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The Must Visit South Indian Temple State

by Natasha Manual Social Worker

Tamil Nadu is a land of intricate culture, an elaborate history, and beautiful landscapes. The state is known as the 'temple city of India'. Pilgrimage tourism in India is a major sector in the Tourism industry and Tamil Nadu is one of the key destinations. There are many temples of historic importance which are an architectural marvel and break normalcy with extraordinary structure. Most of the temples were constructed during the historic and medieval times, a vacation to these temple destinations provide you insight into brilliant architectural, sculptural and artistic skills of the craftsmen of the old period. A strong influence of Dravidian culture can be seen in almost every monument and culture. Here we bring to you a list of 5 famous temple cities of Tamil Nadu which are included in pilgrimage tour packages. These destinations can rejuvenate your spirituality and a chance to witness unbelievable brilliant structures.


1. Mahabalipuram

Also known as Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is a beach town of historical importance and holds a place in the Hindu mythology. The place is famous for the Mahabalipuram temple which is constructed along the beach. The land has in numerous stone sculptures. You can visit the sculpture of Five Rathas (sculptured temples in the shape of chariots), and Arjuna's Penance (a huge carving on the face of a rock depicting scenes from the Mahabharata).


2. Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is already for the silk sarees they weave. Once the capital of Pallava, Kanchipuram is also known as ''City of a thousand temples''. The temples of Kanchipuram are an architectural marvel and invites archaeologist and historians alike. If you notice, there is a fine balance between the counts of Vishnu and Shiva temples which history of the land with respect to each idol.

Kanchipuram, Mamallapuram, and Chennai are often referred to as Tamil Nadu's Golden Triangle for tourists.


3. Madurai

Madurai is known for the splendid temple complex of Madurai Meenakshi temple. The temple is beyond any comparison and is magnificently constructed. The city of Madurai is more than 4000 years old and has remained as a major destination for art and studies.

Visit the city during the month of April to witness the grand 12-day Chithirai Festival, featuring a re-enacted celestial wedding of God and Goddess.

4. Thanjavur

During the time of Chola dynasty, they build around 70 grand temples all across the town of Thanjavur. Brihadeswara temple, known as the big temple is a stone marvel. The temple is cut out from a single rock and its dome is 60 meters high. You can also visit the Royal Palace, where you can witness the grand painting on its ceilings. The city is also famous for Thanjavur paintings.


5. Tiruvannamalai

Pilgrimage tours won’t be complete without a visit to Tiruvannamalai. It is a spiritual place and divinity looms in the air.  The holy mountain is the most silent place on earth and believes to have the power to soften our mind and body.  The hill is considered to be Lord Shiva by the Hindu religion. The place attracts both lecture and spiritual tourist equally to Arunachaleswar Temple and Sri Ramana Ashram. During the Karthigai Deepam festival in November when pilgrims walk around the holy mountain in devotion to Lord Shiva.





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