Tamil Nadu

Best Places to visit in Tamil Nadu

1. Mahabalipuram – An Epitome Of Art & Architecture

A quaint little town that lies on a stretch of a land between the Great Salt Lake, and the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram is also much famed as Mamallapuram by the locals. Famous for the monuments and temples that date back to the 7th century, Mahabalipuram is a living witness to the great works of the Pallava dynasty.

Best time to visit : Nov to Feb

How to reach :

  • By air: Chennai airport is the nearest airport to Mahabalipuram at a distance of about 40 kms.
  • By rail: Egmore railway station is the nearest railhead to Mahabalipuram at a distance of just 55 kms.
  • By road: Mahabalipuram is well connected to the nearby cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Trichy, and Madurai via roadways.

Attractions : Mahabalipuram Beach, Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, Alamparai Fort, Tiger’s Caves, Sadras, and the Crocodile Bank.

2. Ooty – Meet The Queen Of The Nilgiri Mountains

Much famed as Udhagamandalam amongst the locals, Ooty is one of the most popular and frequented holiday destinations in India. Home to mighty rock mountains, the thrilling Nilgiri Mountain Railway, refreshing gardens, and dangerous hair-pin bends, Ooty never fails to charm the travelers with its magic.

Best time to visit : March to June

How to reach :

  • By air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport to Ooty located at a distance of just 88 kms.
  • By rail: Coimbatore Junction is also the nearest railhead to Coimbatore at a distance of just 88 kms.
  • By road: Ooty has regular bus services from the nearby cities and towns of Coonoor, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, Trichy, and Chennai.

Attractions : Ooty Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Ride the toy train, Doddabetta Peak, Dolphin’s Nose, Thread Garden, Kalhatti Falls, Emerald Lake, and Kamaraj Sagar Dam.

3. Kodaikanal – The Princess Of Southern Hill Stations

Literally translating into “the gift of the forests”, Kodaikanal is one of the richest blessings of nature that the state of Tamil Nadu has received. Lush forests encircled by the hills, and filled with cascading waterfalls and pillar formations, Kodaikanal is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India before you die.

Best time to visit : September to May

How to reach :

  • By air: Located at a distance of about 120 kms, Madurai airport is the nearest airstrip to Kodaikanal.
  • By rail: The railway station of Kodai Road is the nearest railhead to Kodaikanal at a distance of 100 kms.
  • By road: Kodaikanal has frequent bus services from the nearby cities Ooty, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kochi.

Attractions : Pillars Rocks, Kodai Lake, Coakers Walk, Green Valley View, Bear Shola Falls, Devil’s Kitchen, Dolphin’s Nose, Bryant Park, and Berijam Lake.