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Best Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu in 2019

  • The state of Tamil Nadu is quite oftenly known as the ‘Temple state of India’. The total area covered by this state is nearly 50,216 sq. km. The state is surrounded by the lofty hills on one side and the coastal plains on the other side. Other states such as Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh act as the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu. The Bay of Bengal lies towards the east and the state also harbours the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula.

    Nearly 2000 species of wildlife are native to this state. A large pool of mammals including elephants, wild dogs, sloth bears, nilgiri langurs, sambar deer, nilgiri tahrs etc can be spotted close to the Nilgiri biosphere. The migratory birds such as cormorants, herons, darters, egrets and various species of insects and fishes can also be found in this place.

    The charming monuments, pious temples with intriguing carvings and majestic getaways make this state one of the most alluring on the Indian map. The history of this state dates back to more than thousands of years. Each and every attraction of this place has an intriguing and artistic story attached to it which can leave the tourists spellbound.

    Tamilnadu is not only the hot favourite of the individuals seeking religious nirvana, but also for those chunks of individuals who desires of indulging in a relaxing and cherishing experience with friends and family. The capital of the state, chennai is an established city due to the presence of exotic beaches, historic temples, some of them centuries old and a number of wildlife parks. Other major places of tourist interest in this state include Madurai, Ooty, Kanyakumari and Kodaikanal. The best time to tour Tamilnadu is be between the months of November and March.

     

  • Madurai

    Madurai
    Image Credit : Madurai


  • Madurai Attractions

  • 01 Meenakshi Amman Temple

    Meenakshi Amman Temple
    Image Credit : Meenakshi Amman Temple

    Meenakshi Amman Temple is the undisputed winner of the most popular places in Madurai, and probably in all of Tamil Nadu. It is enjoys a title amongst the Seven Wonders of India! Housing over 33,000 ancient sculptures, the temple complex is an architectural marvel, carrying reflections of the Dravidian style of architecture.

    The reigning deity of the temple is Meenakshi, one of the many incarnations of Goddess Parvati. Sculpted in emerald, the idol is adorned with a beautiful pair of eyes, referring to the meaning of her name - ‘Fish eyed’. The complex also features another temple of Lord Sundareswarar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

    Timings:
    09:00 AM to 07:00 PM

    Entry Fee:
    No entry fee

    Location:
    Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 62500



  • 02 Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

    Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
    Image Credit : Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

    Constructed in the year 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak, the palace is a beautiful fusion of the Dravidian and Rajput architectural styles. Distinguished as a national monument, Thirumalai Nayakar Temple is one of the most incredible places to visit in Madurai.

    With the iconic Meenakshi Amman Temple in the vicinity, the interiors as well as exteriors of the palace feature beautiful, intricate carving, along with some great stucco work that graces the arches. The imposing structure of the palace is held up by 248 pillars carrying excellent carvings! In fact, you can also indulge in the entertained sound and light show here.

    Timings:
    09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

    Entry Fee:
    INR 05 per person

    Location:
    Panthadi 1st St, Mahal Area, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001



  • 03 Alagar Koyil

    Alagar Koyil
    Image Credit : Alagar Koyil

    Sitting about 21 km away from Madurai, Alagar Koyil, alternatively known as Azhagar Kovil, is one of the most visited temples of Madurai. Besides the religious significance that the temple holds, it is also an architectural marvel. Depicting the forms and styles of the early Sangam age, the era that it belongs to, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple walls are embellished with fine, captivating carvings, while several mandapams warehoused within.

    The presiding deity here is Lord Sundararajan, the brother of Goddess Meenakshi. There are a few shrines dedicated to deities like Andal, Sudarshana and Yoga Narasimha in the temple.

    Timings: 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM

    Entry Fee: 
    No entry fee

    Location:
    Alagar Koyil main road, Tamil Nadu



  • 04 Vaigai Dam

    Vaigai Dam
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    Located about 70 km away from Madurai, Vaigai is a magnificent dam that graces the beautiful Vaigai river. A blessing for the natives of Madurai, Theni and Dindigul, Vaigai Dam has provided for and been a source of employment for several families since its inauguration in 1959. The dam neighbours a lovely little garden known as the ‘Little Brindavan’, a favourite amongst picnickers and kids. It also harbours a musical fountain that operates on weekends and public holidays.

    Monsoon is the ideal time to enjoy the beauty of Vaigai, when it is at its peak. The water level rises significantly, and there’s lush greenery for as far as the eyes can see. If you’re seeking some solitude and peace, Vaigai is the place to be.

    Timings: 
    06:00 AM to 06:00 

    Entry Fee:
     No entry fee

    Location: 
    Guest House Rd, Melmangalam, Tamil Nadu 625562



  • 05 Koodal Azhagar Temple

    Koodal Azhagar Temple
    Image Credit : Koodal Azhagar Temple

    One of the most popular tourist places in Madurai, Koodal Azhagar Temple was erected as a tribute to Lord Vishnu. The presiding deity of the temple is named ‘Abhaya Thirukkarathan’, a form of Lord Vishnu. While the temple remained swamped with tourists during festive and holiday seasons, the beauty is much more enjoyable during the off-season, especially if you’re there for the peaceful ambience, rich historical roots, and the architecture.

    This temple is also an example of the architectural brilliance that Madurai is famous for. The temple guards literature and sculptures dating as far back as the Sangam era. The craftsmanship and artwork belonging to Sangam and other following ages are also beautifully exhibited in the temple. 

    Timings: 
    08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

    Entry Fee:
     No entry fee

    Location:
     Near Periyar Bus Stand, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001



  • 06 Gandhi Museum

    Gandhi Museum
    Image Credit : Gandhi Museum

    Constructed and maintain by the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, the Gandhi Memorial is amongst the most interesting places to visit in Madurai. Madurai is of great significance to the legend of Mahatma Gandhi, for it was here that he switched to his iconic loin cloth in the year 1921. When the ban on Harijans to the temple was lifted in the year 1946, Gandhiji also partook in the victory by visiting the temple.

    The memorial spans about 13 acres, and harbours a ‘Hall of Relics’, Khadi centre picture gallery, a museum and an exhibition centre relaying details from India’s fight for, and rise to, freedom. There is also an exhibition of fine handicrafts that are donations from Tamil Nadu and other neighbouring states. 

    Timings: 
    10:00 AM to 01:00 PM, 02:00 PM to 05:45 PM everyday

    Entry Fee:
     No entry fee

    Location:
     Tamukkam Park Road, Gandhi Nagar, Near Collectorate, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 62502



  • 07 Mariamman Teppakulam

    Mariamman Teppakulam
    Image Credit : Mariamman Teppakulam

    One of the most visited tourist places in Madurai, Mariamman Teppakulam is a beautiful temple complex which sits about 2 km away from the legendary Meenakshi Amman temple. A hotspot for devotees and patrons of religion, the temple is home of the largest temple tank of South India.

