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Tourist Places in Tamilnadu

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari

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Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is also referred to as Cape Comorin. Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, it is the geographical end of the Indian mainland. The town is a popular tourist place in India. It is a sangamam of three seas.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a sacred monument and popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located in the sea area near the shore. It was built in 1970 in honor of the visit of the great spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda for deep meditation. He meditated about the past, present and future of India. It is said that he attained enlightenment on the rock, and henceforth became a reformer and philosopher.
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Suchindrum
Suchindrum is renowned for the Thanumalayan Temple. Suchindram temple is unique in the whole of India and it is dedicated to three different deities represented by one image in the sanctum and is called Sthanumalayan (Sthanu-Shiva; Maal-Vishnu and Ayan-Brahma) kovil. The temple is rich in sculpture and architecture hundreds of years old

Mathur Aquaduct or Mathur Hanging Trough
Mathur Aquaduct or Mathur Hanging Trough is an Aquaduct in Southern India. It is built over the Pahrali River. It is one of the longest and highest aquaducts in South Asia and is also a popular tourist spot cin Kanyakumari District.
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Vattakottai Fort
Vattakottai Fort or 'Circular Fort' is a seaside fort near Kanyakumari. It was built in the 18th century as a coastal defence-fortification and barracks. It was constructed under the supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, an ex-Dutch naval officer. The fort is made of granite blocks and, today, a part of the fort extends into the sea. Vattakottai Fort commands a picturesque view of both the sea on the one side, and the hills on the other.

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Padmanabhapuram Palace complex is located at Padmanabhapuram Fort, in Thuckalay town. The palace complex is inside an old granite fortress around four kilometers long.
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Thiruparappu
Thiruparappu is a panchayat town in Kanyakumari which is known for its waterfalls, and for an ancient Shiva temple, which is one of the twelve temples visited in the annual Shivalaya ottam pilgrimage.

Subramania Swami Temple or The Thiruchendur Murugan temple
Subramania Swami Temple or The Thiruchendur Murugan temple is the second of the Arupadai Vedu (six abodes) of Lord Muruga.
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Courtallam

Courtallam

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Courtallam
Courtallam is the origin of many seasonal and a few perennial rivers such as the Chittar River, the Manimuthar River, the Pachaiyar River and the Tambaraparani River. Due to the numerous waterfalls and cascades along with the ubiquitous health resorts, the area gets its name as ‘the Spa of South India’. The main attractions of Courtallam for all its visitors are waterfalls. Many medicinal plants are available here is believed to help resolve psychological disorder.

Madurai

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Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
The palace complex of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal was constructed in the Indo-Saracen style by Thirumalai Nayakar in 1636.

The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple
The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple was originally built by the early Pandya King Kulasekara. It is one of the greatest Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu. This is the temple which is believed to have survived when Kannagi burned the Madurai city.
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Thiruparankundram Murugan temple
Thiruparankundram Murugan temple is where the marriage of Lord Murugan Deivayani, daughter of Indhran as a reward of gratitude as Murugan fought a fierce battle with the evil force took place. The marriage was attended by even the Sun and Moon and Lord Murugan got the blessings of his parents Siva and Parvathi. Thiruparankundram is considered the first of the six abodes of Lord Murugan.

Dargah of Hazrat Sulthan Sikandhar Badhusha Shaheed
A Dargah of Hazrat Sulthan Sikandhar Badhusha Shaheed is located at the top of the hill, where the grave of an Islamic saint, Hazrat Sultan Sikandhar Badushah Shaheed Radiyallah Ta'al anhu, who came from Jeddah along with Hazrat Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed Badushah of Madinah during the early 13th century, is found.
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Rameswaram

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Rameswaram
Rameswaram is located in Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. Pamban Island is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. It is a bustling pilgrim centre. Former president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam hails from a fishing hamlet called Dhanushkodi situated in this island.

Trichy

Trichy

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Rockfort or Ucchi Pillayar koil
Rockfort or Ucchi Pillayar koil, is a combination of two famous 7th century Hindu temples, one dedicated to Lord Ganesh and the other dedicated to Lord Shiva, located a top of a huge rock in Trichy. Geologically the 83m high rock is said to be one of the oldest in the world, dating over 3 billion years ago.

