TAMIL NADU TOURISM

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TAMIL NADU TOURISM

Tamil Nadu- A land of cultural and religious historical past, offers every threat to its travelers and pilgrims to be enchanted with the huge plethora of history and splendor that it has. It is a blend of both- the present day and the ancient, which makes Tamil Nadu a beautiful vacation spot to discover and revel in our past cultural heritage with all of the amenities of the present.Lying alongside the Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu has a glorious records that spans to a millennium and a present, that is paving a way for it in becoming one among the maximum promising states inside the country. This nation has seen the rise and fall of many dynasties consisting of the Cholas, the Cheras and the Pallavas. Each dynasty has enriched the vicinity with its customs and traditions. Tamil Nadu sees loads of tourists coming from all around the international to peer the well-known Meenakshi Temple, the tip of India – Kanyakumari or the lovely hill station of Ooty. There is a super fascination to discover the ruins of the forts and palaces of the then notable dynasties. The intricately carved shape of Mahabalipuram gives an insight into the architectural splendour of the Indian Civilization.

Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram is one of the holiest places in India and is positioned on a beautiful island. It is separated by means of a small Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. According to the Hindu mythology, this is the vicinity wherein Lord Rama created a bridge across the ocean to Sri Lanka.Rameshwaram is placed on a beautiful island inside the lower side of India. Lord Shiva too is worshipped in this vicinity. Renowned for its fantastic prakaras with large sculptured pillars on either side, The Ramanathaswamy Temple houses the longest corridor within the world. Agniteertham is famous for its sacred waters and Pilgrims carry out poojas in honour in their ancestors at this seashore. The Five-faced Hanuman Temple holds the floating stone which turned into used to build the bridge between India and Sri Lanka.

Rameswaram is a metropolis and municipality in the Ramanathapuram district of the Indian kingdom of Tamil Nadu. It is on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by means of the Pamban channel and is about forty kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is inside the Gulf of Mannar, at the tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also called Rameswaram Island, is hooked up to mainland India with the aid of the Pamban Bridge. Rameswaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai and Madurai. Together with Varanasi, it’s miles taken into consideration to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.

It is written within the Ramayana that the Divine King Rama built a bridge with Hanuman’s help from here across the ocean to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. The Ramanathaswamy Temple, devoted to the Vedic god Shiva, is on the centre of the town and is closely associated with Rama. The temple and the city are considered a holy pilgrimage web page for Shaivas.

Rameswaram is the closest point from which to attain Sri Lanka from India, and geological evidence shows that the Rama Sethu become a former land connection among India and Sri Lanka. The city has been in the information over the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project, Kachchatheevu, Sri Lankan Tamil refugees and capturing neighborhood fishermen for alleged cross-border activities through Sri Lankan Forces. Rameswaram is administered by using a municipality hooked up in 1994. The metropolis covers an area of fifty three km2 (20 sq mi) and had a populace of 44,856 as of 2011. Tourism and fishery hire the majority of workforce in Rameswaram.

PAMBAN BRIDGE

PAMBAN BRIDGE

Pamban bridge is another visitor attraction in Rameswaram. Located at a distance of seven km from Rameswaram town, it is India’s first sea bridge. The bridge is constructed on an synthetic sandstone and has the shape of the arch. It has approximately 43 pillars supporting the shape and 64 pillars have been constructed at the sea. This bridge turned into constructed as a part of the South Indian railways project. The Pamban bridge is the second biggest bridge in India. Visitors can view the teach passing thru the Pamban railway line. It is a panoramic view. The view of sea from the bridge is similarly mesmerising. Pamban beach is another traveller spot. People indulge in diverse recreational sports there. Glass boating is one among the famous sports on the Pamban Beach. Riding in a tumbler boat is a must enjoy activity. These enigmatic glass boars have transparent bottoms to provide the view of the world beneath water. The sight of the corals and clear sea water is some thing one takes again home.

The Five-faced Hanuman Temple

Panchamukhi Hanuman Templ

Five-confronted Hanuman temple is the maximum famend temple in Rameshwara. It has mythological evidence in which Hanuman confirmed his profile with 5 faces. He is reckoned to be embellished with senthooram at this particular place.

The statues of all Rama, Laxman, Sita and Hanuman are located in the temple and all were sacredly worshipedand respected to the apex. The real soul of the Gods is meant to have been placed into the idols and this gives a completely mystic sense to it. There is floating stone out of doors the temple which changed into used to create the bridge on the ocean as prescribed through our Indian mythology. Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple, the five-faced Hanuman Temple, is situated at a distance of 2 km from Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. This temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman. It is said that Lord had revealed his 5 faces here, therefore the idol of Hanuman is depicted with five faces which might be of Lord Hanuman within the center at the side of faces of Lord Narasimha, Lord Adivaraha, Lord Garuda and Lord Hayagriva at the sides. The statue has been included with senthooram by using saints. In 1964, after the cyclone in Dhanuskhodi, the idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita was added to this temple and placed here. Also referred to as Panchamukha Anjaneya, Panchamukha Hanuman Temple is visited by almost every devotees who come for a Rameshwaram Tour.

Floating stones in the Five confronted Hanuman Temple


Another predominant enchantment of this temple are the ‘floating stones’ which have been saved on the temple for the devotees to see. These floating stones were used for building the floating bridge named Sethu Bandhanam, from Rameshwaram to Lanka so that Lord Rama, Lord Lakshman at the side of others could visit Lanka to rescue Goddess Sita and placed an quit to the brutalities of demon Ravana.

Legend / History of Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple

According to the legend, during the battle among Lord Rama and demon Ravana who had abducted Goddess Sita, Ravana had seeked the assist of Mahiravana, who was the king of Patala Loka. However, Lord Hanuman, for you to protect Lord Rama and Lakshman, had constructed a huge castle around them along with his tail.

So, later Mahiravana disguised himself as Vibhishana, brother of Ravana who turned into supporting Lord Rama within the battle. He then took Lord Rama and Lord Lakshman to Patala Loka so as to kill them. Lord Hanuman at the same time as searching them additionally reached Patala Loka wherein he located out that as a way to kill Mahiravana he is supposed to extinguish all of the 5 lamps on the same time; these 5 lamps were burning in distinctive directions. So to kill Mahiravana and save Lord Rama and Lord Lakshman, Lord Hanuman took the shape of Panchmukhi Hanuman and put out all the lamps on the identical time. The 5 faces of lord Hanuman are of Lord Varaha that faces the north, Lord Narasimha dealing with the south, Lord Garuda going through the west, Lord Hanuman going through the east along with face of Lord Hayagriva that faces the sky.

