If you are looking for the top 10 tourist places to visit in Tamilnadu 2019, then this article would make you take the right decision.
Tamilnadu was formerly known as Madras. The capital and the largest city of Tamil Nadu is Chennai(Madras). Present in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and bordered by the Western Ghats and on one side and Bay of Bengal and the mighty Indian ocean on the other two sides, it ranks eleventh by size and sixth in terms of population amongst the Indian states. It has 33 districts. The official language of the state of Tamil Nadu is Tamil, which is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world.
Here are the top 10 Tourist places to visit in Tamilnadu 2019.
1. Meenakshi Amman Temple – Madurai
|Location||Madurai, Tamil Nadu|
|Built By||Kulasekara Pandyan|
|Dedicated To||Meenakshi (Goddess Parvati) and Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva)|
|Major Festival||Tirukalyanam Festival / Chithirai Thiruvizha|
|Darshan timings||5 am to 12.30 pm and 4 pm to 9.30 pm|
Meenakshi Amman Temple, also known as Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple, is one of the oldest and most important temples in India. Located in the city of Madurai, the temple has a great mythological and historical significance. It is believed that Lord Shiva assumed the form of Sundareswarar (the handsome one) and married Parvati (Meenakshi) at the site where the temple is currently located.
Renowned for its astonishing architecture, Meenakshi Temple was nominated as one of the wonders of the world, but couldn’t make it into the list of ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. By the way, the temple is definitely one of the ‘Wonders of India’. During the ‘Tirukalyanam Festival’ which takes place over a period of 10 days, the festival attracts more than a million devotees.
2. Marina Beach – Chennai
|Did you know?
Chennai’s Marina Beach happens to be India’s longest and world’s second
|Location||Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu.|
|Total Length||13 km|
|Maximum Width||437 m (1, 434 ft)|
|Coast||The Bay of Bengal|
India’s longest and World’s second longest beach is Marina which located in Chennai. More importantly, the beach sand is extended nearly 13 kilometers starting from Besant Nagar in the south to Fort St.George in the north. Chennai Marina beach was renovated by Governor Mount Stuart Elphinstone GrantDuffin 1880s. Each and every traveler to Chennai never miss an opportunity to have a good time with this grand marina beach.
This beach is full of activity from early morning to evening. Walking along the beaches during sunrise and sunset is a pleasant experience for all. In the evening, this beach becomes a fairground with numerous stalls selling artifacts, handcrafted showpieces, and food items. Children play games around the beach. Balloon shooting and pony riding are popular activities on this beach.
The Chepauk stadium, Senate House, PWD office, Presidency College, and the Chennai University are historical buildings located on the beach drive. The Triumph of Labour and Mahatma Gandhi are two prominent statues on the Marina beach.
3. Adiyogi Shiva – Coimbatore
|Height||34.2 meters (112Feet)|
|Visiting Hours||6 am to 8 pm|
|Designer||Sadhaguru Jaggi Vasudev|
Adiyogi Shiva Statue is the largest sculpture dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva, which is built by of 500 tonnes of steel. It’s located in the Isha Yoga Complex in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
The Guinness World Book of Records recognized the statue as the “Largest Bust Sculpture“.
The sculpture was constructed with the idea to inspire and promote yoga, and the statue is called “Adiyoga” meaning “The First Yogi” as Lord Shiva is known to be the originator of yoga.
4. Brahadeeshwara Temple – Thanjavur
|Did you know?
Brihadeeshwara Temple is the seventh-largest Hindu temple by area
(102,400 m²) in the World.
|Architectural style||Dravidian architecture|
|Built by||Raja Raja Chola|
|Architect||Raja Raja Chola|
|Festivals||Chithrai Bramothsavam (April, May )–18 Days
Navarathiri ( sept-oct)-9 Days
Asada Navarathiri –12 Days
Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Koyil is another name of Brihadeeshwara temple which is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur, TamilNadu. It is one of the largest South Indian temples and one of the supreme flashes of brilliance of Indian architecture. It is called as Dhakshina Meru. Daily thousands of devotees being blessed by Lord Shiva. The famous festival of the temple is Chithirai Bramosthsavam and Asada Navarathiri. This place ranks 4th in the list of top 10 tourist places to visit in Tamilnadu 2019.
