:: Lakshadweep Tourism
32 square km. Population:
60,595 (2004) Languages :
79% (1991) Best Season :
November - April
History in Tourism of Lakshadweep
Early history of Lakshadweep is not known. The historical evidence
only starts somewhere in 7 th Century, when Hazrat Ubaidullah of Mecca set off
on instructions he received in his dream from Prophet Mohammed. Ubaidullah immediately
set sail and his ship got wrecked in storm near these small islands of Lakshadweep.
Clinching on to one of the planks he drifted to reach the island of Amini. It
is at Amini that he is said to have first started propagating Islam, which gradually
was spread to other islands.
of the islands can be heard chanting folk ballads during their household chores.
Events that led Ubaidullah to Lakshadweep, the plunder of the islands by the Portuguese,
have been all been heard and performed by the local balladeer.
Tourism - People and Culture
In Malayalam language spoken in Kerala,
Lakshadweep means �a hundred thousand islands'. Ethnically, the people of the
Lakshadweep islands are very similar to the people of Kerala, and speak the same
language i.e. Malayalam. It is only at Minicoy that people speak Mahl. With predominantly
Muslim population (93%), they follow conservative traditions and customs. Each
island has several mosques but tradition does not allow women to enter. People
follow the Madrasa system of education as per Islamic tenets. Since there is shortage
of drinking water, only 10 of the total 36 islands are inhabited; rest all are
almost uninhabited. The names of the ten islands with population in alphabetical
order are Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti,
Kiltan and Minicoy. With a span of just 32 Sq.Kms, Lakshadweep is tiniest of Union
Territories of India with 3 reefs, 5 submerged banks and 12 atolls.
Theories presented so far about coral atoll formation are all inconclusive. However
the one presented by the Sir Charles in 1842 is prominently quoted and perhaps
finds acceptance with the most researchers. According to Sir Charles the base
of the islands below the reef is a volcanic formation over which corals settled
and built fringing reefs. The process transformed to barrier reefs and finally
to atolls due to geological submergence of volcanic base. Tourism
of the land mass of the islands being surrounded by vast lagoon, Lakshadweep has
emerged as a water sport destination in the country. Since the land is precious
and scarce it is avowed policy of the Administration to relieve pressure on land
and promote water based tourism. Though all the islands are endowed with the beauty
of coral reef, unpolluted and clear water, sandy beaches, and hospitable settings,
most of these differ in terms of facilities and services offered. The land spread
of the island is surrounded by 4200 sq. km of lagoon rich in marine wealth. By
far Lakshadweep is considered one of the world's most spectacular tropical island
Government of India through Department of Tourism is committed to the cause
of Eco tourism in Lakshadweep
. It has resultantly and consciously
followed a middle path between tourism promotion and environmental conservation.
Some islands have been promoted for diving and water sports; still others have
been developed so that people enjoy the charm of relaxation and natural enjoyment.
The steps have been taken to promote tourism in a way that is consistent with
ecological concerns. The motto being adopted is to admire and not exploit the
In the environmental analysis of the Department of tourism,
it has been observed that preservation of environment is the cherished goal of
Lakshadweep. In order not to adversely affect the physical environment emphasis
of the administration is to promote tourism only in those islands that can sustain
it keeping in view the concept of carrying capacity. The facilities are developed
in such a way that they do not result in loss of bio-diversity.
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293 Sq. Kms.
Hindu, Christian, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam Resources:
Cotton products, Chemical products, Tourism, Fishing, and others Languages:
Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, French, and English Literacy Rate
ancient and recent history of Pondicherry
Tracing the ancient history
of Pondicherry Beach Legend, Pondicherry was once known as Vedapuri where great
sage Agastya came to worship Vedapuriswara, one of the oldest deities worshipped
here. Since Lord Shiva was the presiding spirit and deity of Vedapuri, he was
also known as �Agatiswara�. Generally such a tradition is developed from the presence
of a great sage in a remote past. There must have lived in this Ashram the disciples
and seekers of celestial truth. The kingdoms of the Pallavas, the Cholas, the
Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks also changed and flourished here from time to
time. Pondicherry has been fascinated by the seekers from time immemorial.
Ancient and recent Settlements in Pondicherry
was considered to be a traditionally a seat of learning and Vedic culture. In
line with it evidence also exist that Pondicherry or originally �Puducherry�,
meaning a new hamlet, attracted the Romans and the Chinese to its shores. In
the Pondicherry tourism
the sites of excavations your tour
operator in Pondicherry
shows, prove that the Romans had once settled
here. Many other findings also confirm that regular commerce was carried on
between the port of Pondicherry and the Roman cities. In the gone by two millennia
it saw the advent, rise and fall of Buddhism, the resurgence of Hinduism and
the penetration of Christianity and Islam.
The later power wrestlers that
rooted here were French, the Portuguese and the Dutch. The 18th century saw most
of power struggles between England and France, gaining and losing supremacy over
Pondicherry several times. However, the French established the firm supremacy
on 26 th September 1816 and went on to rule for one hundred and thirty eight years
until transfer of power to independent India in 1954. Turmoil's apart, one finds
a repository of a very high standard of art and culture tourism in Pondicherry
. Unity in Diversity � Affable people
Having once been the capital of erstwhile French
India, and often referred to as " A small piece of Medieval France
" and " ... a sleepy provincial French town
", Pondicherry has managed to retain its French aura. It is quite
amazing to know that the people of this small archipelago speak 55 different languages.
But Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, English and French are the five official languages
for a small place like Pondicherry and still has absolute harmony certainly raises
eyebrows in pleasure. Very few streets in the town will be found not sanctified
by the precincts of a church, a mosque or a temple. Further harmony is found at
the time of religious celebrations when all join every festival in almost equal
numbers, irrespective of the fact it is held at 10 th Century Temples or 17th
Century Churches. This kind of harmony is hard to find elsewhere in India.
Pondicherry has 45 kms of frothy and picturesque
coastline, and virgin beaches with unpolluted golden yellow sand. With all the
essential ingredients present, the potential of Pondicherry becoming a beach resort
of world fame cannot be debated. The continental slope that it provides is gentle
and safe. Mass festivals like, Masi Magam, Veerampattinam Festival, etc. are celebrated
which culminate on the beaches. That the Indian spiritualism attains the highest
vibrancies on such occasions has to be seen to be believed. During the visit to
beaches you enjoy following: Serenity
A ten-minute drive to the north of the town brings
you to these virgin sands, true to its name. The ambience and serenity become
synonyms here. You can touch the calm. The beach is ideal for a quick dip in the
clear waters, a touch of the sun and a cool reprieve in the shade. It is one of
the best for romantic beach tourism in India
This tropical paradise lies on the stretch along Cuddalore
main road. Pitch up a cozy seaside tent or relish the great experience of overnight
stay outdoors within the tree-houses on the backwaters
this with a short, pleasant cruise into the sea. You are more likely to chance
upon sighting of playful dolphins in natural habitats, horsing around.
Karaikal Beach Tourism
Magnificent view of sunrise over the bay can be catched and also clicked for
posterity. The pretty Arasalar River reaching out to the sea provides another
veurs delight. Canoeing, kayak or beach volley ball in picture-book surroundings
is also possible. Angling skill can also be used to enjoy the
delicacy freshly caught.
Mahe Beach Tourism
On the northern strip of coastal Kerala lays this bewitching beach strip. The
town is bordered by a luxuriant crop of tall palm and dotted with numerous fishing
hamlets on the way. Yanam River Cruise Tourism
Yanam is in the coastal Andhra Pradesh range. It provides a different route to
exhilaration. Here you enjoy a sunset cruise down the spectacular Goringa Godavari
River which winds through rich mangrove forests. Places
of Interest in Pondicherry: The
The land mass of Pondicherry is oval-shaped while the
city within is laid with parallel streets cutting each other at right angles.
The 1.5 Kms long The Promenade
is one of the finest in the whole
country that provides an irresistible attraction for the young and the aged alike.
A leisurely walk up to the southern tip of the Promenade brings you where stands
the statue of Monsieur Dupleix, the greatest French Governor of Pondicherry. The
natives know that he was once the king of their land. There is a Distillery at
the northern tip of the Promenade. Right at the midway point stands the 4.25m
tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi, while the statue of Jawaharlal Nehru stands at
Gandhi Maidan. The Light house
and the 284 metres long new pier
can also be visited further south of these monuments. Also in the vicinity,
facing the Bat of Bengal is the Town Hall and a little distance on the left is
the War Memorial in honour of Pondicherry soldiers who died in the First World
The place has �Raj Niwas'; the �Cercle de Pondichery';
the Assembly Hall; the General Hospital and the Maternity Hospital; and the �Chamber
of Commerce'. Besides, there are some charmingly chiselled pillars adding beauty
to the Square or the Park. A curious setting is provided by a 16 th Century rare
and surprise monument built in the name of a harlot belonged to Pondicherry for
her charitable nature had made direct supply of water to the town possible.
Every city and place in the world has its own distinguishing
landmark which draws hordes of visitors like a magnetic pull to the place. Paris
and Eiffel Tower, London and Big Ben, and similarly think of Pondicherry and the
first thing that strikes your mind is the Aurobindo Ashram associated with Sri
Aurobindo and the Mother.
It is a unique spiritual concept of Devine
offering, as there are no compulsory meditations, no rituals to follow, and no
practices. But it revolves around only one principle of unconditional surrendering
to the Divine principle and force.
Sri Aurobindo, Pondicherry Ashram or Sri
Aurobindo Ashram is just synonym. With Pondicherry the names of Sri Aurobindo,
The Mother and Auroville flash in the mind of tourists seeking spiritual solace.
It is for this reason that the spiritual bend of Pondicherry is internationally
acknowledged. Sri Aurobindo, the poet, did his Integral Yoga and wrote his literary
and philosophical works at political asylum here.
With the advent of
a French lady, Madam Mirra Richard Alfassa, later known as the Mother, who had
followed the same spiritual path on her own, Sri Aurobindo started his Ashram
to train others in his comprehensive and world-accepting system of spirituality.
For those with spiritual bent of mind, Sri Aurobindo Ashram offers peace and tranquility.
The Samadhi that houses the bodies of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, in the main
premises of the Ashram, is always decorated with a wide variety of flowers in
charming patterns where hundreds of devotees visit this holy place every day.
Having attained saint-cum-yogi state, Sri Aurobindo taught Integral
Yoga, synthesizing yoga conjoining it with modern science. The activities of the
ashram include the development of art, culture, and spirituality, besides agriculture
and cottage industries. Today, Pondicherry plays host to the International
in January every year. Auroville
- Pondicherry's Other Half
is situated 8 Kms north of Pondicherry. The foundation was laid on
28th February 1968, when a boy and a girl representing each of 124 countries
of the world poured a handful of their native soil into a concrete lotus/urn,
symbolic of their support of the project aimed at peaceful international understanding.
