Welcome to Tamil Nadu. Ancient culture greets you here at every turn of your head - welcome to the land of the Tamils and the heart of the Dravidian civilisation. Temple gopurams, the strains of classical music, reverberating dance and ancient sites like Thanjavur still throbbing with an invisible life greet the pilgrims and tourists alike.
For many others, the long coastline and the fabulous hill stations make Tamil Nadu famous. But apart from these sights, there are some places and things which make Tamil Nadu unique. Visit the state as a tourist or a pilgrim but do remember to check out these things which are unique to Tamil Nadu and make the state famous. Check them out and make your visit to this heartland of South India worthwhile and memorable.
1. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Tamil Nadu. The temple architecture in South India is as relevant as that of Taj Mahal in North India. The temple complex is spread across six hectares of land with 12 gopurams that stand tall.
2. Ambur Dum Biriyani from Vellore
Vellore district in Tamil Nadu is known among the food lovers. The Ambur Chicken biriyani, one of the special South Indian biriyanis takes its origin at Ambur, a small town in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.
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3. Kanchipuram for the Silks
Kanchipuram sari, or Kanjivaram sari, is a sari that's traditionally woven by weavers from Kanchipuram. These saris are known for their intricate designs, colours and the materials used like zari and golden
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4. Chettinad Cuisine from Karaikudi
Chettinad cuisine is also known as Karaikudi cuisine. The cuisine is a pride of karaikudi, a town in Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu. The dishes are prepared using several spices and herbs. This cuisine is referred to as 'Achi Samayal' by the locals. The cooking style employed also makes Chettinad cuisine unique among other cuisines.
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5. Sunrise in Kanyakumari
If you haven't yet experienced how skies change shades in moments, visit Kanyakumari and watch the sunrise. The southernmost tip of India located in Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari is aptly called as the Virgin Beauty. From light shades of orange to deeper fierce and brighter shades that appear and disappear on the skies is a sight to behold.
6. A stroll at Marina Beach
Marina Beach in Chennai is the world's second longest beach and India's longest urban beach. 13Km of serene and fierce waves awaits you. Sinking your feet in the sands as you walk by is truly a refreshing experience to witness at Chennai.
7. The dolls and paintings in Thanjavur
The dolls known as 'thalayatti bommai' and the famous Thanjavur paintings make the city distinct among the other cities of Tamil Nadu.
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8. Pamban Bridge in Rameshwaram
The Pamban Bridge that's 2.3 km long, is one of the places that are not to be missed in Tamil Nadu. The bridge is the second longest sea bridge in India. Pamban bridge connects Rameshwaram to the rest of Tamil Nadu.
9. Kallanai Dam in Trichy
Kallanai Dam in Trichy is one of the oldest dams in the world, which is being used till date. Constructed over river Cauvery, the dam is 329m long and 20m wide. The dam is one of the famous things Tamil Nadu is known for.
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10. Fire Crackers from Sivakasi
Even the small kids in Tamil Nadu would be familiar with Sivakasi fire crackers. The town is popular for its firecrackers and match factories. During festive seasons, people flock in to get authentic and cheap fire crackers from the place.
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