15 Best Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu, South India

Best Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu- Meenakshi Temple

Tamil Nadu is adorned with a diversity of heritage and religious tourism. Tamil Nadu is well-known for its carved temples, festivals, and celebration of the arts and hence make a must part of the South India tour. A treasure for history buffs, culture explorers, spirituality seekers, and nature enthusiasts, Tamil Nadu stands out as one of the distinctive states in India that offers a unique experience to its visitors. It is the people who make the state come alive; thus Tamil Nadu is as calm in its crowd just as the people here. With its extensive coastline, Nilgiri mountain ranges, and Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu offers a serene connection with nature. Additionally, its cities and towns narrate ancient tales through their culture, traditions, and architectural marvels.

Undoubtedly, Tamil Nadu ranks among the top pilgrimage destinations in India, featuring revered cities like Rameshwaram and Kanchipuram, as well as historical towns like Madurai and Kanyakumari, all of which embody the rich heritage of South Indian culture. While exploring these sites, make sure not to resist the temptation of indulging in mouth-watering South Indian cuisines and sweets. Dishes like Dosa, Idli, Sambar, and various curries are bound to linger in your memory long after your unforgettable holiday in Tamil Nadu.

Top 15 Must Visit Tourist Destinations in Tamil Nadu-

  • Chennai
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Kanchipuram
  • Rameswaram
  • Thanjavur
  • Yelagiri
  • Ooty
  • Kodaikanal
  • Coimbatore
  • Coonoor
  • Madurai
  • Mudumalai
  • Chidambaram
  • Vellore


Chennai - Marina Beach Tamil Nadu

Popularly known as “Detroit of India ”, Chennai is the capital of the southern state Tamil Nadu. Home to beautiful temples, churches, British-era museums, monuments, culinary delights and beaches, Chennai is the best place to visit in Tamil Nadu that gives you a glimpse of South India and its culture. If you are planning to visit Chennai, then the ideal time is from November to March. During this period, you can enjoy the best of the winters with a slight dip in Mercury.

Best Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Chennai

  • Marina Beach
  • Government Museum
  • Fort St. George
  • Edward Elliot’s Beach
  • Ashtalakshmi Temple
  • Mylapore
  • Valluvar Kottam


Mahabalipuram - Shore Temples Mahabalipuram Tamil Nadu

Famous for its beautifully carved temples and caves, Mahabalipuram is the home to the dynasty of Pallavas. This small quaint town, Mahabalipuram is a short drive from the capital city, Chennai.The town is a perfect amalgam of culture and history offering magnificent architecture from the Pallavas Dynasty, giving a rejuvenating experience to tourists. This is the reason why it is the best place to explore in Tamil Nadu.If you are planning to visit Chennai, then the ideal time is from November to February.

Best Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Mahabalipuram

  • Shore Temple
  • Descent of the Ganges
  • Pancha Rathas
  • Varaha Cave Temple
  • Thirukadalmallai


Kanchipuram - Ekambareswarar Temple Tamil Nadu

Kanchipuram has secured a spot in the world for its beautiful ‘’Kanchipuram sarees’. The culturally rich city also known as the Golden City of a thousand temples, attracts tourists from all over the world. If you are intrigued by knowing the rise of Hinduism or just want a glimpse of the beautiful South Indian architecture, then you must visit Kanchipuram. It is one of the top heritage destinations to visit in Tamil Nadu.The ideal time to plan your visit to Kanchipuram is from October to March when the summers are bearable.

Popular Tourist Attractions and Places to Visit in Kanchipuram

  • Ekambareswarar Temple
  • Kailasanathar Temple
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple
  • Tiru Parameswara Vinnagaram
  • Thiru Ekambaranathar Temple


Rameshwaram - Ramanathaswamy Temple Tamil Nadu

Situated on an island, Rameswaram holds religious significance from the Ramayana period. This town will make you feel closer to Lord Ram when you explore the evidence of his existence. This pilgrimage tourist destination in Tamil Nadu is separated by a Pamban bridge from Sri Lanka.If you are planning to visit Rameswaram, then the ideal time is from October to April.

