: Watching the sunset at the southernmost tip of India is a sight to behold. Kanyakumari is at the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It’s the only place in India where you can see both the sunrise and sunset at the same spot.

Tsunami Monument: A one of its kind structure, the Tsunami Monument is a unique monument that is located near the southern shore of Kanyakumari. It was built in the memory of all those thousands of people who died in the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that shook the entire nation on 26 December in 2004.

View Tower: Undoubtedly one of the places that offer the best scenic views and sceneries of the clear blue seas and the never-ending sky that meets it at infinity, the View Tower is located in the town of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu in India. The View Tower and the telescope that accompanies it provides a panoramic view of not only the surrounding seashore and landscape but also of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue and other monuments that can be seen from there. The famous Kumari Amman Temple, which is visited by devotees from all parts of the country, is also located at a walking distance and must be visited while on a trip here.

St. Xavier Church: Built by St Francis Xavier in the 1600s, the St. Xavier Church is a famous historical structure of great religious importance that is located in Kottar of Nagercoil. The church enjoys great fame and respect, on account of the fact that miracles have been observed to happen here since times immemorial.

Adikesavaperumal Temple: The Adikesavaperumal Temple is situated in Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. One of the 108 divya desams devoted to Vishnu, this temple is also referred to as the Srirangam of Chera Kingdom. Surrounded by rivers Kothai, Pahrali and Thamirabarani on three sides, Vishnu rests in this temple in a reclining position on this sacred land.

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple: Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple, previously Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple, is a renowned temple near Colachel in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Built in Kerala’s traditional temple architectural-style, it lies near the seashore. A unique feature of this temple is its’ presiding deity – an ant hill with five heads, standing at a tall 15 feet. The local belief is that the ant hill grows gradually. It is also referred to as ‘Women’s Sabarimala’.

Namakkal: A city and an administrative district, Namakkal is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the southern part of India. Located in Tamil Nadu, Namakkal offers a wide range of attractions to people from varied interests. The city is renowned for its well-maintained infrastructure and environment. It is famous as a historical city, an educational city, a poultry city and transport city.
Famous Places in Namakkal: Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple, Arulmigu Narasimha Swamy Temple, Namakkal Fort.

Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple: Namakkal, a town in the district of the same name, in Tamil Nadu has come to be famous because of an ancient Anjaneyar(Hanuman)temple here. It is also popularly known as the Dakshina Srisailam. The temple shelters a humongous idol of Lord Hanuman in a standing posture, with His hands, clasped together as if to worship someone or something. This pose is called Vishwaroopa Darshan.

Arulmigu Narasimha Swamy Temple: Arulmigu Narasimha Swamy Temple, located in the district of Namakkal of Tamil Nadu, sees tourists coming from all over the state. Scholars believe that the temple was built around the 8th century by the Pandya kings. This is the temple facing which Lord Hanuman stands in a worshipping posture. The temple of Arulmigu Narasimha Swamy is built in the Dravidian style of architecture. The temple is carved out of the hill and is located at the foothills of the Namakkal Fort. The fort itself is another crowd-puller in the town. Every year, a 15-day Panguni Uthiram festival is organised during the month of March-April, when the processional deities are taken out in streets.

Namakkal Fort: Namakkal Fort or Rock Fort, located atop a hillock that’s made of a single rock, is another famous attraction in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. Built during the reign of Thirumalai Nayak, in the 17th century, the fort stands a historical symbol today. The fort is spread over an area of one-and-a-half acres. There are two religious sites located within the fort: one is a mosque and another is Narasimha Swamy Temple.

Pudukottai: The Pandyas, Cholas, Pallavas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar, Nayaks, Irukkuvelirs, Mutharaiyars, Thondaimanhave ruled this region at one or different point of a time in the past. This was the first state to join the Indian Union after freedom. Pre-historic megalithic burial Urns, Dolmens stone found here, point to the civilization of the Tamils of the past. Sangam Literature mentions this zone as a notable place of highly cultured elites.

Famous Places in Pudukottai: Sittanavasal, Brahadambal Temple, Avudairyarkoil, Thirumayam Fort.

Sittanavasal: The Sittanavasal caves are one of the most popular places to visit in Pudukkottai. The monument is a rock-cut monastery which is believed to be created by the Jains way back in the 2nd century. It is a cave temple and contains remnants of notable frescos from that time. These murals have been painted with vegetable and mineral dyes using bold colours such as black, white, green, blue and yellow.

Brahadambal Temple: The Brahadambal Temple is a prominent religious place in Pudukkottai. It might come as a surprise, that despite its amazing architecture, the temple somehow remains less-crowded round the year. The shrine is often considered as an architectural wonder owing to its excellent fusion of Jain and Dravidian architecture. The presiding deities in the temple happen to be Lord Gokarneshwarar and his consort Brahadambal.

Avudairyarkoil: Located roughly 50 kilometres from the city centre, the Avudairyarkoil temple is a major tourist attraction in Pudukkottai. Built in the typical Dravidian style of architecture, the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. It is a somewhat different Shiva Temple in the sense that there is no statue of Nandi the Bull or even a flag at the temple. Also, the Sivalingam is worshipped as a soul and not in the form of a statue.

Thirumayam Fort: The Thirumayam Fort is one of the most prominent sightseeing places in Pudukkottai. An ancient piece of architecture, the citadel is located a little away from the city centre. Climbing atop the fort might be a little arduous, but once there, the views are simply stunning. The fort also houses a huge Shivalingam that can be reached after climbing a somewhat scary-looking flight of stairs.

Ramanathapuram: History of the Ramanathapuram district holds the evidence of the rule of sangam period kings and ends up with the British. In the early 15th century, the present territories of Ramanathapuram district were included in the Pandya dynasty. In 1520, the Vijayanagar emperors took over the region from the Pandya dynasty and extended their reign for about two centuries. Marava chieftain Sethupathi family, who were Lords under Pandiya Kings and reigned over this part in the 17th century. At the start of the 18th century, family disputes over succession resulted in the dissolution of the kingdom. With the help of the King of Thanjavur in 1730, one of the chieftains deposed Sethupathi and became the ruler of Sivaganga.
Ranipet: Ranipet, also called Ranipettai, is an industrial city with about 80,000 inhabitants (2011) in the Vellore district, Tamilnadu, India. It’s mainly known for its industrial development, in particular leather. It’s on the northern bank of the river Palar, opposite Arcot.

Famous Places in Ranipet: Mahendravadi, Kanchanagiri Hills, Ratnagiri Bala Murugan Temple, Narasimmar Temple, Rathnagiri – Balamurugan Temple, Raja Rani monument,


Mahendravadi: The Mahendra Vishnukiraham rock sculptures are a noteworthy historic landmark in Arakonam Taluk’s Mahendravadi hamlet. The Archeological Survey of India looks after this monument. It is a very old Tamilnadu rock temple. The rock sculptures were created between 600 and 630 AD during the reign of King Mahendravarman. The Mahendra Varman era Grantha script inscription confirms that Mahendra Vishnukiraham is named after King Mahendra Varman. One of the remarkable elements of the monument is the carvings done in a monolithic stone in an open space. With a couple of whole pillars and one half pillars, the same temple is formed that fascinates tourists. Only Podhigai is engraved in the pillars, which appear to be quite plain.

