Tamilnadu Tourism

Tamil Nadu, is the most prominent state of India. The capital, Madras is a cosmopolitan city and the capital of the state. Tamil Nadu is a bastion of Hinduism, whose past endures into the present. Temples with towering spires called gopurams are a common feature of this state, seldom seen anywhere else in the country.

Temples in Tamil Nadu were the fulcrum of society and even today art forms that have their origin in religious worship continue to colour daily life. Notable among these are splendid bronzes of deities, painting on glass and Bharatnatyam. Kanchipuram, also called Kanjeevaram, is famous throughout the country as the center where lustrous silk sarees are woven. Likewise Thanjavur is an important center for bronze figure casting. Mahabalipuram has a vast wealth of sculptures. In contrast to the temple heritage Pondicherry is known for long a French colony. Yet another facet of this surprisingly diverse state is two hill stations Ootacamund and Kodaikanal. Both are little patches of England , being much loved by the expatriate population of the Raj. Both places provide delightful relaxation during an extended tour of the south, having a wide range of hotel accommodation. The cuisine of Tamil Nadu, more or less totally vegetarian, has become enormously popular all over the country.

Tamil Nadu ("Land of the Tamils") is a state at the southern tip of India. The bordering states/territories are Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The island nation of Sri Lanka, which has a significant Tamil minority, lies off the southeast coast.

Tamil Nadu is the second most industrialized state in India. Unlike most other parts of the country, Tamil Nadu gets its rainfall largely from the "North-East monsoon" in the months of October-December. There is a long standing dispute with Karnataka over the matter of water from the Kaveri River. The river flows south from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, and both regions draw on water from the river, prompting concerns over whether the upper riparian Karnataka has released its fair share of river water to the lower riparian Tamil Nadu.

Chennai, which was known until 1996 as Madras, is the fourth largest city of India and the state capital. Also known as the auto capital of India, Chennai is the home of Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Salem and Tirunelveli are other large cities of Tamil Nadu.

A view of temple tank and gopuram at Uthirakosamangai temple in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu, south India.Tamil Nadu is a land of varied beauty. It is mostly famous for its numerous Hindu temples based on the Dravidian architecture. The temples are of a distinct style which is famous for its towering Gopuram. Popular temple towns include Madurai, Trichy, Tanjore, Kanchipuram, Palani, Swamithoppe, Tiruvallur and Mahabalipuram. The most famous temple is the Brahadeeswara temple in Thanjavur that is about 1000 years old and is on the UNESCO's World Heritage Site list. Tamil Nadu also has the Navagraha temples that are a popular pilgrim circuit. Kanyakumari, the southern most tip of peninsular India , is famous for its distinct and beautiful sunrise, Vivekanda Rock Memorial on the mid-sea, Thiruvalluvar statue and has some very green hilly landscape and picture-postcard perfect sceneries around the district and Nagercoil. Hill stations like Kodaikanal and Nilgiris boast some of the stunning lands capes in India. The Nilgiris also has one of the two mountain Railways in India and is being evaluated for the UNESCO's World Heritage Site list. The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary located in Gudalur near the border of Karnataka known for its elephants, tigers and deer and the Pitchavaram Mangrove forests located in Chidambaram are two of the many eco-tourism spots of importance.

What to See
Chennai Coimbatore Coonoor Kanyakumari Kodaikanal
Madurai Ooty Pondicherry Thanjavur  

Chennai is also know as Madras, it is the first city and now capital of Tamil Nadu, the state which is famous as "God's Own Country". The name change from Madras to Chennai belies the character of this southern metro. Now noisy and fraught with every feature of a big city, Chennai still retains a certain traditional charm. Shored along the Bay of Bengal , "the gateway to the South". Film is a roaring industry here, backed by some of India 's best directors, actors and technicians. Chennai is the fourth largest metro city of India which is growing with very fast rate every year. The main travel highlights are the lovely people and their lifestyle, temples, music, restaurants, discos, pubs and the famous snake farm. You can see a interesting blend of traditional and the western culture.


By Air - Chennai has domestic as well as international airports. The Kamaraj Domestic Airport and the Anna International Airport are located at Tirusulam, at a distance of 20 km from the city. Chennai is connected by Jet, IA, Sahara , AI and other international airlines to the rest of the country and the world. The Meenambakkam Airport is located 17 km southwest of the city centre. It has terminals for both domestic and international travel.

By Rail - The city of Chennai is also well connected to all the major cities in India through a wide network of railways. The Tamil Nadu Express from Delhi , Ganga Kaveri Express from Varanasi , Shatabdi Express from Bangalore and the Charminar Express from Hyderabad are some of the trains from the major cities to Chennai. You also have the Coromandel Express from Chennai to Calcutta . Railway station: There are two railway stations at Chennai - Central and Egmore and most of the trains arrive here. The Central Railway Station links north and west and Egmore Station the south. There are separate stations for local trains. Chennai Central Railway Station is located on Periyar EVR High Road . Relatively easy to get transport to and from the Central station though lack of knowledge of the local language Tamil could be a hindrance.

By Road - The city of Chennai is also well connected to all the major cities in Tamil Nadu and other neighboring states through an excellent road network. The city is well linked by roads to the major destinations in South India . It is connected by the National Highway Nos 4, 5 and 45. Bus terminus: The State Express Bus Stand is on the south of George Town (same as Park Town ). Their buses are comfortable and they take minimal time.


Chennai can be travelled round the year, but between October and March is the best time.


MGR Film City - Known the world over for its film industry, MGR Film City is a special delight in Chennai. Situated on the outskirts of Buckingham Canal , tourists are allowed between 8 am and 8 pm. Tel: 235 2132. Entry is Rs 25 while an extra Rs 50 is charged for camera use. Enthusiasts can get into their act by making a special request to be allowed to take up a side role.

The Theosophical Society - The Theosophical Society, much as the name suggests, offers discourse and meditation sessions as well as lectures on positive health and spirituality. J Krishnamurthi and Maria Montessori have both lectured here, under the huge banyan tree (spreading over 40,000 sq ft). Classes continue to be held at this spot. Closed on Sundays.

Fort St George - Fort St George, the first structure of Madras city built by the British in 1640. Today it houses the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. The Fort Museum close by has an interesting collection of colonial memorabilia.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple - The temple is a typically Chola structure, dating back to the 8th century. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it was renovated by the Cholas and has sculptures of Vijaynagar kings. The inner sanctum is a must see.

