5 Most Popular Places of Pilgrimage in Tamilnadu


Tamil Nadu, the Land of the Tamils, is the 11th largest state in India. Blessed with more than 33, 000 temples, Tamil Nadu, popularly called as the Land of Temples, has some grandest and revered temples in India. These temples have been a source of reverence for believers throughout the world. Most of the temples in the state are built in Dravidian style and are proof of the architectural genius of the bygone era. Besides being timeless architectural wonders, these temple towns reverberate with a divine energy that draws thousands of pilgrims throughout the year.

Trawell.in presents the 5 most sacred pilgrimage centers in Tamilnadu here.


Rameshwaram Sri Ramanatha Swamy Temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples in India, is situated on the Pamban Island in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram Temple is one of the most famous Shiva shrines in India and also one of the top places to visit in Rameshwaram. According to the legend, Rameshwaram is the place where Lord Rama, built a bridge across the sea with the help of vanaras to rescue his consort Sita from Ravana. This is also the place where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. Rameshwaram along with Dwarka, Puri and Badrinath form the sacred Char Dhams. Rameshwaram is also considered as Varanasi of the South, second only to Varanasi itself. However, a pilgrimage to Varanasi is not considered complete without a trip to Rameshwaram. The third corridor of Rameshwaram Temple is the longest one in the world and it also happens to be one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, Kothandaraswamy Temple and Erwadi are the popular places to visit in Rameshwaram.


Kanchipuram, also known as Kanchi, is a popular temple town in Tamilnadu. The town is known for its temples and silk sarees which are woven manually. Kanchi is famous for Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple and is the landmark of Kanchipuram. Kanchi Temple is one of the most famous South Indian temples and also one of the major religious places to visit in Tamilnadu. Kanchi served as the capital of Pallava dynasty, and most of the known temples were built during their reign. The temples of Kanchipuram are known for their architectural grandeur. The architecture of Kanchi monuments adorned with great sculpture work and unique style.


Chidambaram is a sacred town in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. Famous for Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram is one of the most popular pilgrimage places in South India and also one of the best Tamilnadu places to visit. The Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram was built during the 11th century and is one of the most celebrated Shiva Temples in South India. Nataraja Temple has great religious as well as historic and cultural significance. This is one of the Panchabhoota Stalas signifying the five elements of wind, water, fire, earth and space. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Akasha Lingam, an embodiment of Shiva as the formless Space. Brahmotsavam, the annual chariot festival held in the month of April, is the popular festival celebrated at Chidambaram which attract large crowds. Natyanjali Dance Festival is another major festival held in the month of February in Chidambaram.


Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, also called as Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, is one of the biggest and most popular temples of India and also one of the top pilgrimage places to visit in Tamilnadu. The Madurai Temple is considered an architecture marvel and was shortlisted as one of the top 30 nominees for New Seven Wonders of the World. The temple was built by Kulashekara Pandya of Pandya dynasty and was rebuilt by Viswanatha Nayak, the 1st Nayak king of Madurai. The complex is built over an area of 45 acres and is surrounded by 14 towers. There are several corridors, pillared halls and sub shrine inside the temple complex. The corridors and pillars are adorned with wonderful artwork of bygone era. The annual 10-day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam held in April and May, attracts 1 million visitors from all parts of India.


Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin, is a coastal town in Tamil Nadu and is located at the southernmost tip of the Indian mainland. Kanyakumari has been a great center for art& culture for centuries and is also famous for Kumari Amman Temple. Considered as one of the Shakti Peethas, the Kumari Amman Temple attracts huge number of devotees every year. This is one of the best places to visit in South India and also one of the popular places of Pilgrimage in Tamilnadu. It is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique spectacle of Sunset and Moonrise simultaneously on full moon days. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Suchindram, Vattakottai Fort, St Xavier’s Church and Udayagiri Fort are the top Kanyakumari Tourist places. The Chaitra Poornima Festival and Navratri are the major festivals celebrated in Kanyakumari with great pomp and fervor.


