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TAMILNADU                                  General Information of Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu is one of the most ancient regions in Indian history of which dates back some 6000 years. The state represents the nuceus of Dravidian culture in India, which antedated the Aryan culture in India by almost a thousand years. Tamil Nadu was variously ruled by the Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas prior the Christian era. Karikalan Chola, the greatest of the earlier Chola. With the establishment of East India Company at Madras in 1639, a new chapter was opened in the Tamil Nadu. Slowly and steadily the state came under British sway. When India became independent, the old Madras Province comprising Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and part of Keala continued as the State of Madras. After some years of agitation for separate, Andhra Pradesh was created. On 14th January 1969, Madras state changed its name to Tamil Nadu. The capital city Madras was renamed Chennai in 1996.

Capital Chennai.
Language Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, English, Hindi, Urdu.
Temperature Winter 20 C - 33 C; Summer 25 C - 38 C
Tourist Season November to March
Airports Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore
Mode of Transport Air, Rail and Road.
Tourist Information Centres TTDC (044) 830752, ITDC 8278884

Major cities in Tamilnadu

Chennai
Chennai has a history of over 2,000 years. Initially a collection of villages, it is today one of the largest cities of India, with a cosmopolitan society. The area has been a popular trading port, especially among spice and cloth merchants.

Trichy
The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It is reached by the flight of steep steps cut into the rock and from its summit you get a fantastic view of the town plus its other main landmark.

Madurai
Madurai is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India. MADURAI,the abode of Goddess Meenakshi,is also the famous and ancient home of Tamil culture. The first Tamil Academy was founded here by saintly scholars and pious kings and it is believed that the great Hindu God Siva participated in the labours of the academy which set the standards of poetic excellence and literacy criticism.Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. Madurai was the capital city for the great Pandya kings.

Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli - popularly known by its pet name Nellai is a land of sages much evident from epics and puranas . Christening of this place itself bears testimony to its antiquity and divinity.

Coimbatore

Coimbatore has a population of 15 lakh people. It is exposed to the Palghat gap of Western ghats it enjoys a salubrious climate. The climate is comfortable throughout the year. The maximum temperature is around 32 degrees celcius

Thanjavaur

Thanjavur attained prominence under the Chola rulers who were paramount in South India during 9th to 12th centuries. They were not only excellent rulers but also mightly builders, who erected a large number of exquisite temples in their empire, some of which constitute the finest specimens of architecture.


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