Santhome Cathedral - Built over the tomb of the apostle St Thomas , this basilica is an important pilgrimage site. More interesting for its past history of renovations and rebuilding, it may not be exceptional in terms of workmanship. There is a museum catering to people who are interested in history. Open daily, 6 am-6 pm. Museum closes on weekends

Government Museum - Established in 1957, the museum is a set of six buildings that encompass every phase of a historic city, from the architecture to ornaments. A comprehensive collection of Chola bronzes and Ram idols keeps the tourists captivated. There is a children's museum and the National Art Gallery in the same area.

Marina Beach - This reserved beach is Chennai's most popular tourist attraction. It the best place to chill and relax. The beach is thronged through out the year by several thousand tourists, both domestic and international. The serene environment, the beautiful sea, the glittering sun, the white sand and the lovely people around the beach makes it ideal hangout spot.

Kapaleeshwar Temple - It is an ancient Shiv temple is located in the heart of the city. Its an old saying that Lord Siva once pinched off one of the heads of Brahma to arrest his pride. A crestfallen Brahma came to this place, installed a Siva Lingam and did penance. The Lingam is known as Kapaleeswarar. This temple is known for a panacea from many troubles.

National Art Gallery - The gallery is worth visiting if you are an art lover. It houses 10th century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy . Tenth century paintings, one building while the other contains mostly modern works. Located in Egmore, the National Art Gallery is housed in a building built in 1906 in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The building itself is a work of art and was originally intended to be the Victoria Memorial and Technical Institute but was made the National Art Gallery in 1951. On exhibition are 10th and 13th century bronzes, 16th and 18th century Rajasthani and Mughal paintings, 17th century Deccani paintings and 11th and 12th century Indian handicrafts.


Chennai is famous for its Kanjeevaram sarees, intricately woven with silk and gold. Radha Silk House at Sannadhi Street , Mylapore, is one place to browse. South Indian handicrafts, street shopping is the best option. You could pick up some exquisite paintings and woodwork at Victoria Technical Institute in Anna Salai. Of course, Chennai is well up to date with the latest shopping fads and has everything metros are expected to have, shopping malls and big show rooms.


Chennai has a best options of restaurants and bars. You can choose from the international chain of restaurants and bar or you can try out the local ones which serves delicious South Indian food.

Try the great vegetarian thalis which are easy on the pocket. You'll find the popular South Indian dishes like idlis, dosas, uttapams, avial and more everywhere.

You can try the restaurants listed below :

Dakshin Restaurant - Best for its South Indian fare.

Amravathi - Serves delicious Andhra cuisine.

Hot Breads - Serves delicious quiches, cakes and pastries.

Senor Pepes - The Italian restaurant, for its delicious coffee.

Buhari in Anna Salai - is a 1950s-style eating house which offers mixed menus, the speciality being Russian Chicken.

Chungking - The Chinese restaurant.

Verandah Restaurant at Taj Connnemara's - Best known for its a la carte Italian and is known for its freshly baked breads.

Vasana Bhawan - The place well known for its best vegetarian food. It is absolutely clean and hygienic.


Originally Coimbatore district formed part of the Kongu country the history of which dates back to the Sangam age. It is found that in early days the area was inhabited by tribes, the most predominant among them being the Kosars who are reported to have had their headquarters at Kosampathur which probably later became the present Coimbatore. However, tribal predominance did not last long as they were over-run by the Rashtra Kutas. From Rashtrakutas the region fell into the hands of the Cholas who were in prominence at the time of Raja Raja Chola.

Coimbatore is snuggled near the Western Ghats and bestowed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. One of the interesting tourist spots of South India, Coimbatore is rich in flora and fauna. Coimbatore 's landscape is marked with glorious temples and is one of the loved places by tourists.

Another important attraction here is the Perur Temple, situated about 6 km from Coimbatore. It is one of the seven Kongu Sivalayams. The temple has shrines to the presiding deity Patteeswarar and his consort Pachainayaki. There are also some elegantly carved sculptures in the Kanagasabai hall. The Marudhamalai Temple is well-known temple of this area, located on a hillock about 12 km from Coimbatore Railway Station. This temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya.

Coimbatore offers a good number of interesting getaway destinations. The exotic and calm environment, lovely locales and rich fauna enthrall innumerable tourists. Some of these exciting travel places are Siruvani Waterfalls, an enchanting site located 37 km to the west of Coimbatore. Then there's the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary situated about 90 kms away from Coimbatore. It is home to a wide variety of animals and birds.


By Air - Peelamedu airport is only 10 km away from the Coimbatore city, which operates regular flights to Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Madurai.

By Rail - Coimbatore is a major railway junction on the Southern Railways and has trains to Chennai, Rameswaram, Madurai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kanyakumari, Kozhikode, Mettupalayam, Kochi and Delhi.

By Road - Coimbatore is connected by road with all major places in South India.


Coimbatore can be traveled round the year


Perur Temple - Built by Karikala Cholan, this temple is situated 7 kms. west of Coimbatore near River Noyyal. It is dedicated to Lord Siva. The presiding deity of the temple is known as Patteeswarar and His Consort, Pachai Nayaki. The exquisite sculptures in the hall, Kanagasabi, attract one and all. It is also known as Mel Chidambaram.

Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary - Situated near Pollachi at a distance of around 90 km, the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary forms an interesting excursion from Coimbatore . The sanctuary, situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the Western Ghats, is home to different kind of animals and birds like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongo, re-whiskered bulbul, black-headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, and green pigeon. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Annamalai has a large number of crocodiles. Annamalai also has many places of scenic beauty such as Karainshola, Anaikunthi shola, grass hills, waterfalls, dams and reservoirs.

Agricultural University - About 5 kms from the Coimbatore Railway Station, this is the sixteenth Farm University in independent India . Though it came into existence on June 1, 1971 its ancestry is much older than that of the earliest started Agricultural University in the country. The nucleus was an Agricultural Demonstration Farmstarted in 1868 in Saidapet, Madras , which was later shifted to Coimbatore in 1907 and became one of the internationally reputed Agricultural Colleges in course of time. It is this Agricultural College that has been converted into the present Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Thirumoorthy Temple - It is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills adjoining the Thirumoorthy Dam. This is about 20 kms. from Udumalpet on the Highway from. Palani to C.oimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Sri Amallngeswarar temple and nearby there is a waterfalls. The Crocodile Farm at Amaravathi Dam is just 25 kms. from here. This place is being developed as a District Excursion Centre. Regular buses are available from Udumalpet.

VOC Park and Zoo (Amusement Park) - Named after the famous freedom fighter V. O. Chidambaram, the VOC Park is an interesting place to visit in Coimbatore, especially if you are accompanied by kids. For the young ones, the main attractions within the park include the aquarium, which has a good collection of different species of fish, a mini zoo, and a toy train for joyrides.

Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam - The project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, lying at various elevations, for irrigation and power generation. The scheme is an outstanding example of engineering skill. It is located in the Anamalai range.

Forest College - One of the oldest institutions of its kind in India , the Forest College is situated 3.5 kms. north of the Railway Station. The College Museum is worth a visit.

Top Slip - It is a picturesque locale in the Anamalai Hills. It is about 37 kms. from Pollachi. This small town is an ideal picnic spot.

Bhawani Sagar Dam - The lower Bhavani Dam is located on the Bhavani River just below the confluence of River Moyar, at 16 kms West of Sathyamangalam and about 36 km North - East of Mettupalayam in Periyar District. It is an earthen dam, constructed after India 's independence. Alongside the dam there is a well-maintained park with all amenities for children to play around and an orchard that can be enjoyed.


There are few good restaurants which serves delicious pure vegetarian food.


Coonoor provides the traveller with the panoramic view of the lush green Nilgiri hills with its ravines, valleys, and waterfalls. Bird watching is a popular pastime in Coonoor, as the area boasts of a large variety of species like cormorants, pipits, thrushes, parakeets, skylarks, Nilgiri verditer, etc. Travellers can take a walk through the tea gardens. There are number of trekking and hiking trails around Coonoor. Travellers can enjoy the exhilarating and unique ride on the toy train that connects Coonoor with Mettupalayam and Ooty. The trip provides some breathtaking views of the Nilgiri hills in all its natural glory.

Coonoor is a city and a municipality in The Nilgiris District in the state of Tamil Nadu, India . It is a small quiet hill town in the Nilgiri hills in southern India . It has a reputation for being a reality-defying idyllic Shangri-La of sorts. However the growing networked economy and the rampant influx of tourists to the region in the past few decades have eroded this image of Coonoor to some degree.

Coonoor hills are among the more scenic spots in Tamil Nadu and consequently attract enormous amounts of tourists during the hot Indian summer months. The town's infrastructure often finds itself unable to handle the tourist inflow, and life turns especially chaotic when the local horticultural society holds its annual "Fruit Show" at the peak of the tourist season hosted at Sim's Park.

Culture - Coonoor's dominant demographic is a healthy mix of religions, languages and cultures - caused by the tourists who decide to retire here. Christianity is a dominant minority religion with many locals practicing Christianity along with Hinduism or Islam.

Economy - Coonoor's economy relies primarily on the seasonal tourist traffic during the summer months and on the tea industry year round. The town is the second largest in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty, the district head quarters.

The massive private tea plantations that surround the hills produce fresh green tea leaves which are picked, processed and packaged in bulk in local factories for sale at auction houses in Coonoor.


By Air - Coimbatore airport is nearest to Coonoor, it has daily flights to and from Madras, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum.

By Rail - Toy train route between Mettupalayam and Ooty has Coonoor in its route. Another alternative is from Coimbatore, it takes around 3 hrs to Coonoor.

By Road - Regular bus services from Coimbatore ,Ooty and Kotagiri makes Coonoor well connected.


Best time to travel Coonoor is October To March.


Sim's Park - Sim's Park is an important place to visit in Coonoor. It is a 12-hectare park having a collection of over 1,000 plant species including magnolia, pines, tree ferns and camellia. The botanical garden developed partly in the Japanese style got its name after J. D. Sim, the secretary of the Madras Club in 1874. The key attraction of the park is the annual fruit and vegetable

The Pasteur Institute - It is very near to the Sim's Park. The Pasteur Institute came into existence in 1907. It specializes in the research for vaccines for rabies and polio. The institute can be visited only on Saturdays. However, on other days, one can visit the institute with the prior permission of the Director of the Institute. The tour of the Institute is guided.

Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint - The Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint, which is 10 km from Coonoor. It is an important place to visit. It not only provides a panoramic view of the vast expanse of the Nilgiri hills but also of the famous Catherine Falls .

Lamb's Rock - Lamb's rock is situated about 8 km from Coonoor. It provides guest an awesome view of Coimbatore plains. From here one can view the tea and coffee plantations of coonoor

Pomological Station - It is an institute working as a research center of the State Agricultural Department for persimmon, pomegranates and apricots.

St. Catherine Falls - There are two falls and is about 5 km from Kothagiri on the way to mettupalayam Road. The upper fall 250 feet is the second largest in the Nilgiris Beautiful view of forest and woodlands, ever green tea garden and Mettupalayam plains can be seen from here.

Kodanadu View Point - It is located i18 km from Kothagiri. The Kodanad Tea factory is situated here. A beautiful view of the river major dividing the Nilgiri's and Erode District. And also can see Tamil nadu & Karnataka Borders. This is best view point on the Blue Mountains and provides Good view on a bright sunny day

Mukkurthi National Park -It is located on the high altitudes of the Nilgiris, interspersed with temperate sholas. This park is also a part of Nilgiri Bio-sphere reserve and situated 40 km from Udhagamandalam. Trekking routes exist from Parsan valley, Portimund, Pykara etc. Trout fishing is recommended in the rivers and lakes of Mukurthi.


There are few good restaurants in town.


Kanyakumari has been a great center for art, culture, civilization, and pilgrimage for years. Kanyakumari is at the outhernmost tip of India and its where three seas meet: the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian sea . Pilgrims come here to bathe in the sacred waters and to worship the goddess Devi Kanya, an incarnation of Shiva's wife, who conquered demons and secured freedom for the world.it is famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunset over the waters. The multicolored sand is a unique feature of the beach here.

Located - Kanyakumari is the southern most district of Tamil Nadu. The district lies between 77o 15' and 77o 36' of the eastern longitudes and 8o 03' and 8o 35' of the northern Latitudes.

The District is bound by Tirunelveli District on the North and the east. The South Eastern boundary is the Gulf of Mannar . On the South and the South West, the boundaries are the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea . On the West and North West it is bound by Kerala.


By Air - Nearest airport Trivandrum (80 kms) is directly connected with Bangalore, Bombay, Cochin, Delhi, Goa and Chennai.

By Rail - Kanyakumari is connected to Trivandrum , Delhi and Bombay by broad guage. Tirunelveli (80 kms) is the other nearest railway junction which can be reached by road via Nagaarcoil (19 kms).

