About Tamil Nadu
We looked around on some guidance for the tour. The fascination about these dense and meandering mangrove forests canals grew as we saw the picturesque view of the Vellar backwaters.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Tamil Nadu is from November to February
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We stumbled upon this amazing concept and community of Auroville. Considering the complexity of humanity and adding a spiritual foundation, the international community of Auroville was envisioned by spiritual guru Sri Aurobindo and Mother. It was born out of the idea that all communities should be allowed to live in harmony. Over 2000 'citizens' -1200 from Tamil Nadu and 800 representing 40 other countries- live side by side in 90 different communities - each emphasizing different arts, crafts, renewable energy, healing or cottage industries. In the center of this resurrected desert community, surrounded by millions of trees forming the 'green belt' lies the Matrimandir - "the soul of Auroville". This 10 storey high golden sphere houses a spiritual treasure, a silent inner chamber built out of white marble with 12 pillars spaced around the circular room (very Free Masonic). The floor is covered with white carpeting and pillows and the lights dimmed. Sunlight from above shines a beam through the darkness down into the world's largest glass crystal ball, at the center 50 feet below.
A very beautiful hill station just a couple of kilometres away from Kodaikanal, this is a place you can visit throughout the year. The temperature is low throughout the year and thus do not forget to carry warm clothes whenever you go there. The rocks and watchpoints here are places from where you will get the best views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The main points here are the Dolphin's nose and the Suicide Point.
The name of the place means the Mother's Temple and is also known as the Auroville. The name was given after Rishi Aurobindo who believed that all human beings could overcome supernatural conciousness by rigorous meditation. It has a unique shape of a flattened sphere which is coated with golden discs and this is to represent that there are no ends and corners and that the whole world is round like a sphere here. The disadvantage is that not everyone get the permission to meditate here. This can also be taken as an advantage as you can go through the most peaceful experience due to less people here. As you start entering this place, you will have to remove your shoes and be in complete white socks. You will then have to ascend and descent steps to reach an inner chamber which again has two ramps and pillars which do not touch the ceiling. This is to give a feeling that meditation has no limit. Also the white marble is a symbol of peace here and the symbol of flower has 12 petals representing attributes of the Universal Mother. These are responsive, courage, progress, kindness, generosity, sincereity, peace, humility, gratitude, aspiration and perseverence.
This is the highest peak in the Nilgiri region and is about 10 kilometres from the city of Udhagamandalam or Ooty. The main attraction here is the center for tourists on the peak of this hill. There is an observatory on the top floor of this tourist center and there are twin telescopes hre. From the glass paned observatory, with the help of telescopes, you get awesome views of the whole district till far away places.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this complex is made up of one large and two small temples. These were built during the the 8th Century AD during the time of King Narasimhavarmana II. This place during that time was an important port and a center for trade and business activities. This is known as the Shore Temple Complex as this is very close to the sea and a part of the coastal area on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. People who visit this place make sure to take a dip in the sea before worshipping here.
This Serenity Beach is a ten minutes drive toward the town's north. This virgin shoreline, with its peaceful surroundings is a perfect spot to laze away your day. Beautiful and outstanding, the name "Serenity" is exceptionally selected for this shoreline. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that this shoreline is a heaven for honeymooners. You will feel casual and quiet, as well as feel a feeling of having a place. This shoreline will give you an extraordinary perspective of the Indian Ocean and you can invest your energy in a voyage. Since the shoreline is not extremely well known yet, it is detached and peaceful. So keep all of your considerations about extravagant excursions to Paris and Italy away, and make the most of your special night on Indian waters where you will get a desire for time to achieve a standstill. Comparatively this shoreline is cleaner calmer and has a popular surf school toward one side of this shoreline.
A mere walk of 5 minutes, this is a watchpoint in Kodaikanal. More than a walk tourists love to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding sceneries from here. Since Kodaikanal is at a high altitude, you can get spectacular views of about 2000 ft if you look down. The surrounding mountains and valleys with the lush greenery and the view of the foamy waters looks awesome. The cool breeze brushing your face and the colourful, wild flowers geowing around you make it a memorable exoerience.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Let spirituality envelop you at The Vivekananda Rock Memorial.If Swami Vivekananda were alive today, he’d probably choose another spot to meditate seeing the number of travellers this memorial attracts. The architecture here is representative of different styles and this amalgamation is a major factor that attracts travellers here.
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
On the top of Kolukkumalai peak, we sat down and slowly I noticed dew drops flowing on from my hair and my tshirt was filled with droplets to look like powder fallen on clothes.It was great experience there as I am seeing fog turning to mist and snow for the first time. We can feel the drops falling.We never thought of going down until one of us told that the Jeep driver must be wondering why we aren't returning by now.We went to Munnar from there, had some food and rode to home in a stretch.It was the most peaceful 1000km ride.