Thiruvanaikaval
Thiruvanaikaval is a famous Shiva temple in Trichy. Thiruvanaikal is one of the five major Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu representing the Mahabhuta or five great elements; this temple represents the element of water. The other Panchabhoota Sthalams are located at Chidambaram (sky/ space), Srikalahasti (wind), Tiruvannamalai (fire) and Kanchipuram (earth).
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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Tiruvarangam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of Hindu deity, Vishnu located in Srirangam trichy. This temple is constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture.it is counted as the first and foremost among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu.

Thanjavur

Thanjavur

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Brihadishwara or Peruvudaiyar Koyil
The Brihadishwara or Peruvudaiyar Koyil also known as Rajarajeswaram at Thanjavur is the first complete granite temple and a brilliant example of the major heights achieved by Cholas kingdom in Tamil architecture. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples". This temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites. The 'Vimana' – or the temple tower is 216 ft high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. There is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high. The entire temple structure is made out of hard granite stones. Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola in Thanjavur, Brihadishwara Temple also popularly known as the ‘Big Temple’ has turned 1000 years in 2010

Vellankani

Vellankani

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Velankanni
Velankanni can be traced to the mid-16th century and is attributed to three miracles: the apparition of Mary and the Christ Child to a slumbering shepherd boy, the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor, and the rescue of Portuguese sailors from a violent sea storm. The Shrine of Our Lady of Velankanni, also known as the "Lourdes of the East", is one of the most frequented religious sites in India. The Gothic style of architecture is a unique feature of the church. The church itself is an imposing building with inspiring architecture. As a token of gratitude to Mother Mary, Portuguese sailors who escaped from a severe cyclone, built the chapel 24 feet to 12 feet with a dome overhead. In the year 1771, Velankanni acquired the status of a Parish with Fr. Antonio de Rozario as the First Parish Priest. The shrine built a big hall of Museum to display the offerings. Velankanni church is considered a very powerful holy place in India where one is cured of any medical ailment when one offers prayers with a true heart.

Pompuhar

Pompuhar

Puhar (also known as Poompuhar) is a town in the Nagapattinam district. Much of the town was washed away by what is now speculated to be a Tsunami around 500 AD. Ancient potteries dating back to the 4th or 5th century AD have been discovered off shore around this town.

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Silappathikara Art Gallery
Silappathikara Art Gallery A beautiful building of great sculptural value has been built as Sillappathikara Art Gallery. Scenes from Sillappathikaram, the Epic of the land have been given lively shapes in stones on the walls of the Gallery.

Masilamani Nathar Koil
Masilamani Nathar Koil Though heavily eroded by the sea in a number of places, this temple built in 1305 by Maravarma Kulasekara Pandiyan, still manages to impress all the tourists to Poompuhar with its architectural richness.
Poompuhar beach is also another tourist attraction in poompuhaar.
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Thiruvarur

Thiruvarur

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Sri Thyagaraja Temple
The ancient Sri Thyagaraja temple at Tiruvarur is dedicated to the Somaskanda aspect of Shiva. The temple complex has shrines dedicated to Vanmikanathar, Tyagarajar and the Kamalaamba, and covers an area of over 20 acres. The Kamalalayam temple tank covers around 25 acres is one of the largest in the country. The temple chariot is the largest of its kind in Tamil Nadu.

Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam

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Temples and Mathas
Kumbakonam is known for its temples and mathas. There are around 188 Hindu temples within the municipal limits of Kumbakonam. Apart from these, there are several thousand temples around the town. Hence it gets the name ‘City of Temples’. The most important temples present in Kumbakonam are the Sarangapani temple, the Kumbeswara temple and the Ramaswamy temple.

Chidambaram

Chidambaram

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Thillai Natarajah Temple
Thillai Natarajah Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the centre of the temple town of Chidambaram. Chidambaram Thillai temple is known as the foremost Kovil to Saivites and has influenced worship, architecture, sculpture and performance art for over two millenium. A major shrine of Shiva worship since the classical period, there have been several renovations and offerings to Chidambaram by the Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Vijayanagara and Chera royals in the ancient and pre-medieval periods. There is also a huge chariot relating to the temple.