By Road - Kanyakumari is connected by road to Trivandrum- 86 kms, Nagercoil- 19 kms, Tirunelveli- 91 kms, Tiruchendur via Ovari- 89 kms, Tuticorin (via Ovari- Tiruchendur)- 129 kms, Rameshwaram via Tuticorin- 300 kms, Courtallam (via Tiruncleveli-Tenkasi)- 130 kms, Madurai via Tirunelveli- 242 kms, Thekkady 358 kms, Kodaikanal via Madurai- 362 kms, Palani via Madurai- 370 kms, Ootacamund (via Madurai-Palanai-Coimbatore)- 576 kms, Cochin (via Quilon-Trivandrum)- 309 kms, Coimbatore (via Madurai-Dindugal)- 478 kms.


Kanyakumkari can be travelled round the year, but between October and March is the best time.


Kanyakumari Temple - The temple overlooks the shoreline. It is dedicated to Parvati as Devi Kanya, the Virgin Goddess who did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva. The deity, Devi Kanyakumari is' the protector of India 's shores' has an exceptionally brilliant diamond on her nose ring which is supposed to shine out to sea. The temple opens from 0430 to 1130 and from 1730 to 2030. Non-Hindus are not allowed into the sanctuary.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial - It is built in several architectural styles off the coast on rocks that protrude from the ocean. Built in 1970, it marks the place where Swami Vivekananda meditated and evolved his philosophy. Close to the memorial is Sripada Parai where the footprints of the virgin goddess are supposed to have fallen. Ferry services to the rocks are frequent.

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial - The place has been associated with great men like Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi in whose names memorials have been here. They are very beautiful and add to the attraction of this place. The beautiful Gandhi Memorial completed in 1956.

Thiruvalluvar Statue - The memorial statue of Thiruvalluvar is in Kanyakumari. The pedestal of the statue is of 38 feet height and the statue over it is 95 feet tall with a grand total of 133 feet for the entire sculpture. The 3 tier pedestal known as Atharapeedam is surrounded by an artistic Mandapa known as Alankara Mandapam with 38 feet height. Surrounding the Alankara Mandapa stand 10 elephant statues signifying 8 directions with earth and space down. The father of Sri. Rama, the hero of Ramayana was called Dasaratha as he was able to charioteer in ten directions.

Suchindram Temple - just 13 kms. from Kanniyakumari, Suchindram has a temple dedicated to a deity who is the representation of the combined forces of Siva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is one of the few temples in the country where the Trinities are worshipped. The temple has a beautiful gopuram, musical pillars and an excellent statue of the Hanuman, apart from a valuable collection of art from different period.

Udayagiri - ThisFort was built in the 18th century by King Marathanda and contains the tomb of his trusted general, a Dutchman General De Lennoy.

Bay Watch ( Water Theme Amusement Park ) - The water theme amusement park at sunset point offers a unique way to experience the exotic grandeur of Kanyakumari in its integrals. Baywatch comes up with a wholesome family entertainment saga of rapturous experience, which leaves you at a point of nonstop excitement in a thrilling and bewitching water world.

Muttom Beach - The famous beach at Muttom is located about 32 kms from Kanyakumari. Muttom is famous for its beautiful landscaping and high rocks dipping into the sea at the beach-side. The sun set view point at Muttom is one of the most Panoramic view points in the district.

Chothavilai Beach - It is about 10 Kms from Kanyakumari, is one of the best natural beaches of the district. The beach has shallow water and High sand dunes on the back ground. The tourists can reach the beach through the newly laid coastal road which is a very beautiful drive along the sea-coast.

Fairs & Festivals - The Chaitra Purnima Festival (the April full-moon day, celebrated in the first week of May), Navratri (last week of October), and the Holy Annual Festival of the Roman Catholic Church (fourth week of December) are the notable festivals celebrated in Kanyakumari.

Government Museum - The Government Museum has a collection of sundry objects like old coins, whalebones, tribal objects, bronze sculptures, and woodcarvings


Hotel Saravana near the temple has a well loaded vegetarian menu but many of the items are never available. Still, it offers south Indian and Chinese and is one of the town's most popular eateries. The paper dosas are excellent.

Sri Ramadev Restaurant it is an up market vegetarian place in Hotel Samundra.

Chicken Corner does what it says at reasonable prices. Manickhan Tourist Home it has perhaps the best non-veg restaurant in town, their vegetarian food is also excellent.


Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India , which mesmerizes any visitor. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station. It Presents a Very Natural Eco-Environment, Which Provides You a Great Freshness.

In 1845, Kodaikanal was started as hill station in the Palani hills at 7375 ft. The Palani Hills were first surveyed by British Lieutenant Ward in 1821.The first people lived in the hills were dolmen-boulders, who have left here several visible artifacts. But dolmen sites have not been carbon dated. In the Palani hills Tribes are of two kinds, the Paliyans and Pulaiyans.Kukkal Caves , which in 20 kms. away from kodaikanal, show traces of Paliyan occupation. Paliyans are tribes. Next to Paliyans, Pulaiyans were settled as agriculturists at later stage. The survey report of 1821, reveals Pulaiyans were the aborigines of the Palani Hills and followed Tamil Culture.

There is proof of settlement of prehistoric tribes at Kodaikanal by visible artifacts such as dolmens homes of great stone slabs. After the primitive tribes of Paliyans and Pulyans in 14th century, villagers of Palani foot hills fled into Kodai Hills, to escape from the oppressive rule in the plains and also from the invasion of Tippu Sultan.

The first European to visit Kodiakanal was Lt. B.S. Ward a surveyor in the year 1821. His Head Quarters was Vellagavi village. There were many American missions in South Tamilnadu .

Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste.


By Air - The nearest airport is at Madurai (135 km from Kodaikanal). Alternatives are Coimbatore 170Kms and Trichy 195 Kms.

By Rail - The nearest railway stations are the KodaiRoad Railway Station (80-km) and the Palani Railway Station (64-km).

By Road - Kodaikanal is connected by road with all important town, Chennai (520-km), Ooty (264-km), Trichy (195-km), Coimbatore (175-km), Kumili (160-km), and Madurai (120-km). Regular bus services are available from Madurai , Palani, Kodaikanal Road , Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumili (Thekkady) and Coimbatore . Additional buses ply during the season. Taxis and vans are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.


Kodaikanal can be traveled round the year. but the best time to visit Kodaikanal is from April to June and from September to October, Rainfalls, as this is the most ideal time for all visitors.