Chennai

Chennai

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital town of the state of Tamil Nadu, within the southern part of India. Located at the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal, Chennai is as dynamic as it is immersed in tradition. This ‘capital of the south’, is considered one of the four metropolitan siblings of India, having a wealthy cultural history which it perfectly balances with its city lifestyle.

Amid its chaos of traffic and sweltering humid climate, Chennai is well worth traveling for its temples steeped in south-Indian culture, British-generation museums and monuments, culinary delights and Marina Beach (Second largest urban beach inside the world). Chennai’s skyline is famous for its towering skyscrapers, but the coronary heart of Chennai has an old-world attraction to it that refuses to be overshadowed.

One of the most visited Indian towns by using overseas tourists, Chennai homes nearly 2467 background buildings within the metropolitan area – maximum within any city limit within the country. The Mylapore and Triplicane areas are well-known for their beautiful, serene temples and delicious cuisine, while North Chennai regions like Sowcarpet are dotted with shops selling everything below the sun, which includes clothes, bicycles, food and digital items.

Vestiges of the British rule like the beautiful Madras University and Queen Mary’s College, the Ripon Building and the museums are cute examples of the Indo-Saracenic fashion of architecture that the metropolitan is thought for. The current city of Chennai – a buzzing metropolis of superb beaches, monuments status as a testomony to the time, and the people who’ve preserved age-old traditions – is sure to sneak its manner into your hearts.

Marina Beach

Marina Beach

Situated within the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Marina Beach is a natural urban seashore alongside the Bay of Bengal. The beach is stretched out to a distance of thirteen kilometres making it the longest herbal urban seashore in the U.S., 2d largest inside the world and additionally the maximum crowded seaside in India with almost 30,000 site visitors a day.

With a white sandy shore that appears as though extending to infinity, the panorama of Marina Beach is a mesmerising and serene sight to behold. The seashore has a ordinarily sandy terrain and is dotted with plenty of merry-go-rounds and shops promoting souvenirs. You ought to take a walk along the Marina seaside with your near and dear ones or maybe all on my own and enjoy the cool nighttime sea breeze along with a warm plate of crispy sundal and murukku. Watching the solar move slowly upwards into the sky or maybe disappear into the ocean from the seashore, is an awe-putting and enchanting experience.

Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, alongside the Bay of Bengal. The seashore runs from close to Fort St. George within the north to Foreshore Estate in the south, a distance of 6.0 km (3.7 mi), making it the longest herbal urban seaside in the country. The Marina is more often than not sandy, in contrast to the short, rocky formations that make up the Juhu Beach in Mumbai. The common width of the seashore is three hundred m (980 ft) and the width on the widest stretch is 437 m (1,434 ft). Bathing and swimming at the Marina Beach are legally prohibited due to the dangers, as the undercurrent may be very turbulent. It is one among the maximum crowded beaches within the country and attracts approximately 30,000 traffic a day for the duration of weekdays and 50,000 site visitors a day at some stage in the weekends and on holidays. During summer season months, approximately 15,000 to 20,000 people visit the seashore daily.

Government Museum, Chennai

Government Museum, Chennai
Chennai Government Museum

Government Museum become established in 1851 and is the second one oldest museum in the USA after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. Situated in Egmore suburb of Chennai, it’s far built inside the Indo-Sarcenic fashion and homes a wealthy collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma. The Government Museum or Madras Museum is a museum of human history and culture positioned in the Government Museum Complex inside the neighbourhood of Egmore in Chennai, India. Started in 1851, it’s far the second one oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata and is the 10th oldest Museum within the World. It is particularly rich in archaeological and numismatic collections. It has the biggest collection of Roman antiquities out of doors Europe. Among them, the massive Museum Theatre is considered one of the most impressive. The National Art Gallery is likewise present inside the museum premises. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, it houses rare European and Asian portray of renowned artists, along with that of Raja Ravi Varma. It is the third biggest museum within the world, and with 0.6 million site visitors in 2018. It has the richest collections of bronze idols, 500 of them dating to one thousand BC, in Asia. In August 1778, the governor of Madras granted forty three acres for an estate to a civil servant, who, subsequently in 1793, assigned the grounds to a committee of 24 which then regulated the public amusements inside the city. In 1821, the committee offered the main residence and crucial garden space to E. S. Moorat, an Armenian merchant who, in turn, bought it lower back to the government in 1830. The authorities first used the homes and the grounds as the collector’s “Cutcherry” and later for the “Central Museum”. The museum turned into originally mounted in a building on College Road in Nungambakkam inside the 12 months 1851 and turned into shifted to the existing website online in 1854.

Many additions to the original building were constructed between 1864 and 1890. The core of the antique museum constructing includes the simplest surviving remnants of the Pantheon, recognized from the wide steps leading into it when considered from the north. Amongst the additions is the Connemara Public Library, constructed with stained glass windows, ornate woodwork and complicated stucco decorations, officially opened in 1896 and named after its progenitor. The constructing turned into built by Namberumal Chetty and turned into designed by Henry Irwin, with the interiors resembling those of Bank of Madras (SBI). The design protected a huge studying room with a wood ceiling between two curved rows of stained glass, supported by using ornate pillars and arches decorated with sculpted acanthus leaves. It turned into supplemented with teakwood furniture, marbled ground, and decorative windows. All of those were restored in 2004–2007. The building now houses the Old Collection (pre-1930), which is used for reference purpose handiest. Both the museum and the library benefited significantly from the consequences of the Madras Literary Society, the Oriental Manuscripts Library and the Records Office. The museum homes a 19th-century theatre, with the “pit” intended for folks who can afford more and seating for the relaxation of the target audience in tiered-seats arranged in a semi-circle around the pit. Restoration to mark the 150th anniversary of the museum changed 25 enthusiasts with air-conditioning.

The museum’s collections had its foundation from a present of a set of 1,one hundred geological specimens via the Madras Literary Society to the Government in 1851. The museum, the first government-subsidized one inside the country, opened the same 12 months on the first ground of the College of Fort St. George, adjoining to the Literary Society in Nungambakkam, with an exhibit of almost 20,000 freely gifted specimens starting from rocks to books. These gifts had been in reaction to a public invitation that did not have a cut-off date. When the mounting series of geological specimens threatened the steadiness of this first ground, the museum’s first officer-in-charge, Surgeon Edward Balfour, who turned into then president of the Literary Society and serving the museum in an honorary capacity, suggested transferring to a new building, which changed into materialised in 1854 with the flow to the Pantheon. A library and a analyzing room were supplied for the public in 1859. In 1864, an higher storey changed into brought to the Pantheon in sympathetic fashion, giving the museum more elbow room. The library got a new block, now referred to as the centenary exhibition corridor of the museum after restoration, in the northwest corner of the Pantheon in 1876, with a lecture corridor. By 1896, there have been constructed new homes for the museum (in which the anthropological and arms galleries are presently placed), the Connemara Library and the museum theatre.The museum grounds also housed the primary zoo of Madras in 1855, which turned into also set up with the aid of Balfour. A yr later, it had over 300 animals, consisting of mammals, birds and reptiles. The zoo become later made a separate institution and turned into shifted to the People’s Park in 1863 in which it remained, no longer developing very much, until it changed into moved to its present region at Vandalur in 1985.

