With a great mix of ancient heritage, urban disposition, and natural beauty, Tamil Nadu has claimed its spot as one of India’s most-visited destinations.
Tamil Nadu’s ancient culture is one of the most glorious ones to have existed in the world’s history, dating back more than 2,000 years and is one of the best-preserved. This is thanks in part to the fact their traditions such as Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music and the glorious body of Tamil literature they produced are still extant and can be seen or experienced first-hand in present day Tamil Nadu. Listening to a recitation of Thevaram at the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, or witnessing a Bharatanatyam performance in a temple is perhaps the closest one can get to experiencing time travel!
The state is also home to several Tamil festivals, such as Pongal or Karthigai Deepam. The state also has some unique festivals, such as the Koothandavar festival in Villupuram, which is the largest festival for transgenders and trans-people in India.
Tamil Nadu’s coastline is the third longest in India and it is definitely the country’s most-visited one. Its 900-km-long coastline is filled with unparalleled natural wonders and man-made attractions, ranging from the pristine mangroves of Pichavaram to the majestic Valluvar Statue in Kanyakumari.
If there is one thing that Tamil Nadu is famous for all over the world, it is glorious and ancient temples. The Great Living Chola temples such as the Brihadeeswara Temple, or the rock-cut Pallava temples at Mahabalipuram are listed as World Heritage sites and draw a great number of visitors internationally.
Apart from the temples, the state is also home to several historical forts and other more modern architectural marvels from its medieval heritage and colonial history. Listed as one of the state’s four Unesco World Heritage sites, the Western Ghats are the oldest mountain ranges in Tamil Nadu and a destination unlike any other. Be it the Anamalai Hills, which reign as South India’s tallest, or the great railways of Nilgiris, the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu make the state a destination worth visiting.
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