Tamil Nadu Tourism, India 2020 (125 Tours & Activities)

Tamil Nadu is the southernmost state in India. It is popular for many temples and its architecture. Popular in Tamil Nadu is also the film industry and actor Rajinikanth who is revered and worshipped like a deity. This state offers many tourist places that are a popular destination for wild life sanctuaries, temple towns, hill stations, beaches, places of pilgrimages, adventure activities, and sightseeing. Tamil Nadu is hot, in most of the places. The best time to take tours to any of the places in Tamil Nadu is during monsoon and winter seasons. You can also visit Tamil Nadu to experience its cultural festivals and cuisine.

Popular for its carnatic music, classical dance, and history, Tamil Nadu has one of the largest metropolitan cities, Chennai, which is also the capital of this state. People in this state dress up traditionally. You will find a unique exotic culture that holds its old values while blending in with the modern times. This also being known as ‘the cultural capital of India,’ you will find arts and crafts galleries showcasing paintings, murals, wooden crafts, stone carving, pottery and more at the museums and shopping bazaars. Tamil is one of the esoteric languages of the Dravidian sect of the Aryan race.


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06 December 2018
Excellent
"Awsm experience... I opted for the Corporate package, I enjoyed a lot in that .... food was also delicious..... private beach having good & calm atmosphere... "
25 February 2020
Excellent
We, a group of 5, suddenly planned for Kotagiri trip to chill out from the early Summer like weather in Mysore. Thrillophilia offered us a very reasonable price for the trip. Everything was well communicated from their side right from the booking details to the proper destination details. In Kotagiri, the camp life was love. Food, which is always the backbone of a trip, was at it's best there. A total trekking distance of almost 8-9 Km was very well guided by the vendors. I'll always remember the early morning of the camp, when the temperature at 5 am was around 8°C,and the lush green tea garden was looking more than awesome. A lovely and memorable trip for all of us. Find below the pics taken out by us on this trip. Thanks a lot to Thrillophilia for making out this trip a successful one. They really deserve a perfect 5/5 review from all of us. Did I forget to mention about the Catherine Water Falls and the amazing Bonfire???
04 February 2019
Excellent
Wonderful experience, camping, trekking, food ...everything worth it...friendly staff and very cooperative..recommended.
13 September 2019
Excellent
Awesome place for kids to enjoy and activities planned keep the families engaged.Overall a good opportunity to spend some quality and dedicated time with friends and dear ones.The food quality was good and it was less spicy with a lot of variety both in breakfast and lunch .Highly recommended for day outing.Totally worth the money.
"Had a wonderful Christmas at the country club. The Food was really good. Everything about the buffet was very well organized. Had good fun.. Highly recommend for day outs. "
26 March 2020
Excellent
The Kotagiri Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek. You can see the thrillophilia reviews about this trek and they were all true. As a solo traveller who thrives on budget tours and tries to enjoy different places as much as possible, this trek to Kotagiri was a major tick on my bucket list. From adventurous forest trails to walking alongside ice-cold river paths, it is safe to say that not just me, but everyone in the trekking group enjoyed this trek a lot. The support staff, guide and even the whole process (from the booking to the post-trek service) was an organised one, thanks Thrillophilia. The most enjoyable experience for me was sleeping in the cosy tents on the sleeping beds and gorging on the yummy food. With this trekking tour by Thrillophilia, they have surely gained a permanent customer who is going to keep coming back to them to go for more such exciting and adventurous tours.
16 March 2020
Excellent
My wife and I love to go on different treks whenever we get the time. This time, we were looking to go on a trek somewhere near home. Thanks to Thrillophilia, we found out about the Kotagiri Trek, which seemed perfect to us. With over 20 percent discount and such affordable rates, the trek also included accommodation, food and a guide. This was nothing short of a sweet deal for us! Soon after we decided to do the booking, we were surprised to find out how easy and smooth the entire process actually was. Everything, right from the booking procedure, to the mode of payment was easy and without any issues. Thrillophilia even made sure that we were taken care of during the Kotagiri trek in Ooty, which not many people look after. It is due to them that not only we could enjoy such an amazing trek, but also capture the sights of such beautiful waterfalls and tea estates, that too near our home.
07 March 2020
Excellent
"Food was awesome and other activities are very good"
02 March 2020
Excellent
"accommodation was awesome, manager and the staff were simply superb and kind. must go place\n\nthanks for the gloves"
26 February 2020
Excellent
Overall it was a good experience. Food quality was very impressive. Almost keep you engaged through out the day. Swimming pool is not maintained properly. Was very dirty and definitely needed a thorough cleaning.

People Also Ask About Tamil Nadu

  1. Travel advice

    • Carry cotton clothes and a few warm clothes when travelling to hill stations.

