Tamil Nadu- The State of Temples

Tamil Nadu, the state lies in the southernmost region of Indian Peninsula. It shares its boundaries with the south Indian states that include Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Chennai, formerly known as Madras is the largest city as well as the Capital of Tamil Nadu. By area, it ranked as the 11th largest state in the country. It is the 6th most populous state with the overall population of 72,147,030 as per 2011 census

As per Multidimensional Development Index 2013 report, Tamil Nadu is the third most developed state in the country. Tamil is the official language being spoken in all the regions of the state. Tamil is one of the oldest classical languages that have survived for years. Tamil Nadu is one of the important archeologically important sites as many evidences determine the presence of ancient civilizations in the state.

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Points of interest: -Meenakshi Amman Temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple, Marina Beach, Edward Elliot’s Beach, Nilgiri mountain Railway, Guindy Nation Park, Descent of the Ganges, Covelong, Great Living Chola Temple, Dhyanalinga, Kodaikanal lake, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Suruli Falls, Ooty Lake, Kiliyur Falls, Pamban Bridge, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Anaimalai Hills, Golden Beach (Chennai), Avalanche lake (Ooty), Kanyakumari and much more....

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Culture

The state is known for its rich literature, music, art and dance. Bharata Natyam is the most popular classical dance being performed across the globe by famous artists. Pongal is the prime festival also known as Tamizhar Thirunaal. It is a four days harvest festival being celebrated all over India in the name of Makar Sakranti. More than 88% of the total population in Tamil Nadu follows Hinduism, whereas 6% are Muslims.

Carnatic music is popular among the people of south India as it is one of the classical music forms. Famous musician AR Rahman is from Tamil Nadu and is a double Oscar winner for his contribution to music. Rice and Sambhar are the favorite cuisines of the people of Tamil Nadu. Traditionally, the food is served in the banana leaf and is eaten with the right hand.

Geography

The southern state of Tamil Nadu is bordered by Andhra Pradesh to the North, Karnataka to the North West and Kerala to the West. Chennai is the Capital as well as the largest city of Tamil Nadu. The state is divided into 32 districts that includes Coimbatore, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Theni, Vellore, Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Viluppuram to name a few.

There are five National Parks situated in the state that includes Mukurthi National Park, Sathyamangalamm Tiger Reserve and Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. Several wild life sanctuaries for birds, tigers and elephants are also found in different regions of the state. There are more than 2000 wild life species lives in different areas of the state.

Economy

Tamil Nadu is ranked as the 2nd highest economic state in the country. It is the second highest rice producer in India. Fruits such as mango and banana and vegetables including, tomato, onion, drumsticks, eggplant and tapioca are largely grown in the state. Apart from this, the state is the largest producer of marigold, jasmine, rose, chrysanthemum and several other flowers.

India’s largest spinning industry is being set up in the state. Many international as well as multinational automobiles companies have invested in the state that includes Renault-Nissan, BMW, Mitsubishi Motors, Ford, Hyundai, TVS Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra, MRF Apollo Tyres, Ashok Leyland, Royal Enfield and many more. With this, the state’s economy has been emerged to a greater extent.

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