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The southern state of Tamil Nadu has its unique ancient Dravidian culture that makes it a fascinating part of south India. This beautiful state attracts both tourists as well as pilgrims due to its towering and captivating temples. Besides, the beaches and hill stations are other famous tourist destinations as well. Because of this state’s rich and vibrant culture, Tamil Nadu is above all a hassle free destination to explore, especially for women. If you are planning a trip and wondering which places you must visit, then read on.

  1. Chennai

ChennaiThe capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is also quoted as the gateway to south India. It is an extensive and busy, yet conventional city with deep-rooted culture and traditions that are yet to relent to the enhancing foreign influence there. This city’s major attractions are its beach, museums, temples and galleries, amusement parks and Old Portuguese style churches.

  1. Mamallapuram Beach

Riding around one hour south of Chennai city, you will get to see the best beach on the east coast, ‘Mahabalipuram (also called as Mamallapuram)’. This spectacular beach has a booming backpacker scene and it is also famous with tourists who like to relax at the resorts there. This beach is renowned for its stone sculpture industry and is an excellent place to shop for these items. Some of the other must visit tourist attractions of this beach include the Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance (a large carving on the face of a rock representing scenes from the Mahabharata) and Five Rathas (sculptured temples in the shape of chariots).

Mahabalipuram Beach

  1. Kanchipuram

KanchipuramFamously referred to as the “City of a Thousand Temples”, Kanchipuram is not only popular for its exclusive silk saris. Situated about 80 KM from Chennai, it was once used to be the capital of the Pallava dynasty. However, today this place has only a 100 or so temples remaining with many of them having unique architectural exquisiteness. The multiplicity of temples is the most noteworthy thing of the temples of this region. You will find both Shiva and Vishnu temples, constructed by various rulers (the Cholas, Muslims, Vijayanagar kings, and British who ruled this part of Tamil Nadu) who each refined the design. In fact, for various tourists, “Kanchipuram, Mammallapuram, and Chennai” are often called as the Golden Triangle of Tamil Nadu.

  1. Pondicherry

Pondicherry, a detached union territory on the east coast of the state of Tamil Nadu is not really a place that you would expect to find in India. Pondicherry was a former 18th century French colony and still retains a noticeably French flavor in its locale and architectures. You will really feel and experience a French culture here and relax to enjoy being away by being in India. For those who are seeking spiritual solace can visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. On the other hand, the Promenade and the French Quarter, bounded by the Bay of Bengal, are the most happening parts of the city.


Apart from these places, Ooty, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, Tanjore (Thanjavur), Madurai and Tiruvannamalai are some of the other famous tourist places of the state.

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