Home to more than 650 species of plants and herbs, this is a prime attraction in the Queen of Hill Stations which is Ooty. There are a number of rare species of plants and herbs here along with a number of varieties of flowers. The main attraction here is the monkey's puzzle tree which has a strange shape and the name is given because even monkeys fail to climb this tree. There is also a paper bark tree and also a fossilized tree. The other sections of this garden are the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Fountain Terrace, conservatories and fountains. The Government also organizes a check everyday via the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu. The Summer Festival is a sight to behold out here.
This is the prime attraction of Ooty and is an artificial lake which was constructed by John Sullivan in the year 1824. This was made by making dams run by the waters from the river which flowed down to the valley region. The main motive was to help fishermen by making fishing ferries out here. T^he lake is beautiful and is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and one one side runs a railway line too. The boathouse from where you can hire boats of all kind. This was opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Department and boating is the main activity near this place. During the summer season, anumber of boat races and paegentries are held here.
A main beach of Chennai, this is better than most of the other beaches around. The main reason that the place is very clean and also not overcrowded. You can swim here, enjoy picnics or just come here for a friendly visit. The scenic beauty os extraordinary around and thus serves as a perfect place for some awesome photography too.
Located in the main hill station of the Nilgiris which is Ooty, this is a lean and large lake. People come here for site- seeing, photography or boating usually. Other than this, picnics are a common site here because spending fun time with the family amidst such natural beauty is sheer happiness. There is also a boat house here from where you can hire boats. You get an option when it comes to the type of boats. You can anything from speedboats to the normal ferry boats. The latter can usually carry about 8 persons which means the whole family can enjoy a boat trip together.
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Known as the Church of Our Lady of Angels, here we see some brilliant masonry and architectural styles. When the church was built, to give it the colour of absolute white marble, fine limestone was mixed with lot of egg whites to make the walls very white. The upper part of the church was made in the Ionic style and the lower part was made in the Doric Style which are both classical styles of architecture. The design of the church was inspired from another chapel of France. The painting that you see on the wall of this church was gifted by Napolean Bonaparte. In front of this church is the statue of Mother Mary with Baby Jesus in her Arms. The church is in a place from where you can see the beach as well as the bay of Bengal. There are also statues of the Joan of Arc and other saints and personalities.
PICHAVARAM MANGROVE FOREST
HighlightsAttractions: Mangrove forests boat rideSeason: November to February for bird watching, September to April for normal visits.Working hours: 8am to 5pmWeather: 21°C – 30°C so mostly sunnyDetails:If pristine beaches, eloquent French cuisine and silent churches are too mainstream, Pichavaram is what gives you a feeling of “cherry on the cake”.
The caves.. yeah! Stony and slippery.. A small adventurous uphill walk(or rather climb) which will make you almost believe that you cant make it to the top of the cave! The incessant rainfall was discouraging, also a bit foggy which was obfuscating our view. Nevertheless, we marched to the caves highest point. Moving up was tedious while moving down was also enjoyable in a way that we thought we could just roll down the cliff, over the edge and down, down, down.. Shouldn't be a miss!
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and under the supervision of the Archeological Survey of India, this is a monument complex in the city of Mahabalipuram in the Kanchipuram District. This is a part of the Coromandel Coast on the Bay of Bengal. These are known as Pancha Rathas because each of the monuments are built in the shape of chariots or rathas. Each of these are monolitihic structures and are built of one granite block each. From beginning to end, these are the Dharmaraja ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakula Sahadeva Ratha and Draupadi Ratha. These were built during the time of the Pallava Dynasty rulers Mahendravarman and his son Narasimhavarman I. These are often mistaken as temples but were never used for the purpose since these were never completed at all after the death of Narasimhavarman I. Also, this place has simply no relation with the Pandavas from Mahabharata. The names were given just to make the rathas prominent and sitinguishable.
This is a place where the Cauvery River meets the Arkavati River forming a narrow ravine and also a deep gorge. This place is mainly known for its extreme natural beauty and also for the thrilling experience you can enjoy out here. You can park your vehicle and cross the river on foot only but you should be careful of the rough rocks here. The rocks b2ecome really slippery at times especially the monsoons. The river water has high current and taking the help of locales would be a veru wise decesion.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
This was a railway line in the state of Tamil Naddu which was built by the British in the year 1908. The passenger railway moves along 16 tunnels, over 250 bridges and 208 curves. The main stations withing this route are the Mettupalayan, Kallar, Adderly, Hillgrove, Runnymede, Kateri, Conoor Lovedale and others.
Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple
It was not 5 km but more than 15 kms to reach Suseenthiram. Though the navigation system asked us to take a right long before, we loved the 4 lane drive and kept heading on. Likely, we took the longer route. Many places on the way were worth visiting but this time we were focused. The beautiful magnificent white gopuram was splendid. Being a Saturday, the temple was crowded as it is known for Anjaneyar. It is special to dedicate butter and rose water to him and it was all streamlined as we went through the process. One thing here, for the people who are doing it, it is 10 + 1, for everyone who is doing it, it is special. Wish this understanding sets into the minds of people taking care of the pooja. The deities here are unique, you will see 3 faced god representing Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma and the main lingam with a face of an ascetic with beard and jadamudi (hair bundled on the head), a very unique presentation of the lord. We always tend to go around the temple and the beauty of the carvings left us spellbound. There were steps to climb and on the top we have Kailasanathar in all opulence, a perfect meditative spot for those looking for calm and peace in the temple. Further as we came around, there was a smaller temple kind of structure, where we saw Ardha Meru and many gods and goddesses with the ancient structure preserved intact.