MGR Film City, Chennai

MGR Film City, Chennai

Having been established within the 12 months 1994, a notably new structure, the MGR Film town is managed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in loving reminiscence of MG Ramachandran who turned into not most effective a crowd-appealing tamil actor but additionally an established CM of Tamil Nadu.

Covering a massive 70 acres at Taramani in Chennai, the MGR Film City is a popular traveler hotspot and the place-to-be for several South Indian movies directors. Besides being the excellent place to capture a glimpse of a popular Tamil actor and the film town also has a film school, indoor and outside capturing locations, replicas of village and concrete areas, temple, church, mosque, post office, police station, prison, courtroom, and landscaped gardens in Italian, Japanese and Mughal styles. They lately opened the MGR Knowledge Park which has been including to the attraction.

The MGR Film City has severa sets built on numerous topics to serve as surroundings for films.[2] Sets on Mughal and Japanese topics are famous. Several movies together with Avvai Shanmughi, Mudhalvan, Hey Ram and the launching rite of the shelved Marudhanayagam have been shot at the MGR Film City. Queen Elizabeth visited the vicinity throughout her excursion to India in 1997. Although it experienced initial fulfillment the movie city fell back gathering a loss of 14 crores (140 million). It additionally has entertainment facilities for children. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan donated rupees 1.5 lakhs ((₹)150,000 or $3,000 to $4,000) to the town in 2008. In 2002 the MGR Film City was passed over to TIDCO to develop the place into a expertise park. The movie city’s proximity to the Adyar Film Institute, Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the IT hall was referred to as the purpose for it to be developed into a knowledge park. TIDCO has plans to build diverse studies facilities for biotechnology and information technology in the premise. An international grade film park become also planned within the film metropolis.

In August 2014, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced setting up of two contemporary studios at a cost of ₹ 150 million. These two air-conditioned studios would cowl over 2.five acres inside the MGR Government Film and Television Institute campus.

Marundeeswarar Temple

Marundeeswarar Temple

The  Marundeeswarar Temple, in Tiruvanmiyur, close to Chennai has the temple deity Shiva within the shape of Marundeeswar or Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. A excellent specimen of Dravidian architecture, this temple is a must go to for everybody travelling Chennai or close by cities. Glorified inside the 7th-eighth century through Nayanars (Saivite Saints), Tirugnana Sambandar, and Appar, the temple become expanded by means of the Chola Kingdom within the eleventh century. Moreover, given the call, Marundeeswarar Temple has been a place of worship specifically for people with diseases and people facing numerous issues with their health. The prasadam here is a mixture of sacred ash, water, and milk which is believed to cure any ailments. One should visit the temple to stumble upon the miraculous strength it is said to have.Amongst the many legends associated with the temple, one of them explains why Lord Marundeeswarar is called he is due to the fact he is stated to have taught the great Sage Agastya about a magical medicine. The temple is likewise recognized for its one and a half ft. Self-manifested Shivalinga. It also incorporates the statues of Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga. Furthermore, it hosts many festivals together with Shivrathri, Skanda Sashti, and Vinayaka Chaturti. Hence, the temple even has a festive aura all over the year. Owing to its ancient significance, this temple is a serene and non violent area to be while in or round Chennai.

Marundeeswarar is known so because he imparted sage Agastya on curative residences of various herbs and plants. Since then the Marundeeswarar temple has been an area of worship for human beings with illnesses and numerous issues with their health. It is said that sage Valmiki, who wrote Ramayana, worshiped Shiva inside the temple. Since Valmiki was blessed here, the area was to be called Thiruvalmikiyur, that is stated as ‘Thiruvanmikiyur’ in Tamil, the name gradually changed to Thiruvanmiyur. There is an area found in Thiruvanmiyur known as Valmiki Nagar in his honour. There is also a shrine for the sage on the Western aspect of the temple on what is presently called the East Coast Road (ECR). The lingam for which Hanuman accomplished pooja, the lingam (Meenakshi Sundareswarar) that cured the curse of Indra, the Lingam for which Saint Bharadwaja completed pooja are gift right here.

Markandeyar achieved a penance and prayed to Shiva here, Brahma carried out a festival here for Shiva. The presiding deity is likewise referred to as Palvannanathar as Kamadhenu, the sacred cow, is said to have done oblation at the Sivalingam along with her milk. As in line with another legend, Sun and Moon perform their worship practices daily for the duration of sunset attributable to which the main shrine is assumed to be going through west.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park is one of the modern and scientifically managed zoos spread over an area of 602 hectares (1,490 acres), such as a 92.45-hectare (228.4-acre) rescue and rehabilitation centre, the park is the biggest zoological park of the united states placed at Vandalur, Chennai (12.87917°N, 80.08167°E). This zoo has attained excellence as a dynamic nature conservation centre by selling breeding programme of uncommon and endangered species of the Western and Eastern Ghats. It performs a essential position in encouraging the people to broaden a caring attitude in the direction of plant life and fauna.

AAZP additionally facilitates tremendous public service, recreation, and also affords eco-focus to public thru the Zoo School. In experiencing the existence of untamed animals, this zoo is one place which gives a live revel in of knowing the routine expressions of almost 2300 animals inclusive of many endangered and wonderful species. Arignar Anna Zoological Park, famously called “Vandalur Zoo” is one of the proud asset of Tamil Nadu, it attracts more than 20 lakh site visitors each 12 months from across the u . S . and the world. The history of Chennai Zoo (formerly called Madras Zoo) dates back to the 12 months 1855. This become the primary Zoo to be fashioned in India. The concept of series of animals and preserving them at one place turned into mooted in 1854 by means of Dr. Edward Belford. In 1854, Edward Green Balfour, the then director of the Government Central Museum at Madras, persuaded the Nawab of the Carnatic to donate his complete animal collection to the museum. This attracted huge crowds and have become the nucleus of the Madras Zoo, which become based in 1855. Balfour started out the zoo on the museum premises, and a yr later it had over 300 animals, together with mammals, birds and reptiles. It become later transferred to the Madras Corporation and shifted to People’s Park close to Chennai Central railway station at Park Town in 1861, as it become expanding its animal series. The municipal zoological lawn occupied one cease of the 116-acre (forty seven ha) park and became open unfastened to the public.The Corporation Zoo became visited and liked through many distinguished visitors in the ones days. Jawaharlal Nehru as soon as visited the Zoo and praised the usual of maintenance, care and attempt taken by way of the then Curator Thiru.Ramanunjalu.

