The first thing we think of when we hear of Tamil Nadu is probably a beautifully structured temple. It is a rather common reflex since this beautiful state is spread with over 33,000 temples! It is a state rich with mainly Hindu culture and heritage that is kept alive and passed on by celebrating innumerable festivals.
Tamil Nadu gleams with traditional art and culture in the form of historical places, temples and revered pilgrimage sites. In fact, it is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites! Plan a trip to this sacred state of India and visit these top 6 pilgrimage sites of Tamil Nadu.
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Historically, Kanchipuram was ruled by many powerful dynasties, such as the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagara Empire and so on. These dynasties have clearly had a strong influence on the city since it is spread with many temples making it an important pilgrimage site.
Nestled on a picturesque island, Rameswaram is a holy site, which is believed to be the place where Lord Rama built a bridge to Sri Lanka across the sea, according to Hindu mythology. The city is, therefore, revered and is dotted with important religious places to visit, such as Agnitheertham, Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi, etc.
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Like Kanchipuram, Kumbakonam has also been under the rule of mighty empires like Cholas, Pallavas, Nayaks, due to which it is a city that is spread with mesmerising temples. Kumbakonam is bound by rivers Kaveri and Arasalar in the north and south.
Go temple-hopping to the innumerable temples of Kumbakonam like Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Nageswaran Temple, Adi Kumbeswara Temple, to name a few out of the lot.
Thanjavur is an important cultural centre on South India's art and architecture because it is not only home to a distinct style of Tanjore painting, but also to the Great Living Chola temples that has been declares as UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.
Experience South Indian traditions' essence by visiting places like Brihadeshwara temple, the magnificent Thanjavur Royal Palace, Gangaikonda Temple, etc.
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Kanyakumari, the southernmost town of Tamil Nadu is surrounded by the Lakshadweep Sea on all three sides and is nestled in the Cardamom Hills. The town gets its name from a Hindu goddess, Kanyakumari, who is believed to be sister of Lord Krishna.
Due to this, it is a popular pilgrimage destination, which is dotted with temples, such as Kanyakumari Temple, Thanumalayan Temple, etc. Also, take a stroll through the beautiful beach of Kanyakumari.
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The historically and culturally significant city of Madurai is nestled on the banks of Vaigai river. Madurai is derived from the word madhura, which means sweetness. The sweetness is referred to the divine nectar that is sprinkled on the city from the matted hair of the celebrated Hindu god, Shiva.