    The temple is steeped in religion, history and mythology, and also stands guard to a lovely idol of Lord Ganesha that was unearthed here. Another fascinating fact is that the river Vaigai runs right underneath the temple!

    Timings: 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM

    Entry Fee: No entry fee

    Location: Meenakshi Nagar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625009



  • 08 Pazhamudhir Solai

    Pazhamudhir Solai
    Image Credit : Pazhamudhir Solai

    Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, Pazhamudhir Solai is one of the most revered tourist places in Madurai. Guarding beautiful sculptures of the said presiding deity, thousands of devotees swarm to the temple to pay their respects.

    Resting atop the hills of Azhagar Koyil, the temple is also a tourist magnet for patrons of architecture. It is also believed to be the final place where Lord Murugan unites with both his wives Valli and Deivanai. It is part of several tales relating to Lord Murugan, any of which you may hear throughout your visit.

    Timings: 
    05:30 AM to 01:00 Pm, 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Entry Fee: 
    No entry fee

    Location: 
    Southern Railway Colony, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001



  • 09 Athisayam

    Athisayam
    Image Credit : Athisayam

    If you feel caught up in the world of the countless temples that line the face of Madurai, Athisayam Water Park is the best outlet! One of the most entertaining places to visit in Madurai, the water amusement park is a favourite amongst kids and adults alike.

    Whether you're seeking thrilling adventures or just a chill time in the water with friends, Athisayam has got you covered. What started off as a quiet entertainment centre five years ago, has flourished into the largest amusement park in the area! With an array of over 50 fun rides, there is hardly any other place that matches the glamour of Athisayam.

    Timings: 
    10:00 AM to 06:30 PM everyday

    Entry Fee: 
    INR 800 per adult, INR 500 per child

    Location: 
    Madurai - Dindigul Main Road,Paravai, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625402



  • 10 St. Mary's Cathedral Church

    St. Mary's Cathedral Church
    Image Credit : St. Mary's Cathedral Church

    Amongst the most aesthetically pleasing tourist places in Madurai, The St. Mary's Cathedral sits somewhere at the top of the list. Featuring a Gothic style architecture, this famous spot is a mere 2 minutes away from the Madurai Railway Station.

    Besides the gothic influence, the church also blends together European, Roman and Continental architectural styles that make it truly one of a kind. Built in 1840, the church underwent a couple of renovations before it finally earned the title of a cathedral.

    Timings: 
    07:00 AM to 07:00 PM

    Entry Fee: 
    No entry fee

    Location: 
    E Veli St, Mahalipatti, Balarengapuram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001



  • 11 Kazimar Big Mosque And Maqbara Mosque

    Kazimar Big Mosque And Maqbara Mosque
    Image Credit : Kazimar Big Mosque And Maqbara Mosque

    Madurai's oldest mosque, the Kazimar Big Mosque was the creation of Kazi Syed Tajuddin back in the 13th century. Carrying stellar impression of the ages that the structure has witnessed, it is a frequent haunt for lovers of history, culture and religion.

    The mosque, true to its informal name 'Big Mosque', is large enough to accommodate about 2,500 people at once! The shrine (known as dargah) of the descendants of Prophet Muhammad also lies within the mosque, where several devotees flock to pay homage.

    Timings: 
    07:00 AM to 07:00 PM

    Entry Fee: 
    No entry fee

    Location: 
    Kazimar St, Periyar, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001



  • 12 Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple

    Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple
    Image Credit : Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple

    Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites of Lord Karthikeya, known as Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva. Sculpted with rock-hewn architecture, the temple dates back to the 6th century, and was built by the Pandyas.

    The hillock which the temple its upon is of great religious significance, and is also dubbed as the 'Southern Himalayas' by natives. The temple features several stunning, life sized sculptures and ornately carved pillars that open to the imposing 150 ft. high Rajagopuram that graces the temple’s entrance.

    Timings: 
    05:30 AM to 01:00 PM, 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Entry Fee: 
    No entry fee

    Location: 
    Thiruparankundram, Tamil Nadu 625005



  • 13 Yanaimalai

    Yanaimalai
    Image Credit : Yanaimalai

    Yanaimalai is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Madurai, besides being a well-preserved tourist attraction. Home to several ancient sculptures, a Shaivite Temple and a couple of caves, the hill is spans over 3 km of lush green land, and is about 300 ft. high.

    The structural beauty and historical significance of the hill has earned it a the title of a protected monument under The Ancient And Archaeological Sites And Remains Act. Rooted in various mythological tales and folklore, Yanaimalai is an unmissable place for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

    Location: Narasingam, Tamil Nadu 625104



  • 14 Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple

    Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple
    Image Credit : Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple

    Referenced in several ancient texts, including works of the Sangam literature, Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple is one of the most interesting places to visit in Madurai. Stretching across 2.3 acres of land, the temple has managed to beautifully preserve the architectural beauty that Madurai boasts of.

    The prominent Dravidian style of architecture stands out beautifully, along with subtle glimpses of the Pandyan era being reflected within the walls. Surrounded by granite walls, there are four prakaramas centred inside the complex. 
     The temple now falls under the care of the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of Tamil Nadu Government.

    Timings: 
    07:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    Entry Fee:
     No entry fee

    Location: 
    Thirumohur, Tamil Nadu 625107



  • 15 Samanar Hills

    Samanar Hills
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    Tucked away in the beauty of Keelakuyilkudi village, Samanar Malai is an exotic spot located about 15 km away from the main city of Madurai. Fostering countless carvings and caves dating back to the 1st century AD, it is believed to have sheltered Tamil Jain monks about 2,000 years ago.

    You don’t want to miss the morning sunrise and the sunset from these hills, as its beauty remains unmatched. Near the base of the hill is a quiet little temple known as Karuppasamy, which also guards a lotus pond. If you’re even remotely curious about Jainism or history in general, Samanar Hills is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Madurai.

    Timings: Open 24 Hours.

    Entry Fee:
     No entry fee

    Location: 
    Keelakuyilkudi Village, Tamil Nadu



  • Pondicherry

    Pondicherry
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    Standing as the perfect destination that brings together the serene beauty of beaches and a calming spirituality to anyone who visits Pondicherry. The tourist places in Pondicherry stands as testimony to a colourful history of the marriage of French and Indian culture across the ages. It is difficult to tell which culture has naturalized the other in the city space. Also, check out best beaches in Pondicherry and things to do in Pondicherry

    Pondicherry was a French colony till 1954 when it was handed over to India. It is a city located at sea level in coastal Tamil Nadu and is a standing monument of French town planning. The beautiful French style avenues, old bougainvillaea canopied colonial buildings, churches and ancient temples from the places in Pondicherry which lend to the city an aesthetic which exemplifies co-habitants of cultures most peacefully. Whether you go to the Pondicherry Beach, the Rock Beach, the Botanical gardens or anywhere else, you will not get the feeling that you are in India. And the best place to see in Pondicherry with that notion is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Auroville, where residents from all corners of the world come to seek spirituality. As for the rest of the town, the old world charm of almost everything just gives it all a sense of serene calm.

