Best Tourist Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu
Best Tourist Places to Visit in Tamil NaduTamil Nadu is a state in the southern- most part of India and shares borders with the Union Territory of Puducherry, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. With its various features of beautiful forested hills, coastal plains, abundant wildlife, many historical monuments, numerous temples of Tamil architecture, pilgrimage sites and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the ‘Land of the Tamils’ is a big draw for tourists from all over.
Listed below are a few places which give a glimpse into the glory and grandeur of this interesting state.
Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is one of the best places to visit to experience the essence of this state. Proud in its display of Dravidian culture and heritage by way of its historical buildings, monuments and several beautiful temples and churches, this city also has many modern offerings by way of a complete urban life of city malls, restaurants, cafes, an exciting night life, museums, parks, beaches and plenty of places to hang out. In the year 2015, BBC tagged Chennai as one of the ‘hottest cities’ to visit and to live in for long term declaring the reason to be a wonderful mixture of both modern and traditional values. The major attractions here are the Marina Beach, Kapaleeswarar Temple, San Thome Cathedral Basilica, Fort St.George, VGP Golden Beach and many more.
The best time to visit the city would be from November to February, when the city cools down to a wonderful and pleasant winter.
Nestled in the lovely mountains of the Nilgiris at a height of 7,350 ft, Ooty is a much favoured destination in Tamil Nadu because of its beautiful natural environment. A consistently cool and pleasant climate through the year, its wooded forests, lush green hill ranges and valleys, beautiful flower gardens and parks, wonderful lakes and dams are all a big pull for tourists from all over. One can enjoy various activities like golf, hand gliding, a scenic toy train ride in the Nilgiri mountain railway, boat riding on the lake, trekking, mountain biking, visiting botanical gardens and plenty more.
Ooty can best be enjoyed during the summer months of March to June, when even though the sun shines beautifully over this city, the temperature does not rise beyond 20 degree celcius and there is a pleasant chill in the air.
This is a beautiful hill station located in the Shevaroy range of hills in the Eastern Ghats at a height of 4,920 ft. Known for its vast, evergreen forests, a varied range of flora and fauna, abundant coffee plantations and the beautiful Emerald Lake, there is a lot that tourists can enjoy here. The annual festival of Lord Servarayan (the presiding deity of the Shevaroy Hills) held mostly in the summer month of May also sees an enjoyable Summer Festival consisting of a 7 day exhibition of flowers, dog shows, boat races and a village fair. The more famous attractions in this locale are the Japanese Park, Anna Park, Tipperary View Point, the Kiliyur Waterfalls, the gorgeous view from the Lady’s Seat, the Bear’s Cave and beautiful botanical garden.
Yercaud can be visited during the pleasant summer months of March to June and in the cool winter months from October to February.
Located at an altitude of approx.7000 feet on a plateau in the upper Palani Hills, Kodaikanal is regarded as one of the best hill stations in Tamil Nadu. The dense forests with a variety of trees, huge natural rock formations, spectacular waterfalls and enchanting landscape make this a much sought after holiday retreat, especially for honeymoon couples. The huge trees of eucalyptus, cypress and acacia along with numerous fruit tress provide wonderful forest cover and produce very good quality fruit. Besides several flowering trees like rhododendron, magnolia and others, Kodaikanal is also home to the special and lovely Kurinji flower, which blossoms once in 12 years. Besides the energizing, cool climate, the various other attractions in this place are Kodai lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Silver Cascade etc. Trekking, boating, horse-riding or just long walks are other enjoyable activities that one can indulge in.
Kodaikanal can be visited throughout the year because of its wonderful climate, however heavy rains during July and August could prove to be tricky for a tourist.
Kanyakumari is a coastal town in Tamil Nadu, located at the southernmost tip of India. Known for its immense natural beauty, this is the only place in the country, where one can witness the sunset along with the moonrise on full moon nights. Even the regular occurrence of sunrise and sunset at this destination is a sight to behold! Kanyakumari has been associated with art, culture and religion right through the ages. A city with many temples, churches and religious pillars, it is also a very famous pilgrimage site. Some must-visit attractions in this city are the Kumari Amman Temple, St.Xavier’s Church, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Vattakottai and Udayagiri Forts and the Wax Museum. And of course, how can one not enjoy the pleasure of just chilling out and relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Thengapattinam, Sothavilai and Sanguthurai.
