Top 12 Tourist Attractions and Tourism in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu state of India is the most popular state for tourism in the country and also boasts the largest tourism industry in India. The state is renowned for its temple towns,hill stations, waterfalls, national parks, heritage sites and fabulous wildlife.

Incredible Temples

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Tamil Nadu is known as the temple state of India, There are thousands of temples in the state with tallest towers and largest complex.

  • Brihadeeswarar Temple
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
  • Airavatesvara Temple
  • Shore Temple
  • Ekambareswarar Temple
  • Ramanathaswamy Temple
  • Palani Murugan Temple
  • Jambukeshvar Temple
  • Kailashnathar Temple
  • Thiruchendur Murugan temple
  • Thyagaraja Temple
  • Thillai Nataraja Temple
  • Ucchi Pillayar Temple
  • Arunachaleshwara Temple
  • Ramaswamy Temple Kumbakonam
  • Annamalaiyar Temple
  • Sripuram Golden Temple
  • Arunachaleshwara Temple
  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple
  • Amritaghateswarar Abhirami Temple

Forts and Palaces

Padmanabhapuram-Palace

Tamil Nadu host number of most respected historic fort,palaces and fortress, here is the list of famous forts in Tamil Nadu.

  • Gingee Fort
  • Ranjankudi Fort
  • Sankagiri Fort
  • Udayagiri Fort
  • Vellore Fort
  • Dindigul Fort
  • Alamparai Fort
  • Namakkal Fort
  • Tiruchirappalli Fort

Majestic Palaces are the prime attractions of Tamil Nadu tourism, Padmanabhapuram Palace is located in Kanyakumari district but owned and maintained by the Government Of Kerala.

  • Thanjavur Palace
  • Thirumalai Palace
  • Chettinadu Mansion
  • Fernhills Palace
  • Tamukkam Palace
  • Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace

Heritage Sites

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The state has UNESCO World Heritage Site in the name of Great Living Chola Temples. Here is the complete information about the world heritage sites in Tamil Nadu including tentative list.

  • Great Living Chola Temples
  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Group of Monuments in Mahabalipuram
  • Silk Road Sites
  • Western Ghats
  • Village Clusters of The Tamil Merchants

Hill Stations

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The Western and Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu are home to most popular Hill Stations of India, Udagamandalam and Kodaikanal are the best queen of hill stations.

  • Ooty – Princess of Hill Stations
  • Kodaikanal – Gift of The Forest
  • Valparai – 40 Hairpin Bends
  • Meghamalai – High Wavy Mountains
  • Yercaud – The Lake Forest
  • Kolli Hills – The Mountain
  • Coonoor – Nilgiri Tea Estate

Luscious Waterfalls

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Tamil Nadu blessed with great natural beauty, lies in western and eastern ghats of India. Here are the list of most beautiful waterfalls in Tamil Nadu.

  • Thalaiyar Falls
  • Courtallam Falls
  • Hogenakkal Falls
  • Agaya Gangai Falls
  • Suruli Falls
  • Kolakambai Waterfalls
  • Catherine Falls
  • Tirparappu waterfalls

Exotic Beaches

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The long coast line beaches of Tamilnadu on Bay of Bengal are one of the most favorite tourist destinations and the natural urban beach of Marina is the world’s longest beach.

  • Marina Beach
  • Elliot Beach
  • Ariyamaan Beach
  • Covelong Beach
  • Poompuhar Beach
  • Dhanushkodi Beach
  • Mahabalipuram Beach
  • Kanniyakumari Beach

Spectacular Lakes

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The state is home to many water bodies, rivers and lakes, These lakes are either natural or man made, some of them are backwaters of dam.

  • Chembarambakkam Lake
  • Maduranthagam Lake
  • Kodaikanal Lake
  • Ooty lake
  • Chetput Aeri
  • Ambattur Aeri
  • Singanallur Lake
  • Veeranam Lake

Famous Museums

Museums of Tamil Nadu are best known for important and heritage collections of rich rail heritage,Roman antiquities and houses rare works of artists like Raja Ravi Varma.

  • Madras Museum
  • Government Museum
  • Regional Railway Museum
  • Gandhi Memorial Museum

Religious Sites

Velankanni-Church

Tamil Nadu has the credit of having more then 30000 Hindu Temples and lot of religious sites, the state is also home to 5 Basilica churches in India.

  • Chennai Om Sri Skandhashramam
  • Rama Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple
  • Uppiliappan Temple
  • Gurudwara Singh Sabha
  • Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi
  • Nagore Dargah
  • Palaiya Jumma Palli
  • Thousand Lights Mosque
  • St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Our lady of Lourdes Latin Catholic Church

Heritage Structures

The state has rich heritage sites and structures, Chennai alone is home to the second largest collection of heritage buildings in the country various historical and heritage structures in Tamil Nadu are as follows.

  • Pamban Bridge
  • War Memorials
  • Valluvar Kottam
  • Mathur Aqueduct
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • Vainu Bappu Telescope
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Fabulous Wildlife

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Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Tamil Nadu are characterised by grasslands and high altitude forest. These parks are home to array of endangered wildlife and keystone species.

  • Bengal Tiger
  • Indian Elephant
  • Nilgiri Tahr
  • Nilgiri Marten
  • Nilgiri Langur

The area is also home to many species Avifauna, including hill birds and many species predatory birds.

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  • Black Eagle
  • Kestrel
  • Nilgiri Pipit
  • Nilgiri Flycatcher
  • Nilgiri Wood Pigeon

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks

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The Protected areas of Tamil Nadu include Biosphere reserves,  National parks and Wildlife sanctuaries. These protected areas are home to incredible wildlife, keystone species and endemic wild animals.

  • Guindy National Park
  • Mudumalai National Park
  • Mukurthi National Park
  • Anaimalai Tiger Reserve
  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
  • Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park

There are 8 wildlife sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu consisting of mainly dry deciduous forests and home to many species of birds and wild animals.

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  • Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Vallanadu Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary

The Nilgiri Mountains of Tamil Nadu is also home to one of the highest mountain peak of Doddabetta Peak and the protected area is known as Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

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  • Doddabetta Peak
  • Nilgiri Mountains
  • Madras Crocodile Bank
  • Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
  • Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
  • Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Chennai has the first crocodile breeding centre in Asia with aim of saving three most endangered species of crocodiles found in India, mugger crocodile, saltwater crocodile and the gharial. Pichavaram Mangrove Forest at Chidambaram is the world’s second largest mangrove forest and Nilgiri Sub-Cluster of the Western Ghats are an International Biosphere Reserve.