Kanchanagiri Hills: Kanchanagiri Hills, located 1500 feet above sea level, is a popular tourist site for the residents of Ranipet. It is home to a modest Shiva temple and a Murugan temple. The well-known ‘bell rock’ near Kachanagiri has created quite a stir among the locals of Ranipet.

Ratnagiri Bala Murugan Temple: Lord Murugan is honoured in the Ratnagiri Temple. In this temple, there are two versions of the deity: Lord Thirukkolam, pictured with his wives Valli and Devasena, and Lord Gurukkolam. The idol of the principal god, Bala Murugan, was set in a granite chariot. The garbhagriha is composed of granite and is designed in the Chola style. The temple is surrounded by miniature statues of Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Brahma, Durga, and Chandikeswarar. There are two temples dedicated to Lord Vinayaka, one on top of the hill and one at the bottom.

Narasimmar Temple: The term Kadigachalam originated when the Lord granted darsan to the Saptharishi during a kadigai moment and bestowed mukthi. He also offered Prahalatha darsan by modifying his character of Terror and putting him in the yoga stage. Lord Anjeneya, who is currently in the yoga stage, assisted Indrathymna Maharaja in murdering the Arakkan Nikumban and saving his land. It was held on a Sunday, hence every Sunday is significant for Siriya Thiruvadi. People adore the Lord by bathing in the Chakkra Theertham on the tiny hill.

Balamurugan Temple: Ratnagiri, 15 kilometres from Vellore, is famed for the Murugan temple, which is located on a tiny mountain. The temple is claimed to have been erected in the 14th century A.D. However, modifications were just completed.

Raja Rani monument: The Raja Rani monument is located on the banks of the Palar River in Ranipet. Two towers have been erected in remembrance of Raja Desingh and his loving wife Rani Bai. According to history, Raja Desingh refused to pay British taxes, therefore the British stormed Arcot and assassinated Raja Desingh. Rani Bai committed Sati and died in memory and love of her husband. To commemorate Rani Bai’s sacrifice, Arcot Nawab Sadat-ul-lahkhan erected this monument on the opposite side of Palar and called the town on the opposite bank Ranipet, thus the name of the town.

Salem: A city that blends nature and cultural heritage is Salem, a district in Tamil Nadu, South India. It is also known by various names such as Cheralam, Sailam, and Shalya. Salem is a major textile center with more than 125 spinning mills, weaving and garment units.

Famous Places in Salem: Oothumalai Hill, Government Museum, Paravasa Ulagam, Kurumbapatti Zoological Park, 1008 Lingam Temple, Kalangi Siddhar Temple, Kalipatti Kandaswamy Temple, Mookaneri lake, Jama Masjid, Kottai Mariamman Temple.

Oothumalai Hill: The Oothumalai Hill consists of a cluster of Hindu temples. It is famous for its calm, peaceful atmosphere. The various temples on this hill amplify the religious significance of this tourist attraction. Oothumalai Hill is known to attract devotees and tourists in large numbers.

Government Museum: The Government Museum of Salem is home to several archaeological artefacts and historical objects, belonging to the same region. It is an old museum and is situated just two kilometres from the city centre. It is also equipped with a library and occasionally organises lectures and events. Tour guides can help to organise School visits for children.

Paravasa Ulagam: Paravasa Ulagam is a water theme park that is located on National Highway No. 7, at a distance of 16 km from Salem. It is nestled amid a cold, hilly region surrounded by lush green trees on all sides. Paravasa Ulagam offers a wide range of activities like water games, video games, wave pool, go-karting, Science Park and waterfalls, curating an exciting water adventure for all its visitors.

Kurumbapatti Zoological Park: The Kurumbapatti Zoological Park is filled with different species of animals but is more famous for its varied bird species like the white peacock and multicoloured cranes. There are new animals constantly being added to this enclosure. The Kurumbapatti Zoological Park is spread over 11.5 hectares of reserve forest land, and it is located at the foot of the Shervaroyan Hills of the Eastern Ghats.

1008 Lingam Temple: Located in Ariyanoor, about 14 km away from Salem, 1008 Lingam is one of the most famous temples of the city. Devoted to Lord Shiva, the temple has 1008 Lingams placed in a way which 1007 Lingams surround the main one. The 1008th Lingam is the one with the statue of Nandi (a holy cow) placed in the front. The temple was constructed in 2010 and is managed by a private department under the Vinayaka Mission.

Kalangi Siddhar Temple: The Kalangi Siddhar Temple of Salem is one of the 18 Tamil Siddha temples. It is well-known for the medicinal herbs that are believed to cure a wide array of ailments. Pilgrims visit the temple regularly to attend the various pujas and also to take a dip in the holy streams surrounding it. There are several perennial wells, small reservoirs and tiny waterfalls present around the Kalangi Siddhar temple. The water that flows from these places is believed to have curative powers.

Kandaswamy Temple: The Kandaswamy Temple, which is also known as Kalipatti, is a Murugan temple. It is one of the richest temples in the Salem district. The temple was built in the 18th century and is devoted to Lord Murugan. The Pazhani Kavundar founded the Kalipatti Kandaswamy Temple. It was built in the 18th century by Katteri Lakshmana Kavundar. ‘Karun Sambal’ is derived from a snake’s poison and is used as an antidote to treat the devotees that visit the temple. The Kandaswamy temple is decorated with chariots that are known as Chithra Ther and Vinayaka Ther. In the event of festivals, the chariots are pulled around the temple. During the Thaipusam Festival in January, a cattle fair is held at the temple. This is considered the most significant cattle fair in the country.

Mookaneri Lake: The picturesque Mookaneri Lake is spread over 58 acres. It is a significant water body in Salem City and also a popular tourist attraction. The Lake boasts of facilities like a park and seating arrangements which have boosted its spot as a tourist attraction. The Mookaneri Lake was initially a 39-acre water body by the Public Works Department. It was resurrected in 2010 by the Salem Citizens Forum using 87 lakhs under the public initiative.

Jama Masjid: The historic Jama Masjid stands tall in the heart of Salem. It is the oldest mosque in Salem. The 135 feet tall minaret is located on 1.5 acres of land. It is believed to be one of the tallest structures built in South India during its time. The Mysore ruler, Tipu Sultan, is supposed to have built it. Despite the rich cultural history and astounding architecture, Jama Masjid emanates a peaceful and calm vibe into its vicinity.

Kottai Mariamman Temple: The Kottai Mariamman Temple is located on the banks of river Tirumanimutthar. It is regarded as one of the oldest pilgrimage centres of the city of Salem. The presiding deity at this temple is Goddess Kottai Mariamman. Pilgrims travel from near and distant places to seek blessings at this temple and to soak up the calm and quietness.

Sivagangai: Sivagangai isan administrative district of Tamilnadu. Located 45 kms south east of Madurai and 17 kms from Manamadurai. It is surrounded by Pudukottai on North East, Tiruchirapalli on the North,Ramanathapuram on South East, Virudunagar on the South West and Madurai on the West.

Famous Places in Sivagangai: Chettinadu Place, Athangudi, Aayiram Jannal Veedu, Kaviarasu Kannadasan Manimandapam, Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary.