Breezy Beach

Breezy Beach

Breezy Beach lays within the far flung and serene neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. Being smaller and much less polluted, its a perfect getaway for anyone searching out a peaceful evening.This seashore is not as popular and referred to as the Elliots seashore, and is hence extra quiet and non violent. Evenings are very exceptional and breezy here, and in the current years, lots of travelers had been attracted towards this seaside for its beauty. Those searching out an amiable, refreshing and breezy area to relax out and feature fun, the Breezy seashore of Chennai is the place to be. Breezy Beach also called Thiruvanmiyur Beach is positioned in the community of Valmiki nagar in Chennai. This seashore is much less popular and less crowded in comparison to the other beaches in Chennai, however it is extraordinarily rated due to its cleanliness. It is an excellent spot for people who choose looking sunrise, on foot along the seaside, or taking a dip in clean water. The surroundings are calm and peaceful. This small seaside is well connected to the metropolis and is easily accessible, a variety of food joints may be discovered around the place.

Ooty

Ooty

The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is not any exception to that. For each mountain lover, the very concept of visiting to the town referred to as the Queen of the Hills holds an charm like no other. Once appeared as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a excellent reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very famous traveller destination for all people searching out a picturesque region to relax and unwind. Ooty is nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea stage and enjoys a favourable climate all yr round.

Ooty oozes simplicity, devoid of any boundaries, so all people who visits the area can sense at one with the nearby culture. The adventure to Ooty itself is dotted with spectacular points of interest of the awe-inspiring Nilgiri hills, tea gardens, and serene waterfalls. The cool, non violent panorama of Ooty is sort of movie-like – winding united states of america lanes that you may spend hours absolutely on foot on, and the charm of old-world colonial structure infuses fresh air into the souls of travellers. For anyone seeking out a respite from the mind-boggling humidity and the sizzling Indian sun, Ooty is the location to be.

Ooty is a very famous destination for couples and honeymooners, and there is no better manner to fully take in all that this town has to provide than to take a ride at the Toy Train, which we could you experience panoramic views of this stunning hill station right from your seat. The Nilgiri Mountain Railways has the steepest song in all of Asia, and it’s far considered one of the best educate rides you’ll ever have the chance of experiencing. Remember the hit song ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ wherein Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Arora were seen matching steps on top of a educate? Remember the breathtaking locales as the teach chugged its manner throughout lush greenery? Yes, that turned into the Nilgiri Mountain Railways, and the Nilgiri Mountains all along.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountain Railway, also called Toy Train in Ooty, is one of the key attractions of the famous hill station Ooty. Such is the teach’s recognition and history that it become declared as a World Heritage Site by using UNESCO in 2005. Started inside the 12 months 1899, it has endured to attraction its visitors during the last a few years winding its way via the quality of nature. The Toy Train covers a distance of total forty six km in a span of five hours and takes one through a definitely spectacular adventure full of picturesque views en route. Another captivating function of the train is that its youngest X elegance locomotive is over 50 years antique and the oldest is eighty years antique.

The experience starts from Mettupalayam; a small area on river Bhavani. The first five miles are plain, but inside the next 12 miles engine pushes the coaches upwards to a height of 4,363 feet. Covering Mettupalayam, Kellar, Coonoor, Wellington, Lovedale and Ootacamund on its way, that is the satisfactory method to find out the pristine treasures of the Nilgiris. Weaving amidst the forests, darkish snaking tunnels, sharp bends and amid the mist and fog, the Nilgiri Mountain Train will take you on a spectacular trip up and down the green and verdant slopes. As the teach passes via the stunning gorges, the dancing daylight above and dream-like drizzling makes it the revel in of a lifetime. Apart from providing a stunning journey, the uniqueness of the journey lies within the fact that the rail gadget is the steepest in Asia and well worth a visit. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is a 1,000 mm (3 feet three three⁄8 in) metre gauge railway in Tamil Nadu, India, built through the British in 1908. The railway is operated by means of the Southern Railway and is the only rack railway in India.

The railway is based on its fleet of steam locomotives. NMR switched to diesel locomotives on the segment among Coonoor and Udhagamandalam. Local humans and visitors led a campaign to return to steam locomotives in this phase.In July 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The web page then became referred to as Mountain Railways of India.

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake is one among the maximum refreshing and delightful locations to visit in Ooty. It lies at a distance of approximately 2 km from Ooty city inside the inexperienced hills of the Nilgiris district. The lovely lake is unfold over an area of sixty five acres, and its foundation become laid down by using John Sullivan who become the collector of Coimbatore in 1824. Ooty Lake is surrounded by way of Eucalyptus trees and greenery all round and is a wonderful vicinity to revel in the splendor of this hill station. One also can spot severa streams coming out via the hills. This is a perfect region to capture people who are sincerely inquisitive about photography. The lake is stuffed with lovely water birds with the exclusive Nilgiri mountain ranges within the background.

Ooty Lake is quite amusing as properly activity-filled location. One can rent paddle boats, rowing boats and motor boats from the boathouse right here. There is a mini educate too for kids to hop on and take a quick tour of the lake. Boat races, in addition to different events, are also organized here for two days in May. Since there are lots of visitors in the course of weekends, it’s miles beneficial to visit the lake in the course of weekdays. The romantic song ‘Dil Deewana’ from Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989) too become shot here alongside with some scenes of Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani (2009).

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake

At a distance of 26 kilometres from Ooty, the Avalanche Lake in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu is a well-known traveller spot. Especially renowned amongst nature enthusiasts and photographers, the Avalanche Lake is counted as one of the star attractions that Ooty houses. The lake is about amidst a captivating landscape that is filled with adorable flowers. The waterfalls that cave in the nearby mountains further upload to the splendor of the place. It is thought that Avalanche Lake derives its name from the landslide that passed off within the 12 months 1823 within the area, because of which the lake was clearly formed. This name is, however, a misnomer as is evident in the reality that the lake changed into created because of a landslide, and no longer an avalanche.

Once you’re at Avalanche Lake, you can enjoy mountain trekking, rafting and trout fishing. Tourists can also pick out from horse riding, rappelling and open jeep driving at the lake. All in all, the spell binding perspectives of the Lake, coupled with the host of fun-stuffed sports offered here, attracts travelers from all around the global to visit this marvellous area and to be awestruck by using its sheer simplicity, beauty and grace.

