21 Historic Structure and Monuments of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has a very rich history and several monuments from ancient time along with largest collection of heritage buildings in India. Some of the most famous historic buildings and national monuments of state also includes Vivekananda House,Madras War Cemetery, Kamarajar Mani Mantapa Monument,Freemasons Hall Chennai,Sittanavasal Cave,Kamaraj Memorial House and Thanjavur Palace.

Brihadeeswarar Temple


The Brihadeshwara Temple is one of the most ancient temple, situated in the city of Thanjavur and one of the most famous temple in India. The temple has the tallest temple tower in the world and It is one of the largest temples in India.

Meenakshi Amman Temple


Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple dedicated to Parvati and the most prominent landmark and most visited tourist attraction in the city of Madurai. Meenakshi temple was on the list of top 30 nominees for the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Victory War Memorial


Victory War Memorial is situated on the Beach Road,erected in the memory of Madras Presidency who lost their lives in the wars. The circular rock and marble structure is one of the seven magnificent memorial structure of Tamil Nadu.

Fort St George

Fort St. George also known as White Town is one of the 163 notified areas in the state of Tamil Nadu. The fort and museum is located on the banks of Bay of Bengal and the complex also host other monuments.

Rama Setu


Rama Setu is a national monument and the symbol of national unity,is a stretch of limestone shoals between Rameswaram Island. As per Geological survey it a land bridge connection between India and Sri Lanka.

Valluvar Kottam


Valluvar Kottam is a popular monument in Chennai city,situated on the corner of Kodambakkam High Road. This monument is one of the landmarks of modern Chennai,dedicated to the classical Tamil poet.

Senate House


Senate House is situated in Wallajah Road is basically administrative centre of the University of Madras in Chennai. Senate building is one of the best and oldest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture in India.

Varaha Cave Temple


Varaha Cave Temple has the beautiful rock-cuts of Lord Vishnu and his incarnation,located at Mamallapuram. The temple is most prominent sculpture in the caves and one of the finest testimonial to the ancient Vishwakarma.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal


Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal or Palace is a classic fusion of Dravidian and Rajput styles, located in the city of Madurai. Tirumalai Nayak Palace is considered to be one of the wonders of the South India and declared as a national monument.

Samanar Malai


Samanar Malai is a hill rock complex, declared as a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Samanar Hills has caves, inscriptions, stone beds and many sculptures.

Vivekanandar Illam


Vivekanandar Illam or Vivekananda House is an important landmark in Chennai and an important place for the Ramakrishna Movement in South India. Vivekananda House is located on the main road facing the Marina Beach.

Manora Fort


The Manora fort is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the district of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, located at 65 kilometers distance from Thanjavur. The fort is hexagonal structure and has eight storeys, raising to a height of 75 ft (23 m).

Ripon Building


The Ripon Building is a fine structure in the Indo-Saracenic styled architecture, located near the Chennai Central railway station. It is one of the first heritage building in the country and most famous monuments of Tamil Nadu.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial


Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a popular tourist monument in Kanyakumari,renowned for its stunning architecture. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is one of the 7 magnificent memorial structure in Tamil Nadu.

Yanaimalai Elephant Hill


Yanaimalai or Elephant Hill is a protected monument and tourist attraction in Tamil Nadu. The Ladan temple has been declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Armamalai Cave

Armamalai Cave is known for its Indian cave paintings located at Malayampattu village and a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The natural cave of Armamalai has the the rock arts and paintings, ranked as one of the best Tamil Nadu tourist attraction.

Madras High Court


Madras High Court is the highest court in Tamil Nadu, built as an exquisite example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Madras High Court is one of the most beautiful heritage structures in Chennai along with Southern Railway headquarters,General Post Office and Government Museum Buildings.

Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort


Tiruchirappalli Rockfort is one of the most prominent historical monuments in Tiruchirappalli,built on an ancient rock. This historic fortification and complex is also famous for Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Temple,dedicated to Lord Ganesh.

Descent of the Ganges


Descent of the Ganges is one of the famous monument at Mahabalipuram and part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. The descent of the Ganges are portrayed in stone at the Pallava heritage site in the Kancheepuram district.

Padmanabhapuram Palace


Padmanabhapuram Palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills in at Padmanabhapuram Fort in Kanyakumari district. The Palace complex has several interesting features such as clock tower,variety of weapons,Kuthira Vilakku and unique rooms.

Chennai Central Railway Station


Chennai Central railway station is one of the most important railway hubs in South India. Chennai Central building is one of the most prominent landmarks of city and railway station has been ranked as one of the top 10 most beautiful railway stations in India.

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