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Mahabalipuram

64 kms from Chennai ,famously known as mahab's is known for pallava dynasty's magnificent monuments hewn out of rock. This a perfect tourism area with good resorts to stay out and relax .

Places of Interest

Rathas, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Shore Temple, Mahisha surmardini Cave, Varaha Mandapa and Mandapams

Udhagmandalam / Ootacamund (Ooty)

64 kms from Chennai ,famously known as mahab's is known for pallava dynasty's magnificent monuments hewn out of rock. This a perfect tourism area with good resorts to stay out and relax .

Altitude

2240 metres.

Temperature

(deg C)-Summer- Max 25, Min 10; Winter- Max 21, Min 0.

Best Season

April to June and September to October.

Places Of Interest

Botanical Gardens, Tiger Hill, Dodabetta Peak, Valley View Lake, Wilson Fish Farm, St. Stephen Church, Marlimund Lake, Wenlock Downs, Avalanche, Elk Hill, Kalhatti Falls, Snowdon, Glen Morgen.

Excursions

Wellingtion, Kotagiri, Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Coonoor, Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Road

Bombay- 1320 kms, Bangalore- 290 kms, Calicut- 178 kms, Coimbatore- 89 kms, Coonoor- 19 kms, Kotagiri- 29 kms, Madumalai- 64 kms, chennai- 535 kms, Mysore- 160 kms, Trivandrum- 498 kms, Tiruchirapally- 302 kms.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

Places of Interest

Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker's Walk, Astrophysical Observatory, Fairy Falls, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Shenbaganur Museum, Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View

Altitude

2,133 metres.

Temperature

(deg C)-Summer- Max 19.3, Min 11.3. Winter- Max 17.3, Min 8.3.

Best Season

April to June and September to October.

Excursions

Silver Cascade- 8 kms, Dophin's Nose- 8 kms, Perumal Peak- 11 kms, Beryam Lake- 21 kms, Kukkal Caves- 40 kms.

By Road

Chennai - 520 kms, Ooty- 264 kms, Trichy- 197 kms, Coimbatore- 175 kms, Kumili- 160 kms, Madurai- 120 kms, Kodai Road- 80 kms, Palani- 64 kms, Munnar- 90 kms, Periyar- 160 kms.

Rameshwaram

The sacred island town of Rameswaram located at the extreme south-eastern limit of the Indian Peninsula, has one of India's most venerated temples. A fine example of South Indian architecture,the temple is renowed for its many pillared corridors, about 1220 metres in length.

Places of Interest

Agnitheertham, Shri Ramnathaswamy Temple, Gandhamadhana Parvadham, Kothandaramaswamy Temple- 60 kms.

Temperature

Summer- Max.37, Min. 30; Winter- Max. 30, Min. 25. .

Best Season

Throughout the year, but preferably October to March.

Excursions

Kurusadai Island- 20 kms.

By Road

Kanyakumari- 320 kms, Karaikudi- 149 kms, chennai- 666 kms, Madurai- 167 kms, Ramanathapuram- 55 kms, Sivaganga- 136 kms, Pudukottai- 188 kms, Tanjore- 248 kms, Tuticorin- 180 kms, Tiruchendur- 209 kms.

Madurai

Madurai, the most famous of the temple towns in south India , known popularly for the Meenakshi Temple and thriumalai nayak mahal.

Places of Interest

Meenakshi Temple- 1.6 kms, Tirumalai Nayak Palace- 2 kms, Mariamman Tank, Koodal Alagar Temple, Gandhi Museum and Government Museum (Timings: 1000-1300 hours & 1400-1800 hours. Closed on Wednesdays).

Temperature

Summer- Max. 37.5, Min. 36.3; Winter- Max. 21.6, Min. 20.9. .

Best Season

Throughout the year.

Excursions

Alagar Koil- 21 kms, Tiruparan Kundram- 8 kms, Pazhamudhircholai- 25 kms, Srivilliputhur- 74 kms, Vaigai Dam- 69 kms, Kodaikanal- 120 kms, Trichy- 142 kms.

By Road

Chennai- 472 kms, Trichy- 142 kms, Rameshwarm- 139 kms, Kanyakumari- 232 kms, Tirunelveli- 151 kms, Kodaikanal- 120 kms, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary- 136 kms, Palani- 122 kms, Thanjavur- 223 kms, Bangalore- 446 kms, Bombay- 1454 kms.

Pondicherry

Pondicherry is a union territory famous for its French culture. The beach is pondicherry is a popular much happening place. The neatness and facilities are excellent. This beach is a surprise city in India.