    Apart from the two already mentioned, beaches in Pondicherry also include the Serenity beach, which is a great surfing spot, and the Paradise beach which is a heaven for people wanting to devour some delicious street food. And talking about beaches takes us to the best thing in Pondicherry, right next to the beaches, literally. Beach resorts in Pondicherry is sure going to be the best way you spend your stays in Pondicherry. With the beaches just a short walk away and the kind of luxury and exclusive hospitality that you will be served in these resorts, nobody would even think of going away, let alone choose any other kind of stay over them. Imagine sipping on some cocktails while you are in a pool that overlooks the beach, and you can hear the waves as they lap against the shore making the luxurious feeling of staying in a beach resort all the way more tranquil.

    And no, these are not the only things to do in Pondicherry, as this place will never ever cease to surprise you with its uniqueness. You can take a heritage walk down both the quarters of the city, or do the different thing and watch a sunrise on a beach. For a pinch of spirituality to change the taste of your life, you can visit the Ashram, or probably get adventurous and take to scuba diving here. The thing about Pondicherry is, once you are here, you will never be disappointed.



  • Pondicherry Attractions

  • 01 Shri Aurobindo Ashram

    Shri Aurobindo Ashram
    Image Credit : Shri Aurobindo Ashram

    About the Place:

    This ashram was founded by renowned freedom fighter Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa in the year 1926. It is a holy destination for many travelers who are seeking spirituality. Not only this, the ashram which is one of the most spiritual places to visit in Pondicherry, teaches different ways to make your mind calm and peaceful. Yoga and meditation is usual practice in Aurobindo ashram. If you need to do photography inside the ashram, you have to take the permission of authorities. Ashram also consists of a library which can only be entered after taking a gate pass.

    Location:

    The ashram is situated near the junction of Manakula Vinayagar, Kovil Street and Marine Street, White town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The ashram is open on all the days of the week. You can easily spend 1 to 2 hours in this peaceful place.

    Timings:

    The ashram remains open from 8 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm every day.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    Sri Aurobindo Ashram is situated at a distance of 2.6 km from the bus station which is a journey of 9 minutes.




  • 02 Rock Beach

    Rock Beach
    Image Credit : Rock Beach

    About the Place

    Rock beach is regarded as one of the most attractive sight-seeing places in Pondicherry. This beach is situated on the busy streets of Pondicherry. In the evening, a lot of activities take place on the beach which makes the place even more happening. It is surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and the famous French war memorial is just 0.4 km away from the beach. In order to get a sunrise view, many people book a hotel near the rock beach. You will also find many food outlets located nearby. So you can spend your evening enjoying your favorite food and a scenic view.

    Location

    A beauty spot at the heart of the city, Rock beach is located in White Town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit

    It is a memorable moment when you see sunrise or sunset at the beach. Most people tend to visit the beach in evening or the early morning. You can give a refreshing start to your morning in midst of this serene spot.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand

    The Rock beach is situated at the distance of 2.7 km from Pondicherry bus stop. It might take just 10 minutes to cover this distance.




  • 03 Raj Niwas

    Raj Niwas
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    The Raj Niwas building is constructed on the foundation of a hotel named Hotel De La Compagnie. This is the government house of the Pondicherry and is a blend of both Indian and French architecture. The previous name of this Raj Niwas is Palais du Government. The Raj Niwas isn’t open to public but it is one of the attractions in Pondicherry. Most of the people who went on a trip to Pondicherry will surely pay a visit to this Raj Niwas to enjoy the Indo-French architecture. The monolithic pillars, fountain are the biggest asset of this Raj Niwas. They enhance the look of the construction as well as add royalty too. The public can go into the Raj Niwas on some special days and occasions only.

    Location:

    White Town

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: Raj Niwas will be between 12 pm and 1:30 pm as you will be allowed into the house. The point to remember here is the passes are limited to 40 per day.

    Timings

    The Raj Niwas will be open between 12pm and 1:30 pm

    Distance Between Pondicherry Bus stand and Raj Nivas

    The distance from Pondicherry bus station to Raj Nivas is 2.6 kms which can be travelled in 4-5 mins.

    Image Credits: thehindu.com


  • 04 Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry

    Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry
    Image Credit : Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry

    Immaculate Conception Cathedral is also known as Samba Kovil. It is the mother cathedral church for all the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral present in Pondicherry is pretty much similar to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral present in France. The church was built in 1791 and still looks at its best. The lady holding the Jesus statue is present in the front of the church. Many people love the old charm that this church exerts and adore it. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. This beautiful piece of architecture will leave you spellbound.

    Location:

    Mission St.

    MG Road Area

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    Visit this church in between April to June.

    Timings

    Similar to other churches you can visit the church at any time and peace of mind is guaranteed.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Immaculate Conception Cathedral

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Immaculate Conception Cathedral is 2.2 kms which takes 2-3 minutes to travel.




  • 05 Auroville Beach

    Auroville Beach
    Image Credit : Auroville Beach

    About the Place:

    This beach is situated at a distance of 12kms from the Pondicherry town. This destination is most popular among youngster and people who love swimming. You can find a plethora of people at the beach on weekends. You can find many hotels and restaurants along the beach. The morning scenes at the beach are too crowded as many people would love to walk around this calm and serene Location:, looking at the sunrise. The beach closes at 6:30 pm in evening. This is the most crowded street in Pondicherry.

    Location:

    The beach is situated at a distance of 12 km from the region of Pondicherry. It exactly lies in  Periyamudaliar, Chavadi, Tamilnadu.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: this place is early morning as the environment at that time is calm and tranquil.

    Timings :

    The closing time for the beach is 6:30 pm.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    This beach lies at a distance of 10.5 km from the union territory of Pondicherry. It would roughly take around 20 minutes to travel to the bus stand from this beach.




  • 06 Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry

    Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry
    Image Credit : Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry

    About the Place:

    This church, one among the 21 basilicas in India, is a famous pilgrimage for roman catholic Christians and considered one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry.It was built in 1908 by French missionaries. The sacred heart Basilica, a 100- years- old structure represents gothic architecture. It is 50 meters long, 48 meters wide and 18 meters high. Inside the church, there are 28 glass paintings which are a depiction of the life of Christ and saints of the church. The church has a huge area on the exterior too.

    Location:

    The church is located on the south boulevard of Pondicherry. Its address is 132, Subbaiah salai, Pondicherry, 605001.

    Best Time To Visit:

    This sacred abode of Jesus remains open throughout the year. People visit the church in masses during the Christmas festival. Though there is no specific time of the month to visit, a large number of outsiders can be seen here during winters considering the climatic condition of Pondicherry.

