About Tamil Nadu Tourism

Welcome to Tamil Nadu! The land where the tales and influence of Cholas, Pandyas, and Pallavas can still be seen and the beauty landscape, sacred temples, and imposing wildlife make you feel instantly connected with this tourist destination in India. It is not wrong to say if we call Tamil Nadu the heart of Incredible India. It is one of the top places to visit in India due to its rich culture and heritage.

There is an essence of spirituality through plethora of scenic temples, a touch of serenity through its soothing beaches and hill stations, an aura of wilderness and vitality through its amazing Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks, a sense of joy through its various festivals and art forms, a spirit of authenticity through its delectable cuisines and liveliness in its colorful markets. Yes, this bliss of South India is one of a kind. Come here and you will realize you are in a land of where each mile reveals something of great universal value. In terms of tourism, it has too much to offer that you will fall short of vitality to explore.

Tourists here have a variety of experiences to relish. Be it heritage monuments, calm beaches, mesmerizing Hill stations or the scenic temples, Tamil Nadu is a colorful palette rich culture and beauty. Which is the reason Tamil Nadu being the most popular tourist destination in India.

Tamil Nadu - Pilgrimage Paradise

Tamil Nadu has plenty of tourist attractions dotting its length and breadth but Pilgrimage Sites are the best places to explore in Tamil Nadu. Numerous ancient temples, decked in Dravidian architecture have been luring the tourists from all over the world for ages. Some of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a perfect place to fulfill your transcendent quest.

The state boasts of plethora of temples like Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Tiruvarur Thyagaraja Swamy Temple, Vaitheeswaran TempleThillai Nataraja Temple, Annamalaiyar Temple, etc. which reveals stories of around 800 to 2000 years old. These temples are a great legacy of Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas, Pallavas, Nayakas and Vijayanagar rulers.

The series of creating the magnificent temples started with a great Pallava ruler in 700 AD. Pallava rulers gifted the most beautifully carved stone temples to add to the charm of Tamil Nadu. Kailasanathar Temple and Shore Temple is one of the outstanding examples of this genre.

From 900 Ad Chola ruled and enhanced the beauty of temples by building towers and halls. The great living Chola Temples is a UNESCO world Heritage Site which you should not miss, if you are visiting Tamil Nadu. Vijayanagar and Nayaka rulers innovated the arches, pillars and curvy paths near the shrines.

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Adi Kumbeswarar temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Ramanathaswamy Temple, the group of Chola Temples, Mahabalipuram Temple and Srivilliputhur Andal Temple are some of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Tamil Nadu.

Best Time to Visit Tamil Nadu

Summer Season in Sikkim

Summer Season in Tamil Nadu

The summer in Tamil Nadu starts from March and ends in May. The temperature may rise up to 40°C. However, the hill stations in Tamil Nadu during summer are the best places to visit to escape the heat of plains.

Monsoon Season in Sikkim

Monsoon Season in Tamil Nadu

Monsoon starts from June and ends in September. The weather will be humid due to heavy downpours. It is not a favorable time to visit Tamil Nadu. The temperature ranges between 24ºC and 30ºC.

Winter Season in Sikkim

Winter Season in Tamil Nadu

Winter in Tamil Nadu starts from October and ends in February. This season is very favorable to visit for sightseeing and having an amazing beach holiday. The temperature ranges from 21ºC to 30ºC.

Best Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu



Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu is a cultural hub of South India. It houses some of the most beautiful heritage monuments, pristine beaches, churches, theme parks and universities.



Kanchipuram is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Tamil Nadu. Some of the best temples of Pallava Dynasty are located here which is a best example of Dravidian Heritage.



It is the only place where one can enjoy amazing sunset and moonlight views simultaneously on a full moon day. It is one of the best beach destinations to visit in Tamil Nadu.



Surrounded by Palani Hills, Kodaikanal is a must visit destination in Tamil Nadu. It is very popular for Neel Kurinji flowers which blooms after every 12 years. It is known as Queen of hills.



It is the oldest city of Tamil Nadu which is very popular for its iconic temple of Meenakshi sundareshwarar. Devotees from all over the world come to seek divine blessings.



The hill town of Ooty is an exquisite hill station to visit in Tamil Nadu. It houses natural wonders like Doddabetta and highest peak of Nilgiri – Ootacamund. It is also known as Switzerland of India.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram Temple

Rameshwaram Temple

The soul of Rameshwaram lies in Rameshwaram Temple. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage tourist attractions to visit in TamilNadu.

Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Madurai. An exquisite example of Dravidian architecture, this blissful temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and her consort Parvati.

Living Chola Temples

Great Living Chola Temples

The great living Chola Temples were built by the kings of chola Empire and it is an outstanding example of Chola architecture. It is a must visit UNESCO site in Tamil Nadu

Kanyakumari Temple

Kanyakumari Temple

Kanyakumari Temple is one of the most popular religious attractions in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhagavathy.