The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity. The time is ripening to
make the Ashram and Auroville examples to the world of a new life in which men
will realise their souls. There is also an International University perhaps
the first of its kind in the world.
�Auroville wants to be a universal town where men
and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony�,
such was the Mother's vision of it. At the center of the township stands Matrimandir
(meaning Mother's Temple) built in the form of a globe, is a place for quiet concentration.
It's a unique township never seen of its kind in India. It was an experiment for
celebrating unity in diversity, rightly and deservedly chosen all that India is
already known for centuries. At present it is managed by the Auroville foundation.
: Here you can find
everything from Pallava sculptures to a bed used by Monsieur Dupleix, the colony's
most famous governor. Sacred Heart Church
There is a plethora of large churches and cathedrals around the town. But the
prominent ones include the white and striking brown sacred Heart Church on South
Boulevard. In the vicinity are the peaceful, extensive Botanical Gardens.
Bharathi and Bharathidasan Memorial Museums
The houses of two great Tamil poets of yore have been converted into the museums.
Pondicherry provides many other places of tourist interest:
Jawahar Toy Museum
Mailam Murugan Temple
Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary
A remarkable variety of birdlife may
be found at Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson and Whitefield. This wetland
complex of ponds, streams and bogs, is the feeding habitat site of a great blue
heron rookery and other important species of water birds. It is also important
stopover habitat for ring-necked ducks, wood ducks, and black ducks, and home
to moose, bear, deer, and an array of non-game species as well. Since its designation
as a National Natural Landmark in 1974 by the National Park Service, Pondicherry
has often been called a "crown jewel" of New Hampshire's landscape.
The refuge is owned and managed by the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, the N.H. Department of Fish and Game.
Pondicherry is a place of festival galore. With the people
being always happy and easy-going, the life itself is a celebration at Pondicherry
. The festivals of every faith are participated, celebrated
and enjoyed with equal verve by all the people, all around the year.
Fire Walking Festival (3 to 4 times a year)
Festival (4-7 January)
Maasi Mangam (March)
Villianur Temple Car Festival
(mid-May & mid-June)
Chitrai Kala Vizha Festival (Art &
Bastille Day (14 July)
Mangani Festival (July)
Sri Aurobindo's Birthday (15 August)
Fete De Pondicherry (15-17
Vinayaka Chathurthi Period (September)
Ayudha Puja (October)
Deepavali (October - November)
Christmas Season (December) Pondicherry � A Multi-Cuisine Splendour
Pondicherry is perhaps a most cosmopolitan town in our country.
Its multi-cuisine magic with Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali,
Thai, Vietnamese, and of course, French and Continental food make it a veritable
"mosaic of culinary integration" unseen elsewhere. No wonder food festival
(Gourmet) receives unprecedented response from tourists and people of Pondicherry.
"Multiplicity of cuisine under one sky" is an important tourism product.
is held with aplomb every year in January.
Franco-Indian food mix is considered the best in the list of Pondicherry
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('000s in 1991):
Area ('000 sq. km):
Females per 1000 males (1991):
62.7 Ratio of urban population (1991):
Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore and Madurai
Godavari, Krishna, Pennar, Palar, Ponnayar, Cauvery,
Vaigai and Thamrapani Hill Stations:
Ooty, Kodaikanal, Coonoor,
Kotagiri, Yercaud, Velliangiri Hills Wildlife Sanctuaries:
Annamalai, Point Calimere, Kalakkad, Mundanthurai, Kotagiri Principal
of Tourism in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu is predominantly located along
the coastline of Bay of Bengal, also providing some very breathtaking sights on
the Western Ghats as may be presented in your South India Tourism
It is bounded by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the north and Kerala in the west.
One of the best sights, besides many beautiful beaches in Tamil Nadu
the state presents is the rare confluence of three oceans, namely Arabian Sea,
Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. At the southern most tips is Cape Comorin or Kanyakumari,
the Land's End of India where a beautiful rock memorial is erected, dedicated
to Swami Vivekananda. The high points of this site are the beauty of sunrise and
sunset from this. A visit on full moon days presents the tourists with the ultimate
joy. The eastern tip has the Point Calimere, western tip presents Mudumalai
, and the north extreme of the state is defined
by Pulicat Lake
arranges excellent bouquets of Tamil Nadu tourism
in the form of a great variety of flora and fauna at many of its protected
Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks, including the prominent and biggest
Vendanthangal Bird Sanctuary
. The touch of cool can be enjoyed
at famous hill stations in Tamil Nadu
like Ooty and Kodaikkanal
in the Nilgiris. During the south India tours
you will find
the Tamil Nadu of today has made strides in industrialisation and the state
capital, Chennai, is fast developing as a hub for its state-of-the-art health
units, IT, and biotechnology. Visit India South
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also facilitates all
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India package under the headings of Health Care in India
Medical Tourism in India
Old & Recent History of Tamil Nadu
� The Temple State
Tamil Nadu has a vivid history
that spans into ancient times more than 2000 years back. More and finer points
continue to be dug up only to be added to its expansive history. The monuments,
sculptures, and associated art form give the tourists an insight into the virtual
past. The Cheras, Cholas and Pandyan dynasties have left indelible marks in culture
and tradition with the grandeur of their marvellous creations. The Pandyan legend
king Kulasekhara founded the city of Madurai in 6th century BC in a place believed
to be the spot where a few drops of nectar (celestial honey) fell from Lord Siva's
locks. Pandyas are also associated with Madurai's older and perhaps more absorbing
and enthralling legend of the mother goddess Meenakshi.
