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Wed, 20 Sep 2017      
 
TAMILNADU
SUGGESTED NUMBER OF DAYS: 14N/15D
POSSIBLE ADD ONS: PERIYAR – COCHIN – ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM
ROUTING: CHENNAI – MAMALLAPURAM – PONDICHERRY – TANJORE – MADURAI – KARAIKUDI
     
The region has been the home of the Tamil civilization since at least 1500 BC, as attested by numerous archeological sites in and around Adichanallur. Its classical language Tamil has been in use in inscriptions and literature for 2500 years. Tamil Nadu is home to many natural resources, grand Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture, hill stations, beach resorts, multi-religious pilgrimage sites and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites
 History
From early pre-historic times, Tamil Nadu was the home of the four Hindu Tamil kingdoms of the Chera, Chola, Pandya and Pallavas. The oldest extant literature, dated between 300 BC and 600 AD mentions the exploits of the kings and the princes, and of the poets who extolled them.
 Geography
Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula and is bordered by Puducherry (Pondicherry), Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is bound by the Eastern Ghats in the north, the Nilgiri, the Anamalai Hills, and Palakkad on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait in the south east, and by the Indian Ocean in the south.

Tamil Nadu is the eleventh largest state in India by area (about the size of Greece) and the seventh most populous state. Tamil Nadu covers an area of 130,058 square kilometres (50,216 sq mi), and is the eleventh largest state in India. Tamil Nadu has a coastline of about 910 kilometres (600 mi) which is the country’s third longest coastline.
MAJOR TOURIST PLACES IN TAMILNADU
 CHENNAI
 MAMALLAPURAM
 KANCHIPURAM
 THIRUVANNAMALAI
 CHIDAMBARAM
 TANJORE
 THIRUCHIRAPALLI
 MADURAI
 KARAIKUDI
 KODAIKANAL
 KANYAKUMARI
CHENNAI
     
Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is the fourth most populous metropolitan area and the fifth most populous city in India. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai city had a population of 4.34 million in the 2001 census within the area administered by the Corporation of Chennai. The urban agglomeration of metropolitan Chennai has an estimated population over 8 million people.
ATTRACTIONS IN CHENNAI
 Parthasarathy Temple
The temple was built in the 8th century by the Pallava kings of South India. It was renovated by the mighty Vijayanagar kings in the 16th century. The temple, situated in Triplicane, another beach in Chennai and one of the major harbours during Pallava time, is famed for the beauty of its gopuram (arched gateway) and its architecture. The entire locality is fashioned around the temple
 Kapaleshwarar Temple
This temple was constructed in the 13th century and is a living example of the architectural skills of the Dravidians. Situated in the Malaypore area of Chennai, the temple is the nucleus of the local tank market and residential quarters around it. The main entrance facing east is painted in red, blue and yellow with Puranic legends sculpted on the sanctum sanatorium
 Santhome Cathedral
Built over the tomb of apostle St. Thomas, the Santhome Cathedral is an important pilgrimage centre. According to legends, St. Thomas arrived in India from Palestine in AD 52 and died after 26 year. The church was built after a millennium, probably by the Persian Christians, and his remains were moved inside. The church was refurbished in 1606 and made into a cathedral. Again, in 1806, it was rebuilt as a basilica. There is a museum in its premises with a 16th-century map of South Asia.
 Fort St. George
The most powerful symbol of the British Empire in its early days in India, Fort St. George was the first piece of real estate for British in India. For many, it is still unclear that why Sir Day (the founder) choose this place to build this important fort, leaving many other picturesque locations on the vast coastline of the Bay of Bengal. The fort has a grey granite exterior unlike the Mughal forts that has lavish ornamentation and luxury.
 Marina Beach
The beach extends from Fort St. George all the way to Mahabalipuram. The beach looks spectacular at dusk when the setting sun casts iridescent glow and peddlers sell everything from ice creams to roasted peanuts to balloons. You can also read your future from the fortune tellers and palm readers who lure the visitors by various means. Don't try to show your swimming skills here as the sea can get quite rough here.
 National Art Gallery
Built in 1906, the gallery is situated in a splendid Indo-Saracenic edifice. The building was initially known as Victoria Memorial Hall and was designed by Henry Irwin. The eminent historian Tillotson described it as one of "the proudest expressions of the Indo-Sarcenic movement". There is a good collection of old paintings and sculptures including Tanjore paintings on glass; Rajput and Mughal miniature paintings.
 The Snake Park
Situated in the Guindy National Park in the Raj Bhavan Estate has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles.
 Theosophical Society
The Theosophical Society was founded by an expatriate named Annie Besant in the year 1875. The spiritual movement was originally formed in the state of America. The society originated from Chennai city and with in a short span of time spread to the whole sub continent and beyond. The primary objective of the society was to revive the Hindu culture that had been badly ravaged by the colonial rule.
 Kalakshetra
Kalakshetra was started in January 1936 by Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, as a Cultural Academy for preservation of traditional values in Indian art, especially in the field of dance and music. It became a centre of excellence due to her dedication and perseverance. Under her guidance the Institution achieved National and International recognition for its unique style and perfection.
 Crocodile Bank
Crocodile Bank is a crocodile breeding and research centre that is run by the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust. This bank houses several species of Indian crocodiles and alligators from India and around the world. These reptiles are bred in captivity and are kept in their natural habitat in open pools and can be viewed by the public from a safe proximity. This farm breeds crocodiles to augment the crocodile population of wildlife sanctuaries.
REACHING CHENNAI
Chennai is one of the four metros in India. It can be reached by air, rail and road or even by sea.
 By Air
Chennai is well connected to the world and most international airlines have flights to Chennai's Anna International Airport. Domestic airlines operate daily flights to all major cities of the country from the Kamaraj domestic terminal near the international terminal. Both air terminals are located at Meenambakkom about 20 kms from the city.
 By Rail
Chennai is the headquarters of Southern Railway, a division of Indian Railway. Chennai is connected to many cities and towns by super-fast and express trains. The city has two main railway stations.Chennai Central, which links north and west India and Egmore, which links south India.
 By Road
Chennai is well connected to all the major cities of India by a network of highways and roads. Most government bus services for Tamil Nadu and other states now operate from the newly opened Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, Koyembedu.It is claimed to be the largest bus station in Asia. Inter state buses operate at regular intervals from Chennai.
MAMALLAPURAM
     
Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
SIGHTSEEING
 The Arjuna's Penance
The Arjuna's Penance is a skillfully carved rock and the largest relief sculpture in the world. It gets its name from the figure of an ascetic who is believed to be Arjuna, the hero of Mahabharata, doing penance to obtain a boon from Lord Siva. However, there are others who think that the figure is actually Bhagiratha who entreated Siva to let the river Ganges flow over the earth.
 Five Rathas
About 15 km from the royal city of Mysore lies the town of Srirangapatnam. Built in 1784 in the Indo-Saracenic style, the palace also has a small museum where Tipu's trivia, including a gold- embroidered tunic, old paintings and a coin collection, are displayed.
 Tiger's Cave
Tiger's Cave is located 4 kms north of the main monument complex. It is an open air theatre, where cultural programs are held. Though it is very near the sea, the place is serene and calm.
 The Shore Temple
The Shore Temple is one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 8th Century AD and is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style.
REACHING MAMALLAPURAM
Mahabalipuram in tamil nadu is a popular tourist destination with a harmonious blending of history and clean beaches.
By Air:Chennai is the nearest airport, 58 km away and has an international and domestic terminal. chennai is connected with all the major cities in india through direct flights.
By Rail: The nearest railway stations are chenglapattu, 29 km away and chennai, 58 km away which has a good rail network connecting all major rail junctions in india.
By Road: Mahabalipuram is connected by road to chennai, chegalapattu, pondicherry, kanchipuram and other important cities in tamil nadu.you can even hire a taxi to mahabalipuram from chennai.
KANCHIPURAM
     