Chettinadu Place: The chettinad houses in Karaikudi, Pallathur, Athangudi and Kothamangalam are the most lavish and expuisite examples of architectural beauty. Located at 10 kms away from Karaikudi, Chettinad Place is a beautiful edifice situated in the Chettinad region, in Sivaganga district. It is one of the most glorious examples of chettinad’s widely famed palatial mansions. The Chettinad Palace was designed and constructed by Dr.Annamalai Chettiyar, founder of Indian Bank and the Annamalai University in Chidambaram. An outstanding example of the Chettinad architecture, the Chettinad Palace of Sivaganga dates back to the year 1912. It took about two years to complete this palace. It reflects the traditional style of architecture, which is characteristic of the region.

Athangudi: Athangudi village is located in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu and is 24 km from Karaikudi. The village itself comes within the Chettinad area and is very famous all over the country for the hand-made terracotta tiles that are made only here. The tiles are built using cement, sand, synthetic oxides and belly jelly. The terracotta tiles are first shaped and then sun-dried after which they are adorned with artistically made patterns. It is the pattern that gives the tiles their unique texture. The pattern can be decorated with various colours to make the tiles look attractive. People also get customised tiles made for their houses and lawns.

Aayiram Jannal Veedu: Aayiram Jannal Veedu is a famous landmark in the town of Karaikudi. The literal translation of the name of the place means the house with a thousand windows; a very apt name for a house that has thousand windows! The house is very famous among the tourists who make it a point to visit the place when in Karaikudi. In fact, once in the town, simply ask anyone for directions to the house. Built in 1941 on 20,000 square feet of area, the house is very spacious and costed 1 lakh 25 thousand at the time, a meager sum of money now. The house has 25 huge rooms and five very large halls.

Kaviarasu Kannadasan Manimandapam: Kaviarasu Kannadasan Manimandapam is a small structure that has been built in the memory of famous Tamil poet Kavi Arasar Kannadasan who was born in Sirukoodalpatti, a sleepy village near Karaikudi. He was a man who is believed to have changed the face of Tamil literature with his revolutionary writings. He also had great oratorical skills and would mesmerise his audience when he took the stage. He contributed not only to Tamil literature but also to the Tamil film industry by writing songs that became very popular. Many of his writings also found their way into Tamil magazines since he also wrote political satires.

Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary: Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary is near Thirupathur and Madurai. The Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary is located at a distance of 51 kms from Madurai on Madurai – Melur-Tiruppathur road, in Savaganga District. It is located in Vettangudipatti and Periya Kollukudipatti village of Tiruppathur Taluk, Sivagnaga District. This sanctuary covers an area of 40 hectares and covers the tanks of Vettangudi, Periyakollukudi and Chinna Kollukkudi villages. The Vettangudi Bird sanctuary is the natural habitat of winter migratory birds. It is a breeding habitat for Grey Herons, Darters, Spoonbills, Wite Ibis, Asian Open Bill Stork and Night Herons. It has also attracted Painted stork, Little Cormorant, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Common Teal, Spot Bill Ducks and Pintail.

Tenkasi: Tenkasi is beautiful town located in the Tirunelveli District of state Tamil Nadu. The town is famous for the ancient temples and nearby waterfalls. A lot of tourists and locals comes to Tenkasi to enjoy the Old Courtallam Falls.

Famous Places in Tenkasi: Sundarapandiapuram.

Sundarapandiapuram: Sundarapandiapuram is a small village located in the Tenkasi district of Tamil Nadu. It is quite popular for its picturesque sunflower fields and has been featured in a lot of songs, movies, sitcoms and documentaries. The much-acclaimed film ‘Roja’ by Mani Ratnam was shot in these fields. Tourists usually plan a one-day tour to Sundarapandiapuram and visit the sunflower fields early in the morning to get the best views.

Thanjavur: The cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur is located in the fertile Cauvery delta and is just as popular for its temples, arts and handicrafts as it is known for its paintings and rich history. Thanjavur is also a prominent center for rice cultivation and is therefore called the ‘Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu’.

Famous Places in Thanjavar: Brahadeshwara Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Shiva Ganga Garden, Vijayanagar Fort, Thanjai Mamani Koil, Alangudi Guru Temple,  Chandra Bhagwan temple, Bangaru Kamakshi Temple, Schwartz Church, Swami Malai temple, Saraswathi Mahal Library.

Brahadeshwara Temple: The biggest attraction of Thanjavur – The Brahadeshwara Temple, also known as the Big Temple. Built during the reign of the Great Chola emperor, Raja Raja Chola, this temple is an architectural marvel.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram: The magnificence of the Gangaikonda Cholapuram along with Brihadishwara temple will enchant you and thrill you with its history and engineering. 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.

Shiva Ganga Garden: Shiva Ganga Garden lies within the Vijayanagar Fort and is open to the public. This garden is very well maintained and hence a pleasure to visit. A square tank is located in the Siva Ganga Garden built by the 16th-century rulers for providing water to the Tanjore Palace is still in use and is well known for its sweet-tasting water.

Vijayanagar Fort: Vijayanagar Fort is a famous tourist spot is located nearly 2 km from the Brahadeeswara temple. This majestic fort was built by Nayaks and partly by Maratha rulers during the early 1550 AD.

Thanjai Mamani Koil: Thanjai Mamani Koil near Thanjavur is a set of three Vishnu temples, together called a Divyadesam. It is among the 108 such more temple premises in India. The temple has a local origin myth that has its roots in one of the many canonical myths about Lord Vishnu.

Alangudi Guru Temple: Alangudi and its temple are famous for being the Holy Sthala surrounded by the three holy rivers Cauvery, Kolidam and Vennaru. The place and the temple are intimately connected with each other and have some historical, mythological and local folklores tied to its past origin and present legend.

Chandra Bhagwan temple: Chandra Bhagwan temple is dedicated to the Moon God. Located almost 25km from the town, this temple is largely visited by those who believe that they are under the bad effects of the Moon as per their horoscopes.

Bangaru Kamakshi Temple: Bangaru Kamakshi Temple is located in a very well-known and crowded locality of Thanjavur. This temple is situated amidst a few others, but it sure holds its own importance. A large part of its popularity lies in the history and legend of the temple. The word Bangaru means ‘gold’.

Schwartz Church: The Schwartz church in Thanjavur is one of the oldest churches of India, though it has not gained much popularity throughout the country. It is because unlike the rest, the cornerstone of this church was laid down by an Indian king, Maratha ruler Sarfoji II.

Swami Malai temple: Located in Thanjavur, the Swami Malai temple has great religious significance in the Hindu community of south India. It is one of the Arupadaiveedu, the six main abodes of Murugan, each of which marks the six different phases of his life.

Saraswathi Mahal Library: The Britannica Encyclopaedia enlists the Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library as “the most remarkable library of India”. The library is not only one of the few medieval ones that are still there in the world, but also a well-stocked one. Not just books, the library boasts a large collection of art, paintings, maps and manuscripts as well.

Theni: Theni, an important district in Tamil Nadu, is recently formed. It is situated in the laps of the Western Ghats and is an idyllic place to come for a holiday. This new district includes many important places, like Periyakulam, Uthamapalayam and Andipatti, which is famous for its handicrafts and handlooms. When you are in Theni, do not forget to shop as the place is famous for its soft towels, juicy mangoes, fine silkcotton,aromaticcardamoms, hot chilies, refreshing coffee beans and healthy green tea.