Thanjavur Palace

Thanjavur Palace

Thanjavur Palace is a great legacy of the Thanjavur Nayak Dynasty. It houses one of the oldest museums in Tamil Nadu.

Rock Fort, Tiruchirappalli

Rock Fort, Tiruchirappalli

It is one of the best heritage destinations to visit in TamilNadu. It was built over 3.8 billion years ago and it is the hub of temples.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

In the northwestern side of Nilgiri hills, lies the beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary of Mudumalai. It is one of the best wildlife destinations to visit in TamilNadu.

Crocodile Park

Crocodile Park

Crocodile Park is a stunning place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Variety of crocodiles like Mugger Crocodiles, Saltwater Crocodile, Gharial boosts the beauty of this park.


Dhanushkodi Beach

If you are looking for a relaxing beach destination then Dhanushkodi is the best tourist attraction to visit in Tamil Nadu.

Top Things to Do in Tamil Nadu

Temple Tour

Temple Tour

Tamil Nadu is a very popular destination for pilgrimage tourism. Temple tour is one of the best things to do in Tamil Nadu. Some of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Adventure Activities

Adventure Activities

Tamil Nadu is a hub of adventure activities. An adventure lover can enjoy the best of adventure activities like trekking, Go-karting, surfing, paragliding and jet-skiing in Tamil Nadu.

Nature and Sightseeing

Nature and Sightseeing

If you are a nature lover, solace seeker and the most interesting of all - a photographer, then the hill stations of Tamil Nadu are a must visit places.


Exotic Wildlife

The pristine wilderness and exotic wildlife of Tamil Nadu can be best experienced in Wildlife Jeep Safari. It is one of the best things to do in Tamil Nadu.


Heritage Attractions- Visiting

heritage destinations would be one of the top things to do in Tamil Nadu. The legacy of South Indian rulers are heritage Sites which be the best thing to behold in Tamil Nadu.


Art, Dance forms and Culture

You cannot miss the vibrant artworks and culture of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu resounds with the rich heritage and culture of India.



Shopping is one of the best things to do in Tamil Nadu. From Kanchipuram sarees, cotton dhotis, metal arts to Tanjore Paintings, musical instruments, shopper can never feel bored here.

How to Reach Tamil Nadu?

By Air

By Air

There is at least one airport in all the major cities of Tamil Nadu. So, there is no dearth of airports in Tamil Nadu. There are a total 9 airports in Tamil Nadu both domestic and International which are connected to major cities through frequent flights.

By Train

By Train

It is the best option for a budget trip. All the major cities of Tamil Nadu have good connectivity of trains. Various trains travel through the major cities of the country like Odisha, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi and Karnataka to Tamil Nadu.

By Road

By Road

It is very convenient to reach Tamil Nadu by road as it has good road connectivity. Long drive through roads and national highways will be the most thrilling and exciting journey ever. You can also get a plethora of buses, both government and private, on a daily basis from nearby states and cities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Tamil Nadu famous for?

Tamil Nadu is very famous for its timeless temples, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries and gorgeous coastlines. Moreover, the cities in Tamil Nadu have their own charm. Shopping, South cuisines, fairs and festivals in Tamil Nadu are of great importance and equally exciting to explore.

Q. Is it safe to travel to Tamil Nadu in the upcoming months?

Yes, it is safe to travel to Tamil Nadu if you follow all the necessary covid-19 guidelines issued by the health department. You have to show a RTPCR report and covid-19 vaccine certificate to travel freely. Social distancing with a proper mask and sanitizer is a must. Tourism in Tamil Nadu is slowly resuming. In the upcoming months, things will improve and tourists will be able to travel comfortably. Beware of Tamil Nadu containment Zones.

Q. How many days are required to explore Tamil Nadu?

At least 8-10 days are needed for a tour in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu has so much to offer in terms of Tourism. From temples to monuments, to beaches to hill stations, you will never get bored in Tamil Nadu. It is difficult to explore Tamil Nadu in 2-3 days.

Q. What is the best time to Visit Tamil Nadu?

Winter is the best time to visit Tamil Nadu for sightseeing and adventure activities. However, if you are looking for a place to escape the heat of plains then Tamil Nadu has the best hill stations to visit. Summer season will be suitable for you to travel to the hill stations of Tamil Nadu.