Palani hills - Tucked away among the Palani Hills in Tamilnadu, in South India , and jealously guarded like a prized jewel by the dark forests, is Kodaikanal. In fact, the name itself means 'gift of the forest' in Tamil. A more appropriate and evocative name could not have been imagined for this quaint, unspoilt little hill station, where the air is intoxicating, the scenery breathtakingly beautiful, and a serenity seldom found in other hill stations. Cradled in the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills, in the Western Ghats, 120 km from Madurai , Kodaikanal is located 2133 m above sea level.Tucked away among the Palani Hills in Tamilnadu, in South India , and jealously guarded like a prized jewel by the dark forests, is Kodaikanal. In fact, the name itself means 'gift of the forest' in Tamil.

The Town - Driving into Kodaikanal from Palani is a dramatic experience, reminiscent in parts of the drive up the Ghat road from Kallar to Ooty. It is a relief to leave the hot, dusty plains behind and drive up into the cool hills. The vegetation changes gradually from palm-fringed paddy fields to wild brush with flaming blossoms to plantations interspersed with stately silver oaks. The view of the Amaravathi Dam, a shimmering sapphire sheet of water is an unforgettable sight. Driving higher, banana trees give way to tall eucalyptus trees, and the whole countryside is dotted with wildflowers in jeweled colors, magenta and purple predominating.

The Kodai Club - The Kodai Club gives the impression of stepping back into colonial India . The lounge with its period fireplace, the piano, the Leigh Hunt prints, the library stocked with books by Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Trollope, and the bar with stuffed heads of bison, tigers, deer-horns, and a picture of the Laughing Cavalier by Franz Hals, the restaurant with old English plates, a glowing hearth-fire, and landscape prints, are all British legacies. Cinnereras and primulus add to the English atmosphere, and again one is struck by the predominance of the lilac-purple theme.

Berijam Lake - Berijam Lake located at a distance of 21-km from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is one among the beautiful lakes of South India . Spread over an area of 24 hectares, the lake is star shaped and is known for its pure water.

Kodaikanal Trekking - Head for Kodaikanal in the Palani Hills for small-time trekking. You can take short treks and hikes to tourist spots close by as well to local viewpoints. Overnight treks are also possible here where one can spend a night at a local village.

The Golf Club - The Golf Club is located 5-km from the Kodaikanal Lake . Boating and Angling facilities are available at the Kodaikanal Lake . Picturesque trek routes are available in and around Kodaikanal. For details, contact: The Trek Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai

Fairs & Festivals Kodaikanal - There are several beautiful hill stations in Tamilnadu. With the Summer Festivals, the hills are even hospitable to welcome the visitors. The summer festival is held in the 'Queen of Hill Stations', the evergreen Ooty; the exquisite Kodaikanal or the salubrious heights of Yercaud. Cultural programs, adventure sports, boat races, flower and fruit shows add to the splendor of the festival.


Dolphin's Nose - located about eight km from the lake, is a flat projecting rock from where one can have a breathtaking view of the yawning chasm below.

The Perumal Peak - The Perumal Peak about 11 km from Kodaikanal, is a trekker's delight. Climbers begin their ascent from the Neutral Saddle.

Kukal Cave - 40 km from Kodaikanal, is a favourite camping site for trekkers. Reportedly, descendants of the Paliyans still live here.


There are few good restaurants which serves delicious pure vegetarian food.


The highest point of visits to temple cities is Madurai. You Find here a lot of religious attraction which presents our unique history. Madurai Spread along the rocky banks of the river Vaigai in the state of Tamilnadu, the modern industrial city's main claim to fame is as a temple town. Madurai has a rich historical background in the sense that Lord Shiva himself performed sixty-four wonders called "Thiruvilaiyadals".

Whether you come by air, train or road, the first glimpse of the city that greets you are the magnificent gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple. The temple, spread across six hectares, is at the hub of all the activities in the city. The festivities, processions and grandeur of the temples attract tourist in the thousands every year.

There are several places of tourist attractions in Madurai, but it is the Meenakshi Temple that is the hub of activity. Located at the heart of the city, the Meenakshi - Sundareswarar temple has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction as well as one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage. It is the hub of the religious and cultural life of the city.

Legends, myths and the reality of thousands of pilgrims swarming to the city everyday along with its burgeoning industrial set-up have interwoven to give Madurai its unique character and ambience. Planned in the shape of a lotus, Madurai is the second largest city in Tamilnadu with a history that goes back to nearly 2,500 years.

The cultural prominence of Madurai in ancient times has earned it the epithet of the 'Athens of South India'. It has been the center for learning and the heart for South Indian culture and tradition for the last 2,500 years. It had also been the political capital of the Pandyan and the Nayakan dynasties. The illustrious past of the city can still be witnessed in the architectural splendor of the temples and the palaces.


By Air - Madurai itself has airport, located 12 km far away from the city center. There are daily regular flights to Chennai and twice a day flights to Mumbai.

By Rail - Regular trains connect Madurai to Coimbatore , Chennai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari and other towns of South India. The Madurai Railway Station is within the city center.

By Road - Madurai is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major towns of Tamilnadu and surrounding areas.


Madurai can be traveled round the year. but its better to plan your tour between, October to March, as this is the most ideal time for all visitors.


Meenakshi Temple - Situated at the heart of the city, the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction as well as one of the most important places of Hindu Religion. It is the hub of the religious and cultural life of the city.

The temple is usually open between 0500hrs and 1230hrs and again between 1600 hrs and 21.30 hrs. Synonymous with Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareswarar twin Temple , the pivot around which the city has evolved. The Meenakshi Temple complex is literally a city - one of the largest of its kind in India and undoubtedly one of the oldest too.

Tirumalai Nayak Mahal - About 1.5 Kms from the Meenakshi temple, this palace was built in 1636 by the ruler whose name it bears. The imposing edifice is famous for the "Stuccowork" on its domes and impressive arches. The Sorgavilasam (Celestial Pavilion), measuring 75m x 52m, constructed entirely of brick and mortar without the support of a single rafter or girder, is a marvel of indo-Saracenic architectural style.The Swarga Vilasam (the audience hall) is one of the most remarkable features of the palace. Its dome rises up to a height of 20 m without any support and is an engineering marvel in itself.

Thirupparankundram Temple - It is located 8 Kms South of Madurai Railway Junction. The temple here is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. Its innermost shrine is cut out of a solid rock. The temple has a wide range of Hindu gods carved on the walls. The Subramanya cave temple has a shrine dedicated to Durga, with the figures of Ganesh and Subramanya on either side. Located atop a hill, the temple is believed to be one of six abodes of Lord Subramanya.

Alagar koil - About 21 Kms North East of Madurai, stands a celebrated Vishnu Temple dedicated to Lord Alagar. The temple is situated on a hill amidst panoramic surroundings. This ancient temple is placed atop a picturesque wooded hill called Alagarmalai and has many beautiful sculptures of Vishnu.