Famous Places in Theni: Penny Cuick Memorial, Megamalai Wilde Life, Veerapandi, Vaigai Dam, Suruli falls, Sanneswarer Temple, Megamalai Chinna Suruli, Mangala Devi Kannagi temple, Kurangani  Top station, Kumbakkarai Falls.

Penny Cuick Memorial: A memorial to Colonel John Pennycuick was unveiled at Lower Camp 8 Kms from Gudalur in Theni District.Further newly constructed bus terminal in Theni named after him in December 2013.

Megamalai Wilde Life: Megamalai is also called as ‘’Paccha Kumachi’’ which means green peak is at 1500 mts above sea level, altitude. During British period this was popularly called as High Wavy Mountain. Since the peak is covered with clouds always, locals call it as Megamalai.

Veerapandi: Gowmariamman temple, a 14 Th Century Temple built by king Veerapandi of Pandya Dynasty is the famous temple here. It is believed that the king got back his lost sight after sincere and devoted prayer to Gowmariamman and Kanneeswara-mudaiyar. Mullai River, a perennial source of water flows through close to the temple.

Vaigai Dam: Vaigai Dam Built across the majestic River Vaigai near Andipatti, the dam with a height of 111 feet can store 71 feet of water. It is 7 km from Andipatti,25 kms from Theni this dam was established on January 21,1959.

Surulifalls: Suruli falls, is located 56 km from Theni and 10 km from Cumbum in the Theni District in Tamil Nadu, India. It is a 2 stage Cascading water fall. The Suruli River supplying the falls originates from the Meghamalai mountain range.

Sanneswarer Temple: The Lord is seen in swayambhu (self-appeared) form, the name of the town being derived from Kubjan, one of Shani’s names (Kubjanoor). In front of this temple the perennial river Surabi flows which carried the waters of Periyar river and Suruliyaru. There are different religious people like Hindu,Muslim are there in Kuchanur and also there is different communities people like Thevar, Pillai, Nayakar people live together in Kuchanur.

Megamalai Chinna Suruli: Cloud Land Falls (Chinna Suruli )
Situted 54 kms from Theni near Kombaithozhu Village. These falls originate in the Megamalai. This is popularly known as Chinna Suruli.

Mangala Devi Kannagi temple: Mangala Devi Kannagi temple is a historic temple located in the Idukki district of Kerala bordering Tamil Nadu, about 7 km from Pazhiyankudi in Theni district and 15 km from Thekkady in Idukki district. Cheran Chenguttuvan, the king of ancient Tamilakam, had erected the temple for Kannagi around 2000 years back at Vannathiparai and called it ‘Kannagi Kottam’ or ‘Mangaladevi Kannagi temple’ and performed regular pujas.

Kurangani Top Station: Kurangani is situated in the Western Ghats at an attitude of 400 ft.-6500 ft. It is promoted as a new tourism model – endogenous spices tourism.
Kolukkumalai is the highest tea estate in the world . It is situated in precipitous ledge atop kurangani the entire Kurangani Region is storehouse of rich biodiversity.

Kumbakarai falls: Kumbakkarai Falls are lesser known falls in the foothills of the Kodaikanal Hills.

Thiruvallur: Thiruvallur District was originally called Tiru-evallur referring to the sleeping position of Lord Perumal in the Veeraragava Temple of Thiruvallur. Later it evolved to be known as Trivellore and Tiruvallur. It is bounded by Vellore district in the west, Bay of Bengal in the east, Chennai district in the southeast, state of Andhra Pradesh in the north and Kanchipuram in the south. In terms of Industrial Development, Thiruvallur district is one of the fastest developing districts in Tamil Nadu.

Famous Places in Thiruvallur: Pulicat, Poondi, Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneyaswami Temple, Vadivudaiamman Udanurai Thygarajaswami Temple, Bhavani Amman Temple, Devi Karumariamman Temple, Arulmigu Subramaniya Swami Temple, Lord Veeraraghava Perumal Temple.

Pulicat: In Tamil Nadu, the city Pulicat is located in the district of Tiruvallur. It is situated almost 60kms north of Chennai city particularly on the seaward side of Sri Harikota island blockade that segregates Pulicat Lake from the Bay of Bengal. A narrow water lagoon Pulicat Lake is integrated to the Pulicat city and also got its name from it.The city Pulicat has a rich history behind it. In the earlier period of 1609, the Dutch settlers had constructed a fort. In fact this Pulicat city turned out to be their main dwelling ground.

Poondi: Poondi Lake or Sathyamoorthy reservoir is the reservoir across Kotralai River in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu State. It acts as the important water source for Chennai city which is 60 km away.Frequent buses are available from Chennai and Tiruvallur to reach this place.

Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneyaswami Temple: Lord Hanuman is worshipped all over India with various names like Anjaneya, Hanumanji, Maruti, Bajrang Bali, Mahavir, Pavan Kumar. He was born to the Wind God and Anjana Devi. He is one of the seven chiranjeevis (immortal ones). The Sun God Surya is considered as his Guru.The Valmiki Ramayana has a separate section called Sundara Kandam or Sundar kand, which describes in detail the leelas of Lord Hanuman is his search for Sita , across the sea.

Vadivudaiamman Udanurai Thygarajaswami Temple: North Chennai, the industrial face of Chennai, from refineries to the transport offices North Chennai stands as the densely populated place of the city. Thiruvotriyur is nestled in this part of the city is the place of importance at the month of Aadi as VADIVUDAIAMMAN THYGARAJASWAMI TEMPLE is located here.

Bhavani Amman Temple: Bhavani Amman Temple in Periyapalayam near Chennai stands as an attraction to many devotees, Bhavani Amman is the main deity of the temple, people throng here in thousands on weekends and in the month of Aadi and Avani. Located in about 45kms from Chennai in Chennai-Kolkata highway near Red Hills people can reach Periyapalayam.The Temple is busy throughout the year and people visit the temple with their families and seek the blessings of Bhavani Amman especially on the weekends people visit here in groups and have a divine get together here.

Devi Karumariamman Temple: One of the sportive arts of Devikarumari. One day Devikarumari took the image of old nomadic lady and went to Sun to forecast his future. Without realising her as Devikarumari, He simply neglected her. Devikarumari immediately vanished. Sun has lost its brightness and its glory started declining. Realising his mistake he begged Devikarumari to forgive and excuse him.

Arulmigu Subramaniya Swami Temple: The beautiful temple of Lord Muruga at Tiruttani crowns a single rock 700 feet above sea level. It is situated amidst a range of hills with a dramatic panoramic view. This sacred place is on the Chennai-Mumbai, 13 kilometers from Arakkonam and 84 kilometers from Chennai.

Lord Veeraraghava Perumal Temple: The legend connected with the origin of this temple shows that once upon a time, in Krita Yuga, a sage by name Purupunyar lived with his wife Satyavathi in Badarikashram. They had no children. Purupanyar performed a Sali Yajna. (Putrakameshti Yaga) with great fervor and devotion. The Sage offered 1000 Ahutis (oblations of gheeto the sacrificial fire after chanting the mantra each time) every day, for one full year. ‘On the last day, when Purnahuti (the final offering) was performed, Lord Narayana was pleased with the austerity of the ritualistic observances of the Sage, and appeared in the sacrificial fire in a blissful mood to offer boons. The Sage prayed for a noble son.The boon was granted with the condition that he should be named after the name of the Yajna as Salihotran. With this blessing, Lord Narayana disappeared.

