Tamil Nadu

  • Lake at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

    Coonoor

    At an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level, Coonoor is famous for its verdant environs and for a variety of wildflowers and birds. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Toy Train) is one of the oldest mountain railways in India.

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  • Tea plantation at Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

    Kodaikanal

    The name Kodaikanal means gift of the forest and the dense forest with many varieties of trees, the huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls, makes it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place.

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  • Temple at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

    Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram lies on the Coromandel Coast which faces the Bay of Bengal. This is an elegant place to watch which a well established sea port was during the 7th and 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty...

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  • Elephant at Masinagudi Forest, Tamil Nadu

    Masinagudi

    Masinagudi is a nature getaway located on Mysore-Ooty highway right next to Mudumalai Wildlife sanctuary. Masinagudi is a hilly terrain Western Ghats, clothed in dense mixed and moist deciduous forests.

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  • Yalgiri Lake, Tamil Nadu

    Yalgiri

    Located at an altitude of 1,110.6 metres above Mean Sea Level and spread across 30 km2, Yelagiri is surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys & is one of the most sought after hillstations from Bangalore...

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  • Boating at Yercaud Lake, Tamil Nadu

    Yercaud

    Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1515 metres (4970 ft) above sea level...

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Explore Tamil Nadu with Signature Holidays Tamil Nadu; "Country of the Tamils" in English, is one of the 28 states of India. Its capital and largest city is Chennai (formerly Madras). Tamil Nadu lies in the southern most 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, Bay of Bengal in the east, Gulf of Mannar, Palk Strait in the south east and Indian Ocean in the south.

For over 2500 years, the region has been the home of the last surviving classical civilization of the world, the Tamil civilization. It is the homeland of Indian Tamils and their 2500 year old classical language Tamil. The Tamil culture is as old and comparable to those of other classical civilizations of the world like the Mesopotamian civilization. Tamil Nadu is the eleventh largest state in India by area (about the size of Greece) and the seventh most populous state. It is the fifth largest contributor to India's GDP and the most urbanized state in India. The state has the highest number (10.56%) of business enterprises in India compared to the population share of about 6%. It is one of the foremost states in the country in terms of overall development. It is home to many natural resources, grand Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture, hill stations, beach resorts, multi-religious pilgrimage sites and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Great Living Chola Temples, Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram & Nilgiri Mountain Railway.

The trauma of the partition did not impact Tamil Nadu when India was granted Independence in 1947. There was no sectarian violence against various religions. There had always been an atmosphere of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence between all religions in Tamil Nadu. Congress formed the first ministry in the Madras Presidency. C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) was the first Chief Minister. Madras Presidency was eventually reconstituted as Madras State. Following agitations for a separate Andhra state comprising the Telugu speaking regions of the Madras state by Potti Sriramalu, the Indian Government decided to partition the Madras state. In 1953 Rayalaseema and the coastal Andhra regions became the new state of Andhra Pradesh and the Bellary district became part of the Mysore state. In 1956 south Kanara district was transferred to Mysore, the Malabar coastal districts became part of the new state of Kerala, and the Madras state assumed its present shape. The Madras state was named Tamil Nadu (the land of the Tamils) in 1968.