Tamil Nadu is not just about the majestic temples and Ooty, there is much more to explore in the beautiful state of South India. As Kodaikanal opens up to tourists after being 100% vaccinated, let’s reorient ourselves to the less traveled destinations that should be on your Tamil Nadu itinerary. We bet these stunning images will convince you to cancel your plans for Goa and Kerala!
Known for the beauty of its mesmerizing landscapes, the Princess of Hill Stations is the preferred honeymoon destination in the south. It’s not quirky, but what keeps it from losing its charm is the fact that it’s less marketed than Ooty. Some of the top attractions here include Kodai Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Bryant Park, Silver Cascade, Pillar Rocks, and Bear Shola Falls.
Let us call Coonoor a quirky place! Located in the Nilgiri district, this picturesque hill station has our hearts. It’s less crowded and has the perfect calm and relaxing vibe, everything an idyllic getaway should be. Japanese-style Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, Catherine Falls, and Fort of Droog are some of the top attractions here.
Located near Vivekanandapuram, the 133-foot-tall giant statue of Thiruvalluvar weighs 7,000 tons. Built by sculptor V Ganapati Sthapati, it is an honor for poet and philosopher Valluvar for his contribution to Tamil literature. The sunsets here are magical.
Nestled on the edge of the Bay of Bengal, the Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram is one of the oldest temples in India. Built by the Pallava dynasty, it is known for its intricate architecture and carvings. It is the paradise of art lovers.
5. Padmanabhapuram Palace
This architectural masterpiece, also known as Kalkulam Palace, was built by Ravipillai Perumal of the Travancore dynasty. Located along the Valli River at the foot of the Veli Hills, the palace is popular for its unique wood carvings, murals, and carvings. The Durbar Hall is one of the main attractions of the palace.
6. Nilgiri Mountain Railway Line
The only cog railway in India that connects Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a one-of-a-kind experience.
It is an excellent trekking destination located in the Vellore region of Tamil Nadu. Add this to your itinerary to witness the most fascinating and memorable sunsets.
8. Hogenakkal Falls
Located near the Yercaud and Yelagiri hills, it is breathtakingly beautiful. The Coracle horseback riding is the main attraction that you can’t afford to miss here.
Situated at the foot of the Annamalai Hills, the coconut capital of Tamil Nadu is surrounded by green hills and tea plantations. It is also popular for jaggery and other coconut products. Wildlife lovers should take a trip to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve and Topslip Tiger Forest to spot tigers, bears and wild boars among other wildlife.
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