Kanchipuram, Kanchi, or Kancheepuram is a city and a municipality in Kanchipuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a temple town and the headquarters of Kanchipuram district. In ancient times it was called Kachi and Kachiampathi. Kanchipuram is located on the Palar River, and known for its temples and silk sarees.
SIGHTSEEING
 Sri Ekambareswara Temple
The deity Sri Ekambareswara here is in the form of 'Prithvi Lingam'. According to a legend, Kailash Parvathy, Shiva's consort, playfully closed his eyes bringing darkness to the entire world. Lord Shiva angrily cursed her to become black like Kali. The goddess however did penance here and made a lingam under a mango tree. The temple is spread over an area of 20 acres and has a 58.5 m tall south gopuram.
 Sri Kailasanatha Temple
The 8th century temple was made by Rajasimha of the Pallava in red sandstone. Among the innumerable carvings, the Urdhva Tandava dance of Siva and the laughing face of Parvati are fabulous. The architecture of the temple looks like that of the Shore Temple at Mamallapuram.
 Sri Kamakshiamman Temple
One of the three Shakti peethas of India, the patron deity of Kanchi is Goddess Kamakshi, having Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati as her eyes. The sanctum sanctorum faces southeast in the centre of Gayatri Mandapam, a delightful grove of Champaka trees.
REACHING KANCHIPURAM
Kanchipuram, the temple town near Chennai is a popular tourist destination. It is quite accessible by air, rail and road.
By Air:The airport nearest to Kanchipuram is Chennai from where international and domestic flights operate.
By Rail:Kanchipuram is connected by rail to Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati and Bangalore.
By Road:Kanchipuram is well connected by roads to Chennai and other important cities and towns in Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India. For local transport cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are available.
THIRUVANNAMALAI
     
Thiruvannamalai is a pilgrimage town and municipality in Thiruvannamalai district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is the headquarters of the Thiruvannamalai district. Thiruvannamalai is home to the Annamalaiyar Temple located at the foot of the land amongst one of the great Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu. Thiruvannamalai has long been associated with many yogis and siddhars, and more recently the 20th century guru Ramana Maharshi. The sanskrit name for Thiruvannaamalai - Arunachala - became known worldwide mostly due to Sri Ramana.
SIGHTSEEING
 Arunachaleswarar temple
The Arunachaleswarar Shiva temple in Thiruvannamalai situated at the foot of the Arunachala hill, is one of the largest (25 acres) and oldest temples in all of south India. The era of its founding is unknown; the complex grew over several millenia; and the large towers, called gopurams, were erected between the 10th and 16th centuries. The tallest gopuram is over 60 meters tall and has 13 stories.
 Ramana Maharishi Ashram
The terms of the will that Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi approved of prior to his Mahanirvana stipulated that the ashram should be maintained as a spiritual centre even after he ceased to exist physically. The ashram expanded at a rapid pace and a number of permanent structures were added as the years rolled by. Cottages were built for the devotees who wished to stay on permanently, while guesthouses were constructed for those who visited on temporary basis.
REACHING THIRUVANNAMALAI
By Air: The nearest airport is at Chennai 170 km.
By Rail: A railway line between Vellore and Villupuram passes through Thiruvannamalai, where passengers can board a passenger train to Vellore or Villupuram (traffic in this section is now closed for gauge conversion). The nearest major railway station is at Tindivanam (63 km). Thiruvannaamalai need Railway line to Tindivanam It's has easily to connect state capital Chennai. As of now no direct or indirect rail connection from state capital Chennai. And also need direct railway connection to Bangalore.
By Road:Thiruvannamalai is well connected to many cities and towns in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by road. This town lies on the junction of the Chittoor - Cuddalore state highway and the Puduchery - Bengalooru national highway (NH 66). The TNSTC operates many bus services to the different towns and cities in Tamil Nadu.
CHIDAMBARAM
Chidambaram is a municipality in Tamil Nadu and the taluk (tehsil) headquarters of the Cuddalore district. Located at,11 km from the coast, 20 km from the towns Kollidam and Sirkazhi, and 240 km south of Chennai by rail in the Kollidam River Valley. It has an average elevation of 3 metres (9 ft).
Chidambaram is a major pilgrimage site for Shaivites as well as Vaishnavites, where one of the holiest and ancient temples of Hinduism is located.
Chidambaram is the birthplace of the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.
SIGHTSEEING
 The Nataraja temple
The Nataraja temple is located in the centre of the town and covers an area of 40 acres. The roof of the sanctum sanctorum is covered with gold plates. The presiding deity of the temple is represented by air, one of the five elements of the universe and is known as Akasa Lingam.
REACHING CHIDAMBARAM
By Air:Chidambaram has the nearest airports in Tiruchirapalli (195 km) and Chennai (245 km). From Tiruchirapalli, you can board Indian Airlines flights to Chennai (Madras), which is connected to all the major cities in India and abroad.
By Rail: Chidambaram lies on the Madras-Tiruchirapalli main line of the Southern Railway. It is connected with Tiruchirapalli, Madras, Madurai (335 km), Rameshwaram (575 km), Bangalore (340 km), and Tirupati (290 km).
By Road:You can go for bus services, which are frequently available to various places in Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Pondicherry states from Chidambaram. There are non-stop bus services and express bus services to major cities like Chennai.
Local Transport:Taxis and auto rickshaws are available without meter for local transportation. Buses and cycle rickshaws are also available here. A ride on bullock carts is a specialty.
TANJORE
     