Popular Tourist Places & Attractions to Visit in Rameshwaram

  • Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple
  • Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
  • Villoondi Tirtham
  • Lakshmana Tirtha
  • Five-faced Hanuman Temple
  • Dhanushkodi Temple
  • Rameshwaram Beaches


Thanjavur - Thanjavur Maratha Palace Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur is a center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Abode to the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. This city of temples boasts paintings, antiques, handicrafts, textiles, and sarees, which are quite popular among tourists. It is one of the best heritage tourist places to explore in Tamil Nadu sightseeing Tour.The ideal time to visit the city is from October to March.

Popular Tourist Places & Attractions to Visit in Thanjavur

  • Thanjavur Maratha Palace
  • Saraswathi Mahal Library
  • Brihadeeswara Temple
  • Schwartz Church
  • Thanjavur Palace


Yelagiri - Yelagiri Lake Tamil Nadu

Yelagiri Hills is one of the top hill stations in Tamil Nadu that is situated at an elevation of 4,626 feet. Yelagiri hills are known for trekking as it is surrounded by lush green valleys, beautiful orchards, breathtaking panoramic views of the hills, and rose gardens. One can indulge themselves in various activities such as paragliding, mountain climbing and trekking. To beat the scorching heat of summer, you can plan a visit from May to June and November to February to enjoy the pleasant winters.

Top Places & Tourist Attractions to Visit in Yelagiri

  • Swamimalai Hills,
  • Yelagiri Lake
  • Yelagiri Nature Park
  • Murugan Temple
  • Stellar Cave


Kanyakumari - Vivekananda Rock Memorial Tamil Nadu

The southernmost town of India’s mainland, Kanyakumari is also known as ‘The Land’s End’. The Kanyakumari district is famous for its majestic hills, pristine rivers, virgin beaches and meandering brooks. It has an essence of architecture, culture and customs of neighbouring states Kerala. It is globally famous for its remarkable sunrise, sunset and moonrise from the 41-metre (133 ft) Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Rock Memorial off the coast, and also as a pilgrimage tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. One can plan the visit to Kanyakumari from October to March.

Best Places & Tourist Attractions to Visit in Kanyakumari

  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Kanyakumari Beach
  • Sarvani Shaktipeeth Shri Bhagavathy Temple
  • Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam
  • Our Lady of Ransom Church


Ooty - Avalanche Lake Ooty Tamil Nadu

Ooty is located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. A quaint town established as a British Raj summer resort. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations to explore in Tamil Nadu. Ooty is most famous for its tea plantations. Connoisseurs will find plenty to choose from: dust and leaf; black, green, black and white varieties; and flavors such as masala, jasmine, cardamom and even chocolate. Ooty has a picturesque sight of the hills and lush greenery and is a perfect romantic getaway for both honeymooners. One can enjoy a scenic toy train ride established in the British era. The ideal time to visit Ooty is from March to June.

Best Tourist Places & Attractions to Visit in Ooty

  • Government Rose Garden
  • Ooty Lakes
  • The Tea Factory & The Tea Museum
  • Stephen’s Church
  • Tiger Hill


Kodaikanal Lake Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal is a hill town of Tamil Nadu that is festooned with dense forests, huge rocks and pristine waterfalls. Set in an area of granite cliffs at 2,000 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, adjoined by an evergreen grove. Abundant in natural beauty, Kodaikanal is a suitable location for a family holiday in Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the most favorite places visited by honeymooners, adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. The best time to visit Kodaikanal is March to June and December to February.

Best Places & Tourist Attractions to Visit in Kodaikanal

  • Coaker’s Walk
  • Kodaikanal Lake
  • Silver Cascade Falls
  • Bryant Park
  • Kurinji Andavar Temple
  • Bear Shola Falls


Coimbatore - Adiyogi Shiva Statue Tamil Nadu

Being one of the largest cities of Tamil Nadu Coimbatore is famous for its industry, textiles and manufacturing. That’s why it is known as the ‘Textile capital of South India’. Coimbatore is not just about the industry, it is a home for the colorful and intricately carved temples, untouched waterfalls and scenic mountains. It is indeed a must visit place in Tamil Nadu.One can plan a visit to Coimbatore from July to March.

