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  TAMILNADU TOURISM GUIDE

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General  Information

 

Area : 1,30,058 sq km
Languages : Tamil, English
Religion : Hinduism (88.67%), Islam (5.46%), Others (5.87%)
Literacy rate : 64%
Annual Mean Rainfall : 1,133.8 mm
Maximum Temperature : 45.2C
Minimum Temperature : 1.0C
Per Capita Income : 12989 (at current prices in 1997-98)
Capital : Chennai
Urbanization Ratio : 34.15%
Best Time To Visit : October To March
 

 Tamil Nadu is one of the 28 states of India. It lies on the eastern coast of the southern Indian Peninsula bordered by Puducherry (Pondicherry), Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Tamil Nadu is bound by the Eastern Ghats in the north, the Nilgiri, the Annamalai Hills, and Palakkad on the west, Bay of Bengal in the east, Gulf of Mannar, Palk Strait in the south east and Indian Ocean in the south. It is the eleventh largest state in India by size and the sixth most populous state.

Tamil Nadu is the homeland of the Indian Tamils and has existed since prehistoric times. The culture and artwork of this region are considered to be some of the oldest in the world. It is home to one of the classical languages of India, Tamil. The language has been documented as being around for at least 5,000 years in written form, but was spoken long before that. Tamil Nadu also has one of the oldest culinary heritages in the world.

Geography and climate


A semi-arid wasteland near Tirunelveli. Monsoon clouds dump torrents of rain on lush forests that are only a few kilometers away in windward-facing Kerala, but are prevented from reaching Tirunelveli by the Agasthyamalai Range of the Western Ghats

Tropical cyclone Baaz approaching the Coromandel Coast during November, 2004Tamil Nadu covers an area of 130,058 km (50,215 mi),and is the eleventh largest state in India. West and North of the state has lofty hills while the East and South are coastal plains. The bordering states are Kerala to the west, Karnataka to the northwest and Andhra Pradesh to the north. To the east is the Bay of Bengal. The southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula is located in Tamil Nadu. At this point is the town of Kanyakumari which is the meeting point of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean.


Culture


Tamil Nadu has a long tradition of venerable culture. Unique cultural features like Bharatanatyam (dance), Tanjore painting, and Tamil architecture were developed and continue to be practiced in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil is the official language of Tamil Nadu and is one of the two classical languages of India, the other being Sanskrit. Tamil is also one of the Official languages of India. Tamil Nadu is known for its rich tradition of literature, music and dance which continue to flourish today.

Best Season, Climate and Clothing

The climate of the state is tropical. April and May are the hottest months with temperatures rising to as high as 40C. During the day, even the coastal regions are warm and humid during the summers; nightfall, however, brings some respite in the form of the cool sea breeze. During the winter season, extending from November to February, the mercury hardly falls below 20C, except in the hill stations. The winter monsoons of Tamil Nadu occur in the months of October to December. Cotton clothing is apt for the entire year.

How to Reach

The various cities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu are easily accessible through air, road and rail.
By Air

The Anna International Airport, 16 km south of Chennai, has flights to/from Sri Lanka, Dubai, Germany, Jakarta, Malaysia, England, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Most major Indian cities are also connected to Chennai by regular domestic flights.

By Rail

The railway station at Chennai has connecting trains to/from all major cities in India.

By Road


The entire state is connected through an extensive network of metalled roads. Ferry services are also available in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu Holiday Tours
Duration : 23 Night / 24 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Cochin - Mahabalipuram - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Trivandram - Kovalam  Komarkoam - Cochin Bangalore- Mysore -  Mumbai - Goa - Delhi 
  Tamil Nadu Temple Tours
Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days
Places Covered : Chennai Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Tricy - Madurai  - Chennai
  Tamil Nadu Pilgrim Tours
Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambaram- Tanjore - Maduria - Kanyakumari
         
Tamil Nadu Travel Tours
Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Destinations Covered : Chennai -  Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Channai
  Tamil Nadu & Karnataka Tour Packages
Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destinations Covered : Bangalore - Mysore - Hassan - Bangalore - Delhi
  Tamilndu Temple Tours
Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations Covered : Chennai - Tirupati - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Ramesharam - Trivandrum.
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Hotels in India

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Religious Tours
- Amarnath Yatra Tour
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- Buddhist India Tour
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- Golden Temple Tour
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