Pichavaram

Pichavaram

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Pichavaram
Pichavaram is located in Cuddalore District. Pichavaram is home to the second largest Mangrove forest in the world, and it is one of the unique eco-tourism spots in South India. The Pichavaram forest not only offers waterscape and backwater cruises, but also another very rare sight - the mangrove forest trees are permanently rooted in a few feet of water.

Puducherry

Puducherry

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Puducherry
Puducherry is a former French colony, consisting of four non-contiguous enclaves, or districts, and named for the largest, Pondicherry. Puducherry means "New village" in the Tamil language. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East (La Côte d'Azur de l'Est).

Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church situated on the south boulevard of Puducherry, is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic Church. In recent years it has become one of the famous pilgrimage spot for Christians.
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Pondichery botanical garden
Pondichery botanical garden is also another tourist place. People from various place come to this cool garden to spend some time in this beautiful meadow. The botanical garden has a lot of flower of different varies. The enormous flowers add charm to the beauty of the garden. The garden is an excellent picnic spot. There is also a tree house in this garden.

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram
Velankanni can be traced to the mid-16th century and is attributed to three miracles: the apparition of Mary and the Christ Child to a slumbering shepherd boy, the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor, and the rescue of Portuguese sailors from a violent sea storm. The Shrine of Our Lady of Velankanni, also known as the "Lourdes of the East", is one of the most frequented religious sites in India. The Gothic style of architecture is a unique feature of the church. The church itself is an imposing building with inspiring architecture. As a token of gratitude to Mother Mary, Portuguese sailors who escaped from a severe cyclone, built the chapel 24 feet to 12 feet with a dome overhead. In the year 1771, Velankanni acquired the status of a Parish with Fr. Antonio de Rozario as the First Parish Priest. The shrine built a big hall of Museum to display the offerings. Velankanni church is considered a very powerful holy place in India where one is cured of any medical ailment when one offers prayers with a true heart.


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Chennai

Chennai

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Chennai
Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is the fourth most populous metropolitan area and the sixth most populous city in India Marina Beach is a beach in Chennai city. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south, a distance of 12 km making it the longest urban beach in the country. The vast stretch of sand with the sea waves lashing on them give the tourist some beautiful evenings.

St. Thomas Mount or Parangimalai
St. Thomas Mount or Parangimalai is a small hillock located in Chennai. St. Thomas Mount is associated with St. Thomas, the apostle of Christ, who is believed to have been martyred here.
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Crocodile Park
Crocodile Park has a lot of crocodile reared here. The groups of crocodiles in numerous numbers present in this park are an awesome sight for the tourist. These crocodiles are caged in a well dug deep so that the visitors’ could see them well.

Dolphin show
Dolphin show is the show of dolphins with its various moves. The dolphin show is really an entertainment to all the people who visit this place. The dolphins of these shows are trained by expert dolphin trainers. The extraordinary moves of these trained dolphins put the mind of the people in awe.
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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is also called as "City of 1000 Temples" Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk sarees which are hand woven.

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Ekambareswarar Temple
Ekambareswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Kanchipuram. It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element - Earth. The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (water), Chidambaram Natarajar (Sky), Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire) and Kalahasti Nathar (wind).

Kanchipuram Silk City
Today, apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving hand loom industry. Kanchipuram town is also known as Silk City since the main profession of the people living in and around is weaving silk sarees.
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Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai

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Thiruvannamalai
Thiruvannamalai is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalangal representing the fire element along with Chidambaram, Sri Kalahasti, Thiruvanaikoil and Kanchipuram representing space, wind, water and earth respectively. This is also an important temple in Tamil Nadu.

Yercaud

Yercaud

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Yercaud Hill
Yercaud is a hill station in Salem. It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills . The Yercaud hill area is called the Shevaroy Hills.

Yercaud Lake
Yercaud Lake is a pool surrounded by gardens and well-wooded trees.

Killiyur Falls is a 27 m high waterfall.
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Lady's Seat
Lady's Seat is a place where Tourists can have a panoramic view of the plains below through the telescope mounted at the Lady's seat.