Thanjavur, also known by its anglicised name Tanjore, is a municipality and the headquarters of the Thanjavur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The name Thanjavur is derived from "Tanjan", a legendary asura in Hindu mythology. Thanjavur is one of the oldest cities in India and has a long and varied history dating back to Sangam period. The city rose into prominence during the rule of the Later Cholas when it served as the capital of the Chola empire. After the fall of the Cholas, the city was ruled by the Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, the Madurai Nayaks, the Thanjavur Nayaks, the Thanjavur Marathas and the British. It has been a part of independent India since 1947.
SIGHTSEEING
 Brahadeeswarar temple
Of the many temples Brahadeeswarar temple is world famous temple. This temple was built during the period of Raja Raja I, around the 10th century. Brahadeeswarar is a gigantic lingam cut in a monolithic rock is about 8.7mtrs height. There is a huge Nandi within the vincity of the temple. It is the second largest monolithic Nandi in the country. The dome of the temple rests on a single granite rock which resembles Egyptian pyramids.
 Thanjavur Palace
This palace was partly built by the Nayaks in 1550 and partly by the Marathas. It has gigantic halls, spacious corridors, observation and arsenal towers and a shady courtyard. It is in ruins now but enclose though many sections of the palace are in ruins restoration work has been taken up. The palace houses a library, a museum and an art gallery.
REACHING TANJORE
By Air: The city does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is in Trichy only 54kms away from Tanjore. Many private and public airlines operate domestic flights to and from Trichy. Some other international airlines too operate regular flights to this airport.
By Rail:A good network of well maintained roads connect Tanjore with major south Indian cities like Chennai, Madurai, Trichy and so on. These places again are linked to rest of the country by road.
By Road:The city has a railway station of its own. A well laid out rail network links Tanjore with cities in this part of India. Many important trains service the station regularly.
TIRUCHIRAPALLI
     
