Tamil Nadu formerly Madras State, is one of the 29 states of India. Boasting cultural opulence; gorgeous coastline; wildlife richness; hill stations to be enamoured of; and temples with intricate carvings to imbibe spirituality, Tamil Nadu is a destination in India that cannot be ignored. Making its place in the New York Times 2016's edition as one of the top places to visit in the world, Tamil Nadu beckoned being a popular tourist destination worldwide.

Culture

The art and culture are so deeply embedded in Tamil Nadu that as a tourist here, you have plenty of experiences to relish. The land where the tales and influence of Cholas, Pandyas, and Pallavas can still be seen and the beautiful landscape, sacred temples, and imposing wildlife make you feel instantly connected with this tourist destination in India.

The capital city, Chennai and several other cities in the state offer a delightful blend of modern and ancient, and thus, give any traveller a chance to revel amidst the fusion. In fact, the state opens its doors to those who are willing to get a new perspective without being skeptical about anything. Therefore, if you are visiting Tamil Nadu, you need to accept a different take on spirituality and culture. Yes, it is the land of Lord Murugan and Goddess Meenakshi but then it is also the abode of Mother Mary and the resting place of St. Thomas.

Cuisine

And to further enhance the cultural tour experience, you can even include flavoursome Tamil Nadu cuisine that goes beyond the conventional idli, dosa, and sambar. Relish delicious seafood, rice dishes, and a lot of vegetarian delights. Wrap up your holiday with a session of some retail therapy and take back with you local handmade items and yes that soft and elegant Silk clothes.

Festivals

Tamil Nadu is known for its magnificent festivals, outlined with rangolis, bright silks, flowers, temples celebrations and of course lots of festival food! It is a land that breathes in the natural aura of culture and tradition, a glimpse of which is seen in the rituals and the heartfelt worship people dwell their souls in. Whether it be the religious festivals, arts or the seasonal and harvest festivals, there is something quirky yet spellbinding about them, not to forget their exotic gopurams that overlook the vibrant festivities. Some of the big festivals are Thai Pongal, Natyanjali, Deepavali and Chithirai.

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