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State of Tamil Nadu Things to Do

  • Marina Beach

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    The most popular destination in Chennai is of course, the Marina Beach! It runs some 15 kms in length and the sands are almost a km in from the road!! The biggest negative is how littered it is!! PLease always keep an eye on where you are placing your feet..you could step on almost anything if not careful!! Saddest thing this to see such an awesome...

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  • Kapaleeshwarar Temple

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    The Kapaleeshwar Temple is possibly the oldest temple in the city and is located in the Mylapore district of Chennai. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is characteristic of the Dravidian architectural style with its elaborate and intricately carved Gopuram, mandapams and a tank. You can find fragments of inscriptions dating back to...

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  • Mahabalipuram

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    Ride down to this place on the awesome ECR (East Coast Road) on a nice sunny weekend for a truly unforgettable experience!! Mahabalipuram lies on the Coromandel Coast which faces the Bay of Bengal. This is an elegant place to watch which a well established sea port was during the 7th and 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty. This was the second...

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  • Government Museum

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    I mainly remember the Archaeology section (as you might expect), which had a fantastic Bronze Gallery, full of statues; and some wonderful early Buddhist stone sculptures. There was also a good display on the Indus. There was also a section on old coins, and an Anthropology department focused on the tribes of Southern India, but the rest of the...

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  • Fort St George

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    Fort St George was the first British fortress in India, founded in 1639 in the coastal city of Madras (modern city of Chennai). The site was selected by Francis Day and Andrew Cogan of the British East India Company and was obtained in 1640 from Damerlavenkatadanaiak. It was planned as a square enclosure and the factory was situated in the centre....

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  • Fort St George Museum

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    The Fort Museum exhibits the items of the British rule. This building was completed in 1795 and first housed the office of the Madras Bank. The hall upstairs was the Public Exchange Hall and served as a place for public meetings, lottery drawings and occasionally for entertainment. These relics are the reminder of the British rule in India. The...

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  • Ramakrishna Temple

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    This temple, located just down the road from the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in southern Chennai, is dedicated to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, one of the great religious leaders of India. A unique feature of the temple is that anyone who wants to enter can do so irrespective of religion, colour, creed or sex. The devotees who visit the shrine can take part...

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  • San Thome Cathedral

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    In the crypt of San Thome Cathedral is said to be a small bone from Saint Thomas' hand and the weapon that killed him. In the 10th century, a group of Nestorian Christians from Persia (Iran) discovered the saint’s burial site and built a church and tomb. The Portuguese then came along in the 16th century and built another church over the tomb...

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  • Zoo

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    Almost outside of Chennai there is a big zoo. (Don't ask which direction... Rather near to the airport was it, I think.) It is good place for a whole day trip. The walking paths in the zoo are rather long. In that zoo you can see for example lions (also a small lionsafari), elephants, snakes (We didn't go to see), kangaroos (We didn't see it...

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  • Ashtalakshmi Temple

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    Ashtalakshmi temple is situated near the Elliots beach in Beasant Nagar. This temple was constructed on the wishes of Sri Mahaa Periyavaal of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal. This temple is in 4 levels and the 8 manifestations of goddess lakshmi is installed here. The idols are big, some bigger than life size.

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  • St Mary's Church

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    St Mary's Church located at Fort St George, is the oldest Anglican church East of Suez and also the oldest British building in India. From 1639, when Madras was founded, until 1678, when Streynsham Master was appointed the English East India Company's Agent at Madras, religious services were conducted in the dining-room of the Factory House. It was...

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  • Indian Rock Python

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    DISTRIBUTION: Pythons are found throughout India in scrub jungle and rain forest. Forages after dark on river edges, forests and in and around human settlements. DIET: Feeds mainly on birds, jackals, deer and wildboar. SIZE: Average length between 9-10 feet [3m]. Maximum recorded length 7.62m.

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  • St Andrew Cathedral

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    Also called `the Queen of Scottish Churches in the East,' St Andrew's Church is one of the finest specimens of Georgian architecture in the Indian sub-continent. The Church, also known as 'the Kirk,' was built in 1780, on the site of Freemasons Lodge and was consecrated in 1821. Inspired by St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, it was designed by...

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  • Elliots Beach

    Chennai (Madras) Things to Do

    Also known as the Besant Nagar beach, I find it to be the best of the all public beaches in Chennai. Not only the locality around is great but also it offers lots of good eateries (both local and global brands) lining the beach. One can also try hell lot of variety of street food including Vegetable 'Bhajjis', Fish Fry, Mango Chaat, Pani Puri, Ice...

