The beautiful and geographically diverse state of Tamil Nadu has a rich and ancient culture. This state has everything from heavenly hill stations, beautiful beaches, ancient temples and famous pilgrim centres. Because of the diversity of the land, the state draws tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. Tamil Nadu, the ‘Temple State of India’ is one of the top destinations for travelers and devotees alike. Here are top 4 places to visit in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Mahabalipuram Beach: Mahabalipuram beach is counted among the best beaches is India. This beach is around an hour’s drive from Chennai and about 90 km from Pondicherry. Mahabalipuram beach is a tourist’s paradise with beautiful picturesque views, sandy beaches and a unique style architecture of temples and caves. One of the major attractions of this beautiful temple city is the Shore temple overlooking the Bay of Bengal, which is recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Apart from this temple, there are very many temples where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishu are worshiped with grandeur and fervor by the devotees, so much so that the whole place has a mild fragrance of incense in the air as soon as you enter the city.

Ooty: This amazing hill station, ‎Udhagamandalam, better known as Ooty is one of the must-visit places. Ooty is a top destination for tourists, whether it is for a honeymoon or a summer vacation, this hill station tops the list. The hill station is located deep within the Nilgiri hills and it is popular for its subtropical climate and cool weather through the year. Some of the popular places to visit in Ooty are botanical gardens, Doddabetta, Ooty Lake and Rose Garden, but mostly people visit this hills station for its scenic beauty, cool weather and peaceful environment.

Madurai: Known as the Athens of the East, Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India. The city’s existence dates back to 4th Century B.C. Madurai, previously a centre of learning and pilgrimage, today has grown to become a modern commercial and industrial city of South India. The Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple of Madurai is the most famous pilgrimage centres of India. People from all over the country visit this temple to take the blessings of the Goddess Meenakshi. The elaborate poojas performed in the temple is a site worth seeing; the goddess is offered flowers, garlands, prasadam and the whole atmosphere of the temple transforms with the fragrance of incense during the pooja.

Thanjavur: The architecture of the Thanjavur temples attracts tourists from all over the world. The intricate designs and beautiful style of the temples demonstrates a style of architecture specific to the state of Tamil Nadu. The fragrance of incense wafts through the air as many temples perform their poojas all through the day. This city has numerous temples and heritage sites that make it unlike any other city in the south.

Explore these beautiful destinations of Tamil Nadu this Monsoon with family and friends. Enjoy!

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