    Timings:

    Monday-Saturday: 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

    Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

    Distance From Pondicherry Bust-Stand

    The church is situated 2.5 Km away from Pondicherry bus stand towards south boulevard.




  • 07 Botanical Garden

    Botanical Garden
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    This is one of the most beautiful as well as interesting places in Pondicherry. The botanical garden was built by the colonists of French and gives perfect knowledge and information that is required. The park is the representation of French architecture. It is the best place to get educated as well as have some recreation. The garden was built in 1826 in a complete French style and is spread out in 22 acres of land. People can witness nearly 1500 different species of plants here. All the plants have placards that give the complete information of the plants. The garden is comprised of six attractive fountains, one dancing fountain, Japanese rock, kids train, ornamental fishes in an aquarium and many more.

    Location::

    Marimalai Adigal Salai

    Near Anna Statue

    Orleanpet

    Pondicherry-605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    There is no Best Time To Visit: botanical gardens. You can visit anytime during the visiting hours.

    Timings:

    The botanical garden is open from 10 AM in the morning to 7 PM in the evening daily.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Botanical Gardens

    The distance between Pondicherry bus stand and botanical gardens is 1km and it takes nearly 2-3 minutes to travel.




  • 08 French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)

    French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)
    Image Credit : French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)

    The French soldiers memorial is constructed in order to honor the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country in World War I. The war memorial was constructed in 1970 and is one of the best attractions in Pondicherry. The memorial is decorated beautifully on 14th July of every year and is celebrated as Bastille Day. The people from complete Pondicherry and remaining other places visit this war memorial and respect the soldiers in the form of homage. The war memorial is smaller in size and doesn’t take much time to take a trip around it. The memorial itself has a good and positive vibe which make many people from in and around Pondicherry to visit it.

    Location:

    White Town

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: this war memorial is in the morning. You can enjoy the nature as well as spend some pleasant time in this place.

    Timings

    The French Soldiers memorial is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to French Memorial

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to French memorial is 3.5 km which take 2-3 minutes to travel.




  • 09 Pondicherry Museum

    Pondicherry Museum
    Image Credit : Pondicherry Museum

    About the Place:

    If you are interested in historical monuments and museums, this is the place for you. This museum which is located in Bharathi Park tops the list of Pondicherry tourist places. You can find a collection of old sculptures, handicrafts and archaeological findings from Arikamedu settlement in this museum. The museum also consists of items from the French colonial times such as coins. Art from Chola and Pallava temples is also seen in the sculpture gallery. You can purchase food from the available shops there. The visitors can avail washroom facility too. If you want to capture the beauty of the monument, you can easily do it, as the cameras are allowed here.

    Location:

    It is situated at St. Louis Street, near White Town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The museum remains open for all the days except Mondays and Public holidays. It is advisable to visit the place during daytime. So, don’t miss an opportunity to visit Pondicherry museum, one of the favorite tourist attractions in Pondicherry.

    Entry Fee:

    Entry fee for this historical museum is just Rupee 15.

    Timings:

    The museum remains open on all the days except Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    Pondicherry museum is located at a distance of just 3 KM from bus stand. Isn’t it convenient?




  • 10 Promenade Beach

    Promenade Beach
    Image Credit : Promenade Beach

    A stretch starting from War memorial and ending at Duplex park, Promenade Beach is a 1.2 -kilometer long stretch. It has some other best Pondicherry tourist places near it including Old lighthouse, The War Memorial,  Heritage Town Hall etc. 

    The beach is a crowded spot of Pondicherry where travelers enjoy sports and hang out with their loved ones. You can also enjoy the mouth-watering street food of the food stalls present at the corners of the beach. Not only this, if you love handicraft materials, then the beachside shops offer beautifully knitted handicrafts too. 

    This is the most preferred Location: by nature lovers and wanderers for sightseeing in Pondicherry.

    Location: It is located at Beach Road, Pondicherry starting from War memorial and ending at Dupleix Park.

    Best Time To Visit: With its busy street and breathtaking sunset view, the beach is most likely to be visited most in the evening time.

    Timings: The beach can be visited any day of the week from 5 am to 8 pm.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: The Promenade beach is at the distance of 2.5 km via South Boulevard from the bus stand. This will take approximately  9 minutes to reach the bus stand from the beach.




  • 11 Chunnambar Boathouse

    Chunnambar Boathouse
    Image Credit : Chunnambar Boathouse

    About the Place:

    This place is located along the Cuddalore Main Road. If you are a person who loves boat riding, then this is heaven for you. Chunnambar Boathouse which is 8 km from Pondicherry offers you a chance to sail downstream and create a night camping experience for yourself. This boathouse is also called as Paradise Beach. You can spend your day enjoying beach sports and getting sun-kissed. Chunnamabr Resort offers rental boats for visitors as well as organizes beach sports. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant called as Seagulls, which serves delicious Chinese and Tandoori food.

    Location:

    It is located at Pondy-Cuddalore Road, Nonankuppam. This is 8 km away from Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is advisable to visit this place for the rides and water sports during afternoon time and come back to the shore by evening.

    Entry Fee

    Entry fee is Rs. 10 per head, with extra charges for different water sports.

    Timings

    The boathouse remains open from 9:30 in morning till 4 pm in evening.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    The two places are 6.4 k away. If you travel via Cuddalore Road, it will take around 15 minutes to reach the destination.

    So this is Pondicherry, a place that has a variety to offer. If it is known for its sacred churches and historical monuments, one cannot forget the adventurous time it gives you with its beachside views and water sports. Indeed this small territory is a unique combination of fun and tranquility. So now are you convinced to book a ticket to this land of beaches, this winter?




  • 12 Mahatma Gandhi Statue

    Mahatma Gandhi Statue
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    About the Place:

    The statue located on the Promenade Beach is an important landmark among all the Pondicherry tourist places. It also offers a view of Old Lighthouse and the famous Nehru Statue. This is a 4 meters high statue which is surrounded by granite pillars brought from Gingee, a fort situated at a distance of 70 km from Pondicherry. Mahatma Gandhi Statue is formed by Roy Choudhary, a renowned sculptor from Madras school of arts. There is a square space in front of the statue. This space is called as Gandhi Thidal, which is used for musical activities.

    Location:

    It is again situated at Beach road, White Town, Pondicherry. Now you can not only enjoy the scenic view of the beach but also explore this historical statue.

    Best Time To Visit:

    Since it is situated near the beach, it is best to visit this place either during sunrise or sunset.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    It is located at beach road, which is 2.5 Km from the bus station. So your all the sites are in close proximity to each other as well as the bus station. Isn’t this the best thing for outsiders?