    • There may be robbers, pick pockets in crowded areas, so keep your belongings safe.

    • You must never ever smoke in public places, especially, in Chennai, as it has strict laws about smoking in public areas.

    • Do not ask for liquor in restaurants or buy them from shops. Only a few marked shops are allowed to sell them.

    • Do not ever utter a word against the actor Rajinikanth or any of the actors in the film industry, as it can land you in trouble.

    • Learn a few Tamil words, as people in this state love their mother tongue and will help you better if you start speaking in their language to get around.

    • Do not use auto rickshaws if you do not know Tamil, as they have a bad reputation of looting tourists by charging whopping prices. Always use the public transportation as it is safer and cheap.

    • Do not litter on beaches as Chennai and many other places keep the beaches clean.

    • Never wear revealing clothes anywhere in Tamil Nadu, as it is mostly a traditional state, and you will most certainly get petrified with glares if you wear them.

    • Dress as traditionally as possible when you go to temples as people in this state adhere to religious customs and norms.

    • Do not discuss or speak inside the temples. Keep your curiosity outside the walls of the temples.

    • There is hardly any scope of nightlife in Tamil Nadu, as there are a few pubs and bars in Chennai.

    • You can stay at hotels and resorts near beaches.

  2. Drinking Law

    Tamil Nadu has been a dry state for a very long time. You might not get drinks easily from a liquor shop. Most of the restaurants too do not serve liquor. You must never get drunk in public areas, as this is considered to be a serious offence in Tamil Nadu.


  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Hill Stations

    Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Yelagiri Hills, Kolli Hills, Coonoor, Valparai, Red Hills, and Kotagiri are the most popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu. You can visit them for their landscape beauty, cooler climate, lush green vegetation, tea gardens, rivers, streams, lakes, taking walking trails in the dense forest areas, boating and horse rides, waterfalls, mountain peaks, and view points in the Nilgiri’s mountain range. You can find trekking and boating activities, and places to see at most of these hill stations. These are the best options for travel and holidays spent in Tamil Nadu.

    Temple tours

    Most of the places in Tamil Nadu are visited for the architecture delights, and experiencing the divine energies in temples. You can take the temple tours at Meenakshi temple in Madhurai, Kanyakumari temples in Kanyakumari, Ramashweram temple, Navagraha temple, and many more temples that have splendid architecture and vibrant aura of scared deities spread across these sites.

    Wild life and nature

    You can visit the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhumalai, and spot flying squirrels, hyenas, wild boars, crocodiles, otters, elephants, deers, and many other exotic wild species of animals. You can also visit Topslip, which is a Tiger Reserve forest 76 kilometers from Coimbatore. 53 kilometers from Mahabalipiuram is a Vedanthangal bird Sanctuary which is 200 years old. At the Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary near Thanjavur you will find many migratory birds like, flamingos and water fowls. Also seen are turtles, dolphins, and many other wild life species, like chintal, black bucks, plovers, and terns. Treks and walking trails are the best things to do here.

    Historical monuments, caves, and museums

    The Droog Fort, 15 kilometers away from Coonoor is one of the trekking sites for travelers. You can reach this fort only through a trek. Saraswathi Mahal Library in Tanjore is known to be one of the oldest libraries that have palm leaf manuscripts collection in them. The Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kanyakumari can be visited for its intricate rose wood carvings, murals, musical bow, carvings with more than 90 different designs on each ceiling, including carvings in Chinese language. The Manora Fort is placed 65 kilometers away from Thanjavur. It has a hexagonal structure in white color, looks serene overlooking the Bay of Bengal.

    You can also visit museums in Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Madurai, and Thanjavur and take a look at artifacts by Chola and Pallava kings, art galleries, and rare collections from various eras. Caves in Tamil Nadu exist from 2nd century BC. Most of the caves are located in and around Madhurai and can be reached by air, road, or rail.


  4. What you will like there?

    Sightseeing and wild life

    You will love the hill stations and landscape view in the Nilgiris range. You will also love the nature walks and wild life sanctuaries trip. You can experience variable weather in Chennai and hill stations. To escape from the heat of the city, hill stations are your best rescue. You will not find a lot of water sports activities in Tamil Nadu.

    Temples and pilgrimage

    Tamil Nadu has a rich culture and ethnicity. People visit temples in Tamil Nadu to pay their holy patronage to the deities. The temples have splendid and intricate architecture and are scared to followers of Hinduism.

    Shopping and food

    The food of Tamil Nadu is spicy and exotic. You get to taste the best of South Indian cuisine in most of the places in Tamil Nadu. You can shop for embroidered saris, silk clothes, artifacts, souvenirs, and handicrafts.


  5. Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Tamil Nadu Tourism

    Forum :

    Tamil Nadu Travel Forum

    Books

    History and Culture of Tamil Nadu by Chithra Madhavan