Tourism in Tamil Nadu
state of Tamil Nadu has the potential to become a preferred tourism
destination world-wide. With an area of 130,058 sq. km and a population
of over 55 million, Tamil Nadu is the eleventh largest populated and the
third most industrialized state in India. It boasts successful tourism
infrastructure in its Western border, Karnataka, and also enjoys a long
unbroken coastline in the Bay of Bengal.
Tamil Nadu is a wonderful
tourist place for many reasons. First, it has glorious culture and history.
Tamil Nadu has one of the oldest civilizations of the world.
It is the home of Dravidian art and culture, characterized by its distinctive
music and dances, its amazingly decorated temples with
their soaring towers and its plentiful and colorful festivals. There is
at least one festival per month, celebrating various events: summer, mangos,
teas, Hindu gods, dances, etc.
Tamil Nadu is referred as the "Land of Temples"
because there are more than 30,000 temples in this state.
Secondly, its natural beauty is very attractive to tourists. The geographic
features of Tamil Nadu are very diverse. They range from densely
forested lands with abundant wildlife to large mountain ranges. It has
excellent beaches and hill resorts, and its southern tip is well known
for its beautiful sunrise and sunset. The land can be divided into
five major physical divisions - the Kurinji
or mountainous region, the Mullai or forest region, the
Palai Vor arid region, the Marudham
or the fertile plains and the Neidhal or coastal region