Tamil Nadu has a great tradition of history and culture. In ancient, early medieval and medieval period, a number of dynasties ruled over the Tamil land. Many of those rulers were very fond of art and architecture and gave generous patronage to men of letters, sculptors, architects and artists. This saw the Tamil land becoming a hub of many beautiful and amazing monuments, which attract tourists from all over the world to this day. These monuments speak volumes about the artistic skills and excellence of the sculptors and architects of that period. The temples with their towering gopurams and the rock cut temples leave the connoisseurs speechless.
As a result of such great cultural achievements, the state of Tamil
Nadu is referred to as the cradle of Dravidian culture, an ancient
culture distinguished by unique languages and customs. Many towns and
cities of Tamilnadu are associated with beautiful monuments.
Mahabalipuram is one of those places, which boast of numerous
architectural wonders. The famous Arjuna's Penance is one such monument
at Mahabalipuram. Chennai, the capital city, is home to may monuments
such as the Kamaraj Memorial House, Bharathiyar Illam, Madras War
Cemetery, Rippon Building, Vivekananda Illam and the Valluvar Kottam
while Madurai boasts of Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, a classic example of
Indo-Saracenic style. The Rock Fort temple is a prominent landmark in
Fort St. George was the first British fortress in India. The
construction of the fort at Chennai saw a spurt in settlements and
construction activity around the place. The later day Madras/Chennai
city evolved around the same fort.
Kanchipuram is a pilgrimage city. A former Pallava capital (7th - 9th
century), Kanchipuram is filled with temples dating from the 8th - 17th
centuries. These temples are the perfect study of the evolutionary
changes that the South Indian architecture underwent while different
reigns made their impressions on them.
The Padmanabhapuram Palace is one of the most magnificent monuments of
Tamilnadu. It is situated in Kanyakumari district, 15 km from Nagercoil
and 55 km South-West of Thiruvananthapuram.
The Meenakshi temple complex is one of the largest in India. The
presiding deity at the Meenakshi temple at Madurai, the Athens of South
India, is Goddess Meenakshi. The nucleus of the temple is older than the
Mahabalipuram is a temple town that is situated along the Coromandel
Coast 55 kilometers off Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu. The place is
famous for its Ratha temples that are a part of the famous shore temple
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is built on the legendary Vivekanad Rock that
juts out of the convergence of the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the
Bay of Bengal.
The Brihadeswara temple is one of the most ancient and the most
celebrated Hindu temple in the world. The temple is located in the city
of Thanjavur that is also known as Tanjore, in the Indian province of