  • 13 Serenity Beach

    Serenity Beach
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    This is the perfect spot to relax and get all the tensions out of your head. The name serenity was picked exclusively for this place as it is the most beautiful and outstanding shoreline.  This shoreline is considered as a heaven for the newly wedded couples which is why most of the couples pick Pondicherry as their honeymoon spot to enjoy the beauty of Serenity beach. It is one of the most peaceful places and you will enjoy the shore from the bottom of your heart. You can do surfing here to pump up the adrenaline rush in you. The lovely palm trees and beautiful surroundings will give you the most peaceful experience.

    Location:

    Kottakupam

    Pondicherry 605101

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is a beautiful beach and you can visit at any time of the day but it is better to visit the beach at morning and evening to have a pleasant experience.

    Timings

    The beach will be open from morning 5 AM to evening 7 PM.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Beach

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to the beach is 7.9 km and it takes 7 mins to reach the beach from bus stand.




  • 14 Statue of Dupleix

    Statue of Dupleix
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    This 2.88 meters high statue was commissioned as a symbol of French rule in Pondicherry. This granite statue was erected in the memory of the French governor named Joseph Francois Duplex. He ruled Pondicherry between the years 1742 to 1754. He tried to prevent the British domination in Pondicherry and is one of the famous French governors. Because of the defeat in a Second Carnatic war, he resigned for his governor post and went back to France. The statue of Dupleix has been built in 1870. The statue is situated on beautiful granite columns and gives a peaceful and ambient look to the city. This statue is considered as a major landmark and the historic representation of the city.

    Location:: Statue of Dupleix is located at children’s park present at

    Goubert Avenue

    Beach Road

    Pondicherry-605101

    Best Time To Visit::

    Tourists can visit the statue of Dupleix at morning, afternoon and evening. It is not good to visit the place at night.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Statue of Dupleix

    The distance from the statue of Dupleix to Pondicherry bus stand is 3kms. The time taken to travel from bus stand to statue is 30mins. There are cab and auto services between the statue and bus stand.




  • 15 Pondicherry Light House

    Pondicherry Light House
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    How can one miss visiting one of the best sight seeing places in Pondicherry, the Pondicherry light house? This nineteenth century light house is one of the amazing tourist attractions present in it. It was constructed by the French rulers and is one of the main city attractions in Pondicherry. The French rulers planned to build this light house in order to make the people who travel by understanding that they are in Pondicherry now. The design of this light house is a little bit different from the design of the usual light houses. The tower was built on the rectangle base.

    Location: of Pondicherry light house

    This Pondicherry light house is located at Dubrayapet

    Pondicherry, 605004

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: Pondicherry Light house is at the time of sunset.

    Timings

    The light house of Pondicherry will be opened at 3 pm every day and will be closed by 7 pm.

    Distance from Pondicherry Light house to Pondicherry Bus stand

    The distance from Pondicherry light house to Pondicherry bus stand is 4 kms and can be travelled in 12 mins.

    Image Credits: dreamtrails.in


  • 16 Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

    Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
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    Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges or Our Lady of Angels is one of the most beautiful and amazing Pondicherry tourist places. The church is present at the corner of Surcoof street and Dumus street. The architecture found in this church is Greco-Roman which gives you a nice feel. One can experience an angelic feel in the church which is divine. The white chapel of this church is very famous too. The limestone and egg white brought a new and different color to the chapel. Inside the church you can find various beautiful paintings and sculptures which will leave you spell bound. Point to remember is it is the oldest church present in Pondicherry.

    Location:

    The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges is located at

    Rue Dumas

    White Town

    Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit: Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

    You can visit and enjoy the beauty of this church at any time but the best months to explore this church are from September-February. The church looks amazing at this time

    Timings

    Similar to various other churches there are no specific Timings :to visit Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, you can visit at any time you want.




  • 17 Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple

    Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple
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    Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple is the most different temple present in the world. The temple is constructed in the shape of a pyramid and is located at Pudhukuppam beach. When the temple is seen for the first time you will wonder whether it is a pyramid. The Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple is dedicated to the deity Lord Shiva and is one of the best Pondicherry tourist places. The temple is designed with best in class architecture and attracted many people around the world. Founded by Karan Singh, the Auroville foundation chairman, the temple made a statement back in 2000 only. This is the most different yet amazing temple present in the world.

    Location:

    Gangiamman Koi Street

    Pondicherry 604303

    Best Time To Visit:

    You can explore the temple at any time of the year but visiting the temple in the months of February and march will give you a different experience.

    Timings

    The temple will be opened from

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm



  • 18 Veerampattinam Beach

    Veerampattinam Beach
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    Each and every beach present in Pondicherry is amazing. Veeramapattinam beach is one of the best sightseeing places in Pondicherry. If you are planning a trip to Pondicherry then don’t forget to visit this outstanding beach. 

    This is the lengthiest beach present in Pondicherry and is the best attraction of Pondicherry. Veermapattinam is the coastal village present in Pondicherry. The village is 7 kms away from the Pondicherry center but the buses are always available so there is no need to worry about it. The veeramipattinam hosts one of the biggest festival called temple car festival. 

    The visitors of this beach are provided an option  to see the real fisherman working at some dedicated spots. The clean and long beach is the perfect pick to enjoy your vacation. The beach isn’t so crowded so if you are from one of those who loves to stay peaceful then this is the right place.

    Location:

    The beach is located along the village Veerampattinam which is located between Pondicherry and Cuddalore.

    Best Times To Visit

    Beaches can be visited at any time so there are no boundaries to visit this wonderful beach. But vacationing in monsoon is advisable.

    Timings

    The beach is opened at 8:00 am and is closed at 9:00 pm in the night.

    The distance between Pondicherry Bus stand and Veerampattinam Beach

    The Distance between Pondicherry Bus stand and Veerampattinam Beach is 9.6 km and it takes nearly 16-20 mins to travel.




  • 19 Cafe Xtasi

    Cafe Xtasi
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    Enjoy the tasty dishes from different kinds of cuisines at this wonderful place. This is the best pick if you are interested to taste various kinds of dishes. Whether it may be hot coffee or yummy pizza this place provides you with all kinds of food items. The beverages and pizzas offered at this café are mouth watering and have a lot of craze among the people. It is the best hangout place for friends.

    Location:

    245, Mission Street

    Opposite VOC School

    Pondicherry

    Best Time To Visit:

    There is no Best Time To Visit: this place, whenever you have a craving to have some tasty food then crash at this café.

    Timings

    The place will be opened at 11:00 am in the morning and is closed at 11:00 pm at night.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Café Xtasi

    The distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Café Xtasi is 2.3 kms which takes approximately 8 mins to travel.

    Image Credits: cafechennai.in




  • 20 ISKCON Pondicherry

     ISKCON Pondicherry
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    ISKCON (International society for Krishna Consciousness) temples are very famous all over India. They are present in almost all metropolitan cities and are founded by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. If you are from those people who like to have a peace of mind and like to meditate then this is the right place for you. 

