The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great apportunities for treks and mountain walks.
Madurai Meenakshi temple attracts six thousand visitors a day and gets an annual revenue of rupees sixty million. It attained 26th place in the list of top nominees for the new Seven Wonders of the World. Madurai is firmly anchored in Tamil literature and tradition.
Madurai is also famous for textile market. The “Sungudi” sarees, a particular type of gorgeous sarees, are Madurai’s best. Jasmine flowers of Madurai district are known all over the country. They carry a special fragrance unique to Madurai.
The unique flowering plant ‘Kurunji'(Strobilanthus Kunthanus) that last bloomed in 2004, is nature’s gift to Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerises any visitor and is frequented all through the year.
Hindus have a belief that pilgrimage to such holy places helps them in attaining Mukthi. Rameswaram has a rich history and the places likely to be visited are the theerthams, Pamban Bridge and Dhanuskodi.
Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrises & sunsets & beaches with color sands. On a fullmoon day, one can witnesss the Sun & the Moon simultaneously on the two extremes(Arabian Sea & Bay of Bengal). Other attractions of this town are Kumari Amman temple, Vivekananda Rock, Light House and Gandhi Mandapam.
It is 325 km south west of Madras. Tiruchirappalli was the heart of Tamil Nadu, situated at the head of the Kaveri delta. The Pallavas, Pandyas and Cholas chose this city for their feudal wars. The city is known for its temple architecture.
Tanjore District is Known as the ‘rice Bowl ‘ of Tamilnadu.
This beautiful hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Munnar also has the highest peak in South India – Anamudi , which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. The high ranges of Munnar were earlier known as Kannan Devan Hills,named after a certain Kannan Devan,who had been land lord in the Anchanad Valley on the eastern side of the district. The main cultivation crops in Munnar are Tea and Coffee
The region around Chennai has served as an important administrative, military, and economic centre for many centuries. During 1st century CE, a poet and weaver named Thiruvalluvar lived in the town of Mylapore (a neighbourhood of present Chennai). From the 1st-12th century the region of present Tamil Nadu and parts of South India was ruled by the Cholas.