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Apart from being one of the most developed states in India, Tamil Nadu is also a major tourism hub in South India. The state has a unique topography consisting of hill stations, forests, and beaches attracting all kinds of tourists, including honeymoon goers and those who like to travel with family. So, let’s find out when to visit this amazing place and the places to visit here.

When to Visit Tamil Nadu?

Tamil Nadu is dotted with several tourist places that can be categorised in many ways. However, a convenient way to compile a Tamil Nadu travel guide is to compile the tourist places according to the right time to visit them.

Summer Season

Summer in Tamil Nadu begins in April and stays till May. It’s best to avoid coastal places during this period as the temperature can rise to 40°C in these regions. However, the weather at hill stations can remain cool during summer.

Kodaikanal, Coonoor, Yelagiri, Valpari, and Kotagiri are some of the finest hill stations in South India to explore during the summer season. Moreover, April can be a great time to visit Madurai as the city celebrates the famous Chithirai festival this month. Puthandu, the Tamil new year, also falls on or around the 14th of April every year.

Monsoon

June to September is the monsoon season in Tamil Nadu. Most regions in the state witness long spell of rain. The coastal areas and sea beaches can be prone to cyclone warnings during this time. However, monsoon can be the best time to go to Tamil Nadu if you love greenery and nature. The rain-drenched hill stations wear a refreshing look with lush greenery all around during the monsoon.

Following are some great places to visit in Tamil Nadu during the rainy season and their respective districts. 

  • Courtallam, Tenkasi
  • Ooty, Nilgiris
  • Kodaikanal, Dindigul
  • Yerkaud, Salem
  • Valparai, Coimbatore
  • Meghamalai, Theni

Travel Tip - Club Mahindra Danish Villa Resort and Club Mahindra Derby Green are the best resorts in Ooty offered by Club Mahindra that you can check out while visiting the beautiful hill station. Surrounded by hills and forests, these resorts are the perfect abode for all your Ooty adventures. The modern amenities and world-class services you enjoy at the resort will only make your trip better and memorable.

Winter Season

The winter season in Tamil Nadu lasts from October to February. The temperature typically hovers around a comfortable 15°C in most regions with negligible humidity levels. So, it’s the best time to visit Tami Nadu and explore its various places.

Moreover, this is also the time to go beyond the famous dosas and idlis to experience the diverse range of local cuisines the state offers. For instance, Mutton Kola Urandai is one food of Tamil Nadu that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. The taste of meatballs cooked in Chettinad spices can make you want more.

Some of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu during winter

  • Chennai
  • Thanjavur
  • Dhanushkodi
  • Rameswaram
  • Kanyakumari
  • Mahabalipuram

Travel Tip – The JKR Resort & Spa at Rameswaram is an idyllic resort providing unmatched comfort. Located in the temple town of Rameswaram, the Club Mahindra affiliate resort has a no-smoking policy and offers pure vegetarian delicacies.

How to Reach Tamil Nadu?

By Air

Tamil Nadu has four international airports: Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, and Madurai. Additionally, there are two domestic airports at Salem and Tuticorin. So, most parts of the state are accessible through domestic and international flights.

By Train

Most regions of Tamil Nadu are connected by railway routes. Chennai, the state's capital, houses the Southern Railway headquarters. Also, Chennai Central is the main railway station connecting the state with the North of India.

The famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway that connects Ooty to Coimbatore is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

By Road

Roads in Tamil Nadu are well maintained in most places. You can reach almost anywhere in Tamil Nadu by road. Many national highways run through the state and connect it with the neighbouring states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. Besides, both private and state-run buses ply major routes providing excellent road connectivity between major tourist destinations.

The East Coast Road, connecting Chennai and Pondicherry, runs parallel to the Bay of Bengal for most of the stretch, making it one of the most scenic routes in India.         

It can take several trips to tick off all the tourist places in Tamil Nadu from your bucket list. However, the above travel guide can help you plan an effective itinerary as per the time of your visit. Once you get the flavour of Tamil Nadu tourism, you might end up making multiple trips to the Land of Temples. So, are you ready?

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