5 Most Popular Places to Visit in Madurai


Madurai is one of the oldest and the largest city in Tamilnadu. Referred as the cultural capital of Tamilnadu, the city is known for Madurai Meenakshi Temple and is considered as Athens of the East and Temple Town. Apart from being a pilgrim town, a popular tourist destination, a cultural hotspot and the erstwhile capital of the Pandyan dynasty, Madurai has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart Cities Mission. Trawell.in listed top 5 places to visit in Madurai

Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple

Meenakshi Temple is an old historic Hindu temple situated on the banks of the Vagai River. Dedicated to Meenakshi Devi and Shiva, it is the major landmark in Madurai and one of the top places to visit in Madurai. Porthamarai Kulam, the sacred temple tank and several halls. With Musical Pillars outside the thousand pillar hall, each pillar produces a different musical note when struck. Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival is a ten day annual festival celebrated during April and May which allures huge number of devotees.

Thirupparankundram Temple

Thirupparankunram Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. Also called as Thirupparankunram Murugan Kovil, it is one of the six abodes of Murugan and considered as the first and foremost temple of Lord Muruga. It is a cave temple and the entrance is built with 48 Nayaka period pillars with artistic carvings. Regarded as the auspicious places for marriages, there is a belief that people who get married here get special blessings from Lord Muruga. Also, this rock cut temple has separate shrines for Lord Ganapathy, Shiva, Durgai, Vishnu and other deities.

Gandhi Museum

Gandhi Museum is a memorial museum for Gandhi located in Madurai and was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1959. Earlier, it was the palace of Rani Mangammal of Nayak dynasty and later it is converted into Gandhi Museum by the Gandhi Memorial Trust after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. It is one of the five great Gandhi Museums in the country which depict the life of the Father of the nation. The museum houses blood stained dhoti that he was wearing at the time of his assassination along with photographs of his lifetime. A new wing has been constructed on the northern side which includes a library and open-air theater.

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is a beautiful palace in Madurai built by Thirumalai Nayak in 1636. Divided into Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa, it is one of the important tourist places to visit in Madurai. Enclosed with 248 pillars, the ceilings are decorated with large paintings showing Shaivite and Vaishnavite themes. The Darbar hall (courtyard) and the Natakasala (dancing hall) carry the original glory and are the prime attractions for tourists. The major and the remarkable part of this palace is the dome of Swarga Vilasa which lies beyond a huge courtyard.

Koodal Alagar Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Koodal Alagar Temple is one of the ancient temple and the popular places to visit in Madurai. Also known as Arulmigu Koodalazhagar Thirukoil, the temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams (Vaishnavite Shrines) of the holy abodes of Vishnu. A unique feature of this temple is the three different postures of the same God. With beautifully carved ornamental windows, the temple attracts large number of devotees.

5 Most Popular Places to Visit in Yercaud

Yercaud Lake

Yercaud is a beautiful hill station in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The misty hills, spectacularviewpoints,and abundance of tourist attractions making this sleepy hill station a mesmerizing holiday destination and also one of the popular tourist places to visit in Tamilnadu. Named after Yercaud Lake, the town was developed by Sir Thomas Munroe, erstwhile governor of Madras Presidency in 1842. Yercaud is known for its plantations of coffee, orange, jackfruit, guava, cardamom and black pepper. Nestled in lush green plains, luxuriant hills and breathtaking scenic beauty, Yercaud is a destination that can be explored during a romantic honeymoon, family vacations, or while vacationing with friends. As part of the Shevaroy range of hills in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud has several tourist places to explore.

Yercaud Lake

Yercaud Lake is a natural lake situated in the heart of Yercaud town. Popularly known as Emerald Lake, this lake is the only natural lake among all the hill station lakes in South India and also one of the best Yercaud tourist places. Flanked by lofty hills and natural shoals, the Emerald Lake is a wonderful site and provides stunning, panoramic views of the hills and lush green lawns of this quaint hill station. There is also a floating fountain in the lake which increases the appeal of the garden. Apart from this, tourists can also enjoy a wide range of activities at the lake, including boating.

Pagoda Point

Pagoda Point is one of the popular viewpoints located in Yercaud. The place has got its name due to the presence of four piles of stones that have been arranged in the shape of a pyramid which resembles the temple tower and is said to be built by the local tribes. Also known as Pyramid Point, Pagoda Point is the perfect getaway to embrace the mind with solace and tranquillity. Pagoda Point offers the most sprawling outlook of Yercaud and its enchanting surroundings. The viewpoint offers amazing sunrise and sunset views. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the town of Salem along with Kakambadi village from this point.

