Chennai, houses Fort St. George, built by the British in 1653, St. Mary's Church which happens to be the first English Church in India and the Marina Beach, said to be the longest beach in the world.
The shore temple at Mahabalipuram sculpted from a single rock, shows enthralling scenes of everyday life.The circular Church of Little Mount, Theosophical Society are good examples of an amalgam of Hindu and Christian Architecture. The Government Museum and Art Gallery have a good archaeological section and an excellent selection of South Indian Bronzes.
Tanjore is another place worth visiting, wellknown for its Brahadeeshwer Temple and the creation of south Indian musical Instruments and Tanjore plate artisans. Madurai, saturated with sculpture and stone pillars, and Rameshwaram, from where Prince Ram reputedly launched his invasion to ancient Ceylon are a must see. Tiruchirapu ly is famed or its cherots.
Kanykumari is the Southern tip of India where a Temple to the Virgin Goddess and a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi are built. It also has a beautifully designed memorial to the Hindu Missionary Swamy Vivekananda.
Ooty, Kodaikanal and Yercaud are the favorite getaways if you are through with the heat of the plains. In wild life sanctuaries like those of Maumalai, bison , jackals, deer, panthers and scaly ant-eaters are likely to be seen.
A visit to Tamil Nadu would be incomplete without having experienced the beauty of the dance form special to it- Bharatnatyam and without buying exquisite Kanjeevaram silk sarees.
The weather stays hot and humid throughout the year due to its nearness to the sea. The best time to visit is from January to September.
Places to visit:
Fort St. George - houses a fascinating collection of Raj memorabilia in the Fort Museum. The original fort was built by the British East India Company in 1653. The fort has since then had a facelift; it now functions as the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. The banquet hall upstairs was built in 1802 and has paintings of Fort St. George’s governors and officials of the British regime. Visitors can also see Robert Clive's House in the vicinity. It is now the pay accounts office which has Clive's corner open to the public.
Marina Beach - is a sandy stretch that extends for 13 km in Madras. It is the pride of the city and is the ideal place to enjoy the cool evening breeze. On the sea front are memorials dedicated to political leaders and freedom fighters. Noted impressive Indo-Saracenic styled buildings like the Chepauk Place, once home of the Nawabs of Carnatic, the Madras University and the Presidency College add considerable grandeur to the spot. The Aquarium, Light House and promenade of walks, gardens and drives enhance the attraction of the place.
Meenakshi temple - of Madurai is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture, with gopurams or multi pillared halls, covered from top to bottom, in a profusion of multicoloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. The temple can be entered from any of the four sides. It occupies an area of around six hectares. The museum or the Temple Art Gallery, is located within the temple and has beautiful stone and brass images, examples of South Indian scripts and friezes