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Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian and is bordered by the union territory of Pondicherry, and the states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. It is bound by the Eastern Ghats in the north, the Nilgiri, the Anamalai Hills, and Palakkad on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait in the south east, and by the Indian Ocean in the south.
Tamil Nadu's history dates back to pre-historic times.

Archaeological evidence points to this area being one of the longest continuous habitations in India. About 60% of the total epigraphical inscriptions found by ASI in India are from Tamil Nadu and most of which are in Tamil language.Tamil Nadu is also home to the Tamil film industry. It is known for being the second largest film industry in terms of revenue and worldwide distribution, in India. 

Latitude 13° N 
Longitude 80° E

Must See

Coonoor
Valparai
Yelagiri
Sirumalai
Kalrayan Hills
The Kolli Hills
Chidambaram
Srirangam
Tiruchirapalli
Kancheepuram
Kanniyakumari
Madurai
Kumbakonam
Rameshwaram
Tiruchendur
Palani
Thiruvanamalai
Nagore and Velankanni
Melmaruvathur
The Chola Temples
Chennai
Coimbatore
Tirunelveli
Tuticorin

Popular Food

Kulambu
Rasam
Curd
Buttermilk
Kootu
Aviyal
Poriyal
Appalam
Varuval
Peratal
Kothsu
Pickles
Mutton
Fish Fry
Dosai
Adai
Idly
Vadai
Pongal
Appam (aappam)
Paniyaram
Puttu
Uppumavu (uppuma)
Santhakai
Idiyappam
Uthappam
Sambar
Chatni
Podi
Filter Coffee
Biryani
Wheat Halwa
Athirasam
Chakkarai Pongal
Kuli Paniyaram
Panchamirtham
Thayir sadam
Koozh
Paruppusilli
Kozhakkattai

Things to Buy

Silks of Kanjeevaram, Thanjavur, Coimbatore, Kanchipuram
Handmade paper
Handcrafted Leather Goods, Pondicherry
Coral Jewellery
Seashell Ware
Gold Jewellery
Stone Sculptures, Mahabalipuram
Musical Instruments
Bronze and Brass Cast Statues and Artifacts
Paintings
Pottery
Woodcraft

How To reach

By Road: Tamil Nadu has an extensive road network. State road network covers about 153 km per 100 km sq. area. Highways & Minor Ports Department (HMPD) is responsible for constructions and maintenance of Roads in Tamil Nadu. National Highway 4,5,7,47,49,66,67,205,207,208,209,219,220,234. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) is the public transport bus operator of Tamil Nadu. It operates buses along intra and inter state bus routes, as well as city routes. TNSTC is the second largest government bus transport corporation in India and is well known for its route coverage almost to every remote area within Tamil Nadu.

By Train: Tamil Nadu has a well-developed rail network as part of Southern Railway. Headquartered at Chennai.Tamil Nadu has a total railway track length of 5,952 km and there are 532 railway stations in the state. The system connects it with most major cities in India. Main rail junctions in the state include Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) and Salem.
The Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is an elevated line of the urban mass transit system in Chennai. The line currently runs within city from Chennai Beach to Velachery.

By Air: Tamil Nadu has a major international airport, Chennai International Airport, that is connected with 19 countries with more than 169 direct flights every week. This is the fourth busiest airport in India.Other international airports present in the state are Tiruchirapalli International Airport, Coimbatore International Airport. The Madurai Airport, Salem Airport and Tuticorin Airport are domestic airports which connect their respective cities to other parts of the country.

By Sea: Tamil Nadu has three major seaports at Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin, as well as one intermediate port, at Nagapattinam (Seven other minor ports including Cuddalore and Nagapattinam). Chennai Port is an artificial harbour situated on the Coromandel Coast in South-East India and it is the second principal port in the country for handling containers. Ennore Port handles all the coal and ore traffic in Tamil Nadu.

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