It is situated in the centre of the state, on the banks of the Cauvery River. Trichy is a Municipal Corporation and the administrative headquarters of Tiruchirapalli District. Trichy city encompasses Srirangam, a Vaishnavite temple and the biggest functioning Hindu temple in the world. Trichy also contains "ThiruAnaikka" (ThiruvAnaikkaval), House of Water, one of the five main abodes ("Panchaboodha Sthalam") of Lord Shiva. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was born in Thiruvanaikaval and his house has been preserved as a museum.
SIGHTSEEING
 The Rock Fort temple
The Rock Fort temple complex houses three temples - the Manikka Vinayakar temple at the foot of the hill, the Uchhi Pillayar Koyil at the top of the hill and the Taayumaanavar Koyil (Shivastalam) on the hill.
 Sri Ranganathaswami Temple
Srirangam is said to be the abode of Lord Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple of Ranganathar is said to be the largest in India.
 Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswara Temple
Just 2 km from Srirangam, this beautiful Shiva temple overshadows the larger Ranganathaswami temple due to its excellent architectural design. It is named after the elephant believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.
REACHING TIRUCHIRAPALLI
By Air: Trichy has an airport of its own. Major public and private domestic airlines operate regular flights to Trichy from different parts of the country. Trivandrum and Chennai are linked directly to the city by air. Some international airlines also link Trichy to countries like Sri Lanka, Kuwait.
By Rail:The Railway Stations in Trichy lies on in between Chennai and Madurai. Both these stations are in turn connected to the rest of the country by several important trains.
By Road:Trichy is located at convenient distance from significant cities in south India. An extensive road network connects the town with Bangalore (345kms), Madurai (142kms), Chennai (320kms), Ooty (302kms).
MADURAI
     
Madurai is the oldest inhabited city in the Indian peninsula. It is an ancient and prestigious city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu,situated on the banks of the River Vaigai in Madurai district.

The city is widely known as the Temple city, and is often also referred to as Koodal Maanagar, Cultural Capital of Tamil Nadu, Malligai Maanagar (City of Jasmine), Thoonga Nagaram (Sleepless City), and Athens of the East.

Madurai was the capital city of ancient Southern civilization. Madurai's cultural heritage goes back 2,500 years, and the city has been an important commercial center and has conducted trade as far as Rome and Greece since as early as 550 B.C.E.
SIGHTSEEING
 Meenakshi Amman Temple
An icon of Tamil Nadu religious centre, Meenakshi Temple is built in Dravidian architectural style. Pilgrims and tourists from all over India and world pour in to visit the temple. The southern Gopuram of the temple offers a great view of the city.
 Thirumalai Nayak Mahal
An excellent example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, this 16th century palace was originally four times the present-day size. The ruins today show the main entrance gate, the dancing hall and the main hall. However, it is the light and sound show based on the life of 'Tirumalai Nayak' and 'Silapathikaram', which is the chief attraction here.
 The Gandhi Museum
The palace of Rani Mangammal turned museum exhibits clear account of the history of Independence movement of India. Besides the rare facts related to Gandhiji, it also has the blood stained Dhoti that Gandhiji wore at the time of his assassination, on its display.
REACHING MADURAI
By Air: Indian Airlines connect Madurai with Madras, Calicut and Bombay. Vayudoot Services also connect Madurai with Madras & Pondicherry. East West Airlines also connect Madurai with Bombay.
By Rail:Madurai is Connected by rail via Madras with all the main places in India.
By Road:Madurai is connected by good motorable roads to Madras (472 kms), Trichy (142 kms), Rameshwarm (139 kms), Kanyakumari (232 kms), Tirunelveli (151 kms), Kodaikanal (120 kms), Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (136 kms), Palani (122 kms), Thanjavur (223 kms), Bangalore (446 kms), Bombay (1454 kms).
KARAIKUDI
  