throng from worldwide for excellent temple architecture in Tamil Nadu
is renowned for. The state has almost 30000 temples, of which so many
are architectural marvels. The Brihadeeswara temple in Tanjore is believed to
be the place from where the temple dance form Bharat Natyam
was introduced in praise of the mythological gods and goddess. Kancheepuram the
city of 1000 temples; Mahabalipuram has the rock monuments; Tanjore temples have
architectural excellence besides musical instruments and metal castings. In the
Dravidian culture, temple music and art was dedicatedly nurtured at places like
Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli and Madurai. The Dancing Siva and Carnatic music also
find their origin in the region. Tamil Nadu has produced many famous saint poets
with works including Thiruvalluvar's 1330 couplets about morality in public and
private life rythmising some of life's greatest truths. The appreciable work has
already been translated into many foreign languages and reached the world over.
Tamil Nadu is aptly referred as the cradle of south Indian temples
architecture that has good evidential origins in the 7 th Century. Every temple
is a living museum of styles that matured in the huge temple complexes that came
up one after the other. The beauty and awe lies in their being studded with towering
gateways called "Gopurams" soaring so high that it can be seen miles
before touching the town. Some of the famous pilgrim centres in Tamil Nadu include
Chidambaram, Mahabalipuram, Kumbakonam, Kanchipuram, Rameshwaram, Tiruttani, Srirangam,
Palani and Kanyakumari. A south India tourism package
if a visit to the famous Meenakshi temple of Madurai is missed; it is simply a
Places of Interest in Tamil Nadu Tourism
It is undoubtedly
believed that the Dravidians founded the beautiful State of Tamil Nadu some 5,000
years ago. Today it is home to some of the most magnificent sculptures and architectural
wonders of the world that went on to be added by rulers of one dynasty after another.
About 350 years ago, Tamil Nadu's capital city Chennai (the region collectively
known as Madras) was created by the East India Company. Rajah of Chandragiri,
who was the last king of the vanishing Vijayanagar Empire, offered an East India
Company trader named Francis Day, a three-mile long strip of land. Francis Day
and his superior went on to built a factory on this land in July 1639, which was
named Fort St. George. French were also involved in trying to gain supremacy here.
The British made expansion of their reign to city by encompassing the neighbouring
villages of Egmore, Purasawalkam, Triplicane, and Chetput to form the city of
being Britain's first bastion from which flourished an empire, Chennai, formerly
known as Madras retains a harmonious blend of the old and the new. Elaborate
pujas continue to be part of daily ritual in every household. The tradition
of women wearing flowers in their hair and young girl pratice the age-old Bharatanatayam
Dance everyday still continues. The charming city of Chennai has seen the modernization
come to it in leaps and bounds in every sphere of life. But the best part one
finds in the tourism of Chennai
is that the passage of time
has not dampened even by an iota the rich heritage handed down from generation
Places of Interest:
Temple, San Thom Cathedral, Snake Park, Theosophical Society, Fort St. George
& St. Mary's Church, Parthasarathy Temple, Valluvar Kottam, Ripon Buildings
and War Memorial, Fort Museum and Govt. Museum & Art Gallery, Gandhi Mandapam,
Anna Square, Light House, Marina Beach & Aquarium.
Elliots Beach- 11 kms, Red Hills- 14 kms, Ennore Beach- 18 kms,
Cholamandal Artists Village- 20 kms, Anna Zoological Park (Vandalur), Muttukudu-
30 kms, Covelong- 38 kms, Crocodile Bank- 42 kms, Pundi Reservoir- 60 kms, Pulicat-
61 kms, Mahabalipuram- 61 kms, Kanchipuram- 71 kms, Vendanthangal Bird Sanctuary-
85 kms, Thirukkalikundram- 80 kms.
Tourism (Mamallapuram Tourism)
The town of temples,
sand & sea, Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) is world renowned for its beautiful
. In the ancient times it was
main port of the great Pallava Kingdom and was later designated as the capital
of this Dynasty.
Tamil language Mamalla means the great wrestler. It was the name given to King
Narasimha Varma I due to his great qualities. Most of the temples and rock carvings
in Mamallapuram are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Most temples in
Mahabalipuram are believed to be constructed between 630 A.D and 728 A. D. during
the reign of Narasimha Varma I and II. The sculptures here show scenes of everyday
life, as also poses of women with a subtle touch of erotica. The Mamallapuram
Dance Festival is held during January and February every year. The expressive
Indian Classical dancers adorned in their relevant traditional costumes perform
Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathakali, and Kuchupudi. Sand, water and temples provide
the perfect backdrop for the graceful and evocative dancers.
Places of Interest:
Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance, Mandapams, Mahishasurmardini Cave, Krishna
Mandapa, Rathas (Chariots), and Varaha Mandapa. Madurai
Madurai is aptly called Athens of the East
because of the
way myth seamlessly merges into the life here. Madurai is situated in southern
Tamil Nadu on the banks of Vaigai River. Madurai is the second largest city
in Tamil Nadu and is said to be more than 2,500 years old. Besides being the
most important temple city, it is also an important cultural and commercial
centre. The ancient city of Madurai was an important seat of Tamil
and even today it happens to lead the state where Tamil language is still spoken
in its purest form. The ancient structure of the city was planned in the shape
of a lotus.
is known to have built the city in a lotus shape by first clearing the forest
for the purpose. The legend has it that the day this new city was to be christened
by the Pandian monarch, Lord Shiva appeared to bless the people. The nectar
(celestial honey) is said to have flowed from the matted locks of Shiva, so
it was appropriate to call the city 'Madhurapuri' and later it came to be known
The Pandyas, great patrons of Tamil learning, art and architecture helped
flourish the 2000 years old Tamil academies. The subsequent rulers like the Nayaks
not only helped to preserve the work of earlier kingdoms but ensured enrichment
of the traditions. Modern Madurai is a burgeoning industrial centre.