Tuticorin: Thoothukudi :This town is 600 Kms from the State Capital Chennai and the District Head Quarters of Thoothukudi District. Fishing, Pearl Harvesting, Salt Production are the main occupation of this area. This is also called as the Pearl City because of the availability of rich pearls under the sea here. District has a Population of 17,50,176 [2011 census] and the Town’s population is 2,37,830 [2011 census]. This was called as Tuticorin earlier. The special feature of this town is the natural harbour. This port has a pre-independence significance : V.O.Chidambaram Pillai, popularly called as VOC , a noted freedom fighter, who set sail the first Indian ship from Thoothukudi to Colombo port, protesting against the British Supremacy.

Famous Places in Tuticorin: Kalakkad Wildlife sanctuary,  Kalugumalai, Tuticorin Port, Thiruchendur Murugan Temple, Our Lady of Snows Basilica, The Beach, Kattabomman Memorial Fort, Ettaiyapuram Palace, Ottapidaram, Sri Vaikuntam Temple.

Kalakkad Wildlife sanctuary: The Kalakkad Wildlife sanctuary is one of the few national parks in South India that house the Tiger. Lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaque, langur, Nilgiri tahr, sambar, sloth bear, gaur, elephant, flying squirrel, panther, wild dog and pangolin are some of the other animals found here.

Kalugumalai: 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.

Tuticorin Port: The Tuticorin Port is another very poplar site. Being the port hub of the state, the Tuticorin port is perhaps the busiest places in the city. For all those who are fascinated by the way a port functions, the port is all of it and much more.

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple: Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is one of the most esteemed religious places of south India. Located right on the beach of Tuticorin District, it attracts millions of devotees over the year paying respect to the in-house deity of Lord Murugan, the Tamil version of Lord Kartikeya. The temple has a very interesting history rooted in the legend of Lord Murugan’s first battle, which was also the purpose of his birth. The temple hosts a number of festivals throughout the year when devotees can make offerings to the god, the most important and popular one being Skanda festival during October-November marking the victory in the battle of Thiruchendur.

Our Lady of Snows Basilica: Our Lady of Snows Basilica is one of the most popular places of worship in Tamil Nadu. It is a shrine dedicated to St. Mary and is inspired from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.

Kattabomman Memorial Fort: The Kattabomman Memorial Fort was built by the Tamil Nadu Government in memory of the Freedom fighter Veerapandiya Kattabomma Karuthayya Nayakkar (also known as Kattabomman).

Ettaiyapuram Palace: The Ettaiyapuram Palace is located about 35 km from the main city. The region has various tourist spots but the Palace is the most popular among them.

Ottapidaram: Ottapidaram is a small Region inside of Tuticorin. It houses numerous places of historical importance. The house of the freedom fighter V.O Chidambaram being the most important among them. The Ulagamman Temple is another one of them.

Sri Vaikuntam Temple: The stunning temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Srivaikuntam Temple is one of the nine sacred Vishnu Temples in India. The temple is covered with inscriptions of idols and elephants.

Holy Trinity Church: The Holy Trinity Church is one of the most famous offerings of Palayamkottai. It is believed that St. Xavier, stayed over here on his visit to India. The beautiful church is completely white on the exterior and sees one of the most beautiful Christmases of the country. The church has regular prayer services and meets.

St. James Church: St. James Church is another small, yet beautiful, church in Tuticorin. Built during the colonial rule, the church has survived all these years and is still in great condition.

Trichirappalli: Welcome to one of the oldest inhabited cities in India, whose recorded history begins in the 3rd Century when it was ruled by the Cholas. As was the case in those ancient times, it was run by other dynasties to follow – the Pallavas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Nayak Dynasty, the Carnatic State…and finally the British, who called it Trichnopoly. Its prominent monuments from the ancient times are the Rock Fort, the Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam and the Jambukeswar Temple in Thiruvanaikaval. The home of Robert Clive and the 18th Century Church are also two important landmarks in this city.

Famous Places in Trichirappalli: Kallanai Dam, Rockfort Ganpathi Temple, Samayapuram Amman Temple, Vekkali Amman Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Puliyancholai Waterfalls, Agaya Gangai Waterfalls, St. Joseph’s Church, Mukkombu, Viralimalai Murugan Temple.

Kallanai Dam: Kallanai Dam, which is also known as the Grand Anicut, is an ancient dam built across the Kaveri River, located at a distance of 15 kms from Tiruchirapalli. The dam was originally constructed by the then ruler of the area, a Chola king Karikalan around the 2nd Century AD. One of the oldest standing dams of the world, this dam aptly exemplifies the amazing engineering marvel India was capable of at that time.

Rockfort Ganpathi Temple: By far the most popular place in all of Trichy is the Rockfort Ganpathi Temple. It derives its name from its unique building style. The temple structure comprises a huge rock, which is believed to be the oldest rock in the world, even older than The Himalayan Mountains.

Samayapuram Amman Temple: The beautiful temple is located at about 20 km from the main city of Trichy. The Goddess worshipped here, Goddess Mariamman is believed to be the goddess of power.

Vekkali Amman Temple: Vekkali Amman Temple is another very famous Hindu temple dedicated to Vekkali, a form of the Hindu Goddess Parvathi. It is located in Woraiyur, Trichy.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple: Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is situated in Srirangam Town of Trichy. The temple is devoted to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple complex along with the surrounding area covers a total area of 156 acres.

Puliyancholai Waterfalls: Puliyancholai Waterfalls are situated at the base of Kolli Hills in Tiruchi. The mesmerizing waterfalls are a popular site of tourism and receives a huge influx of visitors. The waterfalls are truly a spot of peace and tranquility and offers solitude like nowhere else.

Agaya Gangai Waterfalls: Falling down from a massive height of 300 feet, Agaya Gangai Waterfalls are situated amidst Kolli Hills in the Eastern Ghats. The waterfalls can be reached through a trek or by climbing almost a 1000 steps. The waterfalls are best visited during monsoons.

St. Joseph’s Church: Built in 1792, the St. Joseph’s Church is one of the most beautiful churches in all South India. It is also one of the oldest Churches of India. It was built by Schwartz.

Mukkombu: In addition to beautiful temples, Trichy also has something for your children. Mukkombu is a picnic spot located at a distance of about 18 km from the city.

Viralimalai Murugan Temple: Viralimalai Murugan Temple is located in the centre of the Viralimalai town of Trichy. The temple is one of the most popular temples in Tamil nadu. The temple derives its name from the Viralimalai hill, where it is located.

Thirunelveli: Tirunelveliis located on the banks of the river Tamiraparani and it is 630 kms from the State Capital Chennai. It was the capital of Pandiyas and has a history of over 2000 years. A legend says Vedasarma a strong devotee of Lord Siva had sown the paddy and went to the river. There was heavy rain in the area, in spite of the downpour, the paddy did not submerge in the water. Hence this place was called as “Tiru-nel-veli” (Divinely protected paddy).

Famous Places in Thirunelveli: Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Papanasam, Papanasam Falls, Kanthimathi and Nellaiappar, Courtallam falls,  Vettuvan Koil, Krishnapurm Temple, Banatheertham Falls, Holy Trinity Church, Mela Tiruvenkatanathapuram Temple, Manimuthar Waterfalls, Kappal Matha Church, Pattamadai, Kattabomman Memorial Fort.

Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary: The Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the 18 biodiversity hotspots in the country, making it one of the biologically most diverse sanctuaries in terms of the numerous kinds of flora and fauna is has.

Papanasam: Papanasam is a small village close to the main town. The village is mainly popular for the Papanasam Temple. Papavinaseswarar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, is worshipped at the temple. Another very popular attraction of the place is the Papansam Dam, Built over Thamirabarani River.

Papanasam Falls: A twin brother to the Banateertham Falls, The Papanasam Falls, with a drop of 120 meters is highly revered by the locals both for their immense beauty and religious significance.

Kanthimathi and Nellaiappar: The twin temples of Kanthimathi and Nellaiappar are the most famous religious sites of Tirunelveli. The two temples, one dedicated each to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are the nothing less than human excellence.

Courtallam falls: Set in the midst of a Panchayat town in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, the Courtallam falls are renowned in the state for its enormity as well as ferocity. At an elevation of 160 metres (520 feet), the cascade towers above its green surroundings and magnificent hillside.

Vettuvan Koil: Vettuvan Koil is known as a sculptor’s paradise. Built-in 8th and 9th century, this unfinished temple is made from carved rocks. The carvings reflect the southern temple style of architecture from the Pandya era. Only the top portion of the temple is completed.

Krishnapuram Temple: About 15 km from Thirunelveli is another beautiful temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Krishnapurm Temple is famous for its life sized sculptures and a beautiful Idol of Lord Vishnu.

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.

Holy Trinity Church: The Holy Trinity Church is one of the most famous offerings of Palayamkottai. It is believed that St. Xavier, stayed over here on his visit to India. The beautiful church is completely white on the exterior and sees one of the most beautiful Christmases of the country.

Mela Tiruvenkatanathapuram Temple: Another prominent temple of the region, Mela Tiruvenkatanathapuram Temple is a few kilometres off the main city. The temple is located at an elevated plane and has a large flight of stairs leading up to it. The temple is devoted to a form of Lord Vishnu.

Tirupathur: Travelers are voting Pambar Dam, Javadi Hills and Beema Falls as the best of 6 tourist attractions in Tirupattur. There are 17 tourist attractions in Dharmapuri a city just 75 km from Tirupattur and 23 tourist attractions in Thiruvannamalai which is 90 km distant. The most popular of these are Pambar Dam in Dharmapuri and Government Museum in Thiruvannamalai. You can find 1527 tourist attractions in South India and 12972 tourist attractions in the country of India. Our member’s favorite in South India is Kerala and Mumbai is the top pick in India. Want more? Check out our map of tourist attractions in Tirupattur.
Tiruppur: There are not many people in South India who have not heard of the textile centre, Tirupur. It is located 47 kilometres away from the city of Coimbatore, in Tamil Nadu. Textiles produced here are sold in markets throughout the country. Many leading clothing lines have their factories in Tirupur. It is also known for the ancient temples that still remain within the city limits. It is the administrative centre of the Tirupur district and lies on the banks of the Noyyal river. It is part of the Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu.

Famous Places in Tiruppur: Panchalinga waterfalls, Amaravathi Crocodile Farm, Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary, Amaravathi Dam, Thirumoorthi Dam.

Panchalinga waterfalls: Panchalinga waterfalls is situated near Udumalaipettai. This place is famous for meditation, waterfalls, temple and dam. The notable Thirumoorthy temple is locates just 3 km away from this falls. Sri Amanalingeswarar temple is also near this falls. This falls cascades from the height of 5 metres.

Amaravathi Crocodile Farm: The largest wild breeding population of Crocodiles in South India lives in the Amaravathy reservoir and in the Chinnar, Thennar and Pambar rivers that drain into it. These broad-snouted Mugger Crocodiles, also known as Marsh Crocodiles and Persian Crocodiles, are the most common and widespread of the three species of Crocodiles found in India. They eat fish, other reptiles, small and large mammals and are sometimes dangerous to humans also. Crocodiles (The mugger crocodile), once abundant in Amaravathy, Periyar and Chinnar and most of other perennial river, have been threatened to near extinction. Hence the project of captive breeding of this crocodiles came into existing at Amaravathy.

Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary: Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary is spread over at the altitude of 1400 meters in the Western Ghats area of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalaipettai. The area of the sanctuary is 958 sq km of which only 387 sq km spreadover in Tiruppur district. Amaravthy Reserve Forest and part of Anaimalai Reserve Forest of Anaimalai wildlife Sanctuary falls within the Tiruppur district. It has various kinds of fauna like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongo, re-whiskered bulbul, black headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, green pigeon, etc.

Amaravathi Dam: Amaravathi Dam at Amaravathinagar, 25 km south on NH 17 from Udumalpet, is located in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in Tiruppur district, Tamil Nadu, India. The 9.31 km², 33.53 m deep Amaravathi Reservoir was created by this steep dam. It was built primarily for irrigation and flood control and now also has 4 megawatts of electric generating capacity installed.

Thirumoorthi Dam: It is a nice place for a one-day outing from Tiruppur. It has boating, a nice place to have your lunch and the drive there is ultimate. From Tiruppur, you can either go to Udumalpet or go from there to the more interior and scenic route that goes through the villages. The drive is simply great with the whole route surrounded by sunflower gardens, coconut groves, and paddy fields. This Reservoir has been constructed across the River Palar which has its origins at the northern slopes of Anamalai Hills.

Tiruvannamalai: It is 185 Km from the State Capital, British called this as Trinomali or Trinomalee. It is at the foothill zone of Annamalaiyar Hill. The Identity of Tiruvannamalai revolves around the proud presence of the sacred shrine of Lord Arunachaleswara and Ashrams of Ramana Maharishi, Yogi Ramsuratkumar and Seshadrinatha Swamigal, known for eternal peace and divinity. Tirumalai or Arhasugiri is an ancient Jain temple complex, around 50km from Tirvannamalai, consists of three Jain caves, four Jain Temples and a 16 feet (4.9 m) high sculpture of Neminatha of the 12th century, the tallest Jain image in Tamil Nadu.

Famous Places in Tiruvannamalai: Chenji Fort, Sathanur Dam, Annamalaiyar Temple, Ramana Ashram, Virupaksha Cave, Tiruamalai, Mamara Guhai, Skandashramam, Seshadri Swamigal Ashram.

Chenji Fort: Also known as the Chenji Fort, this is an ancient structure last modified in the 13th century by the Vijayanagara Emperors. Called the ‘Troy of the East’ by the British, this fort has impressed many by its strength and architecture.

Sathanur Dam: Sathanur Dam is a stunning engineering marvel built over River Thenpennai (River Pennaiyar). The structure consists of pleasant parks, a fish grotto and a huge crocodile farm. The site is strikingly beautiful during the monsoons.

Annamalaiyar Temple: Annamalaiyar Temple is a breathtaking temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are numerous intricately adorned shrines and halls within the entire temple complex which is also considered as one of the largest temple complexes in India.

Ramana Ashram: Located at the foothills of the Arunachala hills, to the west of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, the Ramana Ashrama is famous for having served as home to the modern sage and Advaita Vedanta philosopher, Ramana Maharshi, from the year 1922, until his death in the year 1950. The Samadhi shrine of Maharshi Ramana continues to attract devotees from all over, who love to visit the place to relax and refresh themselves, far away from the maddening crowd and hustle bustle of the city.