    The temple gives you the most ambient environment which helps you in finding inner self. The serenity, divine feeling that one gets after visiting this temple is beyond words.  Most of the people adore the beauty of the temple as well as the charisma of the deity Krishna. 

    The idols in these ISKCON Temples are different from idols used in other temples and look like the best idols present in the world.

    Location:

    No. 2-B

    7th cross corner, Krishna Nagar main road

    Krishna Nagar

    Pondicherry 605008

    Best Time To Visit:

    The temple can be visited at any time of the year and it is sure that you are going get the most peaceful experience in your life.

    Timings

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry bus stand to the ISKCON temple

    The distance from the bus stand to ISKCON temple is 6 kms.




  • 21 Kanniga Parameswari Temple

    Kanniga Parameswari Temple
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    Explore the uniqueness of Kanniga Parameswari temple’s architecture which is a perfect blend of Indian and French architecture. Goddess Shakthi is the deity who is prayed in this temple. She is one of the most powerful goddess according to the Hindu mythology. You can see the mixture of Tamil and French architecture in the designing of this temple. The ceiling of the sanctum present inside the temple is designed in the Tamil traditional style. The temple is one of the famous attractions in Pondicherry and people from all over the country visit the temple.

    Location:

    MG Road

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The temple is always wonderful and you can pay your visit at any time of the year without any hesitation.

    Timings

    The Timings :to visit this amazing temple are

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus stand to Kanniga Parameswari Temple

    The distance between Pondicherry bus stand and Kanniga Parameswari temple is 3kms which can be travelled in 5 mins at most.




  • 22 Bharathi Park

    Bharathi Park
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    About the Place:

    This is the green blanket of Pondicherry. It is surrounded by lush green trees. There is a reason for why it is listed among the best places to visit in Pondicherry. Its panoramic view makes it the frequent spot for picnics.  

    At the center of the park, there is this famous monument called Aayi Mandapam. It was named after the famous lady courtesan, Ayi. There are many buildings around this park including Villa Aroume, French Army Band, Chamber of commerce and The general hospital.

    Location:

    This park is located at Rue Saint Gilles Street, White Town. If you want to calm yourself, this is a perfect place for you.

    Best Time To Visit:

    This beautiful park takes you to the lap of nature. If you visit here at sunrise and sunset, you would be able to witness the most charismatic view.

    Timings:

    The park remains open from 6 am in the morning to 8 pm in the evening. So you have an entire day to spend in midst of nature’s blanket.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    It is just 2.5 km from the Pondicherry bus stand. So you would not take more than 10 minutes to travel in between the two places.




  • 23 Paradise Beach

    Paradise Beach
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    Beaches are always the best place to relax and refresh from the everyday hassle. Paradise beach also known as Plago Paradiso is not an exemption for that. As the name states the beach is very beautiful and gives you a great refreshing feeling. Most people prefer this amazing beach to spend their holidays because of its beauty and positive vibes. 

    This Paradise beach is ranked as number one in the list of best Pondicherry tourist places. The golden sand, cold waters will surely make your vacation the best. The ferry rides, boat houses, mangrove forests, beautiful birds everything about this place sounds fun as well as interesting. Taking the walk along this beach will surely refresh your brain and gives you a beautiful and fresh feel. Don’t expect to have fancy restaurants here but you can get snacks like coconut water.

    Location:

    40, Goubert Avenue

    Pondicherry, 605001

    Best Times to visit

    The Best Time To Visit: Paradise beach is monsoon, the back waters in the sea will be in green color this season.

    Timings

    The beach stays open from 8am to 8pm.

    Ticket Price

    The ticket price to enter into this beach is 150 INR per person and extra 75 per hour for chairs.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Paradise beach

    The distance is 2.7 kms which takes 3-4 mins to travel.




  • 24 Auro Beach

    Auro Beach
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    Auroville beach or in short Auro beach is one of the most beautiful Pondicherry tourist places. Auro beach is located a kilometer away from the Serenity beach and is the best place to enjoy the cool waters. This is less crowded beach compared to the Serenity beach and is the best place for the people who are hoping to get some privacy and enjoy their lonely time without much noise. This is the first place picked by many youngsters to hang out and takes a walk. If you want to enjoy pleasantness and spend your time peacefully then think no more and crash in Auro beach. The hard rock present in the beach adds extra beauty to it and enhances the look of the beach.

    Location:

    Bommayapalayam

    Pondicherry 605101

    Best Time To Visit:

    As it is a beach it depends on the individual preferences, if you like to be kissed by morning sun shine then go in the morning or want to relax and enjoy the sunset then go in the evening.

    Timings

    No one is allowed past midnight into the beach

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Auro Beach

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Auro beach is 10.1 km which take nearly 20 mins to travel.




  • 25 Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil

    Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil
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    Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil is also known as Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple or Villanur temple is one of the famous Lord Shiva Temples. Lord Shiva can be viewed in the form of Shiva Linga in this temple. The temple was constructed by Cholas centuries ago and is in Dravidian architecture. Another specialty of this temple is the sunrays that touch the deity on 9, 11 and 19th of a month named Panguni which can be considered as a month in between March-April. The importance of this temple is related to the Chola King Dharmabala Chozhan.

    Location:

    The Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil is located at

    E-Car St, Villanur

    Pondicherry-605110.

    Best Time To Visit: Temple

    The Best Time To Visit: this amazing temple is during the celebration of a festival named Bramhotsavam. The festival is for ten days and the temple will look at its best.

    Timings

    The temple is opened from

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Temple

    The distance between Pondicherry bus stand to this temple is 7.8 km and it takes 22 mins to travel.




  • Coonoor

    Coonoor
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    Coonoor is a municipality and a Taluk located in the Nilgiris district, on the western edge of the state, Tamil Nadu, India. As far as size is concerned, Coonoor, after Ooty, comes second in largeness in all of the beautiful hills of the Nilgiris, providing people with a lot of ground to tour. For more than one trekking expeditions, Coonoor is an ideal base and leads right into the Nilgiri Hills. The tourist places in Coonoor are breath-takingly beautiful. For a Hill station, Coonoor is very accessible, with the nearest airport being only at a distance of 79 km from the town of Coonoor. The population being so less, it offers a peaceful and relaxing environment which other hill stations don’t. The station features a subtropical highland climate which basically means cool summers and cool but not cold winter.

     

    Among the tourist places in Coonoor comes Sim’s Park, with a collective display exceeding one thousand types of species of plants. The botany based garden is developed partly in Japanese style. The main attractions of this park are the fruits and vegetables shows held annually, in May. Another important place to visit lies about 10 km away from Coonoor, considered a part of Coonoor, which is the Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, which is famous for the magnificent view of the beautiful Hills of Nilgiri and the beautiful Falls called Catherine. Catherine Falls is another important tourist attraction Coonoor. Tourists normally go trekking from Lady Canning’s seat to Dolphin’s nose. Five and a half km away from Coonoor, also considered a part of Coonoor, lies Lamb’s Rock, which is another point of vantage. The Fort of Droog is a well-known attraction. People commuting to Mettupalayam, witness Law’s Falls about five km away from Coonoor.