Elk Hill Murugan Temple

Perched atop the Elk Hill in Ooty, amidst picturesque backdrop and a resplendent setting, Elk Murugan Temple is a revered Hindu temple enshrined by way of Lord Muruga. Besides the suitable panorama and astounding panoramic vistas, the hill additionally boasts of a rich and flourishing natural world and bounteous nature. For the same reason, the location is taken into consideration perfect for meditation and yoga practices. In addition to the notable architecture of the temple, the spotlight of the area is a 40 toes tall statue of Lord Muruga built in brick and mortar that stands tall outside the enclosures of the temple and attracts pilgrims and devotees from a ways and wide. In addition to that, the temple premises additionally have idols of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakthi, Nava Kanika, Navagrahas etc.

Katari Falls

Katari Falls

Known to be the third maximum waterfalls in the Nilgiris, the mesmerising Katari Falls is located at Adikarratti in Ooty, 10 kms from Coonoor. Boasting of a spectacular top of one hundred eighty m, the silvery water gushing down to shape a pool at the base is also a famous picnic spot within the region. It turned into the website of India’s first hydroelectric energy project, which is also known as the Katary Hydroelectric system. The strength plant harnessed 1000 KW of energy from the mechanical energy of the falling water. The hydro electric energy station is likewise a traveler appeal and attracts several tourists to the place. The waterfalls specifically look ravishing at some point of the wet season while the water cascades in all its glory amidst lush green woods enveloped in powerful mountains.

Kanyakumari

KANYAKUMARI

Located on the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari is a coastal town inside the state of Tamil Nadu. Earlier referred to as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is surrounded through mountains and bordered with the aid of vibrant sea shores, lined with paddy fields and coconut trees, and additionally boasts of aesthetic elevated patches of hills with undulating valleys and plains in between the ocean and the mountainous terrain. Ever since ancient times, Kanyakumari has been one of the essential centres of religion, art and culture. Famous for being the most effective region in India where you could look at the sunrise and sunset on the identical beach, Kanyakumari is a totally popular traveller destination, no longer just due to this particular geographical phenomenon, however also because of its pristine seashores in addition to its temples and churches which are a magnet for a big number of vacationers to this town all 12 months round.

The Kanyakumari temple, also called the Bhagvaty Amman Temple or the Kumari Amman temple is one of the important Hindu temples all throughout India. Built in dedication to Goddess Kumari Amman, the temple unearths point out in almost all ancient Hindu scriptures and is frequented by using pilgrims seeking to pay their respects to the virgin goddess Kanya Devi.

One of the most iconic monuments within the city, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a tremendous shape surrounded on all sides via the Laccadive Sea, so the only way you may attain the monument is by using taking a boat/ferry ride. Built with the aid of the Ramakrishna Mission, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is dedicated to the super philosopher Swami Vivekananda who used to meditate here. The memorial incorporates of two main structures – the Shripada Mandapam and the Vivekananda Mandapam, with an attached meditation hall for site visitors to sit down and meditate in.

Kanyakumari is also domestic to the Statue of the Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar, one of the finest Tamil poets in India. Standing at a huge top of 133 feet, the statue is one of the largest inside the entire Asian subcontinent and is the result of the difficult work of over 500 sculptors. Other historic points of interest that you can go to in Kanyakumari consist of the Padmanabhapuram Palace, the Vattakottai Fort, and the Gandhi Memorial.Apart from historic monuments and buildings, Kanmjyamurai is also famed for its seashores and waterfalls. The Kanyakumari beach is the correct location where you may spend a lazy afternoon sitting at the white sand and sipping a groovy drink. Unlike the seashores in Goa which tend to be a touch overpopulated, the Kanyakumari beach is lots less crowded and is the nice vicinity to enjoy a gorgeous sundown. Waterfalls in Kanyakumari which you should no longer pass over out on encompass the Thirparappu falls, the Courtallam Falls, and the Olakaruvi falls. Kanyakumari has an actual South Indian cuisine, with seafood and coconuts being an integral part of almost all dishes. Starting from light snacks to full path connoisseur menus, Kanyakumari delights vacationers with the numerous alternatives it gives for consuming out. While Kanyakumari isn’t a traditional purchasing destination, you could buy lots of souvenirs and curios from the severa stalls and boutiques dotting the beachfront, with decorative seashell trinkets being a must-buy.

Thirparappu Falls

Thirparappu Falls

Located at a distance of approximately fifty five kilometres from Kanyakumari, the cascading waters of the Thirparappu Falls make up for a captivating sight. This waterfall is a manmade one and falls from a height of fifty feet. The water collects in a quaint pool below that is an ideal place to frolick around, particularly for children. The falls are surrounded by means of thick green foliage and indigenous fauna, which make it a nature lover’s paradise.

These falls are a completely unique aggregate of streams that flow together to form a surprising waterfall. The containment under is no less than a top-tier waterpark and is perfectly safe too. The front of this destination has a small temple committed to Lord Shiva and is especially revered by means of the locals.

Enjoy a ship ride in the tranquil waters of Thirparappu and let the surrounding natural splendor eat you. This destination is the proper spot to revel in a fun-crammed day with family, and kids can have a gala time here, guaranteed!

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

The fantastic Vivekananda Rock Memorial is placed on a small island off Kanyakumari. It has the picturesque Indian Ocean in its backdrop and for this reason serves as a non violent and serene vacation spot for visitors from all across the globe. It is located on one of the two adjacent rocks projecting out of the Lakshadweep Sea and incorporates of the ‘Shripada Mandapam’ and the ‘Vivekananda Mandapam’. The ferry trip up to those rock islands is a thrilling adventure and therefore attracts a whole lot of nature fanatics and journey enthusiasts.

This statue depicts marvelous structure and turned into built inside the 12 months 1970 and has been a major traveller appeal ever since. The island on which the statue is located is stated to have been the site in which Vivekananda attained enlightenment. The Shripada Mandapam has a examine hall and a museum, where you could discover Vivekananda’s lifestyles and work in depth. This Mandapam adds to the spiritual significance and of the memorial in conjunction with emphasising on its purity. It is the ideal spot to meditate and introspect. With its serene environment and majestic construction, the Vivekananda Memorial is an unforgettable experience. The famous rock memorial is situated in Vavathurai and changed into built in honour of Swami Vivekananda.

According to historical memories and legends, it is believed that Goddess Kumari finished austerity on this rock. There is a ‘Dhyana Mandapam’ positioned beside to memorial which serves because the meditation hall for the traffic to meditate. The fashion of structure followed right here is special and incorporates various temple patterns from all over India. These rocks are surrounded with the aid of the Laccadive Sea.