Lady’s Seat

Lady’s Seat is a cluster of rocks formed naturally in the shape of a seat on the South West of Shevaroy hills in Yercaud. Located very close to Pagoda Point, Lady’s Seat is one of the prime Yercaud tourist places to visit and also one of the most scenic places in Yercaud. The view from Lady’s Seat is more spectacular at night with thousands of light twinkling in Salem town. Lady’s Seat also offers the stunning views of the sunset.

Botanical Garden

Situated on Lady’s Seat road, Botanical Garden is picturesque well laid garden in the Yercaud town of Tamil Nadu. Housing various exotic species of flowers and plants, the Botanical Garden is a must visit place for nature lovers and also one of the top places to visit in Yercaud. The garden is divided in to different sections like foliage garden, topiary garden, bonsai garden, butterfly garden, herbal garden, rock garden, water garden and sensory garden. It is the third largest Orchidarium in India and also one of two Orchidariums run by the Botanical Survey of India.

Servaroyan Temple

Shevaroyan Temple is a famous Hindu temple situated atop Shevaroyan hill in Yercaud town of Tamil Nadu. Built by the ancient tribes of Yercaud, this cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shevaroyan and Goddess Kaveri. It is a common belief among the locals that Goddess Kaveri is believed to be the guardian deity of the 67 villages located around Yercaud. As the temple is situated at the highest point of the Servaroyan range, it offers the most pristine view of the Mettur Dam and its surrounding plains. The path leading to this holy Servaroyan temple is awe-inspiring and extremely enthralling.

5 Fascinating Hill Stations in South India



South India is referred as the land of several beautiful and charming hill stations. Munnar, Ooty, Coorg, Wayanad and Kodaikanal are some of the top and famous hill stations situated in South India. These magical hill stations covered with dense forests, deep valleys, exotic scenery, misty hills, tea and coffee plantations and abundance of flora and fauna. These are most popular summer gateways in South India due to its pleasant weather. Blazing sun, scorching heat, humid climate and enormous sweating, Indian summer is just around the corner and is the time to escape the heat to the South India hill stations around.


Munnar is a fascinating hill station located at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala in Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 6000 feet, Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in South India and also regarded as one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. This mesmerizing hill station is famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery and abundance of flora and fauna. Also known as Swiss of South India, Munnar was once the summer resort of the British Governors of South India and also one of most visited hill stations in Kerala. Mattupety Dam, Anamudi Peak, Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park, Top Station and Tea Museum are the top places to visit in Munnar. Munnar weather is pleasant throughout the year, while March to May is the peak season.



Ooty or Udhagamandalam is one of the best hill stations in India. Often referred as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty was served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency during British Rule. Its rolling green hills and pleasant weather make it one of the best hill stations in South India after Munnar. Ooty is also one of the best hill resorts near Bangalore and also one of the top places to represent Tamilnadu Tourism. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam & Falls, Avalanche Lake are the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. The narrow gauge Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must be experienced.


Situated at an altitude of 1525 m on Western Ghats, Coorg is the most famous hill station in Karnataka and one of the best summer destinations in South India. Also referred as the Scotland of India, Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India and also one of the top hill stations near Mysore. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination in South India. Raja seat, Abbey Falls, Irupu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Golden Temple at Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare the top attractions of Coorg Tourism. Coorg is also popular for its wildlife tourism which includes Pushpagiri Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Sanctuary and the Nagarhole National Park.


Also known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is a beautiful plateau situated at a height of 700 m – 2100 m above the sea level in the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala and also one of the top hill stations in South India. Wayanad is well-known for its rich tribal heritage, agricultural prosperity, lush green virgin forests, waterfalls and hill ranges. The district of Wayanad is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State, with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri, Chembra Peak, Lakkidi and Edakkal Caves are the must visit places of sightseeing in Wayanad.



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Kodaikanal, often referred as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, is a beautiful hill resort situated on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Featuring unspoiled natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, glimmering lake and cool weather, Kodaikanal is one of the best hill stations in South India and also one of the top places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Kodaikanal is not commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd. Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade and Pillar Rocks are the famous places to visit as part of Kodaikanal tour.