TAMIL NADU

The state of Tamil Nadu located in the south of India throbs with variety. There's a whole range of things to do and see. Ancient temples, a roaring amount of wildlife, frothy beaches, and urban discos; you'll find all in Tamil Nadu and more! From Levi’s to Lungis (sarongs for men), Klein to Kanjeevarams (heavy silk with gold thread) - the entire range will present itself to you. Traditionally conservative, Tamilian society is acknowledged to be in a phase of change.

As always in India, the keyword in Tamil Nadu too seems to be 'variety’. In flavour, taste and sights the south is its own treat, quite different from the north. Tamil Nadu is a rewarding experience for any visitor; she’ll flood your senses with her myriad scents and alluring riches and come to your mind long after you’re home, pottering in the kitchen or sitting down to a mug of ‘hot filter coffee’!

Capital: Chennai

Best Time of Visit:

  1. The climate in most of Tamil Nadu is essentially tropical. It is hottest in April, May, June with the mercury going over 40°C.
  2. It is coolest in December, January, but not really cold anywhere except in the hills (Ooty, Kodaikkanal, Yercaud) where night temperatures may dip below 5°C.
  3. The rains arrive in October and continue till the end of December. 
  4. The best time to visit is between July-September and January-March: beat the heat, the rains (October-December), and catch the festivals of Pongal (Jan.), classical Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam (Jan), and perhaps Dussehra (Sept).

Min Days Required: 5 days

Places of Interest: 

  1. Chennai – Marina Beach, Queensland, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Golden Beach, Kapaleeshwarar Temple
  2. Kanchipuram - Kamakshi Amman Temple
  3. Vellore – Amirthi Zoological Park, Government Museum, Javadu Hills, Jalagampaari Falls
  4. Pondicherry – Paradise Beach, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church,  French War Memorial
  5. Madurai  - Meenakshi Amman Temple, Azhakar Kovil, Gandhi Memorial Museum
  6. Auroville

Climate:

  1. The climate in most of Tamil Nadu is essentially tropical. It is hottest in April, May, June with the mercury going well over 40°C.
  2. It is coolest in December and January, but not really cold anywhere except in the hills (Ooty, Kodaikkanal, Yercaud) where night temperatures may dip below 5° C. The rains arrive in October and continue till the end of December.
  3. In the plains, Tamil Nadu as a rule is either hot and humid or hot and dry and never anything in between!

Things to carry:

  1. Sandals ,Sunglasses,  Cap, Shorts ,Light cotton T-shirts are a must for the summers
  2. Carry a light jacket during the winters.
  3. If visiting religious places carry appropriate clothing.

How to get there:

Air:

  1. All the larger cities in Tamil Nadu have airports, though most cater only to domestic traffic. Chennai’s Meenambakkam gets international flights and there are flights to Tiruchirapalli from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  2. The other cities with airports are Madurai and Coimbatore.
  3. Tamil Nadu is served by Southern Railway and there are many trains from Chennai to almost every major city in India. Chennai serves as a gateway city for connections from other parts of Tamil Nadu.