  • Coonoor Attractions

  • 01 Catherine Falls

    Catherine Falls
    Image Credit : Catherine Falls

    The beauty of Coorg accumulates here at Catherine Water Falls. Although not much reckoned, Catherine Falls is a perfect summer retreat for those who seek a soothing rejuvenation in the lap of nature. It is all over surrounded by sprawling and lush green tea estates.

    It resembles a thin water stream falling down from a height of more than 250 feet. What makes it more attractive is its fabulous pool forming ability at the bottom. Locals refer to this nature’s beauty as Geddhehaada Halla.

    Location: Coorg, Tamil Nadu 643201

    Timing: It is best to visit here anytime from morning 09:00 am to evening 06:30 pm

    Price: There is no entry fee to Catherine Falls.



  • 02 Sim’s Park

    Sim’s Park
    Image Credit : Sim’s Park

    Sim’s Park is one of the unforgettable Places to visit in Coonoor. It is a well-maintained botanical hub of Coonoor where you can easily find hundreds and thousands of trees and flowering plants. Homing to some of the adorable hills to gaze through, Sim’s Park has a lot of rarest exotic species and bright, colorful garden to soothe your eyes.

    This place will surely be enjoyed a lot by your kids. Having a temperature maximum of around 30 degrees and minima of about 5 degrees, there is a special place reserved for a pristine landscape to offer a pleasant stay to the onlookers.

    Be careful that you do not carry any eatables as it is highly prohibited here. Photographers are there to click pictures on your behalf, and you can quickly get prints on the spot at reasonable rates. To engage their visitors, the park authorities have boating facilities.

    Location: Cantonment Area Road, Attadi, Coonoor 643101

    Timing: The park is open from morning 09:00 am to evening 06:00 pm. People usually prefer to spare 2 hours or more at this park.

    Price: Entry fee for adults is around 30 INR; while for bringing in your kids, you need to pay a sum of approximately 15 INR. Photography might cost you about 50 INR while videography might cost about 100 INR.



  • 03 Droog Fort

    Droog Fort
    Image Credit : Droog Fort

    Currently attracting its visitors through its ruins, Droog Fort, stands amongst the exceptional Places to visit in Coonoor for trekking. A sole wall and a watchtower are standing here with a high pride to engage visitors across the globe.

    As there are locker and storage facilities available, you do not need to worry about carrying your unnecessary stuff here at the top. There are quite a few rare and exotic bird species that hover around the Fort.

    So bird watchers definitely have a lot of things to do here. Do not miss on your binoculars to gaze some unique bird species which probably might be new for some of you.

    Location: Foothills of Nilgiris

    Timing: The doors of the Fort are open for the visitors from morning 06:00 am to evening 06:00 pm. For an average traveler, it will take around an hour to complete their visit here. 

    Price: There are no entry fees to climb up the Droog Fort.



  • 04 Heritage Train

    Heritage Train
    Image Credit : Heritage Train

    Coonoor’s heritage train is a slow-motion toy train through lush backdrops and bridges illustrating a roller-coaster ride at high altitudes. Dating back to the era of the 19th century, this heritage train began its service as a means of tea or coffee transportation.

    This toy train seems like one that snails with a turbulent speed of around 60  km per hour. There is a twin track for this heritage train which takes you through the sprawling tea estates and misty mountainous tops.

    While you enjoy your journey through this ancient piece of art, never miss on to watch the fantastic bubbly streams and the loudly roaring waterfalls that are bound to cross throughout your journey.

    Location: From Mettupalayam to Coonoor

    Timing: Heritage Train is functional from early morning 07:00 am to 06:00 pm

    Price: The journey price for the unreserved category is 15 INR, it is 30 INR for Second Class and 205 INR for First Class.



  • 05 St. George’s Church

    St. George’s Church
    Image Credit : St. George’s Church

    A reckoned gothic structure of Coonoor, St. George’s Church, is known for its painting collections and elegant interiors. This Church appears vibrant and energetic on special occasions such as regional or national festivals.

    This church is a sure place to visit for those who adore architectural beauty and historical constructions. The climate in and around this church is quite calm so you can have a spiritual connection with God. October and March is the best time to plan your visit here.

    Location: Wellington, Tamil Nadu 643231

    Timing: The Church doors are open for visitors from morning 09:00 am to evening 06:00 pm. It generally takes around 30 minutes to complete your visit here.

    Price: There are no entry fees to seek blessings at this church.



  • 06 Law’s Falls

    Law’s Falls
    Image Credit : Law’s Falls

    Law’s Falls is the next to go in the list of favorite Coonoor tourist places worth seeing. The falls are gorgeous and please the eyes of visitors all across the globe. The height of this waterfall is around 180 feet which creates a water pool at its base.

    This place is located at a distance of approximately 7km from the outer border of Coonoor and claims itself as a lovely place to visit by naturalists. The cascade of this waterfall appears extremely beautiful in monsoons. However, make sure to hold on your grip while you walk through the rocks here as they turn out to be slippery due to water and moss growth.

    Location: On the way towards Mettupalayam

    Timing: There is no time restriction to enjoy at the slopes of Law’s Falls. Usually, the visit completes within one to two hours.

    Price: You do not have any entry fees to be paid for visiting this place.



  • 07 Rallia Dam

    Rallia Dam
    Image Credit : Rallia Dam

    Rallia Dam is a beautiful, serene escape of Nilgiris, Coonoor where you need to trek at least for a distance of around 1 km. It homes to some astounding bird species and gives a pleasing and an engaging look of surrounding natural beauty.

    Make sure that you seek assistance from the locals to reach your final destination as this place is utterly devoid of any signs or boards. If you are accompanying any valuable items, make sure that you keep them close with you as there have been theft issues here.

    The lush greenery that spreads all your way around makes you fall in love with this place. Do not forget to buy the home-made chocolates from locals here. Also, spare some time to visit Highfield Tree Factory and ride the Heritage Toy Train. Monsoon is by far the best season to visit this beautiful landscape and seek some calm time with nature.

    Location: Rallia Dam is situated amidst Coonoor and Kotagiri.

    Timing: Although there is no specific time limit to reach here, it is advisable that you start on your journey by 08:00 am and complete it around 02:00 pm. Visiting duration depends on your pace of trekking.

    Price: There are no entry fees for anyone to reach this pristine dam.



  • 08 Dolphin’s Nose

    Dolphin’s Nose
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    Dolphin’s Nose is the perfect spot amongst other tourist Places to visit in Coonoor to have a 180-degree view of the surrounding beauty. While you are busy watching the greenery stretched apart, you might quickly witness a cascade of Catherine Falls gushing out somewhere in between.