Gandhi Museum - the Gandhi Museum provides a historical account of India 's struggle for independence. There is a shop in the premises from where you can buy books on Gandhi. Also can be seen are a gallery of relics, Khadi and village industries section and South Indian Handicrafts section.

Koodal Alagar Temple - Koodal Alagar Temple is an ancient Vaishnavite temple is located 2 km to the west of Madurai . The temple has many beautiful sculptures depicting Vishnu in three poses-sitting, standing and reclining-one above the other

Mariamman Teppakulam - At a distance of 5 km east of the Meenakshi temple is a tank called the Mariamman Teppakulam. The tank has an idol of Vinayaka or Vigneshwara installed on a platform in the centre. It is also the site of the temple's annual Teppakulam float festival. The deities of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar are placed in a float, called "Teppam", decorated with flowers and illuminated with hundred of lights.

Pongal festival - This festival is held in the month of January. Pongal or the Harvest Festival is celebrated by way of paying tribute to the Sun, Nature and cattle for helping them with a rich harvest. The 3 day festival is celebrated with great pomp and splendour. Bogi is celebrated the first day. Homes are given a fresh lick of paint and old articles are removed.

Dance Festival - this festival is held in January, March, November and December. A dance festival is being organized by the Tourism Department for Fifteen days. Exponents of various dances forms from all over the country perform in this festival.

Chittirai Festival - its held in april, may every year on the full moon day of tamil month Chittirai (April, May). The Chittirai festival celebrates the marriage of Meenakshi and Sundareshwara (Shiva). Held in the months of April/May, the festival is a grand affair. The festivities last for 12 continuous days. An elaborate wedding ceremony is organised in the Meenakshi temple, and later the deities are wheeled around the city in massive chariots, decorated elaborately. The resounding notes of the nadaswaram and the drums create a vibrant ambience.


There are few good restaurants which serves delicious pure vegetarian food.


Mahabalipuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History - The temples of Mamallapuram, built largely during the reigns of Narasimhavarman and his successor Rajasimhavarman, showcase the movement from rock-cut architecture to structural building. The mandapas or pavilions and the rathas or shrines shaped as temple chariots are hewn from the granite rock face, while the famed Shore Temple , erected half a century later, is built from dressed what makes Mamallapuram so culturally resonant are the influences it absorbs and disseminates. All but one of the rathas from the first phase of Pallava architecture are modelled on the Budhist viharas or monasteries and chaitya halls with several cells arranged around a courtyard. Art historian Percy Brown, in fact, traces the possible roots of the Pallavan Mandapas to the similar rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Referring to Narasimhavarman's victory in AD 642 over the Chalukyan king Pulakesin II, Brown says the Pallavan king may have brought the sculptors and artisans back to Kanchi and Mamallapuram as spoils of war.

Mahabalipuram, or Mamallapuram, was the chief seaport of the Pallavas who ruled over much of South India from as early as the first century B.C to the eighth century A.D., and it is now recognized as the site of some of the greatest architectural and sculptural achievements in India . Under the reign of Narasimha Varman (c. 630), this seaport began to grow as a great artistic center. The beautiful cave temples and gigantic open air reliefs carved from blocks of granite date to the seventh century.

Tourism - people from various parts of India and across the globe throng the city of Mahabalipuram. The relaxed souls and the rejuvenated bodies make up for the perfect holiday trip to the southern India. While you are planning your Golden triangle tour of southern India the annual dance festival of Mahabalipuram can also be incorporated. The Dance Festival is hosted by the Department of Tourism of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The extravagance of classical music and dance has performances of Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Odissi and folk dances by the best artists. Various artists from across the globe throng the Attending the festival will prove to be an entirely unique and unforgettable experience. The festival commences on the 25th of December and is conducted on all Saturdays and Government holidays, up to the first week of February. The seat for the audiences is near the sea, which offers the nature at its best too. The sea is a prime attraction for the tourists to the land owing to its relaxed nature and the opportunity to sun bathe. The location of Mahabalipuram on the coast of Bay of Bengal increases it importance multifold.

Art & Culture - Mamallapuram known for its rocks carvings and monolithic sculptures has the famous shore temple, the only one to have survived the ravages of nature. Also known as the Seven Pagodas (temples), six now lie submerged in the sea.


By Air - The nearest airport is at Chennai about 58-km way from Mahabalipuram which has both domestic and international terminus. Chennai is connected with all the major places in India through the numerous domestic flights. International flights also operate from various parts of the world to Chennai.

By Rail - The nearest railway stations from Mahabalipuram are Chengalpattu (29-km) and Chennai (58-km). From these stations one has to take the road to reach Mahabalipuram.

By Road - Mahabalipuram is connected with a good network of roads. There are bus available from Pondicherry , Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mahabalipuram daily. One can also hire a taxi from Chennai.


Best time to travel Mahabalipuram is winter between November and February.


Arjuna Penance - It is an enormous relief made on two huge boulders is the universe itself in stone, throbbing with a vastness of conception. This colossus of art, 27 metres long and 9 metres high, is perhaps the world's largest bas-relief. The cleft in the rock depicts the descent of the Ganga , brought to earth by King Bhagiratha to redeem the cursed souls of his ancestors. The two large elephants are remarkable for their artistry, and so are the scenes from the Panchatantra.

The Varaha Cave - It is a small rock-cut mandapam (hall), is a faceted and finished gem with two incarnations of Vishnu-Varaha (boar) and Vamana (dwarf). The Dharmaraja Cave , built in the early seventh century, contains three empty shrines. The Mahisasurmardini Cave (mid-seventh century) has fine bas-reliefs on its panels of enduring beauty. The Somaskanda sculpture radiates peace, power, and wisdom while Lord Vishnu is shown in omniscient repose in a masterpiece of dhwani (the art of suggestion). On the opposite side is a huge theatrical panel showing, Goddess Durga's fight with the demon Mahishasura, an episode culled from the celebrated Sanskrit poem Devi Mahatmya.

Rathas - A group of structures lying at the southern extreme of Mahabalipuram, amidst casuarina trees, are the famous Rathas (chariots). The Pancha Pandava Rathas, as they are called, are five in number. Out of these, four are carved out of a single rock, while the fifth on the west is scooped out from a small rock. The square Draupadi and Arjuna Rathas, the linear Bhima Ratha, the taller Dharamraja Ratha and the apsidal Nakula-Sahadeva Ratha, constitute the complex.

Krishna Mandapam - The Krishna Temple is one of the earliest rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram. The walls of the temples depict scenes of pastoral life, one with the image of Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill in his fingertips to protect his people from Indra.

