Tamil Nadu, with its once referred to 'Coromandel Coast' boasts some of the most remarkable temple architecture in India. Together with temple towns like Kanchipuram, Tanjore and Madurai and the former French territory of Pondicherry with its own distinctive colonial inheritance, this is a rewarding state to visit. Tamil Nadu also combines beautifully with a drive over the lush, green hills of the Western Ghats into Kerala for a relaxing end to your holiday.
Why you should visit tamil nadu
- Superb, varied scenery in a tropical climate
- Architectural gems and a significantly different culture and language to other parts of India
- Untouched and beautiful coastline
- Stay at boutique hotels such as the Palais de Mahe and interesting home stays
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Tamil Nadu is covered in temples with over 30,000 in the state. Tanjore has 94 temples alone. In our opinion the best are at Mahabalipuram, Gangaikondacholapuram and Tanjore which can be visited easily during a holiday in Tamil Nadu, take a look at our holiday idea for a journey through Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
When to go to tamil nadu
Tamil Nadu offers a humid climate with a shorter season than the dry north. Visit between October and April; however, do be aware of the increasing humidity from March onwards. Maximum temperatures rarely rise above 32 degrees while minimum temperatures at sea level are almost never below 20 degrees.
Festivals in tamil nadu
Tamil Nadu is a land of festivals, celebrated with great fervour, outlined with rangoli, bright silks, flowers, temples and lots of food. No fortnight ever passes without a festival and a temple visit.
Pongal is the most important. A harvest festival celebrated by the people of Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated every January and normally lasts for days. It celebrates the sun god for giving energy. There is much preparation for this festival starting a month before.
Tamil celebrates a new year, usually in April, heralding the spring season and the first month of the Tamil calendar. Look out for beautiful Kolams that adorn the entrances of houses.
The temples are home to many local festivals, such as the Nathanjali Dance Festival in Chidambaram. Amongst others the Thiruvaiyara Festival is a well renowned classical music festival in Tanjore, held every January on the banks of the River Cauvery.
Karthigal Deepam, the festival of lights, lasts for 10 days. This festival marks the end of the monsoon season. Witness rows of earthen lamps lit in front of houses in the evening, bonfires being lit outside temple entrances and a buzz in the air, as friends and family indulge in present giving