Places of Interest:
Meenakshi Temple, Koodal Alagar Temple,
Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Tank, Government Museum and Gandhi Museum.
Tiruchirapalli Tourism (Trichy Tourism)
Situated on the banks of river Cauvery, Tiruchirapalli (Trichy)
is the fourth largest city in the state. Once a citadel of the early Cholas,
reigns of the city were wrested by Pallavas later. But the Pallavas lost control
of this strategic city to the Pandyas several times. The Pallavas and Pandyas
their struggle for power until end of 10th century when the Cholas assumed the
reigns until once again.
The long rule of this empire collapsed in 1565,
and Trichy came under the various dynastic rules of the Nayaks of Madurai, the
Marathas, the Nawabs of Carnatic, the French and finally the British. But the
city of Trichy saw the best progress and prosperity in all aspects of city life
under the Nayaks of Madurai and grew in stature that it is today. The city built
around the Rock Fort is a fine blend of the traditions and modern way of coexisting
with all religions. Today there are several churches, missions, and colleges with
foundation in 18 th Century. Trichy is a flat land but for the only and most famous
landmark in the form of an 83m high rock. The most amazing fact to note about
the rock is that it is considered to be one of the oldest in the world-approximately
3,800 years. Its formation period is compared with the rocks of Greenland and
surprisingly even older than the Himalayas. Ucchi Pillayar Koil is a temple dedicated
to Lord Vinayaka atop the rock that gives a panoramic setting to the town of Trichy.
Also situated atop is Mathrubutheswarar or Thayumanaswami temple dedicated to
Lord Siva where the lingam is a projection of the rock itself.
Places of Interest:
Rock Fort, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple, Museums &
Art Galleries, Tiruvanaikkaval, and Srirangam.
The other major tourist places in Tamil Nadu :
Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism
in the hilly terrains and boasts of various kinds of animals like Elephant, Tiger,
Panther, Gaur, Wild Bear, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Deer, Porcupine, and Flying Squirrel
and also houses a large number of crocodiles. Auroville
is an International Utopian city being built near Pondicherry
where young men and women from 124 countries and various Indian states
placed handfuls of earth from their homelands in an urn. The act symbolises the
creation of a city dedicated to peace and international understanding.
is famous for its many temples and Tamil culture. The
roof is covered with gold plates;
one of the five elements of the universe, is the presiding deity called as "Akasa
Lingam". Eastern and Western side walls of the tower have 108 Bharatnatyam
gestures engraved on it. The Sivakamiamman Temple:
tank and a hall with thousand pillars are important features of the temple.
The Kali Temple:
The Thillaikaliamman temple was between 1229
AD and 1278 AD. Annamalai University:
A residential University,
it is a great centre of Tamil learning and Carnatic music, besides Engineering
and other disciplines.
largest city and leading industrial centre, Coimbatore is known as the "Manchester
of South India" with obvious reference to the chief commodity being textiles.
here is one of the best in South Asia;
Glass Forest Museum
; Perur Siva Temple; Marudhamalai
dedicated to Lord Subramanya is most visited temple here; Velliangiri
with a Siva Temple perched atop. Coonoor
: The serene and picturesque hill two of Coonoor lies in the
arms of the Nilgiri Hills where it is surrounded by is a small tea garden with
a profusion of variety of flowers in its Botanical garden
provides picturesque hill resort tourism
. The rich flora and
fauna has attracted since long the nature lovers, adventure seekers, holidaymakers,
and even many movie makers. At Coonoor opportunities for indulging adventure sports
like trekking and hiking are enjoyable activities.
: The beautiful and god gifted Covelong
on the Coromandel coastline is home to a plethora of water sports
and other outdoor engagements like wind surfing and swimming, with beach resorts
The Chola Dynasty built the Gingee
in the 13 th Century. It is often referred to as the "Troy
of the East"; the 15 th Century Vekataramana Temple is the largest temple
in Gingee; Gingee is also considered a good picnic spot.
: It means smoky rocks, as
the area is s urrounded by hills at various heights. The descent of the river Cauveri
at Hogenakkal creates a panoramic waterfall . The water spreads for miles around.
Freshly cooked fish caught from the river is the enjoyable delicacy available
It is one of India's seven sacred cities
and pilgrimage centre famous for being called a city of 1000 temples. As of today,
nearly 126 temples are there in better shape, while the rest have all been lost
form due to vagaries of time. Kanchipuram still has magnificent temples of unique
architectural. The eloquent beauty and architecture is testimony to its glorious
Dravidian heritage. The saint Adi Sankara established his episcopal seat (Kamakotipeetam).
