regarded, as "The Gateway to the South India"
Chennai is the
fourth largest and the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It
presents a culture that is distinct from that of the northern part of
India and is famous for its traditional yet modern outlook.
Coimbatore is one of the most industrialised cities in the state and is popularly known as "The Textile Capital of South India" or "The Manchester of the South". Trichy is a thriving commercial centre and is famous for artificial diamonds, cigars, handloom cloth, glass bangles and wooden and clay toys. Sivakasi may be called as "A town of three industries", namely Matches, Fire works and Printing. Salem is well known for cotton and silk handloom weaving.
Poompuhar is an archaeologist delight and Courtallam is famous for its season and waterfalls. Tirunelveli is known for its Shiva Temple and is surrounded on all sides by paddy fields. Nagercoil is famous for the Nagaraja temple.
The Nilgiri Hills provide beautiful sceneries with steep hills and fantastically narrow valleys with numerous rivers and rivulets running in all directions with a few fine waterfalls here and there. At the southern most land tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kanniyakumari, an important pilgrim centre.
Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Erode, Nagappattinam, Namakkal, Pudukkotai, Rajapalayam, Ramanthapuram, Tuticorin, and Vellore are the other important towns and cities of Tamil Nadu.