Karaikudi is a city and a municipality in Sivaganga District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the largest city in Sivaganga district, and is known as the capital of Chettinad region[citation needed], which comprises Karaikudi and 74 other villages. Chettinad is the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars (Nagarathar)[citation needed] a prosperous banking and business community, many of whose members migrated to nearby Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Burma, in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Karaikudi got its name because the area is famous for the type of houses built with limestone called 'karai veedu' and also may be due to a plant called "Karai" which is widely spread over this area.
SIGHTSEEING
 Chettinad Houses
The 110-year-old Chettinad Palace is an outstanding specimen of the Chettinad architecture. The oldest surviving building of this style, the Chettinad Palace was built by Dr. Annamalai Chettiyar, founder of the Indian Bank and the Annamalai University in Chidambaram. Dr Chettiyar was given the honorary title of "Raja" as he was the owner of 90 villages, which comprised the area called Chettinad. The Chettinad Palace was designed by Dr Chettiyar and given the form by the local masons. The basic style of architecture reflects traditional architectural style of Chettinad.
REACHING CHETTINAD
By Air:The nearest Airport is at Madurai about 60 Km away from Sivaganga
By Rail:From Chennai (535k.m Via Main Line) (456Km Via Card line)
By Road:Madurai is connected by good motorable roads to Madras (472 kms), Trichy (142 kms), Rameshwarm (139 kms), Kanyakumari (232 kms), Tirunelveli (151 kms), Kodaikanal (120 kms), Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (136 kms), Palani (122 kms), Thanjavur (223 kms), Bangalore (446 kms), Bombay (1454 kms).
KODAIKANAL
     
Kodaikanal in the hills of the taluk division of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. It's a lot cooler in temperature than lower elevation cities such as Chennai.

Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. Much of the local economy is based on the hospitality industry serving tourism.
 Neighbouring villages & towns
North of the town, high hills that slope down into the villages of Pallangi and Vilpatti stand guard. On the east the hill slopes less abruptly into the lower Palnis. A precipitous escarpment facing the Cumbum Valley is on the south. On the west is a plateau leading to Manjampatti Valley, Indira Gandhi National Park, the Anamalai Hills and the main body of the Western Ghats
SIGHTSEEING
 The Lake
A magnificent star-shaped lake glitters like a jewel amidst the emerald green wooded slopes. This 24 hectare lake is skirted by 5 Kms long, black tapped road is focal point of kodai, This lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge, who was the collector of Madurai, retired and settled in kodai.
 Coaker’s Walk
A kilometre's walk from the lake. It derives the name Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai. Coaker's Walk runs along a steep, emerald green wooded slope. From Coaker's Walk one can have a breath-taking view of the plains below.
 Bryant Park
This park is situated on the eastern side of the lake. It is noted for flowers, hybrids and grafts, Cut flowers are exported from here.A glass house which shelters fine varieties of flowers, Flower show is conducted every year in May as part of summer festival.
 Green Valley View
It is about 5.5 Kms from the lake and located very close to Golf club, it commands a beautiful view of entire vaigai dam, As the valley is very deep, dense and dangerous, recommended to see with precautionary measures.
 Pillar Rocks
It is about 7.4 Kms from the lake. Three boulders stand shoulder to shoulder vertically measuring of about 122 meters providing a beautiful view. It has a mini garden.
 Kurinji Andavar Temple
3 kms from the lake. A famous shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga. This temple is associated with the Kuriniji flowers which carpet at hill sides blooms once in 12 years. Also Kurinji means hill region in Tamil literature. Andavar means God. Hence Lord Muruga is referred as God of Hill here. From this temple one can see a view of Palani and Vaigai Dam.
 Berijam Lake
This is another big artificial lake in the upper regions of palani hills. It is a fine picnic spot offering beautiful scenery. It is 21 Kms from the Kodaikanal lake, Periyakulam town gets drinking water from the lake. It was first discovered and reclaimed in 1864 by Colonel Hamilton of the British Army. The Sheer beauty of the lake made it yet another tourist spot in Kodaikanal.
 Dolphins Nose
To reach Dolphins nose at a distance of 8 kms from the bus stand, one has to follow the route specified here. There is an old road after crossing Pambar Bridge near levinge stream. A rough curve rounds the hillside which leads to a point where a flat rock projects over an awful chesm of 6600 feet deep. This is Dolphins nose. On the way, beautiful views of plains and steepy rocky eascarpeints called rolling hills can be seen. The old village of vellagavi can be reached through the rugged bridle path.
REACHING KODAIKANAL
This is another big artificial lake in the upper regions of palani hills. It is a fine picnic spot offering beautiful scenery. It is 21 Kms from the Kodaikanal lake, Periyakulam town gets drinking water from the lake. It was first discovered and reclaimed in 1864 by Colonel Hamilton of the British Army. The Sheer beauty of the lake made it yet another tourist spot in Kodaikanal.
By Air:The nearest airport is Madurai, which is 120 km from Kodaikanal.
By Rail:The nearest railway stations are Palani, which is 80 km from Kodaikanal and Kodai Road Station, which is 64 km away from Kodai.
By Road: Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520km), Ooty (264km), Trichy (197km), Coimbatore (175km), Kumili (160km), and Madurai (120km). There are regular bus services from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore. For local transport, taxis and luxury buses are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.
KANYAKUMARI
     