Kanchi continues to produce the best of handloom silk sarees by the handful families
of traditional weavers that are left. Places of Interest:
Temple, Shri Vaikuntaperumal Temple, Shri Varadaraja Temple, Ekambareshwara Temple
and Shri Kamakashi Temple. Kanyakumari Tourism (Cape
It has all the ingredients of tourism at
one place, like temples, rock memorial, beach, sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and
Land's end over the waters. Since Kanyakumari is situated at such a point in the
southernmost point of peninsular India, it provides scenic meeting point of three
oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. Places
include pilgrimage centre of Kanyakumari Temple (where only
Hindus are allowed inside the inner sanctum), Gandhi Memorial, Vivekananda Memorial,
and Sunrise-Sunset-Moonrise point. Padmanabham Tourism
It is famous as being the ancient capital of the
erstwhile rulers, where a palace, museum, and temples have the old world charm.
It is an artists' colony, located about
18km south of Chennai. One can see a gallery of fine contemporary paintings
and sculptures, and also can buy the work of art including batiks and graphics
from the showrooms.
Pulicat Tourism :
confluence of Backwaters formed by a shallow water spread. Bird watching, Catamaran
ride, and other anticipated beach activities. Pulicat Lake and Buckingham Canal
on the northern end provide ideal picnic spots. Suchindram
The temple here is dedicated to the Trinity
of Indian mythology - Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. Musical pillars
and a huge 18-ft high exquisite sculpture in Hanuman temple are proof of the artistic
skill of the 9th Century A.D. artisans. Kodaikanal
Hill resort, solar physics laboratory, museum,
orchidarium, lake, Kurinji flower which blossoms once in 12 years. Kodaikanal,
a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of
the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. But, it has the distinction
of being the only hill station in India to be set up by American missionaries
while India was under the British rule.
Places Of Interest:
Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker's Walk, Astrophysical Observatory, Fairy Falls,
Kurinji Andavar Temple, Shenbaganur Museum, Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View.
Point Colimere Tourism :
Set amongst tidal
swamps, evergreen forests and mangroves with a spread of 17.26 Sq Kms in Thanjavur
district, this wildlife sanctuary is home to Black Bucks and Flamingos, the chital
and wild boar, with the dolphins and turtles that often come quite close to the
shore. Boating can also be enjoyed here. Kotagiri
Situated just 16 Kms from Ooty in the Nilgiri
Hills, the spectacular and enchanting 1950 m high Kotagiri hill stations
find favour with tourists for its breathtaking scenic beauty. The Catherine
Falls generate musical echo in the valley of tea plantations. It once served as
the summer resort for the British. A golf course adds to the playful moods for
Thiruvanmiyur Tourism :
beyond Elliot's beach, the place is designated as Kalakshetra or 'Temple of Art',
founded in 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale to encourage, revive interest, and to
impart training in Bharatnatyam, the classical dance form of the state. Textile
designing and handloom weaving is another vocational learning at the academy.
Mudumalai Tourism :
in 321 sq. Kms area and situated in deciduous forests of Nilgiri Hills just about
65 Kms from Ooty, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
is one of the
finest that boasts of riot of flora and fauna and is home to Elephant, dhole pather,
tiger, chital, sloth bear, Python, barking deer, common langur, Otter, four-horned
antelope, gaur, sambar, crocodiles and a variety of birds and reptiles.
Mandanthurai Tourism :
Mandanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary
or Guindy National Park
is a Tiger sanctuary, situated on the outskirts of Chennai. It is one of the best
picnic spots for entire family to find in the protected over 14 types of mammals
like Elephant, Jungle Cat, Toddy Cat, Indian civet, rare Indian Antelope the �Black
Buck', Spotted Deer, etc.; nearly 40 varieties of birds, like the Flycatcher,
King Fisher, Blue Jay, Barkets, Parakeets, Grey Partridge, Tailor Birds, Golden
Backed Woodpecker, etc., also amphibians and snakes; and it is equally interesting
for botanical interests offering 14 varieties of shrubs and 24 varieties of trees
like Feronia Limonia, Atlanta Monoplylla, Amona Squamosa, Azadirachta India, etc.
to mention a few. Nagore Tourism :
Nagore dargah of Meeran Sahib Abdul Qadir Shahul Hamid Badshah is a
pilgrimage centre not only for Muslims but all faiths, where an annual fair �Urs'
is held. The Nagore town is situated in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu on
the cost of Bay of Bengal, not far from Nagore Beach. Pichavaram
Pichavaram is situated at a distance of approx
16 Kms from Chidambaram and 75 Kms from Pondicherry. It offers unmatched rank
and abundance of the most exquisite scenic spots with a variety of tourism activities.
Pichavaram is a group of islands interspersed with vast expanse of water and possibly
healthiest mangrove forests in the world. The beach and backwaters activities
like boating are most enjoyable almost throughout the year.
Once an ancient port and capital town of
Cholas, the place has great historical importance and esteem. Poompuhar is situated
at the estuary of River Kaveri. Puhar in Tamil means the estuary of river in
the sea. Poompuhar, also known as Kaveripoompattinam,
in the Sirkali Taluk of Nagapattinam district .
This port town
of Kaveripoompattinam is cited and finds mention on the temple inscriptions.
In ancient literature, it has been referred to by the name of Cholapattinam,
Kaberia, Palarpukar Moothur, Kaganthi, Sampapathi, Mannagathu Vanpathi, and
Kolapattinam. A fine beach and calm water offer enjoyably relaxed sea
The historical importance is judged from the fact that The
Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar, Nayaks, Hoysalas, Thondaiman, Irukkuvelirs,
Mutharaiyars rulers, have ruled over the region. The indelible mark has been left
in the form of beautiful temples and palace using Indo-Saracenic-Dravidian architecture.