Shore Temple - The windswept and surf-beaten Shore Temple , the mute tireless sentinel of the shore, is the ultimate expression of Mahabalipuram. A three-in-one abode of God-a Vishnu temple sandwiched between two Shiva temples-it is a visual delight, its precincts abounding in architectural masterpieces. On either side of it the sea spreads, illimitable and infinite. The compound wall of this temple is lined with charming sculptures of Nandi the bull while the figure of Vishnu is present in the sanctum sanctorum.


There few good restaurants in town.


Ooty, short for Ootacamund (an anglicized name for Udhagamandalam), is a popular hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India . Udhagamandalam means abode of clouds in Sanskrit. Ooty stands at 7,347 feet (2239 m) above sea level in the Nilgiris mountain range. Located in the mountainous range called the Blue Mountains or Nilgiris (in the native tongue), it draws swarms of tourists every year. The weather is quite pleasant at a mean of 15 to 20 °C year round, dropping to lows of 0 °C during winter. The hill town suffers from rampant commercialization and erosion of natural resources. The tourism industry has placed an enormous strain on the natural resources resulting in pollution, water shortage and bad roads. The landscape is quite unlike the rest of India , marked by rolling hills covered with dense vegetation, smaller hills and plateaus covered with tea gardens, and eaucalyptus trees. Many portions of the hills are preserved as natural reserve forests, and special permits are needed to camp in noncamp sites. Ooty is not the destination in itself, as much as it is the focal point of attraction. Auto touring the surrounding country side is certainly a must do. The hilly region also houses smaller towns like Coonoor and Kotagiri. These towns are less than 1 hour away from Ooty, and enjoy the same natural climes, but have fewer tourists and cheaper prices.


By Air - The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, which has daily flights to and from Madras, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum.

By Rail - For a magnificent view of the hillside covered with forests, a train journey is recommended. The Nilgiri Express leaves Madras at night, reaching Coimbatore in the morning, and continues to the small town of Mettupalyam , at the foots of the mountains. From Mettupalyam, it connects to the Nilgiri Passenger which takes you to Ooty.

By Road - There is a regular bus service from Bangalore (300 km), Mysore (170 km), Coimbatore (105 km), Calicut (187 km) and Cochin (281 km).


Best time to travel Ooty is April to September.


Botanical Gardens - The Botanical Gardens were established in 1848, by the Marquis of Tweeddale. The gardens lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, the highest point in Ooty. The gardens are formally laid out with lily ponds, and there are clipped bushes in the form of elephants, with raised trunks. Here, a thousand different species of plants including some thirty types of eucalyptus, are to be found. The Roman Catholic Cathedral, recently enlarged, can be seen on the road from Charing Cross to the Botanical Gardens.

Charing Cross - Charing Cross is a road junction with markets around it. A short walk from Charing Cross is the Spencers departmental store, which still sells its own Planter's Special cigars, made of Indian tobacco.

Ootacmund Club is the most exclusive, and best preserved of all the former British clubs. The Ooty hunt, which still rides to hounds, in pursuit of jackals, is one of the main offerings of the club. A good game of golf can be had, at the Wenlock Downs, of the Ooty Gymkhana Golf Club

Ketti Valley - the 2nd longest in the world - offers exquisite views for miles, especially on a cold crisp winter morning.

Other attractions are : Ooty races are the other major attraction. The Ootacmund Derby is the climax of the season, and attracts top Indian jockeys. Ooty Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta peak, The Railway Station, The Ooty Lake & Boat House The Lawrence School, Lovedale.


There few good restaurants in town.


Pondicherry is a union teritory which lies within the state of Tamil Nadu.The inherent ambience of Pondicherry becomes most evident in the oldest part of the town which flanks the seashore boulevard.Quiet beaches and peaceful resorts to the north and south balance the towns bustling, yet easy going life. But Pondy hasn't only its own special attractions to offer.

Colonial buildings which trace back to the 18th century, line along a grid of straight clean streets and house the French institutions, private homes and businesses, and the sprawling premises of the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The visitor is greeted by mellow colours of cream, yellow, pink and grey with flamboyant bougainvillae bursting over gates and compound walls of cool courtyards.

It is a perfect base to explore the rich destinations around it, even in daily trips: Auroville, the international City of Unity; the imposing Gingee Fort, the holy temple towns of Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chidambaram, the heritage sculptures and magnificent rock temples of Mamallapuram, and the cool and lush hillstations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal.

Pondicherry is an ideal getaway if one wants to getaway from the maddening crowds and rush of the city. Pondicherry is also famous for the Aurobindo Ashram, an international institution that teaches the practice of yoga. This city has always been one of the calm and quiet in comparison to other Indian cities. Pondicherry still offers exquisite hand made papers and pottery also one can enjoy the French flavor that has captivated this town for a long while know. The earliest description of the city of Pondicherry can be traced back to 2nd century B.C.


By Air - Nearest airport is situated at Chennai, located 135-km from the city.

By Rail - Pondicherry is connected with a meter gauge link with Chennai via Villupuram by the Pondicherry Express which is 36 km. from the city.

By Road - Pondicherry has a good network of roads, which connects it with most of South India .


The Best Time to Visit Pondicherry is Between October to March.


Plage Paradiso ( Paradise Beach ) - At Chunnambar, 8 kms from the town, along Cuddalore Main Road , lies this stretch of tropical paradise. Flanked h a quiet-flowing creek on one side. In fact, you can sail downstream to the sands and pitch up a cozy seaside tent for yourself. Overnighting within the tree-houses on the backwater banks provides a relishing experience of the great outdoors.

Aurobindo Ashram - The main building comprises the houses of Shri Aurobindo and The Mother (Mirra Alfassa, a French woman who accepted Aurobindo as her spiritual mentor and guide and later became his most important disciple). In the courtyard are the samadhis of Aurobindo and The Mother where their mortal remains have been enshrined. Visitors are allowed to visit the samadhi between 8am and 6pm everyday. The other places of interest in the Ashram complex are the International Education Centre, guest houses, libraries and the cottage industries.

Karaikal Beach - Sunrise-watchers can catch their magnificent view over the bay, with the pretty Arasalar river reaching out to the sea. Alternatively, you can canoe or kayak in picture-book surroundings. Have a round of beach volley ball. Or, armed with the angling gear, you can reel in a surprise.

Government Park - The Government Park is the centre of old colonial part of the town and provides a cool and lush green anchor around which most government buildings are situated: the Lt. Governor's Palace, the Legislative Assembly, Government Hospital, but also the Ashram Dining Room in a beautiful Villa, the Cercle de Pondichery, which is a private club, and old Hotel Qualité.

