Tamil Nadu, the 'Gateway of the South' lies on the eastern coast at the southern tip of the Indian Peninsula. The land of Tamils and Temples offers everything that interests a travel enthusiast...clean and quite hill stations, beautiful beaches, magnificent temples, waterfalls, historical monuments, art, culture, heritage and much more. This warm and hospitable, traditional and tranquil and ever fascinating land is the home of Dravidian art and culture. Temple worship is still a way of life and tradition still has an important place in the life of the people. The splendid festivals, the feast of carnatic music and famous Bharata Natyam, the shimmering silk of Kanchipuram and the most delicious south Indian food will linger long in the memory of the visitors. There is no better place to begin one's discovery of the ageless South than in this coulouful historic State.
Capital: Chennai (Madras)
Main languages: Tamil, English, Hindi
When to go: November to March
Getting There & Away: How to reach Tamil Nadu
Road: Tamil Nadu has an widespread road network with a length of 62,017 kms. Out of 4,974 long National Highways, NH-205 & NH-219 connects Tamil Nadu with Andhra Pradesh (Annantpur & Chennai), NH-47 (Salem – Kerala – Kanyakumari), NH-49 (Kochi & Dhanushkoti) & NH-744 (Kollam & Tirumangalam) connects Tamil Nadu with Kerala, NH-67 (Gundlupet to Nagapattinam), NH-207 (Dobbaspet to Hosur), NH-209 (Bengaluru to Dindigul) connects the state with Karnataka. NH-4 is stretched between Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu whereas NH-5 is between Odisha, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu. NH-7 goes through Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu.
Rail: Chennai Central is the head quarter of Southern Railway. Other few important junctions are Salem, Tiruchirapalli, Chennai Egmore, Madurai, Erode and Katpadi.
Air: Chennai, Coimbatore & Tiruchirapalli is having International Airports. Salem, Tuticorin and Vellore are other important Air bases.