A visit to museum here provides more details. The places of interest in the vicinity
is famous for the beautiful church by Father Joseph
Beschi, locally known as Veeramamunivar, where Easter festival attracts Christians
and others alike . Periyanayaki is the local name for Mother May; Kunnandar Koil
where there is a rock-cut cave temple; at the foot of the hill; t he 17 th Century
built Kattubhava Pallivasal Dargah
is famous point where obeisance
is paid by all at the tomb of Bhava Fakuriddin Aulia; Kodumbalur
a place of archaeological importance for its temple architecture, monuments, and
sculptures. Rameshwaram Tourism :
It is situated at the extreme south-eastern limit of the India peninsula
off the mainland surrounded by Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar connected by
longest ever constructed bridge on sea in India. Rameshwaram the island town is
one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage centres of India. The temple and
place is associated with Sri Rama. The Hindus are generally classified into Vaishnavites
(worshippers of Vishnu) and Shaivites (worshippers of Shiva). But Rameshwaram
is one major and holiest of pilgrimage sites for Vaishnavites and Shaivites both.
As per a legend in the epic Ramayana, Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu worshipped
Lord Shiva here seeking permission before crossing the mighty ocean. One of the
finest examples of the south India temple
temple with one thousand pillared Mandapam is about 1220 metres in length. The
Places of Interest
include Shri Ramnathswamy Temple, Agnitheertham,
Gandhamadhana Parvadham, Kothandaramaswamy Temple, etc.
Also known as Tanjore
where the world famous Brihadeeswara temple built by Raja Chola in the early
Dravidian style, is situated here. This is one of the royal cities of south
India with a rich and varied heritage for which it is known across the globe.
Thanjavur is called the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu and rightly so is the granary
of South India. So many other items of tourism include Frescoes, palaces, Schwarz
Churches, temple museums, art gallery, and handicrafts.
This place is famous for being very important
Pilgrimage centre, with a number of temples of different gods and goddesses and
bathing tank for those visiting here for penance; there are sixteen Mandapams
around the tank in the name of deities that include Brahmatheerthesar, Umaipakesar,
Nairuthesar, Brahmeesar, Gangatheerthesar, Mukunthar, Thalesar, Rishakesar, and
Seshtra Paleesar. Besides, it is also believed that this tank consists of 19 Holy
Theerthams. The local handicrafts items available are worth considering for buying.
Srirangam Tourism :
River Island and unique temple town, Srirangam is a major Hindu pilgrimage centre
in south India temple tour package. Generally an excursion is taken from Trichy
to cover these places. One can visit to admire beautiful sculptures and a thousand
pillars hall within the temple. Situated at a distance of 7 kms from Trichy, the
Sri Ranganathaswami temple at Srirangam is considered to be the largest in India.
It is said to be the dwelling of the Supreme Lord Sri Ranganatha, the reclining
form of Lord Vishnu. Situated 2 Kms east of Srirangam, there is a beautiful Shiva
temple called Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswara Temple having an excellent architectural
design. Tirunelveli Tourism :
The small town of Tirunelveli is situated on the banks of river Tambraparani.
It was once the capital of the Pandyas some 2000 years ago into the history. There
are twin temples of Kanthimathi-Nellaiappar dedicated to Parvati and Shiva respectively.
This temple also has one thousand pillared hall with exquisite sculptures. The
unique feature of the temple is that when you strike at pillars, each one produces
different musical notes. An excursion of 13 Kms from here takes you to Krishnapuram
temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu where you find beautiful life-size sculptures
carved with great intricacy. Local handicrafts are worth considering. Other places
include Sankaran Koil where the Chariot festival is held; Kutrallam where there
is �Spa of the south" which is not only a tourist spot but also a health
resort too, as the waterfall picks up medicinal properties while passing through
forests of herbs. Thus, the water has therapeutic qualities to cure physical ailments;
Papanasam; Thiruchendur; Manappad Church; Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary; Kalyanatheertham;
Panartheertham; Agasthiyar Temple and Falls; Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary; Kunthakulam
Bird Sanctuary; Krishnapuram; Murugan temples; Holy trinity Cathedral; Kanthimathi
Nellaiyappar Temple; and much more.
It is one of the greatest Saivite shrine
pilgrimage centers of Tamilnadu, drawing thousands of pilgrims every full moon.
The 4 gopura entrances offer a formidable look to this vast temple complex.
Legend here goes that Shiva assumed the form of a huge column of fire,
whose origins Brahma and Vishnu failed to trace. It is the strong belief of
the devotees that god can be worshipped in the form of light or Flame. The Karthigai
festival is an important event here. A big flame is lit atop
the Thiruvannamalai hill considering it to be a manifestation of Shiva, when
a huge crowd of devotees aspiring for spiritual solace and solitude congregate
here. Kartikai Deepam festival here is of great significance. Tiruvannamalai
is one of the Panchabhoota Stalams signifying the 5 elements of fire ( Tiruvannamalai
), earth ( Kanchipuram ), wind ( Kalahasti ), water ( Tiruvanaikka ), and space
( Chidambaram ). Thiruvannamalai has become an international center of study
in spiritualism, at Sri Raman Maharishi Ashram.
Ootacamund Tourism :
Situated in the Nilgiris at an altitude of 2240 metres, Udhagamandalam
is considered the queen of the hill stations of South India. Tourism
is noted for its extraordinary scenic beauty and salubrious climate
amidst the "Nilgiris" or "Blue Mountains". One can see many
profiles of nature, each with a distinctive grandeur.