Virupaksha Cave: This unique cave ashram in Thiruvannamalai is in the shape of the Hindu symbol ‘Om’. The cave is situated atop a small peak in the Arunachala Hill, nearly 200 feet below the Skandasram cave.

Tiruamalai: On the outskirts of the town, lies this beautiful temple complex which has four Jain temples, 3 Jain caves. It also houses a 16 feet tall statue of Mahavira erected in 12th century AD and is the tallest Jain statue in India.

Mamara Guhai: Literally translated, Mamara Guhai means the ‘Tree Caves’. This is a religious spot in the hilly terrain of Thiruvannamalai. It is believed that this is the cave where the mystic saint Sri Ramana Maharishi carried out penances and meditation for six years.

Skandashramam: Close to the Arunachaleshwar temple and the Ramana Ashram, this is one of the caves where the saint Ramana spent his period of stay in Thiruvannamalai. In order to reach this destination, one needs to trek a long way. The view from the top is definitely worth it.

Seshadri Swamigal Ashram: Located near Ramana Aashram, this aashram has a history of its own! Mahan Sri Seshadri Swamigal was a 20th century saint who had displayed majestic powers.

The devotees believe that he had carried out many miracles and has the power to bless the devotees who offer worship at this ashram. There is beautiful garden in the premise of the ashram. A perfect place to medidate and unwind. The ashram offers accommodation facilities too.

The Nilgiris: Welcome to Nilgiris, one of the oldest mountain ranges, located at the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Nilgiris is a part of the Western Ghats. Ooty the “Queen of Hill Stations”, Coonoor 19 kms from Ooty and Kotagiri 31 kms from Ooty, are the three hill stations of this district..

Rolling grasslands, dense sholas, waterfalls, streams, lakes, vast expanse of tea plantations, interspersed with vegetable gardens, spectacular view points, an amazing variety of flora and fauna, fabulous trekking trails, innumerable heritage sites, spell binding sunrises and sunsets, magical light, pollution free atmosphere, mist, clouds, fog, star studded skies, serenity etc.

Famous Places in The nilgiris: Tribal Museum, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Sims Park – Coonoor, Pykara – Ooty, Avalanche, Glenmorgan, Lamb’s rock, Dolphin’s Nose, Raj Bhavan, Doddabetta.

Tribal Museum: The Tribal Museum is located within the Tribal Research Centre campus Udhagamndalam, Nilgiri district, Tamil Nadu.  The foundation stone for the Tribal Museum building was laid on 12th September 1989 and the Tribal Museum building construction was completed in the year 1995 and it started functioning from 2nd October 1995.  On 13th September 1995 the Tribal Research Centre was taken over along with Tribal Museum by the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department, Government of Tamilnadu from Tamil University, Thanjavur.  Tribal Museum is functioning at M.Palada, i.e., 10 kms. from Ooty Central Bus stand & Railway station towards Avalanchi road.  It is an important place of visit for tourists, students, scholars and general public.

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve: This is the first Sanctuary to be set up in India and forms part of the Jawharlal Nehru National Park. It is located 36 kms from Ooty from Kalhatty and 67 kms via Gudalur. From Mysore it is 91 kms away. This Sanctuary extends over an area of 321 sq.kms in the junction of the three states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. It is at an elevation of 1,140 mtrs.

Sims Park: This unusual park-cum-botanical garden was developed around the natural contours of the land more than a hundred years ago., Ethnic trees, shrubs and creepers, co-habit with many unusual species of foliage brought in from various parts of the world.  Rudraksha – the bead tree and Queensland karry pine, a handsome ornamental tree, are among the many attractions in this park.

Pykara: The Pykara is the largest river in the District. It is considered very sacred by the Todas. The Pykara river rises at Mukurthi peak. It passes through hilly tract, generally keeping to North and turns to West after reaching the Plateau’s edge. It gets down majestically in a series of cascades; and the last two falls of 55 meters and 61 meters are known as Pykara falls. They are about 20 kms from Ooty.

Avalanche: Travel 28 kms from Ooty town past the Emerald Lake surrounded by undisturbed forest and you have reached Avalanche. It is on the way to Upper-Bhavani from Ooty via Emerald Camp. The gorgeous scenery at every turn is an experience of wonder and delight.

Glenmorgan: At 35 km North West of Ooty is situated Glenmorgan, which was then very famous for the Tea estate.  The beautiful lake at the foot of this estate constitutes the fore bay for the Pykara power house which is above 4 km down the hill at Singara.

Lamb’s rock: Lamb’s rock is perhaps the most favorite place for picnic parties near Coonoor. It is a point on the way to Dolphin’s Nose, and the Seat was so called by the then Collector Mr.E.B.Thomas, after one Captain Lamb who made earnest attempts to open a path to the place. It is situated  in Burliar village and is about 8 kilometres from Coonoor.

Dolphin’s Nose: It is about 12 kms. From Coonoor bus stand situated near Tiger Hills. It is unique rock of tremendous proportions, jutting out of the face of hill side in the formation which its name suggests. The view here is extremely grand and well repays the exertion of getting there. Left and right are great ravines; on the one side is seen an excellent view of the magnificent St. Catherine’s Falls with their stream continuing several thousand metres below, while on the other, the familiar Coonoor stream meets the stream from Kotagiri.

Raj Bhavan: Government House (Raj Bhavan) is situated on a ridge of the Western Slopes of Doddabetta on the outskirts of the South Eastern Quarter of Udhagamandalam.

Before Udhagamandalam became the virtual summer capital of the state, it was visited periodically, by the Governors of Madras for a few months to -make a good escape from the hot sultry weather of Madras.

Doddabetta: At 2,623 mts above MSL, Doddabetta is the highest Peak in the Tamil Nadu and is about 10 kms. from Ooty bus stand. The name Doddabetta literally means ‘Big mountain’ in the Badugu Language, which is so in reality. It is at the junction of Western and Eastern Ghats and offer beautiful vistas of Nilgiri Hills range.

Vellore: Vellore  is a Commercial, Administrative, Educational and Medical services hub just about 135 kms from State Capital Chennai and 60 Kms from Kanchipuram. Pallava, Chola, Nayaks, Maratha, Carnatic Nawab and Bijapur Sultan Kingdomshave shared the rule of this area over hundreds of years and have been part of its development too. Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC) is located at Vellore which provides specialized and Advanced medical services for thousands of patients every day. The Fort houses a Siva Temple, a Church and a Mosque.

Famous Places in Vellore: Vellore Fort, St. John’s Church, Archeological Survey of India Museum, Sripuram Golden Temple, Periyar Park, Virinjipuram Temple, Palamathi Hills, Tipu Mahal and Hyder Mahal, Jalakandeswarar Temple, Kaigal fall, Yelagiri, Punganoor Lake.

Vellore Fort: The Vellore Fort which is said to have been built during Channa Bommi Nayaka and Thimma Reddy Nayaka in the 15th century and happens to be one of the best examples of military architecture in South India. These two who built Vellore fort were Chieftains under Sadashiva Raya who was the ruler of Vijayanagara at that time. It is one of the most massive forts built during its time and is considered as one of the unique forts in India. It is spread over an area of more than 500 meters, situated at an altitude of 220m. Located right in the centre of the city, it has a giant moat at its entrance, where 10,000 crocodiles used to swim earlier.