The best time to visit this place would be from October to February, with November onwards being ideal due to the onset of winter.
This beautiful hill station is slowly growing in popularity as a great holiday destintation. Located at a height of 6070 ft above sea level, the panoramic view of the Nilgiris and Catherine Falls from here are a breathtaking sight. Coonoor is also known for its production of the famous Nilgiri tea. The lush green hills, beautiful valleys, splendid waterfalls, a huge variety of wildflowers and birds make this place picturesque and inspiring for creative souls and lovers of art. Tourists should not miss out on the scenic and wonderful ride in the Nilgiri mountain toy train and visit other attractions like Sim’s Park – an interesting and lovely botanical garden, Dolphin’s nose, Lamb’s Rock, Law’s Falls and Lady Canning’s Seat which gives you a spectacular view of the Nilgiris again. One can enjoy trekking along the various trails in the Nilgiris, including the Doddabetta mountain.
The best time to visit Coonoor is between the months of October to March.
A port city on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal, Tuticorin, is locally called Thoothukudi, as also ‘Pearl City’ because of the abundance of pearls being found in the seas offshore and pearl fishing carried out in this town. The region around these shores are blessed with some rare marine flora and fauna with coral reefs and pearl oysters being some of the exotic ones. This quaint city, though a very busy port, is actually an ideal holiday getaway as one can enjoy sight-seeing the numerous temples, churches, building monuments, also visit the amazing wildlife sanctuary or just lay back on the sands of the beautiful beach. Sea sports like surfing and paragliding are also available.
It’s best to visit Tuticorin in the months of November, December and January when the weather is really cool and one can visit various places comfortably.
This destination is for the true lover of nature and wildlife. Located in the Nilgiri Hills, between the neighbouring states of Kerala and Karnataka, this place is most famous for its National Park which is home to many endangered species of birds and animals. The enchanting landscape of the green Nilgiri Hills against the backdrop of the clear blue sky, makes for a very relaxing and energizing ambience and brings you really close to nature. Wildlife photography and bird watching can be indulged in at leisure. Spotting some of the rare animals like the grey langur and bonnet macaque along with tigers, leopards, golden jackals etc. can be quite a delight. One can also enjoy the jungle safari or the Theppakadu Elephant Camp.
It would be best to visit Mudumalai during the summer months of March to June while the weather is pleasant and yet possible to sight tigers in May due to the summer heat and then again in September and October when the city really cools down.
A laid back, serene and beautiful hill station, Yelagiri is located at a height of about 3,500 ft above sea level and comprises of 14 small hamlets. Deceptive in its outwardly appearance, tourists are pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the green valleys, orchards and rose gardens that surround this place. Famous for its trekking trails, these hills in the thick forested areas provide a fantastic view of the hills and valleys around it. Other pleasant attractions are the Punganur Lake which is a manmade lake, the Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Nature Park and some temples. Yelagiri is also famous for its Paragliding and rock climbing activity, which tourists can indulge in. One can also enjoy boating in Punganur Lake and long walks in the Kodai Vizha Nature Park, which has an amazing landscape with an artificial fall, an aquarium and a musical fountain.
The best time to visit this locale is from November to February when it is at its coolest.
Besides travelling to some of these places by air or railways, one can also further enhance the holiday with a road trip and travel by luxury or state buses of your choice.
AbhiBus offers bus services from various cities of Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai etc to quite a few of these places. Log on to www.abhibus.com, enter your origin city and check for bus services to any of these destinations.
A road trip with family or friends only adds to the fun and excitement on a holiday!
Picture Credits : Chennai – Walkthroughindia, Ooty – Holidayiq, Yercaud – Crazy Holidays, Kodaikanal – Tripadvisor, Kanyakumari – Curly Tales, Coonoor – Hello Travel, Tuticorin – Lbb, Mudumalai – Trans India Travels, Yelagiri – India.Com