Hotel Saravana Bhavan
This is one of the best places if you are a South Indian food lover. The Saravana chain is spread all across the world including many countries and their food and service is praised everywhere. It is considered as one of the best places to have South Indian delicacies all around north India. Their specialties are simple dosa, idlis and South Indian dessert varieties. The service is quick, food simple and tasty and the ambience is comfortable and homely. So, if you want some good food on a casual afternoon, this will suit you really well.
Meenakshi Amman Kovil
The life of the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu is said to revolve around the twin temples of Madurai. These are the temples of Sundereshwarar and Meenakshi which are like a city in itself. This is because the temples' complex consists of almost around 12 gopurams of various designs and heights. The lake inside is known as the Golden Pond as this was the sam place in which a golden lotus once grew for Indira Puja. The Ayiram Kaal Mandapam is the 1000 pillar temple and is the main attraction in the complex. The unique fact about this temple is that the pillars seem to be built in an exact straight line from any angle you view it from. This temple was built around 2000 years ago and still maintains the grandeur. Many rulers and kings have contributed for the building of this temple and the maximum came from King Thirumalai Naakkar.
MGM Dizzee World
Designed by Italian architects, the amusement park is spread out on a huge green area and rests against the scenic blue beach front of the East Coast Road, at Muttukadu, about 30km away from Chennai city. It is one of the largest theme parks and thrills over one million eager clients every year. This amusement park is a household name in all of Tamil Nadu.6. Savour some delicious south Indian cuisine
Krishnas Butter Ball
As we have heard a lot of stories about gods and goddesses, the tales about Lord Krishna are the most popular. We have been hearing the stories of the sweet baby Krishna who was very naughty and loved butter. He would always steal from his mother's kitchen and share it with his friends too. This balancing rock in Mahabaleshwar is also refrerred to as a dollop of butter Lord Krishna would have stolen during his childhood. Not a very croewded place you can come here for picnics or just to spend time on a lazy afternoon.
The East Coast Road which joins Pondicherry to Chennai is also known as the Pondicherry road and is one of the majormost parts of the road networks of Chennai. This road is also known as the National Highway or NH- 49. The road is built on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The network has now been extended upto Thootokudi via the network of Chidambaram. This is not only helpful for everyone but has also decreased the time taken to reach the places it connets with.
2. Get lost in crowded George Town -Consider shopping at George Town, a place that has a notorious reputation for being the most crowded market in the city. A walk through the Burma Bazar will mesmerize you. Beautiful and soft mulberry silk is sold here. To add to it, the beautiful Kanchipuram sarees are available in a number of designs. If this is not enough, you can browse through the numerous shops that sell toys, perfumes, electronic goods, jewelry, fabric, readymade garments, stationery items, gift items, traditional handicrafts, clothes, bags, shoes, junk accessories, mobile accessories and what not! It is a known fact that the price of products sold here is reasonable and thus George Town makes it to the list of 6 cheap places to shop in Chennai.
Bangalore is such a good place. It is kind of center to execute all kind trips. Off-road, hilly, forest etc, everything is just very near. I just wait for long weekends so that I can mark those places on my calendar “one more done” ! Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra and Maharashtra each and every place with their own attractions. Valpari forest, ooty’s 36 hair pin bends, NH4; a clean green open highway, wayanad; jungle hi jungle and never ending list...this place is blessed for people who love to explore who love to travel.
Chennai is rightly a metropolitan city with a number of posh shops and shopping arenas. Amethyst is an all-in-one place to spend time in. This is a haveli- style café along with a flower shop and a clothing boutique. The décor of the shop lives up to the graceful name with the number of crystal and amethyst studded showpices. The classy taste of the owner inspires you to trust them on the quality of things they sell. They also sell all sorts of exotic flowers and bouquets for all occassions which have a special importance for you.
Vivekananda Rock Line
My alarm started to ring at 5.30 AM and I quickly woke up and rushed towards the beach inside Vivekanda Puram to witness the sunrise. Still the sun was not out in the sky and but some people were already reached the place before me to view the sunrise. Grdually the Sun started rising on the eastern sky and the view was enchanting.
An apt place for a peaceful getaway or some quiet moments with nature. The lake is large and is located in ooty which is in itself known as the best hill station over here. It is not a very popular tourist attraction mainly because it is hidden amidst a number of trees which form a forest. The scenic beauty that you find here is better han many other places in Ooty which you have visited many times. The advantage for it still being unknown to many is that you can spend peaceful time and the place is still very clean and unexploited completely.