Q. What are the best destinations with family in Tamil Nadu?

The best destinations to visit with family in Tamil Nadu are –

  • Coonoor
  • Yelagiri
  • Trichy
  • Chennai
  • Ooty
  • Kodaikanal
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Kanchipuram
  • Rameshwaram
  • Thanjavur
  • Madurai
  • Mudumalai

Q. What are the best destinations to visit for honeymoon couples in Tamil Nadu?

Best destinations to visit for honeymoon couples are –

  • Hogenakkal
  • Yercaud
  • Dhanushkodi
  • Tranquebar
  • Velankanni
  • Bellikkal
  • Chettinad
  • Tuticorin
  • Kumbakonam
  • Chidambaram
  • Kutralam
  • Tiruchi
  • Vellore
  • Valparai
  • Ooty

Q. What are the top pilgrimage destinations of Tamil Nadu?

Top pilgrimage destinations of Tamil Nadu are –

  • Chidambaram Kapaleeswarar
  • Meenakshi temple
  • Ramanathaswamy temple
  • Airavatheeswara Temple
  • Kanyakumari Temple
  • Kumbeswarar Temple
  • Nageswaran temple
  • Group of monuments Mahabalipuram
  • Swamimalai temple

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Tamil Nadu Other Important Travel Information

Accommodation in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is a place where you will never find any shortage of accommodation. Depending on your choice and budget range, Tamil Nadu offers delightful hospitality to a tourist of all kinds. There are 5 - star, luxury and heritage hotels for those who love to live in the pleasures and comforts of luxury. The wide variety of services like Ayurvedic massage, swimming pool, Safaris, indoor games and sightseeing will never make your day dull in Tamil Nadu. These facilities are equivalent to international standards.

For budget travelers and backpackers, there are a plethora of guest houses and hotels with all the basic arrangements that a tourist needs. Most of the hotels are located in the city center or nearby a tourist attraction or a shopping center.

In Tamil Nadu the hotels and resorts show the glimpses of the local lifestyle and rich culture and heritage of Tamil Nadu. You can only feel it if you stay in the hotels and resorts of Tamil Nadu. For this, you have to come and explore the soul of Tamil Nadu.

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Major Activities for Tourists in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu spoils you for choices when it comes to things to do in this popular tourist destination of India. There are so many things to do in Tamil Nadu such as heritage tours, performing pilgrimage in an imposing temple, shopping for silk and gold jewellery, witnessing the local festivals, and relishing the native cuisine required to understand the gist of this otherwise exhaustive state.

Tamil Nadu’s heritage tour offers pleasure and bliss to the lovers of history, architecture or those who are very curious to know about India’s ancient past. You must visit UNESCO World Heritage sites like Brihadeeswarar Temple, Airavatesvara Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram Brihadeeswarar Temple, Group of monuments Mahabalipuram, Western Ghats and Nilgiri Mountain Railway.

Moreover, adventure enthusiasts can also enjoy trekking, climbing, boating, paragliding, off-roading, Go-karting and surfing to add thrill and excitement to your Tamil Nadu trip.

In terms of bio-diversity, Tamil Nadu is the best place to explore Wildlife. More than 595 species of freshwater faunal,1898 species of terrestrial faunal species, 2247 marine faunal species,165 species of fresh water fishes,76 species of amphabians,177species of reptiles,494species of birds and 187 species of mammals adorn the land of National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu.

You will not be surprised to see last existing Spooned billed Sandpiper bird species, Malabar Civet (rarest mammal), Hawksbill Turtle, Sispara Day Gecko, Annamalai Flying Frog, Kerala Indian Frog like endangered species apart from elephants, bisons, tigers, deer and monkeys. Etc. in Tamil Nadu, which is very hard to find anywhere else in India.

Due to its diverse typography, we can also see various floral species in Tamil Nadu. Dry-deciduous forests, scrubs, mangroves, sholas, grasslands, moist deciduous, wet evergreen forests, medicinal plants and herbs forms the wilderness of National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Tamil Nadu.

The state has 5 National parks and 15 Wildlife sanctuaries, 15 bird sanctuaries, 2 conservation reserves and 5 tiger reserves. In fact, Tamil Nadu is the best place to enjoy your wildlife holidays. Tamil Nadu is a dream come true for a perfect wildlife safari. The most prominent National Parks and Sanctuaries to visit are Mudumalai National Park, Viralimalai Sanctuary, Mukurthi National Park and Srivilliputhur Sanctuary.

Tamil Nadu Weather & Climate Information

Crowning glory of South India, Tamil Nadu is a hub of cultural opulence, breezy hill stations, timeless temples, bustling cities and gorgeous coastlines. It has something for every kind of traveler but it depends when you want to visit it. Each season in Tamil Nadu has its own charm and it offers a different experience. Tamil Nadu experiences three seasons- Summer, Winter and Monsoon.

Summer Weather in Tamil Nadu

Summer in Tamil Nadu Starts from the month of March and it ends in May. It is characterized by intense heat and humidity. The temperature may rise up to 40 degree Celsius. This is the best time to explore the hill stations of Tamil Nadu where the weather will be pleasant for sightseeing and relaxing.