Pagoda Point
Pagoda Point is another vantage view point; once adorned with stone built pagodas, it is now home to a large temple.
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Silk Farm and Rose Garden
Silk Farm and Rose Garden is situated very close to Lady's Seat, Silkworms are reared here. Tourists can see the cultivation of mulberries, growing of silk worms, and methods of silk-spinning. The rose garden has a collection of varieties of roses. There is a nursery in this garden which sells plants.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest". Kodaikanal is actually a summer forest. Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. It's a lot cooler in temperature than lower elevation cities such as Chennai and Bengaluru.

Kodaikanal Lake
Kodaikanal Lake is an artificial roughly star-shaped 60 acres lake built in 1863. It is recognized as Kodaikanal's most popular geographic landmark and tourist attraction. Rowboats and pedalos can be hired at the Kodaikanal Boat Club.
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Bryant Park
Bryant Park was planned and built in 1908 by a forest officer, H.D.Bryant and named after him. With 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses, the park is a rainbow of stunning flowers during the peak season. There is 1857 Eucalyptus tree and a Bodhi tree which adds a religious significance to the park. Ornamental plants are cultivated in a nursery for sale.

Coaker's Walk
Coaker's Walk is a 1-kilometre paved pedestrian path running along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai. The walk provides a stunning panoramic view of the plains. A fascinating rare phenomenon called Brocken spectre can be witnessed, when a person can see his shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo.
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Green Valley View
Green Valley View (formerly called Suicide Point) has an excellent panoramic view of the plains. The stairway leading up to it is highly commercialized and lined with rows of shops to tempt tourists.

Shembaganur Museum of Natural History
Shembaganur Museum of Natural History founded in 1895 is open to the public for viewing their outstanding taxidermy collection of more than 500 species of animals, birds and insects and a living collection of over 300 exotic orchid species.
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Pillar Rocks
Pillar Rocks is a set of three giant rock pillars which stand 122 metres high. There is an excellent public garden adjacent to the viewpoint.

Silver Cascade
Silver Cascade is a waterfall formed from the outflow of Kodaikanal Lake. This impressive waterfall is a popular stop for visitors. There is also a smaller but more serene waterfall below the bridge which crosses the stream here.
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Dolphin's Nose
Dolphin's Nose is flat rock projecting over a breathtaking chasm 6,600 feet deep. It is an undisturbed area of 1 kilometre down a very steep rocky trail beginning soon after Pambar Bridge. Beautiful views of steep rocky escarpments rising from the plains can be seen.

Kurinji Andavar Murugan
Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple is famous for its Kurinji flower which blossoms in the area only once every 12 years. The deity here is called Sri Kurinji Easwaran who is in fact Lord Murugan.
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Ooty

Ooty

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Ooty
Ooty is located in the blue hills. Lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees greet the visitors en route to Ooty. The hill station itself is a land of picturesque picnic spots.

Ooty Botanical Gardens
Ooty Botanical Gardens is lush, green, and well-maintained. The Gardens have around a thousand species, both exotic and indigenous, of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants. The garden has a 20-million-year-old fossilized tree.
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The Government rose garden
The Government rose garden is the largest rose garden in India. It is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty. Today this garden has one of the largest collection of roses in the country with more than 20,000 varieties of roses of 2,800 cultivars. The collection include Hybrid Tea Roses, Miniature Roses, Polyanthas, Papagena, Floribunda, Ramblers, Yakimour and roses of unusual colours like black and green.

The Ooty Lake
The Boat house established alongside the ooty lake offers boating facilities to tourists The lake is set among groves of Eucalyptus trees with a railway line line running along one bank.
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A wax museum
A wax museum that houses life-size look-alike wax statues of personalities of Indian history, culture and heritage housed in a 142-year-old bungalow.

Doddabetta Peak
Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris. It lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats and offers beautiful vistas of the Nilgiri Hill ranges.
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Mudumalai National Park
Mudumalai National Park, now also declared a Tiger Reserve. Here one can often spot herds of endangered Indian elephants, vulnerable Gaur, and Chital. The sanctuary is a paradise for Bengal Tigers and Indian Leopards and other threatened species.

Hogenakkal

Hogenakkal

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Hogenakkal Falls
Hogenakkal Falls is a waterfall on the river Kaveri. It is located in the Dharmapuri district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is sometimes referred to as the "Niagara of India".

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