Thanumalayan Temple

Thanumalayan Temple

Situated in Suchindram, Thanumalay temple is additionally called Sthanumalayan Kovil is the sacred shrine committed to Trimuthis (Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva). The lovely temple was renovated in the 17th century, and its inscriptions date again to the ninth century. This lovely temple represents extremely good architectural magnificence. One of the major highlights of this temple is the 4 musical pillars carved out of a single stone located inside the alankara mandapam area. These musical pillars emit a whole lot of musical notes while struck with a thumb. Another striking thing of the Sthanumalayan Perumal Temple is that it depicts both Shaivite and Vaishnavite sections of Hinduism. The temple also houses big statues of Anjaneya and Nandi which might be one of its kind. Every 12 months rathotsava and teppam competition celebrated on this temple attracts lots of people.

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Dedicated to the accomplished logician and poet Thiruvalluvar, this lovely statue finds itself on a small island near Kanyakumari. Thiruvalluvar was the writer of a mythical work inside the international of Literature, Tirukkural, the classic Tamil text. In his devotion, the work for the statue started out in 1990 and continued till 1999, at some stage in the year wherein the figure in the end got completed. This monument stands tall at a mighty height of 133 ft and is perched upon a 38-foot pedestal. The pedestal’s peak represents the 38 chapters of virtue in Thirukkural. Full of symbolism and cultural significance, this destination is awe-inspiring, and a have to visit. V. Ganapati Sthapati sculpted the statue, and it changed into unveiled on January 1, 2000.

Surrounded via the waters, the statue is settled at an excellent location, and a quick ferry journey can quickly assist you attain the masterpiece. With the hazel blue sky in the background and the crystal clear sea waters below, the picture painted by using this vacation spot is humbling. The premises of the statue also has a temple which a quaint spot for meditation. The resounding silence of this temple will lull your mind to an introspective calmness. Furthermore, it is a perfect choice to pass for if you want to spend some hours faraway from the humdrum of day by day life. The statue, devoted to the Saint-poet which changed into inaugurated at the start of the new millennium, stands excessive because the flare of light which even today continues to manual the human life.

Kanyakumari Beach

Kanyakumari Beach

Located inside the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari seashore with its beautiful hue-changing beaches, the confluence of three water our bodies in addition to the locations of religious, historic and spiritual interests is considered one of the maximum distinguished locations in India and will in no way give up to amuse you with its sheer magnificence. The beach attracts people from all components of the country in addition to abroad who come right here to bathe inside the utter beauty of the confluence of the 3 water bodies that make the Indian Subcontinent a peninsula. There will never be any dearth of sports that you could indulge in at the Kanyakumari seashore.

The first and foremost reason tourists visit the seashore is to witness the spectacular sunrise and sunset, which casts an interesting spell upon the sea and the seashore. The three distinct shades of the Bay of Bengal, The Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea can be outstanding easily. There is likewise ample possibility for shopping diverse handicrafts product of rustic seaside substances and other matters as well. There is a lighthouse on the beach that allows you to provide you with the maximum splendid view of the extensive expanses of salty water stretching till the horizon. You can also enjoy a number of the gala’s and fairs which might be celebrated on a great scale here – Vaisakha, Kalabham and Navaratri are some.

The well-known sites to go to right here are the Kanyakumari temple, Gandhi Mandapam, the Vivekananda Memorial Rock and Thiruvalluvar Statue. Another thrilling factor to do nearby may be the exciting water sports. If you aren’t the adventurous type, you may just take a trek down the golden beach to spend an afternoon.

Shore Temple

Shore Temple

Built in the course of the 7th century, Shore Temple is one of the oldest South Indian temples constructed in the Dravidian style and depicts the royal flavor of the Pallava dynasty. The work of the temple has been listed amongst the World Heritage Sites by way of UNESCO. It is positioned in Mahabalipuram and is one of the maximum photographed monuments in India situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal.

The Shore Temple’s call originated as a result of its overlooking the shore of Bay of Bengal. It is built with blocks of granite which can be dated returned to the eighth century AD. It comprises of 3 shrines, where the distinguished ones are devoted to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. In the Sanctum Sanctorum an image of Shivalinga is present. Towards the end, two shrines facing every other may be spotted. One shrine out of this is committed to Ksatriyasimnesvara and the alternative one to Lord Vishnu. The photograph suggests Lord Vishnu reclining on the ‘Seshanag’ which depicts “consciousness” in Hinduism.

The Shore Temple is not any greater a living temple. It changed into constructed as a piece of art. The Pallavas, who were known to be awesome patrons of art desired to create a temple in their own style of architecture. At present, Shore Temple is made the history of the Mahabalipuram Dance Festival that is held in January/February every year. The festival marked in addition to promoted the traditional dance as well as tourism in Mahabalipuram. The temple looks beautiful because of the lights during weekend evenings.

Mahabalipuram Beach

Mahabalipuram Beach

Also known as Mamallapuram by locals, the Mahabalipuram Beach is situated at a distance of fifty eight km from the Chennai town in Tamil Nadu. The beach lies on the shore of Bay of Bengal and comprises of a few rock-reduce sculptures which might be fascinating to the eyes. It is additionally well-known for caves, huge rathas, chariots and temples which provide a superb spot for holiday. The Mahabalipuram beach is a best location to relax and supply your self a destroy from the closing dates and work strain on a daily basis. People from near and far flock to the seaside particularly to enjoy the natural sunbathing offered by way of the beach. The windsurfers and swimming fanatics are sure to have an high-quality time at the seashore for they may be seen doing simply that on the seashores of the seaside.

So as to draw tourists, the seaside additionally has exciting locations to offer which includes a crocodile bank with approximately 5000 crocodiles belonging to 6 one-of-a-kind species, a school of art & sculpture and a snake venom extracting centre. There are also numerous accommodations along the beach offering scrumptious meals joints to fill the empty bellies of visitors. The scintillating seashore has golden sand all along the stretch surrounded via growing hills and the sparkling sea.

Mahabalipuram is a town mainly recognised for its shore temples which had been constructed via Rajasimha, the king of Pallavas in vintage times. Therefore, the strategic location of the beach amidst the rocks and lagoon makes it a perfect combination of history, tourism and beaches best for vacation. The seaside stretches for approximately 20 km and there are numerous lovely beaches present all along the coastline ideal for a bit relaxation. Also, at this captivating beauty of Mahabalipuram a dance festival is organised by the Department of Tourism of the Government of Tamil Nadu each 12 months wherein you’ll get to see extraordinarily talented classical dancers performing in opposition to the backdrop of the sea.

The Shore Temple is no more a residing temple. It become built as a work of art. The Pallavas, who had been recognised to be extraordinary purchasers of art wanted to create a temple of their own style of architecture. At gift, Shore Temple is made the background of the Mahabalipuram Dance Festival that’s held in January/February every 12 months. The competition marked in addition to promoted the conventional dance in addition to tourism in Mahabalipuram. The temple seems beautiful due to the lights throughout weekend evenings.

