| A state which offers a variety of pleasures
ranging from ancient and beautiful temples to lovely beaches
and exciting hill resorts. For the cultural tourist, Tamil
Nadu abounds in temples, making it the richest temple state
of India.From the Meenakshi temple of Madurai, to those of
Rameswaram, Chidambaram, Tiruchirapalli and Tanjore, there
is a whole gamut of them.
The temples are almost a quintessential expression of the
Dravidian style of culture, art and architecture, that of
the Pallava, the Chola and the Pandya dynasties. There are
the beautiful beaches of Mamallapuram, Chennai, Kanyakumari,
Rameswaram and Pitchavaram where one can combine a relaxing
beach holiday with a visit to some of India's oldest monuments,
while the hill resorts beckon to those in search of relaxation
and to lovers of nature.
Toy Train to Ooty
The beautiful journey by The Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train promises
to give you a really memorable experience. Travelling at a
maximum speed of 33 km per hour, the train passes through
16 tunnels, forest-clad hills and lush green tea-plantations,
and rumbles across tall girder bridges. The fresh air and
the breathtaking views adds a flavor to the itinerery.
The journey up begins at Mettupalayam and covers the distance
of 46 kms in 4 hours. Mettupalayam is on the railway mainline
to Chennai. Coimbatore, 90 kms away, is a major railhead.
Area: 130,058 sq. km
Population: 55.8 million
Capital: Chennai (Madras)
Main Language: Tamil
Best time to visit: December to February
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