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What You Should Know More About Tamil Nadu

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Tamil Nadu Tourism

    Forum :

    Tamil Nadu Travel Forum

    Books

    History and Culture of Tamil Nadu by Chithra Madhavan


Traveller Tales from Tamil Nadu

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Baladitya Sethi

30 December 2015

wao i saw Sambar , Spotted deer and Peacocks & Peahens and mahouts for the first time, it was really a nice feeling to spot those animals for the first time. The tour guide told all about the place, its history and present geogrphical features.Mudumalai has such a rich heritage to explore!!!

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Ambar Shukla

06 October 2015

we went there on our private vehicles but that was not allowed inside the forest core area for safari.Mudumalai offers one of the best jungle adventure, we were having a really good time, loved that half an hour elephant ride.awesome experoience!!!

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Daksha Khanna

31 December 2015

it was nice chillaxing amidst the beautiful jungle...so peaceful..and serene. Its was a good decision to take a break and camp here.Really loved the peaceful atmosphere...its a good place to visit.

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Priya Khan

28 November 2015

This was such a fun trek. Firstly, it was all easy peasy and not much of a challenging or tiring ones. Plus, it was a day trek that was neither too short nor too long. If you are planning to have a trek with family, then this is the right one.

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Tara Sharma

23 November 2015

Masinagudi is this unexplored little heaven in the south! I really liked this place and thought it was one of the most amazing places to go for a quick holiday!

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Sreemath

16 August 2017

I traveled to Ooty with the group last month. The journey itself was thrilling as we found many elephants, deer, wild bison. Staying at a homestay in a small village in the Nilgiris was an experience in itself. The food was delicious and our group had fun before the campfire. All in all, it was one weekend I won't forget for long time. The guide was very entertaining too with all his stories. Organizers were very helpful and always with us. It was my first time to live & experience the jungle and i can tell you it's worth every penny.

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Ambar Shukla

10 October 2015

It was the best thing that I have ever done. Hands down this is better than having a luxurious hotel stay. Firstly, it feels so much like being in home. Secondly, this is way cheaper in terms of money. Also, the bonfire at the night is all the more fun with all the co tourists gathering around. This is just perfect for people who would like to have a lot of relaxation and refreshment in their getaway. Also, the nature and surroundings near Nilgiris are so beautiful that it would make anyone fall in love with it. It’s just perfect.

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Smriti Chopra

18 December 2015

we had a great stay in mudumalai, we came all the way from ooty for our vacations, we started from jungle safari in the the national wildlife sanctuary then we started our trekking expedition and i must say this was our greatest adventure ever. it was a thrilling experinence for all of us for the first time we were embarking on trek, reaching the peak was a feeling of accomplishment. A memorable experience !!!!!

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Trisha Mukhopadhyay

16 December 2015

after spending our holiday in ooty we came here in mudumalai for our next adventure, but let me tel you guys th route between ooty and mudumalai is in very bad condition so please take utmost care possible. But once we reached mudumalai we were delighted by the serv ices ofered. The jungle safari, both on van and on elephant was full of adventure. Loved to be there!!!!

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