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Meenakshi TempleTamil Nadu, in South India is well known for its historical and medieval temples and pilgrimage places. Tamil Nadu has more than 30,000 temples that are why this state is also known as the Land of Temples. The coastal boundaries of this state are lapped by Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Ancient customs and traditions dating back to 3000 years, still flourish into the lives of the people. Tamil Nadu is home of hill slopes, tea gardens, hill stations, teak and sandalwood forests. Tamil Nadu is also known for its unmatched culture which one can not find anywhere in all over the world. Tamil Nadu also has some of the best hill stations of India like Ooty, Kodaikanal and Mamallapuram. Marina Beach and Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu are major tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is known for its beautiful beach resorts. The world famous Meenakshi temple also lies in the state of Tamil Nadu.
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Major Tourist Attractions in Tamil Nadu

Meenakshi Temple
The well known Meenakshi temple in Madurai is the major tourist attraction among the local and foreign visitors. This temple has nine gopurams which are 48 mts high and visited by over 15,000 people every day. Thousands of people worship here in this temple everyday.

Ooty
Udhagamandalam or Ooty is one of the beautiful hill stations of South India. This hill station is the famous tourist place in summers. This hill station offers a cool retreat, as do Coonoor and Kotagiri, the other hill stations near by. Ooty also offers to its visitors the cascading and beautiful waterfalls, green coated valleys and sylvan surroundings.

Wildlife
Tamil Nadu is not only known for its temples and hill stations but this state is also known for its five famous National Parks and 17 Wildlife Sanctuaries. Madulmalai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries. Tamil Nadu also presents Nagarhole, Bandipur and Waynad sanctuaries.

Beaches
As Tamil Nadu is attached its long coastline with Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, it has several beautiful beaches. These all beaches are the major tourist attractions. Some of the best beaches of this state are Marina beach, Mahabalipuram Beach, Rameshwaram Beach, Kanyakumari Beach and Covelong Beach.

Kapaleeswarar Temple Kapaleeswarar Temple
Kapaleeswarar Temple is a 13th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This old temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture. The most attractive feature of this temple is its 37 mts tall gopuram. 63 idols of saints in the center of the temple is also the centre of attraction.

The Government Museum
This Government Museum has a huge collection of remains of Chola Dynasty. This Museum is located on the Pantheon Road and was established in 1857. This museum has India's best collection of geology, archeology, numismatics, anthropology, botany and zoology.
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Thousand Light Mosque
This is one of the major attractions of this region. The thousand light mosque is named after its intricate lighting system. One thousand lights are used to light its assembly hall. This mosque has two tall minarets of 64 mts each. There is also a separate place for the women to worship and pray. You can also view the library and the burial ground, built inside the mosque.

Adventure Holidays in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu in South India is not only famous for its beautiful beaches, hill stations and old temples but also for its adventure activities. If you want to enjoy the eco friendly adventure tour in India then Tamil Nadu is the best place. Tamil Nadu offers several adventure activities to indulge in like Angling, Trekking, Aqua Sports and Hang Gliding. There are lots of places in Tamil Nadu which are only known for their adventure activities and attract thousands of tourists every year.

Major Cities in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has several famous cities which offer several famous and old temples, beautiful beaches, scenic hill stations and other tourist attractions. Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu. Some of the famous cities of this state are Chennai, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Kodaikanal, Madurai, Mahabalipuram, Ooty, Rameshwaram, Thanjavur and Trichy. These all cities entertain thousands of tourists every year. Accommodation is also not an issue here.

Hotels in Tamil Nadu

Hotels and resorts in Tamil Nadu provide all the basic needs to all types of visitors. Hotels of Tamil Nadu are well known for their hospitality that India is known for. These hotels of Tamil Nadu leave everlasting impressions on tourists. Hotels in Tamil Nadu are available in a variety of ranges and locations. These hotels categories like five-stars, four-stars, beach resorts, budget hotels and government lodges. Some of the best hotels in Tamil Nadu are:
» ITC Hotel Park Sheraton, Chennai
» Hotel Taj Garden Retreat, Coonoor
» Carlton Hotel, Kodaikanal
» Hotel Taj Garden Retreat, Madurai
» Hotel Fisherman's Cove Hotel, Mahabalipuram
» Savoy Hotel, Ooty
» Jennys Residency Hotel, Trichy
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