Top 10 Places in Tamil Nadu that you can Visit

The words Tamil Nadu literally means ‘The Land of The Tamils or Tamil Country’. The State of Tamil Nadu is the 11th largest State out of the 29 states of India. But what Tamil Nadu lacks in size, it gains in its abundance of natural resources. The western, north-western and the southern parts are abundant in vegetation since they’re the meeting points of the Western and Eastern Ghats with the Nilgiris Hills. This makes the state an ecological niche which gives the State of Tamil Nadu abundance in flora and fauna. Here we are going to light up the top 10 places Tamil Nadu that you can visit in your life.

Tamil Nadu has also been home to the oldest of civilizations, and has seen the rule of various ancient dynasties like the Chera, Chola and Pandya which ruled the region between 300 BC – 300 AD. The state of Tamil Nadu is thus rich in both the aspects of Cultural and Natural making it a tourist haven. In this article we shall discuss about the top 10 places tamil nadu.


Famous For: Temples, Beaches, Culture.

Major Attractions: Marina Beach and Kapaleeswarar Temple.

Nearby Places: Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram.

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 days

top 10 places tamil nadu

Formerly known by the name Madras, Chennai is the Capital City of Tamil Nadu. The city has been surrounded by the South Indian Kingdoms since ages, thus it has always been the forefront of all cultural, economical, social, commercial and industrial development in the south of India. Chennai is the short form of the actual name Chennapatnam. It’s often nicknamed as the Detroit of India, due to Chennai housing the majority of India’s Automobile industries. Not only industries, the city is famous for its distinctive culture and heritage as well and you might need to take around 2-3 days to properly explore this city alone.

The city houses more than 20 heritage structures including railway stations, Museums, Book Shops, Cinema halls and many more. Chennai is also famous for its clean sandy beaches, parks, temples and cultural centers. There are various shopping attractions here and most sorts for Modern Day Activities one can name. With a big list of tourist attractions, Chennai is aptly the 3rd most visited City by tourists after Delhi and Mumbai.

top 10 places tamil nadu
Marina Beach
top 10 places tamil nadu
Pulicat Lake


Places to Visit :

  • Marina Beach
  • Pulicat Lake
  • Kalpeeswarar Temple
  • National Art Gallery
  • Arignar Anna Zoological Park


Famous For: Temples, Beaches.

Major Attractions: Shore Temple and Pancha Rathas.

Nearby Place: Chennai.

Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 days

top 10 places tamil nadu

Also known as Mamallapuram, the city of Mahabalipuram is famous for its ancient and cultural heritage. The city of Mahabalipuram was a prominent seaport dating back to 7th century AD and was ruled by the Pallava Dynasty. The place is famous for its monuments and is classified among the UNESCO world heritage sites. Almost all of the monuments are carved out of Granite and display the brilliance of Dravidian style architecture. The town is otherwise a small one and the best way to get around it either by foot or bike rental. The attractions in the whole town can be covered in a day or two.

The city is bustling with tourists most times of the year except monsoons. The amazing location of this place adds to the charm of the monuments and the intricate carvings. The temples here are a marvel to behold and with the aid of a knowledgeable tour guide one can totally get lost in the ancient stories behind each of the monuments.

Place to Visit :

  • Arjuna’s Penance
  • Cave Temples
  • Thirukadalmallai
  • Pancha Rathas


Famous For: Temples, Beaches, Culture.

Major Attractions: Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

Nearby Place: Tirunelveli.

Ideal Visit Time: 2 days

top 10 places tamil nadu

The southernmost tip of mainland India, Kanyakumari was formerly known by the name Cape Comorin. The ancient town of Kanyakumari was an important site during the Reign of the Chola, Chera and Pandya dynasty. The town is famous for its beautiful beaches, temples, monuments and cultural centers. The town is also famous for its distinctive culture and hospitable people.

It lays at the confluence of three bodies of water namely the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal and is thus considered an important pilgrimage site in the south of India. The various south Indian delicacies served here are great and light on the stomach and include some of the south Indian classics like Sambhar, Idli and Dosa etc. a trip to this town is sure to refresh your senses.

top 10 places tamil nadu
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Place to Visit :

  • Kanyakumari Temple
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Suchindrum
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace


Famous For: Temples, Culture.

Major Attraction: Meenakshi Amman Temple.

Nearby Place: Kodaikanal.

Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 days

top 10 places tamil nadu

The 3rd largest city in Tamil Nadu, Madurai is also one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The place has been mentioned by many such as Kautilya and Megasthenes. Geographically the city of Madurai lies on the fertile plains near the river Vaigai which divides the city in two parts. The land is thus mainly used for agriculture and the major supplier for paddy crops such as rice in India.

The majority of tourists who come to Madurai come to visit the various temples that enshrine this ancient city. The Temple complex consists of 27 different temples and the highest tower with the height of 51.9 meters high crowns the place. The town of Madurai is a spiritual experience in itself.

Place to Visit :

  • Samnar Hills
  • Sree Minaksh Amman Temple
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal


Famous For: Hill Station, Nature.

Major Attraction: Dolphin’s Nose.

Nearby Places: Madurai, Coimbatore.

Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 days

top 10 places tamil nadu

The town is also referred to as the ‘Princess of the Hill stations’ with its name meaning ‘the Gift of the Forest’. It is a small hill station with an average elevation of 2,331 meters above sea level. The place is surrounded by thick forests and is located at the top of the Palani Hills. The town is a major tourist attraction and tourism industry is the source of the majority of the town’s economy.

