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Top 5 Must See Tourist Places in TamilNadu, India

Updated on December 1, 2011

The Top Must See Tourist Spots in Tamil Nadu

Tamilnadu, the nerve center of the time-honored Dravidian culture, is home to some of the most magnificent stone-sculpted temples, salubrious hill stations, alluring beaches, variegated wild lives, zoological parks, bird sanctuaries, cascading waterfalls and timeless heritage monuments – not to speak of the majestic mountain ranges of the Western Ghats.

Tamil Nadu, spread over a physical area of 130,058 sq. kms, is bounded by the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the north and Kerala in the west and the singular pride of Tamilnadu is its long undisrupted coast line running alongside the Bay of Bengal.

Chennai - The capital of Tamil Nadu

Chennai Central Railway Station on Indian Postage Stamp
Chennai Central Railway Station on Indian Postage Stamp

Welcome to Chennai


Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, appropriately referred to as the gateway of South India, has tourist attractions galore that include temples, churches, museums, beaches, wildlife parks and more.

The Marina Beach is a sandy stretch of 12 km and is the second longest beach in the world. The entire beach looks picturesque at dusk when the setting sun casts its golden glow on the sea waters.

The Theosophical Society founded by Madam Blavatsky has its headquarters in Chennai. The society is set in tranquil gardens dotted with several shrines of different faiths and the renowned Serene Garden of Remembrance. Kalakshetra, located around 1 km from the Theosophical Society, was founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale for the preservation of Indian classical arts and crafts traditions.

Fort St. George, built in 1654 and remodeled in 1749, is widely acknowledged as the first fortress of British power in India. The fort houses the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and the Chief Secretariat. The St. Mary church was built in 1678-80 is also the first English church in Chennai and the fact Robert Clive, married in this church lends it greater historicity.

Vivekananda House overlooks the Marina Beach and it is here that Swami Vivekananda stayed on his return, after delivering his widely-acclaimed speech at the Chicago Parliament of Religions.

The Government Museum at Chennai is one of the largest museums in India with many rare collections devoted to anthropology, botany, geology, numismatics, sculpture and zoology. The Art Gallery at Chennai has a unique collection of paintings, handicrafts and bronze.

The imposing San Thom Cathedral built in 1504 and rebuilt in 1608 and 1893, houses the remains of Apostle St. Thomas. The breathtakingly beautiful one-meter statue of Virgin Mary was brought from Portugal in 1543.

7 Wonders of India - Mahabalipuram


Mahabalipuram is renowned for its many glorious sculptures, stone chariot set amidst the casuarinas trees and the fascinating Shore Temple constantly bearing the brunt of the lashing waves. Visitors to Mahabalipuram are baffled at the mythological scenes so intricately carved in stone and the extraordinary skills of the master craftsmen who have chiseled these wonders.

Holidaymakers and fun lovers can make excursions to neighboring places of interest. Tourists to Mahabalipuram who are avid bird watchers should not miss the adjoining Vedanthangal, the site of one of India's largest bird sanctuaries. Then there is the massive Crocodile Bank with over 5000 reptiles - situated hardly 14 km from Mahabalipuram. Yet another beach getaway is Covelong, the serene beach resort, just 19 km from Mahabalipuram.


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