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  • Trekking In The Nilgiris

    Forming the junction of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, the Nilgiris- the `Blue Mountains’- are amongst India’s oldest mountain ranges. The hills, a part of the Nilgiri District of Tamilnadu, stretch across the borders of the state into the adjoining states of Kerala and Karnataka. Easier to traverse than the mighty Himalayas, the Nilgiris...

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  • Queen of hills - Ooty

    Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an...

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  • Chennai Crocodile Bank

    The Chennai Crocodile Bank is located about 44 Km from the Chennai city. This crocodile bank houses several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators. Here, the crocodiles are kept in their natural environment in open pools and can be viewed from safe proximity. The Crocodile farm at Chennai was set up to increase the crocodile...

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  • Sivaganga Palace near Madurai

    The Sivaganga palace, also called "Gowri Vilasam", is situated in the Sivaganga district about 40 km from Madurai. It was once the seat of Marava kings. At present the palace is in dilapidated condition but the architectural beauty can still be appreciated. The architectural style of the palace reflects elements borrowed from the Thirumalai Nayak's...

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  • THE SENATE HOUSE -Chennai

    One of Chennai's most impressive architectural marvels, Senate House, at the Madras University campus on the Marina, was constructed under the supervision of Robert Fellowes Chisholm, one of the greatest architects of the 19th century. This building, whose foundation stone was laid in 1869, was occupied in 1873. The entire structure is a harmonious...

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  • Valluvar Kottam -Chennai City

    The memorial to the poet-saint Tiruvalluvar is shaped like a temple chariot and is, in fact, the replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size statue of the saint has been installed in the chariot which is 33m. tall. The 133 chapters of his famous work Thirukkural have been depicted in bas-relief in the front hall corridors of the...

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  • Madras War Cemetery Chennai

    The War Cemetery in Chennai is a tribute to the soldiers of the Second World War. The Stone of Remembrance in the Cemetery welcomes its visitors with a beautiful line etched on it, “Their Name Liveth For Evermore”. The line has been taken from the Book of Ecclesiasticus. Besides, it was designed by Edward Lutyens, the person who designed Delhi.The...

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  • The Lourde of the east

    A church dedicated to our lady of health situated on the shore of bay of Bengal. Built by the Portuguese in 16th century the rituals in this church are a mixture of Hindu and christian traditions. There is a small museum which displays objects donated by the devotees .These are mainly replicas of human organs made in some precious metal . Again...

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  • Gopuram Temple in Chennai (Madras)

    One of the famous temples in Chennai is the Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore. It is between 300 and 400 years old, although it is said to hold fragments of inscriptions dating back to 1250 AD, which may be traces of the earlier shore temple that once dominated the town.It is this ancient temple that the newer Kapaleeswarar Temple replaced, with...

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  • Fort St George, Chennai

    Fort St George is the name of the first British fortress in India, founded in 1639 at the coastal city of Madras (modern city of Chennai.) The construction of the fort provided the impetus for further settlements and trading activity, in what was originally a no man's sand. Thus, it is a feasible contention to say that the city evolved around the...

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  • Chennai [Madras] thge capital city

    Chennai formerly known as Madras , is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. With an estimated population of 7.5 million (2007), it is the fourth largest metropolitan city in India and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.The city was established in the seventeenth century by...

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  • Gingee Fort

    Gingee Fort also known as Chinji or Jinji in Tamil Nadu, India is one of the few surving forts in Tamil Nadu — which is much more popular for its temples than forts. It lies in Villupuram district, 160 km (100 mi) from the state capital, Chennai, and is close to the union territory of Pondicherry. So well fortified was this place that Shivaji...

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  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram

    Gangaikonda Cholapuram was erected as the capital of the Cholas by Rajendra Chola I, the son and successor of Rajaraja Chola, the great Chola who conquered a large area in South India at the beginning of the 11th century C.E. It occupies an important place in the history of India. As the capital of the Cholas from about 1025 C.E. for about 250...

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  • Madurai Meenakshi Temple

    The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple, which stands today as one of India's cultural and architectural landmarks, was originally built by the early Pandya King Kulasekara. The ancient city of Madurai was supposed to be laid out in a lotus-like formation with the temple at the center and streets and main thoroughfares layered one after the other in a...

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  • Chitharal Jain Monuments

    The Chitharal Jain Monuments are located in a small village situated at a distance of 7 km from Marthandam and 55 km from Kanyakumari. Chitharal is historically known as Thirucharanathupalli – the abode of Jain monks belonging to Digambara sect.It is famous for the hillock which has a cave containing rock-cut sculptures of Thirthankaras and...

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  • Vattakottai Fort (or 'Circular Fort')

    It was constructed under the supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, an ex-Dutch naval officer of the VOC, who became commander of the Travancore army (the very army that defeated him in the Battle of Colachel) in the 18th century, after he earned the trust of the Travancore King Marthanda Varma. De Lannoy constructed Vattakottai, as part of...

