The 10 Best Things to Do in Tamil Nadu, India

November 17, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

^# Jana Gana Mana is the national anthem, while "Invocation to Tamil Mother" is the state song/anthem. ^† Established in 1773; Madras State was formed in 1950 and renamed as Tamil Nadu on 14 January 1969 ^^ Tamil is the official language of the state. English is declared as an additional official language for communication purposes.

1. Brihadeeshwara Temple

Trichy High road, Thanjavur 613001, India +91 78320 34083
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5 based on 1 reviews

Brihadeeshwara Temple

Reviewed By David T - Burry Port, United Kingdom

A fascinating temple, full of history and marvellous architecture, giving a real taste of Hindu India.

2. Airavatesvara Temple

Thanjavur | Darasuram, Kumbakonam 612001, India
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5 based on 352 reviews

Airavatesvara Temple

This 12th-century Chola temple is a compact gem.

Reviewed By Arvind S - Chennai (Madras), India

Dharasuram Airawateshwar temple is located 4 Km from the city centre and is easily accessible by autorickshaw/ cab from the city. The temple is a UNESCO world heritage site, akin to Gangai Konda Cholapuram (40km from here) and Shri Bruhadeshwara temple (45 Kms from here)., and boasts of a lush green manicured garden at the frontage, which is a wonderful place to unwind after time well spent.

There is no entry fee to visit the temple or for taking photographs. Not too many 'guides' and commercial vendors run behind you trying to convince you to buy something. The place is best visited at dawn or before dusk, when the sun's rays fall on the rocks, turning them into an abode of gold.
Spend time marveling at the intricately carved images of gods, goddesses and people of yore. Look up at the ceiling to appreciate the hundreds of fine carvings.
Being a world heritage site, more could be done to maintain the carvings from disuse. I hope good sense prevails.

3. Sri Meenakshi Temple

North Chitrai Street | J K Plaza, 10/20, Bye-Pass Road, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, Madurai 625001, India +91 90433 25105
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Sri Meenakshi Temple

Experience the culture of Madurai with this private tour of its ancient temples. Spend approximately 45 minutes visiting each of the Dravidian temples built by the Pandyan and Madurai Nayak kings, earning the city its nickname Koil Maanagar, which means Temple City. Discover why Madurai, also called the City of Junctions or Koodal Nagaram, is one of India's most outstanding Hindu pilgrimage centers.

Reviewed By starkman2017 - Calgary, Canada

well worth the visit to see a touch of hindu culture. I am so glad we had a guide on the Gate 1 tour. I loved the paintings on the ceilings and the beautiful brass/golden images of their sacred dieties. Although it was hot ouside inside teh temple it was cool.

4. Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Cholapuram, Thanjavur, India +91 96000 17031
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Reviewed By Baburajnair - shoranur

Wonderful ambience, great architecture. Well maintained, but no entry fee. Beauty to watch. Heritage spot. Not over crowded, better to reach in the early morning. Parrots and pigeons all around

5. Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple

No : 1, 8th street Ram Nagar | Nanganallur, Chennai (Madras) 600 061, India 22671410
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4.5 based on 205 reviews

Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple

Reviewed By meghashyam - Chennai (Madras), India

Sri Anjaneya swami is imposing , very well maintained and poojas are systematic , akanda deepam in front of lord is beautiful , prasadam is constantly given free of cost . Sri Raghavendra swami temple and Sri Uttara Guruvayurappan temple are walkable from this temple .

6. Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple

Tirunelveli Centre, Tirunelveli, India +91 462 233 9910
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple

Reviewed By KS R - Bengaluru, India

We visited the temple complex and were impressed with this ancient temple with musical pillars (like in Hampi) and stone pillars (like in Rameswaram).
Not many devotees comparatively and we had darshan without any Q.
Outside the temple, the surroundings are not so well maintained. Still worth a visit to this ancient temple.
Good connectivity with Town bus service from Railway station.

7. Pamban bridge

Pamban Island, Rameswaram, India +91 81222 33700
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4.5 based on 339 reviews

Pamban bridge

Reviewed By urmiladhupar - Mumbai, India

Good old and very long bridge which opens from the middle to pass the big ship. Its on the way when we enter Rameshwaram. Good ocean view below it, clean and beautiful

8. Sri Ramana Ashram

Chengam Road | M, Thiruvannamalai, India +91 4175 237 292
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4.5 based on 214 reviews

Sri Ramana Ashram

Reviewed By nana16march - Chennai

Maharishi Ramana was a great person, lived simply and preached what he practised and one need not make special efforts to practice.The ashram was kept very clean and when one enter the prayer hall you feel like sitting down and pray. A must place for those who seek tranquility

9. Church of our Lady of Velankanni

611 111 Shrine Basilica Vailankanni | Nagapattinam District, Velankanni, India 04365 : 263 423
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4.5 based on 254 reviews

Church of our Lady of Velankanni

Reviewed By Sandamalie

Wrote a review a few minutes ago and couldn't put my name .
I am Sandamalie Fernando from Sri Lanka. The three days was great. Leon was very helpfull and obliging. Room service food location fantastic. Veera was absent but Leon made up for it. Umapathy, loganadan, Alex was very helpfull. Thank you everybody. I wrote a review earlier but couldn't put my name. So here I am writing again briefly. Will recommend the hotel to everybody. Thank you once again. See you again next year.
Sandamalie Fernando
Srilanka.

10. Descent Of The Ganges

Mahabalipuram, India +91 81222 33700
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Descent Of The Ganges

Reviewed By Aryan2007 - MUMBAI

The Descent of Ganges is a part of the overall massive sculpture showing Arjuna's penance as well. The Ganges story is that the sage Bhagiratha performs austerities in order to bring the Ganges down to earth. Shiva had to consent to break her fall in his hair, because otherwise its force would be too great for the earth to contain.
Beautiful and mega sculpture puts one in awe of the same !!!1

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