Top Places & Tourist Attractions to Visit in Coimbatore

  • Marudhamalai
  • Dhyanalinga
  • Siruvani Waterfalls
  • Gass Forest Museum
  • Arulmigu Eachanari Vinayagar Temple
  • Famous 112 Feet Tall Statue of Lord Shiva (Known as the Adiyogi Shiva Statue)


Coonoor Tamil Nadu

Situated at a height of 1,930 meters, Coonoor has emerged as one of the top hill station places in Tamil Nadu. Not only does it present a spectacular view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls, but also makes it a perfect destination to whom “mountains are calling “. Coonoor is also popular for its tea estates in the Nilgiri hills. Coonoor gives a perfect environment for activities like trekking and hiking.One can enjoy the lap of nature in Coonoor from October to March.

Best Tourist Attractions and Places to Visit in Coonoor

  • Sim’s Park
  • Hight Field Tea Estate
  • Droog Fort
  • Tiger Hill Cemetery
  • Lamb’s Rock
  • Wellington Lake


Madurai - Meenakshi Amman Temple Tamil Nadu

Constructed as a lotus, Madurai City is the epitome of great architecture and culture. The city skyline is overseen by the 14 colorful gopurams (gateway towers) of Meenakshi Amman Temple. The most popular Meenakshi Temple is made in the Dravidian-style Temple and covered in bright carvings of Hindu gods. The vibrant culture and delightful hustle and bustle make it one of the top travel destinations to explore with family in Tamil Nadu.The perfect time to plan your trip to Madurai is from December to February.

Top Places & Tourist Attractions to Visit in Madurai

  • Meenakshi Amman Temple
  • Gandhi Memorial Museum
  • Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
  • Koodal Azhagar Temple


Mudumalai National Park Tamil Nadu

Located in the adorned Nilgiri Hills, Mudumalai is a tourist attraction of the first national park of South India. Mudumalai National Park is in close vicinity of Bandipur National Park which gives visitors an opportunity of visiting both places together, in between them, they house more than 500 species of animals, birds, reptiles and even more species of insects.Needless to say, Mudumalai has breathtaking and fascinating views to offer along with the jungle safari and camping.The favorable months to visit the Mudumalai is between October to May.


Chidambaram - Thillai Nataraja Temple Tamil Nadu

Chidambaram is a beautiful temple town located in the eastern part of Tamil Nadu. The grand history, rich culture, and traditions is a perfect destination for a history buff. Because of the Dravidian culture and magnificent architecture, Chidambaram has become a prominent pilgrimage destination in Tamil Nadu. Not only does this little town offers the best combination of history and culture, one can rejuvenatein the Backwaters of Pichavaram in the midst of Mangrove Forests. Plan your trip to Chidambaram from October to March which is considered the ideal time.

Top Places & Tourist to Visit in Chidambaram

  • Thillai Nataraja Temple
  • Govindaraja Perumal Temple
  • Pasupatheswarar Temple
  • Tirukkazhippalai Palvannanathar Temple


Vellore Fort Tamil Nadu

Vellore, popularly known as the leather hub of India. This city is home to hundreds of leather and tannery facilities. Enchanting visitors from every corner of the country, Vellore has attracted tourists because of its cultural-historical background. If you are interested in knowing the history of independent India, then it is one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu.You must plan your trip to the city from October to February.

Best Places & Tourist Attractions to Visit in Vellore

  • Vellore Fort
  • Jalakandeswarar Temple
  • Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple
  • Ratnagiri Murugan Temple
  • Balamathi Hills

We hope that this blog will help you in planning a wonderful trip to Tamil Nadu. While top visiting places in Tamil Nadu are famous for their heritage and religious tourism, you will also find solace and delight in its pleasing hill stations. Let the bliss begins. Plan your trip to Tamil Nadu today and have an incredible vacation.
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  1. Really it’s a fantastic blog, I’ll definitely visit those places one day. Good work, Keep going.

  2. I am intrested in tamilnadu trip. 7 nights 8 days. You can plan trip such a way we don’t have to travel too long between one place to other.i am looking for 2 nd November . Trip start from Mumbai and finish at last destination.flight need Mumbai to Mumbai.Need around four star hotel and car.

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