Every year the tourism department of Tamil Nadu organizes the summer festival in Nilgiri mountains. Tourists from all over the world this time visit Ooty to enjoy this festival and beat the heat of plains. Kodaikanal also hosts 10-day summer festival. A lot of fun filled activities like flower show, cultural programs, sports, field events etc. would make your day if you are planning to visit Tamil Nadu during Summer season.

For an adventurous and fun holidays Tranquebar, Yanam, Ooty, Trichy, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, Mudumalai are some tourist attractions to visit in March and April as the weather will be pleasant and one can indulge in thrilling adventure activities like trekking and mountaineering, camping etc. If you want to explore awesome beach destination Velankanni Beach is one of the best places to plan your summer trip.

Winter Weather in Tamil Nadu

Winter in Tamil Nadu starts from October and ends in February. The temperature ranges from 21 to 30 degree Celsius. The climate of Tamil Nadu in winters is absolutely favorable for sightseeing and beach holidays. In fact, It is the best time to visit Tamil Nadu. It is the best time to enjoy festivals like Pongal, Tamil New Year, Margazhi Utsavam and Carnatic Music Festival.

If you are planning to visit Tamil Nadu in winters, Ooty and Kodaikanal is the best place to visit in November and December. The coastal town of Kanyakumari would equally be awesome for beach holidays and relaxation.

One should not miss Chennai in winter as it remains hot and humid in Summer but in winter the weather is very soothing to enjoy sightseeing and stunning beaches in December.

Chennai Music Festival also takes place in December to make your trip more interesting. Moreover, the mesmerizing hills, lush tea gardens of Coonoor shines really bright in winters. It is the 3rd coolest place in Tamil Nadu to visit from October to February.

Apart from that Yercaud, Kotagiri, Yellagiri hills, Valparai, Koli Hills, Annamalai Hills, Meghamalai etc. are some of the coolest and stunning places to visit from December to February in Tamil Nadu.

Monsoon Weather in Tamil Nadu

Monsoon in Tamil Nadu starts from June and ends in September. The temperature from 24 to 30 degree Celsius. It is not a favorable month to travel in Tamil Nadu. However, if you are planning to visit Tamil Nadu in monsoon, visit it during the festival of Velankanni which is celebrated in the month of August to September.

Hill stations are the best places to enjoy in Tamil Nadu during Monsoon. During monsoon the beauty of nature is at its peak. Your vacation in Tamil Nadu will be soothing and relaxing if you visit Meghamalai mountains during the month of September.

Courtallam is also one of the best monsoon tourism destinations. Monsoon is a best time to enjoy the lush green vegetation and picturesque landscapes of some of the best hill stations like Yercaud, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Mudumalai, Dhanushkodi and Nagapattinam.

Popular Tourism Festivals of Tamil Nadu

Cultural capital of India, Tamil Nadu is a hub of festivities and entertainment. Festivals of Tamil Nadu are often characterized by dance and music which makes the town state of Tamil Nadu alive with vitality and delightful chaos. If you are planning to visit Tamil Nadu to have a great insight on its festivities then these are some of the most popular festivals in Tamil Nadu which are celebrated with great pomp and show.

Pongal- It is the most popular festival of Tamil Nadu. It is a harvest festival celebrated in the honor of sun god for helping in agriculture. It is celebrated for 4 days in the month of January.

Thaipusam- Thaipusam celebrates the birthday of the son of Lord Shiva – Lord Subramaniam. It is celebrated in the full moon day in the month of Thai according to the Tamil calendar.

Karthigai Deepam- Karthigai is celebrated in the month of November to December for 10 days in Tamil Nadu. It is known as festival of Lights which resembles Diwali.

Chitri Rai Festival- It is celebrated in the month of May. On this day the wedding of Lord Subramaniam and Goddess Meenakshi took place. It is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple of Madurai.

Thiruvaiyaru Festival- Thiruvaiyaru Festival is celebrated in the month of January. It is celebrated to honor saint Thyagaraja. It is one of the biggest music festivals of India.

Best Travel Tips Before Visiting Tamil Nadu

  • Make yourself aware of the local customs, culture and tradition of Tamil Nadu.
  • Always check weather conditions before visiting any coastal area or hill stations in TamilNadu.
  • Dress decently while visiting any pilgrimage places in TamilNadu.
  • You have to show an RTPCR report and covid-19 vaccination certificate.
  • Follow all the Covid-19 guidelines and maintain proper social distancing at public places.
  • For intra and interstate travel, E-registration is mandatory.
  • Pack comfortable clothes, PPE kit, face masks and sanitizer.
  • Beware of Covid-19 containment zones.
  • Book your accommodation in advance to avoid last minute hassle.

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