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Tamil Nadu

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Plan your trip to Tamil Nadu and other India destinations using our handy India route planner.
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Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

Madurai Trip planner BEST FOR: Religious Site, Architectural Building, Specialty Museum Mahabalipuram Trip planner BEST FOR: Religious Site, Ruin, Landmark Chennai Trip planner BEST FOR: Religious Site, Beach, Movie Theater Tiruchirappalli Trip planner BEST FOR: Religious Site, Geologic Formation, Historic Site Thanjavur Trip planner BEST FOR: Architectural Building, Religious Site, Art Museum

Popular things to do in Tamil Nadu

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Religious Site
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple Madurai
4.7
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Religious Site
Shore Temple Mahabalipuram
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Tiruchirappalli
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Architectural Building
Pancha Rathas Mahabalipuram
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Tamil Nadu

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Water Body
Kodaikanal Lake Kodaikanal
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Dhanushkodi Beach Point Rameswaram
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Marina Beach Chennai
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Tamil Nadu

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World heritage site
Monuments at Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Kapaleeshwarar Temple Chennai
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple Rameswaram
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
San Thome Church Chennai
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Tamil Nadu

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World heritage site
Airavatesvara Temple Kumbakonam
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Walking tour
Walking tours Chennai
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Geologic Formation
Rock Fort Temple Tiruchirappalli
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Landmark
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate Kottagudi
4.6
Duration: 4 hours

Nature in Tamil Nadu

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Mountain
Doddabetta Peak Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Pykara Lake Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Cave
Mahishasuramardini Cave Mahabalipuram
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Ooty Lake Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
2.4
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Tamil Nadu

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Shopping Mall
Brookefields Mall Coimbatore
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Apollo Books Mahabalipuram
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Shopping Mall
Majesty Cine Mall Madurai
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Cane and Bamboo Chennai
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min