Arjuna’s Penance

Arjuna's Penance

The Arjuna’s Penance is an great rock-reduce relief, one of the largest inside the entire world, located in Mahabalipuram of Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu. It is likewise known by using the name ‘Descent of the Ganges’ due to the fact the structure depicts either or both of those two extensive and symbolic events of Hindu mythology; as a result making this enchantment spot a favorite amongst historians, scholars, lecturers as nicely as travelers who are captivated with the cultural past of India.

Not simply historically, the structure is a high-quality specimen of this unique shape of art of carving and sculpting on rock forms, that has roots manner back within the seventh century South India. Most of those rock forms, which include Arjuna’s Penance, owe its existence to the Pallava dynasty that dominated over the vicinity south of Vindhyas from 4th to ninth century. Till date these websites endure the legacy of the Pallava art, now being blanketed via ASI and UNESCO.

People collect here all through the year, not handiest to enjoy the unimaginable performance of the craftsman of that generation that made such a introduction possible most effective with primary tools like hammer and chisel; however also to learn about the interesting memories that hide at the back of its interpretation. It is a crowd favourite in Mahabalipuram and constitute one of those appeal web sites in South India where culture meets records to create a remarkable opportunity for explorers.

Five Rathas

Panch Rathas

The Five Rathas, also known as Panch Rathas, is a exemplary set of rock temples. They are terrific examples of the evolution of Dravidian fashion architecture.

These temples are built within the same form as pagodas, and greatly resemble Buddhist shrines and monasteries. The rathas are associated with the remarkable epic Mahabharata. The first ratha that is located right by the doorway gate is Draupadi’s Ratha. It is shaped like a hut and is devoted to the goddess Durga. Next comes Arjuna’s Rath. This one has a small portico and carved pillar stones and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are not any carvings interior this temple, but many are at the outside. Directly in the front of Arjuna’s Rath is the Nakula Sahadev Rath. This ratha has some huge elephant sculptures included that are a huge draw for the Five Rathas. It is dedicated to the God of Rain, Lord Indra. The Bhima Rath is large. It measures 42 toes in length, 24ft in width, and 25ft in height. The pillars there do comprise lion carvings even though the ratha as an entire is incomplete. The biggest of the Five Rathas is the Dharamraja Yudhistar’s Rath. This rath is also devoted to Lord Shiva.

Madurai

Madurai

At a distance of 464 km from Chennai, 136 km from Trichy, 169 km from Thanjavur, a hundred and seventy km from Rameswaram, 114 km from Kodaikanal & 209 km from Coimbatore, Madurai is the third biggest town in Tamilnadu and one of the most well-known facilities of pilgrimage in India and also the high site of historical past in Tamil Nadu. The metropolis is very widely recognized for Madurai Meenakshi Temple and among the should consist of places in your South India excursion packages.

Situated on the banks of the River Vaigai, Madurai is likewise called Athens of the East and Temple Town. Madhurai is the oldest usually inhabited town in the Indian peninsula, with a records courting all the way lower back to the Sangam period of the pre-Christian era. It has been inhabited since at the least the 3rd century BCE. It is taken into consideration as the cultural capital of Tamilnadu.

Madurai was the seat of power of the Pandyan Empire. It turned into built via the Pandyan king Kulasekhara and become the capital city of the tremendous Pandya kings of South India. It became later ruled by way of Cholas, Later Pandyas, Madurai Sultanate, Vijayanagara, Madurai Nayaks and subsequently British. Pandyas and Nayaks contributed rather to the improvement of Meenakshi Amman Temple and Madurai city.

Meenakshi Amman Temple (known as Madhurai Meenakshi) is the most important landmark of Madurai. It is one of the biggest temples in India. The temple has a stunning structure and a great testimony for Vishwakarma Brahmins for his or her master architecture in sculpting this temple. The core town of Madurai is built parallel to the streets of Madhurai Temple.

Along with Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal & Koodal Alagar Temple are other vital locations to go to in Madurai. Madurai is likewise a base station to visit Trichy, Thanjavur, Rameswaram and kodaikanal.

The Sangam duration poet Nakkeerar is associated with a number of the Tiruvilayaadal episodes of Sundareswarar – which are enacted as a part of temple festival traditions even today.

Madurai has several bus stations. Most of the lengthy distance buses and inter-nation buses start from Mattuthavani Bus Terminus (8 km from Railway Station). Buses to Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy, Rameswaram, Thanjavur, Tirupathi, etc begin from here. Arappalayam Bus Station is another primary bus station (3 km from Railway Station) with connectivity to Kodaikanal, Palani, Theni, Dundigal, etc. Periyar bus station near Railway station is the hub for local city buses.

Kodaikanal

At a distance of ninety five km from Dindigul, 117 km from Madurai, 169 km from Coimbatore, 469 km from Bangalore,272 km from Kochi, 162 km from Munnar, 253 km from Ooty & 528 km from Chennai, Kodaikanal, also called Kodai is a beautiful hill station in Dindigul district of Tamilnadu. It is one in every of the fine hill stations no longer to miss in a South India tour and among the top places to experince the Tamilnadu Tourism.

Often referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, Kodai is one among the popular locations to visit in summer season as part of honeymoon trip. It is located at an altitude of about 7000 feet (2133 m) at the southern tip of higher Palani hills. It has several scenic herbal points of interest that are enjoyed by way of its site visitors and make it a famous romantic destination. Coaker’s Walk, Silver Cascade and Kodai Lake are amongst the have to consist of places for your Kodaikanal tour packages.

The earliest citizens of Kodaikanal were the Palaiyar tribal people. Modern Kodaikanal was mounted by using American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats in 1845, as a safe haven from the excessive temperatures and tropical illnesses of the plains. In the 20th century a few elite Indians started out relocating to this enchanting hill station and it started out becoming famous among nature lovers.

Kodaikanal isn’t substantially commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to vacationers with relatively less crowd. Apart from the great weather, Kodaikanal has numerous traveller attractions like Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Pillar Rocks, etc. The hills offer lovely views all around, particularly from the Coaker’s Walk.

Madurai is the closest Airport to Kodai. There is not any direct train facility to Kodaikanal. Kodai Road, located on Madurai – Dindigul path is the nearest teach station. This station has precise connectivity with major towns in India. Direct bus connectivity is to be had from Madurai, Coimbatore, Palani, Dindigul, Ooty, etc. Buses from Madurai to Kodaikanal begin from Arappalayam Bus Station. From Coimbatore, buses to Kodaikanal run from Ukkadam Bus stand.

Best time to visit Kodaikanal is April to June at some point of the summer. Monsoon from September to October also offers different experience.