5. Ooty – Udhagamandalam
|Elevation||2, 240 m|
|Avg. annual temperature||14. 4° C(58° F)|
|Weather||16° C, Wind Sat 5 km/h, 78% Humidity|
|Climate||Subtropical Highland (Koppen)|
Udhagamandalam, popularly called as Ooty by the tourist, is the Queen of Hill Stations. Centuries ago this was also called as Oththai Kal [singlestone] Mandu [Mandisa name of Toda Village]. The British started calling it as Ootacamund. The environment of Ooty hillside with trees coffee and tea plantation is breathtaking. This was inhibited by the tribals called TODA long before anybody could venture into this region.
Development and modernization took after their arrival to Udhagamandalam. This was the Summer Capital of the Madras Presidency during the British Rule. Coonoor-19 Km, Kothagiri-31 Km are the other smaller nearby hill stations.
6. Kodaikanal – Dindugul
|Weather||17° C, Wind Sat 3km/h, 79%Humidity|
|Avg. summer temperature||19. 8° C(67. 6° F)|
|Avg. winter temperature||8. 3° C(46. 9° F)|
Kodaikanal is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. When you think of Kodaikanal, you think of a wonderful climate, cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys, and once you visit this hill station, you will find that every bit of what you have imagined it to be is true. Kodaikanal stands at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round.
Kodaikanal means the gift of the forests. Famously known as the Princess of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal offers the perfect mix of culture and nature to tourists, and it perfectly manicured slopes, scenic waterfalls, rolling hills and clear lakes all come together to create the perfect setting for an ideal mountain getaway. Kodaikanal is a place you can go to take a break from the rigors of daily city life, and this hill station lets you sit back and connect with nature as you head out on biking or trekking trails or take a stroll through the huge forests surrounding the town.
7. Ramanathaswamy Temple – Rameshwaram
|Weather||31° C, Wind Sat 26 km/h, 82% Humidity|
Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. It is located on Rameshwaram, at the eastern side of the Pamban Island, Ramanathapuram district, Tamilnadu. The temple is a holy site of immense importance for Hindus that attracts millions of pilgrims and massive devotees every year, especially during the festival of Maha Shivratri.
‘Ramanathaswamy’ literally means ‘The Master of Rama’, which refers to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to have been established and worshiped by Rama, an avatar of the god Vishnu, to absolve the sins created during the Ramayana war at Sri Lanka.
According to Hindu scripts, there are only 12 Jyotirlingas in the continent, which appeared by themselves. The temple houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is usually believed that those who visit all these 12 Jyotirlingas would attain moksha and would be free from the cycle of birth and death. Along with this, they get the blessing of Lord Shiva.
8. Meghamalai – Theni
|Elevation||1500 meters above sea level|
|Temperature||Summer 15.2 c – 25 c, Winter 0 c – 10 c|
|Significance||Famous for tea estates|
|Best season||Between October and March|
The name ‘Meghamalai’ literally means ‘hills covered with clouds’. An ideal weekend getaway to unwind near the city, 18 Hair Pin Bends are leads to the Megamalai. The drive from Chinnamanur to Meghamalai is really breathtaking. The problem is that people need to be careful as the road has no safety pillars and brigades.
The six thousand acres hills are surrounded by forest on all sides. It has several unpolluted tourists attractions including lakes and rivers and dense forest. These hills are the originating point of river Suruli.
It has several unpolluted tourists attractions including lakes, rivers, and dense forest. Meghamalai hills are the originating point of river Suruli.
9. Vivekananda Rock Memorial – Kanyakumari
|Visiting hours||8 am- 4 pm|
|Entry fees||INR 10|
The magnificent Vivekananda Rock Memorial is located on a small island near Kanyakumari. In addition, It has the picturesque Indian Ocean in its backdrop and hence serves as a peaceful and serene destination for visitors from all across the globe. It is situated on one of the two adjacent rocks projecting out of the Lakshadweep Sea and comprises of the ‘Shripada Mandapam‘ and the ‘Vivekananda Mandapam’. They attract a lot of nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. This Memorial ranks 9th in the list of top 10 tourist places to visit in Tamilnadu 2019.
10. Yercaud – Salem
|Weather||Summer 40 c to 25 c. Winter 32 c to 16 c|
|Best time to visit||October to June|
|Peak season||March to May|
A Hill station, Yercaud is situated in the South Indian state of TamilNadu. It lies in the Shevaroy Hills, known for their orange groves, and coffee, fruit and spice plantations. Yercaud Lake has a boathouse and is surrounded by gardens and woods. On the lake’s eastern shore, Anna Park has local plants and a Japanese garden with bonsai. To the southwest, Lady’ s Seat vantage point has a watch tower with a telescope.
These are the Top 10 Tourist Places to visit in Tamilnadu 2019.
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