Top ten tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu

A renowned state in southern part of India with oldest civilization is Tamil Nadu, meaning “Land of Tamils”. Traditional Filter coffee or a Cappuccino, this city is a perfect blend of modern culture with traditional values. Tamil Nadu has vast tourist destinations and constraining it to ten is really a challenging job.

Top ten tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu

  • Chennai 

Madras is the old name of Chennai, is the capital of Tamil Nadu. A lots of places to see in Chennai, starting from Beach to malls for entertainment and if you want to go on a architectural notes then many temples with amazing workmanship will leave you awe-struck. Metro city Chennai, grabs its position as third most visited city in the state. You should never miss to have a quick visit to Chennai, if you are planning for a Tamil Nadu trip.

Popular places to visit: Marina Beach, Arignar Anna Zoological park, Government Museum, Valluvar kottam, Golden beach, Ripon Building, Semmozhi poonga, Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, etc.

  • Mahabalipuram


Mahabalipuram also called as Mamallapuram, is one of the oldest city with ancient temples and stone carved monuments. You will definitely be amazed to see the intricate and detailed carvings done on rocks in ancient days, even without any modern equipment. Ruled by famous Pallava Dynasty, Mahabalipuram served as a popular sea port back in 7th century AD. In-fact, Some of the monuments here have also been deemed as the UNESCO world heritage sites and that is why it is One of the must visit place in Tamil Nadu tourist destinations.

Popular places to visit: Arjuna’s Penance, Mamallapuram Lighthouse, Rock-Cut Cave Temples , Shore Temple , Thirukadalmallai, Pancha Pandava Rathas, Sri Sthala Sayanaperumal temple,   KrishnaMandapam,  Wide beach, India Seashell Museum and more.

  • Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari never compromises in giving a wonderful feeling of visiting the tip of India where the three seas meet , namely the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian sea. It has got many attractions and the most unique as well as breathtaking one is watching the Sunrise and Sunset at the seas shore. Top ten tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu cannot be complete if we don’t include our well known Kanyakumari.

Popular places to visit:  Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Suchindrum, Kumari Amman Temple, Muttom Beach, Thanumalayan Temple, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Udayagiri fort, Vattakottai Fort, Thriruparrappu Waterfalls, Padmanabhapuram Palace and many more.

  • Ooty 

Ooty is ever charming and most frequently visited hill stations in India, also popularly called as Switzerland of South India. Ooty has got a glorious past being served as summer headquarters for Britishers in 19th Century. Though Ooty is located in tropical region of India, it enjoys chill climatic conditions which continuously attract lots of visitors. Misty mountains,  Colorful flowery gardens and lush green valleys all together will make your holiday so enjoyable, that is why it is one among Tamil Nadu tourist destinations list.

Popular places to visit: Ooty Lake, Avalanche lake, Doddabetta, Government Rose Garden,  Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Government Botanical Gardens, Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Stone house,  Emerald Lake, Mukurthi National Park and more places to enjoy.

  • Madurai

The oldest inhabited city Madurai, was ruled by Pandya and Chola Dynasties. This 3rd largest city in Tamil Nadu houses many renowned temples.  Ancient Architectural brilliance is wonderfully displayed in all temples of Madurai which proves the rich heritage associated with this City. Located at the banks of river Vaigai, this city is a must to visit in Tamil Nadu tourist destinations.

Popular places to visit:  Koodal Azhagar Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Samanar Hills, Meenakshi Amman Temple, Pazhamudhir Solai, Thirupparankundram, Alagarkoil Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Aayiram Kaal mandapam, and many more.

  • Tirunelveli

Ancient city famous for its temple and is located in southernmost tip of Deccan plateau. Renowned Tamirabarani River runs through the city in addition to other natural resources like mountain ranges and forests. Brilliant architecture along with precision stone carvings can be seen in all temples in Tirunelveli. Along with the sightseeing, a mouth watering sweet dish by name Tirunelveli Halwa is famous here.

Popular places to visit: Nelliappar Temple, Agasthiyar Falls, Sivasailam temple,  Manimutharu and  Krishnapuram temple, Papanasam Dams, Manimutharu waterfalls, Kalakkadu Sanctuary, Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Nanguneri, Sankaran koil and many more.

  • KodaiKanal

Kodaikanal is a popular hill station with variety of tourist attractions. A rare variety of flower namely Kurinji, which blooms once in 12 years once is seen exclusively in Kodaikanal.  The cool climate, green meadows and grasslands and thick forests makes Kodaikanal a wonderful place to relax and unwind. The list of Places to visit in Tamil Nadu becomes incomplete if we don’t add Kodaikanal to it.

Popular places to visit: Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Bryant Park, Coakers Walk,  Dolphin’s nose,  Kodaikanal Solar observatory, Kurinjiandavar Temple, Green Valley view, and more.

  • Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram is considered as one of the holy place and that is why it is always in the must visit list of Top ten tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. According to Hindu Mythology, Rameswaram is the place where Lord Rama started to construct his bridge across Sri Lanka using floating stones. Even now, you will be able to see floating stones in Five-Faced Hanuman temple.

Popular places to visit: Ramanathaswamy Temple, The five faced Hanuman temple, Agni tirtham, Annai Indira Ganshi Road bridge, Pamban Island, Ariyaman Beach,  Adam’s Bridge, Jada Thirtham, Pamban Bridge, Dhanushkodi beach, and many more.

  • Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, a well known city for its beautiful ancient architectural skills. The Dravidian style temples shows us the city’s glorious past.  Apart from temples, this city is famous for traditional style Silk Sarees that is why many brides prefer coming to Kanchipuram to purchase their wedding saree.

Popular places to visit: Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchi Kudil, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple,  Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Devarajaswami Temple,and more.

  • Coimbatore

This second largest city of Tamil Nadu is often called as Manchester of India. Coimbatore gives you an opportunity to visit a wide range of picnic spots, temples, waterfalls, shopping places, parks and etc. Coimbatore maintains a pleasant weather round the year, that is why it is one of the top ten tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu.

Popular places to visit: Siruvani Waterfalls, Dhyanalinga, Marudamalai, Black thunder, Monkey falls, Indira Gandhi wildlife Sanctuary, Amaravathi Dam, Singanallur Lake, Gass Forest Museum and more.

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