Kanyakumari is a town in Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu state, India. Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, it is also know by its former name Cape Comorin. The closest major cities are Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari district, (22 km) and Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala (85 km).
 Neighbouring villages & towns
SIGHTSEEING
 Suchindram Temple
A beautiful temple, with typical South Indian architecture, situated just about 13 kms from Kanyakumari, and is a treat to visit. The insides of the temple are very intricately carved out of stone. There is a huge 18 feet idol of Lord Hanuman on your right, as soon as you enter the temple. There are musical pillars, cut out of a single rock. There are 1035 pillars with carvings and stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are depicted on either side of the temple.
 Padmanabhapuram Palace
One of the most wonderful piece of the architecture of Kerala, is the Padmanabhapuram Palace. Situated at around 45 kms away from Kanyakumari, this place is worth a visit. One is struck by awe and wonder at the architecture carved out of wood and it is believed that there is not a single nail in the entire palace. One can see the maintenance personnel polishing and shining the black floor with carbon black and oil and give it a gleaming appearance. Padmanabhapuram was the capital of Travancore.
 Sunset Points
Sunset point like any other sunset point, is about 5 kms away from Kanyakumari town. Here you can watch the sun go down from behind the clouds on the horizon. People throng here to watch the sunset.
 Gandhi Memorial
Gandhi Memorial has been built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma's ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Resembling central Indian Hindu temples in form, the memorial was so designed that on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday (October 2), the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where the ashes of the father of the nation were kept.
 The Kumari Amman Temple
It is located on the shore, is dedicated to a manifestation of Parvati, the virgin goddess who did penance to obtain Lord Shiva's hand in marriage. The temple and the adjoining ghat, picturesquely situated overlooking the shore, attract tourist from all over the world. The diamond nose-ring of the deity is famous for its sparkling splendor said to be visible even from the sea.
 Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari is famous all across the world for Vivekananda rock that houses a memorial dedicated to Swami Vivekananda. The memorial has two structures in its precincts - Vivekananda Mandapam and Sripada Mandapam on two rocks facing each other. The smaller rock called 'Sripada Parai' is revered as a sacred spot where Goddess Kanyakumari did meditation. The rock has an impression of a human footprint, which is revered to be that of Goddess Kanyakumari.
REACHING KANYAKUMARI
Kanyakumari is well connected by road. Some of the important routes and distances are below
By Air:Nearest Airport –Thiruvnanthapuram (Kerala State) 87 km from Kanyakumari.
By Rail:Kanyakumari Junction (1 km from Central Bys Stand). Nagercoil Junction (2 km from Anna Bus Stand)
By Road:Kanyakumari – Central & Express Bus Stand.Nagarcoil – Anna Bus Stand (Local Transport). Christopher Bus Stand (Other Districts).
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