South India is a wonderland of rich heritage dating back to early civilization, colorful culture, delicious traditional food and mind boggling landscapes that range from plains to the lush green mighty mountains. The enchanting land of whimsical and religious significance is home to numerous tourists each year who Travel to Tamil Nadu with an aim of reenergizing themselves and having some peace of mind.
Here are some destinations in Tamil Nadu that will definitely stay close to your heart for the times to come:
Situated on Pamban island which is separated by the Pamban channel from the Indian mainland, this place is widely popular for being the pilgrimage destination of Ramanathaswamy temple. Being one of the primary attractions among visitors, this temple houses the longest corridor in the world. The surrounding magnificent views of the unending shimmering sea and the age old temples including the five faced hanuman temple are some of the main centres of attention. The entire island is beautifully adorned with gorgeous Prakaras, towering sculptured pillars and serene beaches. Another spiritual site is Agni Tirtham, where pilgrims go for attending a holy bath. The thin strip of land, which extends out, from the south eastern part of the island, homes the famous Dhanushkodi Beach, which is a great picnic and surfing spot.
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Ramanathaswamy Temple Timings: 4:30 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Also known as Vellore and located at a height of 1,110 metres above sea level, Yelagiri is a one of kind valley where the entire place is surrounded by rose gardens and blossoming orchards. The temperature throughout the year remains extremely pleasant and charming which makes it one of the prime destinations for hill station enthusiasts. You have the option of trekking here and experiencing the stunning lush green surroundings, breathtaking mountain views and extremely panoramic valley. There are numerous small, charming and quaint places to see in Yelagiri like the spiritual Swami Malai hill, Javadi and Palamathi, which are nestled amidst the thick green forests.
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Also popularly known as ‘princess of hill stations’ because of its unmatched and blissful beauty, Kodaikanal was established in the year 1845 as a safe haven from the blistering tropical heat of the plains. There are tall pine tree forests and extreme lush greenery which add up to the beauty of the hills. The temperature remains similar to that of any other hilly region in India, varying constantly among 17 degree Celsius to 20 degree Celsius. Tourist spots like, the magnificent silver cascade water fall, mystifying Coaker’s walk, vibrant man made Kodaikanal Lake among several others. This place is blessed with immensely rich heritage of green cover and a rocky wilderness which makes it a paradise for adventure seekers and outdoor sports lovers.
Best Time to Visit: June to September
Known for being Tamil Nadu’s second largest city (first being Chennai) and also called as the Manchester of India, for its immensely thriving cotton and textile industry, Coimbatore is increasingly becoming a spot where tourists from across the globe flock together. Surrounded by the Western Ghats mountain range, Coimbatore is a whimsical destination for people looking to explore a new age city life. Along with being one of the prime destinations of spiritualism with innumerable temples Coimbatore is also known for its incredibly detailed museums, magnificent waterfalls (monkey falls, Vaidehi Falls) along with various hill station destinations (Coonoor, Ooty). This place continues to be a highly revered tourist destination among devout Hindu pilgrims, adventure lovers as well as thrill seekers.
Best Time to Visit: October to March
This quaint and lush hill station, which is also known as the ‘jewel of the South’, is located at a pleasant altitude of 15151 metres above sea level and on the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats of the Tamil Nadu region. It has been named so due to the availability of the numerous thick green forests present near the lake. This scenic hill station is the notable centre for the production of coffee, citrus fruits like pears and oranges among other fruits. Trekking along the majestic yet humble hills is truly a refreshing and an extremely rejuvenating experience.
Best Time to Visit:March to June