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Top 10 Tourist Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu

Updated on December 9, 2019
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As the state has it all, it can satiate the wanderlust of all types of tourists.

As the state has it all, it can satiate the wanderlust of all types of tourists. The state also features a vibrant culture and a glorious past. All these things together contribute to the popularity of Tamil Nadu as a tourist destination.


Best places to visit in Tamil Nadu

● Chennai

● Chettinad

● Kanchipuram

● Kanyakumari

● Kodaikanal

● Mahabalipuram

● Madurai

● Ooty

● Thanjavur

● Trichy


1. Chennai

Also known as the Gateway of South India, Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu. Situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the four major metropolitan cities of the country. Though the city is not as famous as other metropolitans of India, it is worth visiting once for sure. One can come across several museums, temples, beaches, monuments, etc. in the town. Hence, tourists can get to know about South Indian culture and traditions in Chennai.

Places to visit in Chennai - MGR Film City, Marina Beach, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Elliot's Beach, Connemara Public Library, Vivekananda House, Madras War Cemetery, etc.

Best time to visit Chennai - November - February


2. Chettinad

Chettinad is another famous town in Tamil Nadu, which is famous for its delectable cuisine and mighty palaces. It is also known as the town of temples due to the presence of various temples. Tourists can visit this quaint town if they wish to know more about the culture and history of the region. Moreover, the town is called a foodie’s paradise due to a wide range of delicacies.

Places to visit in Chennai - Chettinad Museum, Soorakudi, Iraniyur, Chettinadu Mansion, Vairavanpatti, Velankudi, Chettinad Palace, etc.

Best time to visit Chennai - October - March


3. Kanchipuram

Mostly known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temple, Kanchipuram is one of the must-visit places in South India. The town is best for those who are interested in knowing about Hinduism and the architectural magnificence of South India. One can observe different types of architecture in the temples of the town and gain insights into the life of the bygone rulers. Moreover, the town is also famous for fine quality silk sarees, mostly referred to as Kanchipuram sarees. All these reasons make Kanchipuram a perfect tourist destination to visit in South India.

Places to visit in Kanchipuram - Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Jain Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, etc.

Best time to visit Kanchipuram - October - March


4. Kanyakumari

Known as the southernmost tip of the country, Kanyakumari is a beautiful town in the state of Tamil Nadu. The town marks the confluence of three water bodies - Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. Kanyakumari has it all, be it temples or churches or beaches or waterfalls or monuments or anything else. In all, this scenic town of Tamil Nadu gives tourists an unforgettable experience.

Places to visit in Kanyakumari - Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Courtallam Falls, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kanyakumari Beach, Vattakottai Fort, Thirparappu Falls, etc.

Best time to visit Kanyakumari - October - February


5. Kodaikanal

Undoubtedly, Kodaikanal is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Featuring dense jungles, lofty hill slopes, blooming rivers, breathtaking waterfalls, clear lakes, and immense greenery, the town is referred to as the Princess of Hill Stations. Tourists can also try their hands at several exciting activities in the town such as trekking, horse ride, boat ride, etc. Hence, the town is suitable for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

Places to visit in Kodaikanal - Kodai Lake, Suicide Point, Pillar Rocks, Coakers Walk, Thalaiyar Falls, Bryant Park, etc.

Best time to visit Kodaikanal - October - March


6. Mahabalipuram

Officially known as Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is famous for intricately carved-out temples and rock sculptures. Some of the caves and temples form the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These places not only demonstrate architectural excellence but also boast of a rich heritage of the region. Having various sandy beaches, the city also observes pleasant weather all year around. Therefore, it offers a wonderful experience for tourists.

Places to visit in Mahabalipuram - Mahabalipuram Beach, Shore Temple, Alamparai Fort, Crocodile Bank, Tiger Caves, Sculpture Museum, etc.

Best time to visit Mahabalipuram - November - February


7. Madurai

Constructed in the form of a lotus flower, Madurai is generally addressed as the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. The city has many significant buildings and ancient temples, out of which the most famous one is Meenakshi Temple. It is known as the most important one in South India. The city also has several colorful markets. In short, the town is perfect to gain insights into Tamil culture and traditions.

Places to visit in Madurai - Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Vaigai Dam, Gandhi Museum, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Kazimar Big Mosque, Meenakshi Temple, etc.

Best time to visit Madurai - October - March


8. Ooty

Ooty is a renowned hill station in Tamil Nadu. Surrounded by beautiful hills and lush greenery, Ooty has a plethora of options or tourists, such as tea gardens, mesmerizing waterfalls, scenic landscapes, etc. All these make Ooty a favorite destination of nature lovers. No matter which type of activity you opt for in Ooty, it will be a memorable experience for you.

Places to visit in Ooty - Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Lake, Thread Garden, Kalhatti Falls, Doddabetta Peak, etc.

Best time to visit Ooty - October - June


9. Thanjavur

Also called Tanjore, Thanjavur is also counted amongst the top tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. The town is majorly known for its contribution to the arts and crafts of the country. A few of the famous artworks include paintings, handicrafts, textiles, saris, antiques, Carnatic music, etc. There are several temples in the town, depicting the glorious past of the region. All these together make Tanjore a hub of arts and crafts.

Places to visit in Tanjore - Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Alangudi Guru Temple, Schwartz Church, Vijayanagar Fort, Brihadeshwara Temple, etc.

Best time to visit Thanjavur - October - March


10. Trichy

Trichy, also called Tiruchirappalli, is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. One can come across almost everything in the town, be it historic monuments or temples or churches or waterfalls or anything else. Due to the same, it is well-suited for all types of tourists, irrespective of the interests. Moreover, the city provides tourists with a unique experience.

Places to visit in Trichy - Rockfort Ganpati Temple, Puliyancholai Waterfalls, St. Joseph’s Church, Viralimalai Murugan Temple, etc.

Best time to visit Trichy - November - March

All the above-mentioned tourist places give a different experience to tourists. If you wish to explore several aspects of the country within a city, opt for a tour to Tamil Nadu now and make the most of your vacations.


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      gopi karthi 

      7 months ago

      how does chennai comes into chettinadu?

      please revisit the chettinadu topic bro.. :)

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      Liz Westwood 

      16 months ago from UK

      This is a well-illustrated and well-structured article.


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