Kodaikanal is famous for its scenic beauty and has a number of natural attractions that is the reason for its high tourist population. The lakes, parks and different waterfalls along with the rich abundance of flora and fauna, the town, is indeed the gift of the forests.  With its various flora and natural and manmade attractions to enjoy, Kodaikanal will make you want to stay.

top 10 places tamil nadu
Coakers Walk

Place to Visit :

  • Berijam Lake
  • Coakers Walk
  • Kodai Lake
  • Dolphis’s Nose’
  • Bryant Park


Famous For: Forts, Temples, Education.

Major Attractions: Vellore Fort, Jalakandeswarar Temple.

Nearby Place: Tirupati, Chennai.

Ideal Visit Time: 2 days

top 10 places tamil nadu

Also known as, the Fort city, Vellore is located at the banks of Palar River at the North-eastern part of Tamil Nadu. The city came under the reign of various kingdoms and monarchies such as the Pallava, the Chola, the Carnatic Kingdom and the British.  The fort complex has a Christian church courtesy the British, a Mosque and an old Hindu Temple which has some of the most magnificent carvings.

The place has a lot of historic relevance as well, as the fort of Vellore is said to have housed Tipu sultan’s family during the British Rule. Apart from the fort there are several other attractions that have made it an important tourist destination. The various temples with a brilliant display of carvings and Dravidian Style architecture, the picturesque hill station of Yelagiri, the churches and mosques and various shopping hotspots has made it a must visit place in Tamil Nadu.

Place to Visit :

  • Vellore Fort
  • Yelagiri
  • Jalakandeswarar Temple
  • Srilakshi Golden Temple
  • Vainu Bappi Observatory


Famous For: Nature, Hill Stations.

Major Attractions: Government Rose Garden and Doddabetta.

Nearby Place: Coimbatore, Bangalore.

Ideal Visit Time: 2 days

top 10 places tamil nadu

The Capital of the Nilgiris District, Ooty or Ootacamund is one of the top visited hill stations in India. The place lies in the heart of the Nilgiris Mountains with an average elevation of 2,240 meters above sea level. The place is characterized by the blue smoky mist from the thick eucalyptus forests and is also known to house the rare kurunji flower. The town’s major source of economy, like most hill stations is tourism. Many officials of the British government described the likeliness of this place to resemble Switzerland.

The best time to visit is between the months of December till February and is frequented by tourists all around. The various lakes, mountains, gardens and valleys are amazing places to visit. The different peaks are great spots for trekking and the lakes make amazing camping and picnic spots. A visit to Ooty and you will experience a surrounding which is unique to almost any place in India.

top 10 places tamil nadu
Ooty Lake

Place to Visit :

  • Doddabetta Peak
  • Pykara River
  • Botanical Garden
  • Avalanche Lake


Famous For: Temples, History.

Major Attraction: Ekambareswarar Temple.

Nearby Place: Chennai.

Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

top 10 places tamil nadu


The city of Kanchipuram is located on the shores of the Vegavathy River. The city has seen a number of ruling dynasties and monarchies such as the Pandya, Cholas, the Vijaynagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom and the British monarchy.

One of the major products of Kanchipuram is its specialized silk and more than 5000 families residing here are involved in silk weaving and famous for the “Kanchipuram silk Saris”. The place is rich in both natural and manmade attractions and has a distinct culture that one must experience. With its various Temples, bird Sanctuary, beaches, backwaters etc. makes the city a must visit.

Place to Visit :

  • Ekambareswarar Temple
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple
  • Devarajaswami Temple


Famous For: Temples, Culture, History.

Major Attraction: Marudamalai Temple.

Nearby Place: Ooty.

Ideal Visit Time: 1 day

top 10 places tamil nadu

The highly industrialized town of Coimbatore is often termed as the ‘Manchester of India’. It is the second largest city in terms of area in the State of Tamil Nadu. The place is famous for its various temples, shopping hubs and typical Tamil food items.

The best thing about this city is its pleasant weather all year round. The thick forest covered mountains and the cool wind from the Palghat gap makes the hot weather a pleasant one. The city also takes pride in housing the Siruvani River which is a tributary of the River Kaveri. The special thing about this river is the taste of the water due to a perfect mix of the minerals making it the second tastiest water in the world after the Nile River (do not buy packaged water when you visit this place). There are various parks and zoos that only add to the large number of tourist attractions present in this city.

Place to visit :

  • Marudamalai Temple
  • Eachanari Vinayagr Temple
  • Perur Pattessawar Temple


Famous For: Temples, Economy.

Major Attraction: Marudamalai Temple.

Nearby Place: Kanyakumari.

Ideal Visit Time: 1 day

top 10 places tamil nadu

Another ancient city in Tamil Nadu, Tirunelveli is famous for its temples.  The city is a religious and agricultural hub and thrives on tourism. The place is abundant in natural resources and has a diverse range of physical features like mountain ranges, rivers, sea coasts and forests.

The forests house a variety of natural flora and fauna along with many rare and endangered species. The best time to visit the place is between October-February when the climate is pleasant and the vegetation is at its peak.

Place to Visit :

  • Nellaippar Temple
  • Papanasam
  • Kutralam

So here is the top 10 places Tamil Nadu that you can visit in your life.



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