Jimper - This is one of the foremost medical institutions in the country. JIPMER, which is Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research, was established 20 years ago and is one of the most prestigious institutions of its kind in the country.

Botanical Gardens - Just off West Boulevard, the gardens planned by C.S. Perrotet in 1826, have a good collection of exotic flowering plants from India and abroad. There is also an aquarium here which has some rare species of ornamental fish.

Pondocherry Museum - Opened in 1984, this museum has on display some fine antiques apart from sections devoted to archaeology, geology, sculpture, handicrafts, objects of art, printing and armaments. Among the exhibits on display are the bed used by Dupleix, a palanquin and a pousse-pousse which resembles a rickshaw.

Auroville (10kms) - This city of dawn was designed by the French architect Roger Arger and was started as an experimental commune where people of all nationalities irrespective of caste, creed or religion would live together in harmony. About 550 people from different countries live in the 40 settlements of Auroville. It is advisable to hire bicycles to look around as the village is too large to wander through on foot. Surrounded by lakes and gardens, the sphere shaped Matri Information Centre at Promesse the first stop is Here, a 25 hectare farm and orchard where organic agriculture has been practised successfully.

French Institute - Situated on Dumas street , this internationally acclaimed institute was established by the renowned French Indologist Dr. J. Fillozet in 1995. The institute has separate sections on science, technology, ecology, cartography, pedagogy, Indian languages and culture. The Romain Rolland Library has a collection of over 60,000 books, some of which are rare French volumes. The institute conducts research in arts and sciences and is perhaps the only permanent link with France in Pondicherry .

Chunnambar Water Sports Centre - Facilities for boating are available at the Boat House on the River Chunnambar, 8 kms from Pondicherry . The backwater and the lush greenery on both sides of Chunnambar provide an ideal setting. Boats are available on hire on all days of the week.


There few good restaurants in town.


Thanjavur, formerly known as Tanjore, is a city in Tamil Nadu, in southeastern India . The city lies on the south bank of the Kaveri River , 200 miles south of Chennai. Thanjavur is also the capital of the Thanjavur District

Thanjavur District is the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. The Big Temple and the other famous temples in the district are known all over the world. Thanjavur was the cultural capital of the country in 1790. Thanjavur gained prominence during the period of Chola Kings, who made it as their capital. Thereafter, it was ruled by Nayaks and Maratta Kings, who nurtured art and culture.

Thanjavur is one of the thirteen coastal districts of Tamil Nadu in the production of marine fish which accounts for about 5 % of the total marine fish catch of the State. The district is famous for its exquisite ancient handicrafts-making of bronze icons, Thanjavur art plates, bell-metal castings, bowls, napkin and powder boxes of metal with beautiful and artistic in-laying and engraving work of motifs well known as "Tanjore swami work". It is equally well-known for pith-work, ornamental fans, mats and making of musical instruments of jack-wood. It is also a flourishing center of handloom silk and cotton sarees.

Thanjavur is famous for the Brihadeeswara Temple built by Rajaraja Chola, the first sailor king of India . The Brihadeeswara Temple also known as the Big Temple is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple is enclosed in two courts, surmounted by a lofty tower and including the exquisitely decorated shrine of Subrahmanya. Among the other historic buildings is the Vijayanagara fort, which contains a palace that was expanded by the Maratha raja Sarfoji with an armoury, a Bell Tower and the Saraswathi Mahal Library, which contains over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts written on palm leaf and paper.


By air - Thanjavur is easily accessible from other cities of India . In terms of air transport the Tiruchirapalli airport that is 58 kms away from Thanjavur is the nearest.

By rail - Thanjavur is directly connected with Trichy, Madurai , Nagore, and Madras by rail.

By road - The excellent road network links Thanjavur with the major towns in Tamil Nadu and the neighboring states of Kerala and Karnataka.


Thanjavur can be traveled round the year.


Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple - Thanjavur has as many as 74 temples but the most superb is the Sri Brihadeswara temple. The temple dedicated to Nandi, the Bull is a masterpiece of the captivating Chola architecture. The mount of Lord Shiva i.e. Nandi has been made from a single granite rock. Similarly the dome of the temple rests on one granite rock. The Chola king Raja Raja I built the Brihadeswara temple way back in the 10th century AD. The architecture of the temple is simply put beautiful and wondrous the best amongst the many in the temple town of Thanjavur . The Brihadeswara temple stands 216 ft. tall but it has been built in such a manner that throughout the day its shadow never falls on the ground! Built by the great Chola King, Raja Raja I in the 10th Century AD is an outstanding example of Chola architecture.

The Palace - The Palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas.Right next to the temple is the Palace that was built by the Nayaks and the Marathas in parts is worth visiting for its magnificent masonry. The Palace is home to the Mannar Saroboji Saraswathi Mahal Library, Art Gallery and Sangeetha Mahal. In the north of the Big temple is the Sivagangai Garden , the gorgeous greens must be visited to check out the amazing flora and fauna.

Art Gallery - In the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola riod.The tourists throng the Thanjavur Art gallery for its splendid statues in bronze and stone, which date back to the 9th to the 12th centuries.

The Saraswathi Mahal Library - The Library is renowned for its compilation of manuscripts on paper and palm leaves in several Indian and European languages. The 16th century library is home to works of ancient and medieval periods. At the library you will come across the biography of Muhammad Ghazni as well as books on the 64 Bathing Ghats of Varanasi.

Schwartz Church - (In the Palace garden) Built in 1779 AD by Rajah Serfoji in token of his affection for the Rev.C.V.Schwartz of the Danish mission. Rajah Serfoji had built the church in appreciation of the Rev. C.V. Schwartz of the Danish Mission. The other remarkable structure built by Raja Serfoji is the eight-story victory tower at Manora, which happens to be at a distance of 5 Kilometers from Thanjavur

Tamil University (7 Kms.) - Established in 1981, is engaged in research and advanced study in Tamil. The University Museum has several splendid sculptures, for a captivating collection of coins and musical instruments do visit the Tamil University Museum . As it is the Tamil University that opened up recently in the year 1981 is associated with the research as well as advanced study of Tamil language.

Hall of Music - The Sangeetha Mahal or the Hall of Music is located in the first floor of the Palace. This is a fine auditorium with perfect acoustics, revealing the engineering skill of the ancient builders, Also in the Palce is this acoustically perfect ancient music hall.

Mariamman Temple - The Mariamman temple is located 6kms from Thanjavur.


There are few good restaurants which serves delicious pure vegetarian food.

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