Valley View Lake, Botanical Gardens, Wilson Fish Farm, Marlimund
Lake, Wenlock Downs, Tiger Hill, Dodabetta Peak, , Kalahasti Falls, Snowdon, Glen
Morgen, St. Stephen Church, Avalanche, Elk Hill. Excursions:
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Coonoor, Wellingtion,
Vendanthangal Bird Sanctuary
is one of the oldest and largest bird sanctuaries in India. Almost 100,000 migrating
birds come from near and far-off lands like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Siberia, and
Australia. The varieties of birds include Herons, Pelicans, Sandpipers, Shovellers,
Pintails, Stilts, White Ibis, Cormorants, and Blue winged teals, Swans, Darters,
and Spoonbills. A big credit goes to the local villagers in protecting the winged
visitors to this sanctuary, and having helped in recording 115 species of birds.
Vellore Tourism :
of today is pulsating with activities as an administrative, educational, commercial,
and medical centre, while in ancient times it was the seat of the Cholas, Pallavas,
and Nayaks, Maratha, Bijapur Sultan kingdoms and Arcot Nawab. The 13 th Century
Vellore Fort is the main attraction for tourists for its ramparts made of massive
granite blocks, turrets, posts, basements, and gates with its perennial water
supply. The fort also has a Church, Mosque, Temple and many building that
have now been converted as public Offices. Vellore has the renowned Christian
Medical College and Hospital where the advanced medical treatment is available
to local as well as overseas patients. Jalagandeeswarar Temple
the fort and is dedicated to Jalagandeeswar. The temple is noted for exquisite
craftsmanship in its sculptures. It also has a big wedding hall adorned with elegant
reliefs and monolithic sculptures. It is interesting to make a visit to the
Situated at a height of about 1500 m above
sea level in the Shevaroy Hills, Yercaud is calm, quiet and full of natural
charms. Yercaud is called the �Poor man's Ooty' for all that it offers is affordable.
The pleasant cool climate heightens the scenic beauties and panoramic views
the Yercaud Hills
has to offer. On the way to Yercaud you
pass by the coffee plantations and orange groves. One of the main attractions
of Yercaud is the Big Lake where boating is available. Other famous tourist
destinations here include Shevaroy temple dedicated to local deity, Killiyur
Falls, Pagoda Point, and Botanical Gardens.
It is the land of cultural heritage, devotion, art &
architecture that enchants and enhances the soul. Chettinad is a tourist's paradise
with a difference, as the temples and palatial mansions make it a place of rare
charm, and a must visit destination. It is only here that one finds the grandly
and wonderfully embellished houses, reflecting the prosperity of the Nagarathar
business community. The architectural structure of a typical Chettiar home with
high ceilings, airy and well ventilated is a study in how a human dwelling can
be constructed in harmony with nature. For the lover of arts & crafts
there is a variety of Wood carving, gold jewellery, hand-made tiles,
architectural styles, silver embellishment, woven saris, palm-leaf baskets with
intricate designs, and refined cuisine, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, for the
gourmet are amongst the more visible contributions to the wide-ranging repertoire
of Indian arts and crafts.
The sightseeing places include
1. Chettinad Houses
Athangudi, KaraiKudi, Kothamangalam, and Pallathur
have the most lavish houses in the Chettinad.
2. Chettinad Palace
at Kanadukathan built in 1912.
ncient Shiva Temple.
Arulmiga Perumal Temple. 5. Pillaiyarpatti
Karpaga Vinayagar Temple.
Theni offers the tourist attractions such as waterfalls, captivating
dams, and countless pilgrim centres. The rustic ambience and hospitality of
local people delights and warms up the soul making this destination worth for
tourists. The distinguishing features of tourism in Theni include silver-lined
clouds resting atop green hilltops, sheer rock faces, resounding cascades, and
temples of antiquity.
As per the legend, Tiruttani is one of the
six abodes of Lord Subramanya. The temple is located atop the hill. There are
365 steps to be climbed to reach the temple symbolising the 365 days of the year.
The ancient scriptures associate the temple with anecdote that the Lord had married
one of his consorts, named Valli, at the place. The celebrations of Karthigai
festival in December every year is a big event here.
Located 105 Kms from Coimbatore, the temple
on the Palani Hills is abode of Lord Muruga. The presiding deity is Dandayuthapani.
The interesting feature of the temple is that the idol is made of medicinal herbs.
The place is considered to be one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga. The Palani
temple is one of the major pilgrim centers in South India. It is next only to
Thirupathi. The advancement in technology has brought an electrically operated
winch to carry pilgrims to the top.
Thuthukudi is the recent name of Tuticorin
It lies in the extreme south of Tamil Nadu. This port city has a natural harbour.
The place is known for pearl fishing and production of salt, besides bulk carriers
calling on the port. Thuthukudi make available many folk art and handicrafts.
There are calm, sunny beaches around besides many significant historical and religious
places that include Thiruchendur, Kulasekarapattinam, Puliyampatti, Deviaseyalpuram,
Manappad, Kazhugumalai, Ottapaitapitram, Panchalankuruchi, Navathiruppathi, Korkai,
Ettayapuram, and Kayalpattinam.
A French colony up to 1954, Pondicherry is a living
monument of French Culture in India. The Aurobindo Ashram and 'Auroville' the
international township are famous all over the world.
The Promenade, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French Institute, Botanical
Gardens, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Roman Rolland
Library, Museums & Art Galleries and Government Park. |||
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