Tiruchirappalli

At a distance of 334 km from Chennai, 133 km from Madurai, 57 km from Thanjavur and 212 km from Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, also called Tiruchi or Trichy is the 4th largest town and administrative headquarters of Tiruchirappalli District in Tamilnadu. Situated on the banks of the Cauvery River, Trichy is one of the famous Tourist places in Tamilnadu.

The records of Tiruchirappalli begins in the third century BC, while it become below the rule of thumb of the Cholas. It changed into a stronghold of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. But the Pallavas never actually managed to keep control of this strategic metropolis and lost it to the Pandyas numerous times. Trichy continued to be within the possession of Cholas till the decline of the empire and then it have become a Vijayanagara stronghold. Trichy came beneath the rule of Nayaks of Madurai after the crumble of Vijayanagara, later to the Marathas of Tanjore, the Nawabs of Carnatic, the French and in the end the British. Trichy flourished under Madurai Nayaks and prospered to be the metropolis that it is today. The city performed a important role within the Carnatic Wars (1746-1763) between the British and the French East India companies.

Tiruchirappalli is domestic to numerous historic monuments and temples that attract traveller and pilgrims from all parts of the country in the course of the year. Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam, one of the most famous pilgrimage facilities in South India is situated near Trichy. Rockfort Temple, a remarkable monument perched on a big rock is another crucial monument in old town of Trichy. The Rockfort, Jambukeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval, Uraiyur, Maariamman Temple, Government Museum and the St John’s Church are different points of interest in Trichy.

Tiruchirappalli is the world over regarded for a brand of cheroot known as the Trichinopoly cigar. The city is very popular for its cigars, handloom saris and stone-studded jewelry, Pith models and cheroots. According to the National Urban Sanitation Policy (2010), Tiruchirappalli changed into one of the ten cleanest cities in India.

Trichy is properly connected by way of flight, educate and bus with fundamental cities of India and Tamilnadu. Trichy has two most important bus stations called Central Bus Station (750m from Trichy Jn Station) and Chathiram Bus Station (6 km from Trichy Jn Station & 2 km from Trichy Town Station). The Central Bus Station handles lengthy distance and inter-state buses like Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupathi, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vellore, Madurai, Thanjavur, and many others. While the Chathiram Bus Station handles buses to close by destinations like Lalgudi, Samayapuram, Navalpattu, and so forth and nearby destinations like Srirangam, Railway Junction, Rockfort, and so forth.

The best time to visit Trichy is at some point of the months of November to March. It generally takes two full days to discover all the vital places in Trichy.

Thanjavur

At a distance of 56 km from Trichy, 112 km from Chidambaram, 86 km from Nagapattinam, one hundred seventy km from Madurai, 326 km from Chennai, Thanjavur, also called Tanjore, is a city and district headquarters within the state of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is well-known for the Brihadeeswarar Temple built through Rajaraja Chola inside the yr 1010 AD. Also known as the Big Temple, it’s far one in every of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and additionally one of the famous locations to experince Tamilnadu Tourism.

Situated at the banks of River Cauvery, Thanjavur has a rich ancient background and is a have to go to region in Thanjavur as part of Tamilnadu tour. The town become as soon as the stronghold of the historic Cholas and at one time become also the capital of the Cholas, Mutharayars and Marathas when they were at the peak of their power. Since then, Thanjavur has been one of the chief political, cultural and non secular facilities of South India.

Thanjavur have become the most vital city inside the Chola Empire and remained its capital till the emergence of Gangaikonda Cholapuram in approximately 1025. During the primary decade of the eleventh century, the Chola king Raja Raja Chola I (985-1014) built the Brihadeeswarar Temple. The temple is taken into consideration to be one of the quality specimens of South Indian temple architecture.

Thanjavur is one of the older towns in Tamil Nadu and has a variety of importance in Dravidian history. Thanjavur turned into sooner or later annexed together with the relaxation of the Chola nation by means of the Pandya king Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan I in 1279. Later it went into the palms of Delhi Sultanate from whom Vijayanagara rulers have conquered. It turned into governed via Thanjavur Nayaks underneath Vijayanagara suzerainty. Thanjavur changed into successfully conquered through Ekoji I in 1674, the Maratha feudatory of the Nawab of Bijapur and half-brother of Shivaji. Ekoji founded the Thanjavur Maratha kingdom which dominated Thanjavur until 1855. The country changed into in the end absorbed into British India in 1855 by using the Doctrine of Lapse when Shivaji II (1832-55), the final Thanjavur Maratha ruler, died without a male heir.

Apart from Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur and the encircling regions have several vital tourist attractions like Thanjavur Palace, Kumbakonam, Darasuram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Thiruvaiyaru, Thirubuvanam, etc.

It generally takes a complete day to visit the places within Thanjavur town. Thanjavur is also well-known for steel sculptures moulded with extraordinary facial expressions and exquisite finish.

Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam

At a distance of 35 km from Mayiladuthurai, forty three km from Thanjavur, fifty four km from Karaikal, 65 km from Nagapattinam, 72 km from Chidambaram, one hundred and five km from Trichy, 129 km from Pondicherry, 235 km from Madurai and 282 km from Chennai, Kumbakonam is one of the ancient temple town located amidst the 2 rivers Cauvery and Arasalar in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Kumbakonam is one of the pinnacle locations to go to in Tamilnadu and among the famous locations to go to near Chennai.

The name Kumbakonam in English method the Pot’s Corner. In olden days it become called Thirukudamookku and it is also popularly called as Kudanthai now. According to history, Kumbakonam dates back to the Sangam duration and become ruled through the Early Cholas, Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Kings, Madurai Nayaks, Thanjavur Nayaks and the Thanjavur Marathas. It rose to be a outstanding city between the 7th and 9th centuries AD, while it served as a capital of the Medieval Cholas. The city reached the zenith of its prosperity during the British Raj whilst it was a prominent center of European training and Hindu culture; and it received the cultural call, the Cambridge of South India.

Kumbakonam is understood for its temples and mutts (monasteries). There are around 188 Hindu temples inside the municipal limits of Kumbakonam. Adi Kumbeswarar temple, Nageswaraswamy temple and Kasi Viswanathar temple are the outstanding Shiva temples in the city and it has one of the few temples dedicated to the god Brahma. Sarangapani temple is the biggest Vaishnava shrine present in Kumbakonam. The Dhenupureeswarar Temple at Patteeswaram, the Oppiliappan Kovil, the Swamimalai Murugan temple and the Airavateeswarar temple at Darasuram are the other temples positioned inside the location of Kumbakonam.

Kumbakonam additionally has some of mutts. Sri Sankara mutt of Kanchipuram, two Vellalar mutts in the nearby cities of Dharmapuram and Thiruppanandal and a Raghavendra mutt in Kumbakonam are the special mutts here. There is also a department of the Vaishnava Ahobila mutt in Kumbakonam.

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