Known as the ‘land of the temples’, the state of Tamil Nadu has everything from extraordinary architecture influenced by the Cholas to beautiful beaches to hill stations and precious wildlife. Tamil Nadu is also home to the spicy ‘Chettinad Cuisine’ and that in itself is worth a try.Located in the south of India, Tamil Nadu is homeland to one of the oldest living civilizations and has come to be known by many as the 'land of temples'. Three powerful dynasties - the Cholas, the Pallavas and the Pandyans have influenced this area over a period of thousand years, giving its unique religious and political traditions. There is something for every style of traveler here, if the heat and chaos of Tamil Nadu's temple trail around Thanjavur or the city bustle of Chennai is overwhelming, then you could head towards the cool hill stations areas of Ooty, Yercaud and Kodaikanal; perfect for its lush green hilly areas and stunning backdrops. Those looking to settle beach-side have plenty of options as well and can explore the seaside village of Mamallapuram or head all the way down to the southern most tip of India known as Kanyakumari (or the 'Cape') to witness the sunset where 3 seas meet.
Sunset at the Cape (Kanyakumari)