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  • Magnificent memorial of Vivekananda

    Located at the southern most tip of the Indian Peninsula where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, is Kanyakumari, the place famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Here out in the sea, about 400m from the shore, on a rocky islet lies a magnificent monument, a memorial dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, the Bengali...

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  • Coonoor, a sublime hill station

    Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris, surrounded by tea plantations, at an altitude of 1839 metres. Its climate is milder than Ooty. It is a very popular weekend get away for the people in Coimbatore. Coonoor is essentially a small tea garden town where the weather remains pleasantly cool throughout the year.Coonoor is on the...

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  • Hill Stations

    Western border of Tamil Nadu with Kerala is outlined by the Western Ghats. The Ghats also has one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, Ooty (Udagamandalam) and Kodaikanal. Both these places are worth a visit to admire the natural beauty of the hills and it gives a beautiful view of the Western Ghats. The best connection to Ooty and...

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  • Kanyakumari - Triveni Sangamam

    Kanyakumari is a must visit for anyone visiting Tamil Nadu. You will find the 3 seas meet here and also various other monument. Kanyakumari is also of religious importance to the Hindus. You can read more about Kanyakumari in my kanyaKumari page.

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  • Chennai City

    Conservative yet modern. Chennai city is said to be the most conservative of the mertos. One visit to this city when you are in Tamil Nadu is inevitable as this is the transport hub and also the beach city of the state. It is also the administrative and the economical capital of the state. A rapidly growing city with a lot of conservative touch...

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  • Snake God : Nagaraja Temple

    Nagaraja means "Snake God". The town of Nagarcoil also derives its name from this temple. It is about 18 kms from kanyakumari in Nagarcoil on the Trivandrum highway. The Nagaraja temple situated here is unique in many respects. Though Nagaraja (Serpent God) is the presiding deity, the images of Lord Siva and Anathakrishna (Vishnu) are also...

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  • Suchindram Temple

    Suchindram is about 11 km from Kanyakumari and about 7 km from Nagarkoil. Suchi-Indran means the place where Indran was purified. According to the legends,once Indra was infatuated with Ahalya, wife of Rishi Gautama. One night he came to the hermitage where Gautama was living and crowed like a cock indicating dawn. Rishi Gautama thinking it was...

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  • Enfield Nomad - Custom

    There is no such model of Royal Enfield call Nomad, but the bike has got the word Nomad as part of the design. While I am still crazily taking all the Royal Enfield pictures, one young guy travel from Bangalore (calling himself techicalwriter) explain that this is a custom Enfield belongs to his friend who is helping another friend of his...

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  • Envying Enfield

    When I was still half way through my South India trip, I am always distracted by the brong-brong-brong sounds that don't sound as annoying as compared to those that of the Harley. And I know for sure they are produced by a Royal Enfield Bullet 350. I didn't know that Royal Enfield has got so many models range from Bullet, to Thunderbird & even the...

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  • Bullet or Thunderbird?

    How do you tell whether a Royal Enfield is a Bullet or Thunderbird model? The Bullet 350/500 is classic look, BSA/Norton type kind of bike. The new Royal Enfield Bullet classic motorbike series is also now available in Classic 350, 500, Machismo & Electra models.Royal Enfield Thunderbird on the other hand is an easy rider version and featured many...

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  • Hogenakkal Falls

    The name Hogenakkal is derived from Kannada[the state language of Karnataka, one of the four southern states in India]. It means smoky rocks. The gushing force of the water when it falls on the rocks below looks like smoke emanating from the rocks. hoge in kannada means smoke and of kal means rock , the falls and the place were called Hogenakkal.

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  • Hogenakkal Falls

    As the river flows through out the year, Hogenakkal can be visited through the year. The New Moon days in the months in January [Thai] and in July[Adi] are special for the pilgrims who arrive to take a dip in the river. On Adi 18th, which is in August, a festival to the river goddess is celebrated.

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  • Hogenakkal Falls

    Hogenakkal surrounded by hills at various heights. Fresh fish caught in the river are cooked and served. As one of my pic showa you can take a bath in the falls. Local people give oil massages.

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  • Hogenakkal Falls

    The name Hogenakkal is derived from Kannada. It means smoky rocks. The gushing force of the water when it falls on the rocks below looks like smoke emanating from the rocks. hoge in kannada means smoke and of kal means rock , the falls and the place were called Hogenakkal.

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  • Hogenakkal Falls

    At many places the falls descends as far as 20 m. The water also makes a continuous thundering sound. This gives the area a different atmosphere. At Hogenakkal the water spreads for miles around. The locally made boats are called Parisal.

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