    Your route to the Dolphin’s Nose is all covered up by lush green colored tea estates. Lose yourself in the aroma of fresh and tender tea leaves while you make your way to this point. It is best to visit during noon as there might be both fog and mist in the morning as well as night.

    This might interfere with having a clear view of the region that stretches around. Be careful from the notorious monkeys that might snatch away your food from you.

    Location: Coonoor, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

    Timing: Entry to Dolphin’s Nose is open on all days of the week from morning 09:00 am to evening 06:00 pm. On average, it would take around an hour for you to complete your visit here. This place is a reckoned spot for tourism, adventure as well as photography.

    Price: There is a nominal entry fee of about 15 INR per head, and in case you are aiming for a photography session, be ready to pay an additional sum of 20 INR.



  • 09 Lady Canning’s Seat

    Lady Canning’s Seat
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    Lady Canning’s Seat of Coonoor is yet another beautiful site for photography, trekking, and more specifically for all the history buffers. This beautiful place is situated at a distance of around 9km from Coonoor main spot.

    It is one of the ancient mansion of Coonoor and presents an engaging view of the surrounding lush green valleys and mountains. This place offers a panoramic view of the vastly stretched tea estates and plains in and around Nilgiris.

    This stands as one of the most favored tourist spots for history wanderers. Do not forget to accompany your camera while you make your way here. If you are good at trekking, you can start from any point such as Dolphin’s Nose or Droog Fort or Lamb’s Rock and finally land up here.

    Location: 9 Km from Coonoor

    Timing: Visiting time to this Lady Canning’s Seat is restricted from morning 08:00 am to evening 06:00 pm. Ideally, you can complete your visit here within half an hour duration.


    Price: There are no entry fees charged here for your visit.



  • 10 Highfield Tea Factory

    Highfield Tea Factory
    Image Credit : Highfield Tea Factory

    A fifty-year-old factory, Highfield Tea Factory is waiting for you to knock their doors. This tea factory utilizes the fresh and tender tea leaves from adjoining tea plantations of the Nilgiris mountain range.

    Apart from tea, you can also try a hand at their Eucalyptus oil for sale. The staff here are also engaged in producing some delicious chocolates for all the chocoholics. After you complete your visit to this tea factory, be sure to taste a fresh cup of brewed tea here.

    You will find both the red and green tea variants here. Visiting this place during monsoons is not recommended.

    Location: Coonoor-Kattabettu-Kotagiri Road, Attadi, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu 643231

    Timing: Highfield Tea Factory is open from morning 09:00 am to evening 06:00 pm. If you are quick enough, you can complete your visit to Highfield Tea Factory within one to three hours.

    Price: You just need to pay a nominal sum of 10 INR as your entry fee to this Highfield Tea Factory.



  • 11 Nilgiri Mountain Railway

    Nilgiri Mountain Railway
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    Built by Britishers in the year 1908, Nilgiri Mountain Railways runs between Mettupalayam to Udagamandalam by-passing Coonoor. This is the only meter gauge-based railway in India.

    The middle rail here is affixed with a rack to engage locomotive with a pinion. With the aid of this assembly, the train climbs the steeps. Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a quaint toy train with blue and cream colored wooden carriages and large windows.

    Throughout your journey, you can view the surrounding dense forests, a thick foliage cover, misty hills, bird species, and lush grasslands all around. There are several bridges, loops and hairpin turns and tunnels to enjoy during your ride through this train.

    Location: Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs in between Mettupalayam and Ooty railway stations.

    Timing: From Mettupalayam, you can board this train from 07:10 am onwards.

    Price: Fees to ride this train is 30 INR for second class and 205 INR for first class. The fare for the unreserved category is 15 INR.



  • 12 Doddabetta Peak

    Doddabetta Peak
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    Reckoned as Ooty’s highest vantage point, Doddabetta Peak is sure shot to be a part of your Coonoor tourist places to visit. Since ages, Doddabetta Peak is well-known to accomplish all the desires which an avid trekker holds out of his curiosity. Out of the 24 peaks of Nilgiris, Doddabetta stands as the highest one.

    Travel aficionados quite frequently visit this peak to pursue their trekking desires. From the top of this peak, you can stare at the plains of Mysore as well as Coimbatore. There are ample photography opportunities here for your Coonoor diaries.

    Location: 9 km from Ooty, Ooty Kotagiri Road, Ooty, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, 643002, India

    Timing: You can climb this peak anywhere from morning 07:00 am to evening 06:00 pm

    Price: Above 5 years, you have to pay an entry fee of 6 INR, and for children below 5 years, there are no such entry fees. Photography might charge you around 10 INR while videography might cost you about 50 INR.



  • 13 Lamb's Rock

    Lamb's Rock
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    Lamb’s Rock stands myriads of meters above the level of the nearby sea and is completely surrounded by vast mountain ranges. Your way from the bottom to Lamb’s Rock is through a thrilling trek through the outstanding landscape.

    It is a perfect place to enjoy with your friends when the sky is absolutely clear to get a brilliant view of the surrounding. Climbing here, you can quickly capture some beautiful moments of the surrounding Coimbatore plains, tea as well as coffee estates.

    Also, do remember to pack your binoculars while you lead your way here to Lamb’s Rock. As it is located at higher altitudes, it is advisable to stay away from this place during winters.

    Location: Burliyar, Tamil Nadu 643103 

    Timing: You can climb your way to the Lamb’s Rock anywhere from 09:00 am to evening 05:00 pm. Your visit to Lamb’s Rock can be concluded within a span of around 2 to 4 hours.

    Price: There are no entrance fees here.



  • 14 Wellington

    Wellington
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    While planning on essential Places to visit in Coonoor, never miss on to add Wellington in your itinerary. It is one of the most beautiful and serene places to visit in South India. Ideally, it is a military town with a barrack series and a place where you can find a lot of British style bungalows.

    Maintenance of roads here is quiet, and there are billboards plastered on walls in every nook and corner. This place is meant for training Indian Civil Servants of selected departments.

    Location: Coonoor.

    Timing: There is no time restriction for visiting Wellington. However, if you are heading towards Wellington Lake, you must reach in between 09:00 am to 08:30 pm.

    Price: Wellington Lake entry is 10 per head, and for boating, you have to pay an additional sum of 20 INR.



  • 15 Hidden Valley

     Hidden Valley
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    Hidden Valley, Coonoor is one of the unexplored routes by most of the Coonoor travelers. It is reckoned as one of the beautiful creation of God from where you can have a breath-taking view.

    Accompany proper trekking equipment as there are a lot of things to do here for the real-life trekkers. People prefer to travel with their families to take a quick break from their daily hustles. Besides tourism and trekking, this place is a photographers paradise.

    Location: Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

    Timing: You can visit anywhere in between 09:00 am to 09:00 pm. It takes about an hour to explore this beautiful place.

    Price: There are no entry fees to reach this place.