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Tamil Nadu

Introduction
Nakula Sahadeva Ratha, TamilnaduThe state of Tamil Nadu in southern India is a fascinating mosaic of traditions, customs, cuisines and culture. It has witnessed the rise and fall of some of the most powerful kingdoms of southern India like the Cheras, Cholas, Pallavas and the Pandyas. As you enter the boundaries of the state, you will come to observe a wonderful amalgamation of the old and the new. There are as many as 30,000 temples in the state with countless festivals associated with them. From heart-stirring scenes and awe-inspiring artistic capabilities to pristine flora and fauna, Tamil Nadu is a destination to cherish all your life.

Climate
Like its other southern counterparts, Tamil Nadu too has a tropical kind of climate. Temperature rises to a maximum of 43 degrees centigrade during summers whereas during winters it plummets to 18 degrees centigrade. May and June show the maximum summer temperature. January happens to be the coldest month of the year. July, August and September are the major monsoon months. You can plan your trip during winter from October to February.

Important Cities & Towns
The state has a wide-ranging panorama with its numerous cities and towns. Chennai, the state capital, is famous as the 'Gateway to the South'. Over the years, the city has seen much of advancements and economical growth. Kancheepuram, another important city, once served as the capital of the Pallava Dynasty. Kanyakumari lies at the southernmost tip of the peninsular India. Other famous cities and towns of the state include Madurai, Mamallapuram, Rameshwaram, Thanjavur, Vellore, Coimbatore, Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Kumbakonam, Ooty, Trichy etc.

People & Culture
Tamil Nadu's population is a mix of religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Jainism. The people of the state have a long cultural tradition of art, festivals and literature. They have been known for their courteousness and friendly attitude for ages. Agriculture is the main source to earn a livelihood. Tamil has the distinction of being the state's official language. People partake in the festivities regardless of their caste and creed. Pongal is the most important harvest festival here. Navaratri, Karthigai Deepam, Kavaddi and Velankanni are the other important festivals of the state.

Famous Travel Attractions
Meenakshi Amman Temple, MaduraiTemples with sky-hugging gopurams are the biggest attractions for tourists here. Mamallapuram, a seaside hamlet, is the best option to start your temple tours in Tamil Nadu. The Meenakshi Temple of Madurai is one of the finest examples of temple architecture in India. In fact, the state can aptly be termed as a living museum, showcasing the temple styles that flourished during the seventh century. Important pilgrimage centres cum beach, the towns of Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari are worth visiting for tourists and pilgrims alike. Kodaikanal and Ooty are frequented hill stations of the state. For wildlife lovers are the Annamalai Sanctuary and the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary to get an eyeful view of a variety of animal species.

Air/ Rail/ Road Links
sAnna International Airport of Tamil Nadu lies 16 km south of Chennai. There's a domestic terminal as well, connecting to the major cities of the country. Chennai is a major railway station and has regular mail and express trains from different parts of the country. Through road routes, Chennai has links with important destinations like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore among others.
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