St. John’s Church: St. John’s Church is one of the oldest churches in the Vellore Diocese which follows the Anglican tradition. Located in the heart of the city in Vellore and within the campus of Vellore Fort, it is a church that is most visited by the locals and also one of religious significance. Built-in 1846, the interiors of the church has a touch of charm to it. At present, the majority of the church is in association with the Christian Medical College & Hospital. The church also works with several NGOs and supports schools and hostels.

Archeological Survey of India Museum: Archeological Survey of India Museum is neighbouring to the Fort of Vellore. This museum exhibits various kinds of ancient stones, as old as 1000 years, Statues, stone carvings, coins and exhibits that enlighten us about the history. Few of the sculptures are said to exist from the 8th century. The museum takes a minimum of 2 hours to stroll around and experience the rich history.

Sripuram Golden Temple: The Sripuram Golden Temple is a sight to behold, and it is situated in Tirumalaikodi at Southern Vellore, Tamil Nadu. The golden temple sits inside a spiritual park or ‘Spiritual Oasis’, and a star path leads the visitors towards it. The main feature of the temple has to be that it is covered in real gold foil and it is regarded as the biggest and the only temple to do that. The inauguration took place on 24th August 2007, and it was inaugurated by Narayani Amma.

Periyar Park: Periyar Park centrally located in the city of Vellore is a spot frequently visited by both locals and tourists. It is a park with state-of-the-art facilities for joggers, family picnics and other pastimes.

Virinjipuram Temple: Virinjipuram Temple, which is popularly known as Sri Margabandeeswarar Temple, is located about 14 kilometres away from Vellore City, in Virinjipuram Village. Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu on the southern bank of Palar River, the temple owes the beautiful artistic stonework on its walls and its palatial Dravidian architecture to the rulers of Chola Dynasty.

Palamathi Hills: Palamathi Hills also known as Balamathi Hills is an area belonging to the Eastern Ghats, which come under the location of Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Palamathi Hills consisting of the Otteri Lake and Palamathi Reserve Forest is a vantage point of the most breathtaking views in the region, isolated from pollution and the hustle-bustle of the main city area. The best time to visit Palamathi Hills is during the period of October to March for an experience accompanied by pleasant weather.

Tipu Mahal and Hyder Mahal: Tipu Mahal and Hyder Mahal are two separate castles inside the premises of the Vellore Fort which is located in Vellore city of Tamil Nadu. Although the Vijayanagara Kings built the Vellore Fort and all the other buildings inside it in the 16th Century, Tipu Mahal and Hyder Mahal are known by the names of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali who ruled over Mysore in the 18th Century. Both the palaces have undergone decades of climate change and pollution and are currently being looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Jalakandeswarar Temple: Jalakandeswarar Temple is located in the city of Vellore, precisely within Vellore Fort. It is a Hindu place of worship in honour of Lord Shiva, who also goes by the name of Lord Jalakandeswarar.

Kaigal fall: Located at a distance of 98 km from Vellore, the Kaigal fall is nestled amidst the Koundinya Wildlife sanctuary. The Kaigal waterfall derives its name from the village Kaigal that surrounds it. Locally known as Dumukurallu waterfalls ( a Telugu word used for a sound resembling the sound of falling stones from above), Kaigal falls are perennial.

Yelagiri: A quaint little hill station located in Vellore, Yelagiri is just three hours away from Bangalore, making it the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Spread a little over 30 square kilometres, and at a height of over 1100 metres above sea level, Yelagiri offers its tourists some beautiful places like the Jalagamparai falls, sweeping orchards and rose garden, among others.

Punganoor Lake: The Punganoor Lake is one of the most popular artificial lakes in Tamil nadu. The manmade lake covers nearly 60 sq. meters of land. There is also a fountain in the middle and boating facilities are available.

Virudhunagar: Virudunagar is the District Head Quarters of Virudunagar District. It is 48 Kms from Madurai and 26 Kms from Sattur and 24 Kms from Sivakasi. The legend says : One warrior who had been collecting flags after conquering many like him was challenged by a local, in the end the local won against the warrior. Since then the area was referred to as ‘Virudhugal Vetti’.Virudhugal means banners of victory. The railway station earlier called as Virudhugal Vetti, was renamed as Virudhupatti by the British in 1875. On 6th April 1923 the Council renamed it as Virudhunagar.

 

Famous Places in Virudhunagar: Parasakthi Mariamman Temple, Kamaraj House, Srivilliputtur, Aruppukkottai, Thiruchuli, Sattur, Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple, Rajapalayam, Pilavakkal Dam, Nenmeni, Kullur Sandhai, Satchipuram CSI Church, Ayyanar Falls, Irrukankudi, MudaliarOothu, Vathiraruppu.

Parasakthi Mariamman Temple: It was constructed in 1923 and holds an elaborate 21-day festival in the Tamil month of Panguni.

Kamaraj House: The house where this illustrious politician and freedom fighter was born has been converted into a memorial. There is a permanent art gallery with his personal effects on display.

Srivilliputtur: Famous for the Andal temple, Srivilliputtur is of special significance to Vaishnavites. There are two temples here. The first temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu worshipped as VadabadraSayanar at Srivilliputtur. It occupies the foremost place in the 108 Divya Desams. Periya Alwar constructed the tall tower with the help of King Vallabadevan.

Aruppukkottai: This place grows jasmine buds in abundance, and the buds are known as Arumbu. A majority of people in this town are weavers and the handloom industry flourishes out here.

Thiruchuli: This was the birthplace of the famous Ramana Maharishi, a highly revered saint associated with Tiruvannamalai. His house has been turned into a memorial.

The other attraction in this place is the Bhuminathaswamy temple, which is said to be a paadal petra sthalam of Lord Shiva.

Sattur: The name is a shortened name of Sathanur, and it was believed to have been a forest zone with the location of Sathan. It is a trading hub for chillies, black gram and coriander.

Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple: This temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, has its deity called Satturappan. It is believed to be around 800 years old, and the Lord’s consort’s stand in 9 different postures.

Rajapalayam: Famous for its breed of ferocious dogs, the Rajapalayam hound, its main attractions are the Ayyanar falls and the temple town of Srivilliputtur. Since a lot of cotton and cotton-based industries are here, it is also known as the Cotton city.

Pilavakkal Dam: A popular picnic spot with children’s play areas and special facilities.

Nenmeni: Famous for its paddy, this place was earlier called Nel Meni. It is a paradise for bird watchers during winter.

Kullur Sandhai: This is a reservoir and under development. It has been declared as a District Excursion Center.

Satchipuram CSI Church: This church was built by missionaries in 1861, and is one of the most famous and regularly visited churches in the area.

Ayyanar Falls: It is in a dense forest area and has cascades from around 15 feet. A temple dedicated to Ayyanar is a chief attraction out here.

Irrukankudi: The Irukkankudi Mariamman Temple is believed to be around 500 years old. Goddess Mariamman is said to have appeared here on her own, and the Aadi festival [July/August] is considered very auspicious here.

MudaliarOothu: Wild elephant herds can be seen in this water body which is located down the ridge of the northern part of the Srivilliputtur reserve forest. Barking deer and panthers have also been spotted here, besides wild pigs, spotted deer and sambar.

Vathiraruppu: Situated at a height of 4000 feet, this village is located on the southern side of the Western Ghats. The well in which Nallathangal drowned herself and the temple can be seen here.