Tamil Nadu is one of the 28 states of India in the south . Its capital is Chennai ( Madras), the largest city. Tamil Nadu. It has a long eastern coastline dotted with enchanting beaches with Bay of Bengal in the east. Marina in Chennai is one of the longest beaches in the world. Arabian sea and the states of Kerala and Karnataka form the boundary in the west.Tamil nadu is bound by the Eastern Ghats in the north, the Nilgiris, the "Queen of Hills", the Anamalai Hills, and Kerala on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait in the south east, and by the Indian Ocean in the south. Pulicat Lake situated in the extreme north of the state makes a favorite hangout for couples. A tour to Tamil Nadu would make your trip in South India unforgettable. Tamil Nadu offers some of the best romantic honeymoon destinations in India.
Major Tourist Destinations in Tamilnadu
MaIn Honeymoon Destinations in Tamilnadu & Pondicherry
Ooty: Ooty, the capital of Nilgiri district, the city is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations' among the tourists. The establishment of numerous tea estates makes Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. If you want to spend the most memorable time of your honeymoon midst the Nilgiri Hills and the clear blue mist, then Ooty has all the stuff a dream honeymoon is made of. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore and 535 km from Chennai. You can go by a bus or a toy train from Chennai or Coimbatore.
Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerizes any visitor. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station. It is 498 km from Chennai and can be reached from bus easily.
Chennai: Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is one of the main cities in south India. Chennai has much worth exploring and with the facility of abundant transport operations; accessibility to other parts of the country becomes easy. The thirteen kilometers of marvelous Marina beach that wears a festive look on weekend evenings adds more beauty to the Chennai city. The metro city is well connected through road, rail and air with major cities all over India.
Kanyakumari: Kanyakumari is also famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially on full moon days. The city of Kanyakumari is surrounded by beautiful beaches and is one of the known pilgrimages of India. A dip in the ocean here is considered holy, but the sea is rough here and not fit for bathing. This is the only place in India, where the sunset and moonrise can be viewed simultaneously on a full moon day. From Chennai it is 693 km and can be reached by surface or ship.
Kodaikanal - also known as the queen of hill stations. Wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake - aptly describe Kodaikanal which is a charming hill station and a favorite honeymoon destination.
Kurunji is a flowering plant which blossoms only once in 12 years is a nature's gift to KodaiKanal. Located at an altitude of over 2100 metres, Kodaikanal is neither too cold in winter nor too hot in summer. A serene hill station and all the picturesque waterfalls, the beautiful lakes make it one of the best hill stations. This flora and fauna rich hill station is about 120 km from Madurai.
How to reach Kodaikanal:
The nearest airport is at Madurai (120 km from Kodaikanal).
The nearest railway stations are the Kodai Road Railway Station (80-km) and the Palani Railway Station (64-km).
Regarding staying facilities, Kodaikanal offers good accommodation facilities to the tourists ranging from high-class luxury hotels to economy and budget hotels.
The climate of Kodaikanal is pleasant throughout the year, but the best time to visit Kodaikanal is from April to June and from September to October. It rains heavily from October to December.
Prime attractions of Kodaikanal
· Berijam Lake - situated 21 Km from Kodaikanal and is famous for its pure water.
· If you are interested in trekking, then you should head for Kodaikanal in the Palani Hills for small-time trekking.
· Summer festivals are held regularly here with activities like cultural programs, adventure sports, boat races, flower and fruit shows add to the splendor of the festival.
· Kumbakkarai, situated 12 Km from Kodaikanal, are charming waterfalls and also serve as an ideal picnic spot.
· Boating and Angling facilities are available at the Kodaikanal Lake. For the golf lovers, there is a golf course located at 5 Km from the Kodaikanal Lake.
You can shop for some exquisite things at Khadi Emporium, Handloom Co-operative Stores and Travancore Crafts Work, Government Sales Emporium, Kurinji Mini Supermarket, Spencer and Company.
Kodaikanal is well connected by road with Chennai (520-km), Ooty (264-km), Trichy (197-km), Coimbatore (175-km), Kumili (160-km), and Madurai(120-km). Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore. Additional buses ply during the season. Taxis and vans are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.
Honeymoon in Ooty
Ootacamund or Ooty, as it is popularly known as, is the much sought after honeymoon destination in Tamil Nadu. If you are looking to get a welcome relief from the hot plains and want to spend the most memeorable time of your honeymoon midst the Nilgiri Hills and the clear blue mist, then Ooty has all the stuff a dream honeymoon is made of.
You can find the most scenic walks, into dense forests, pretty mountain trails and magnificent viewpoints like Wenlock Downs, Snowdon, Ketty Valley and Dodabetta Peak. You and your beloved can sweep across the Blue Mountains, wander through the misty forests, chance upon some unexpected beautiful waterfalls and brilliant bird species. Alternatively you can ride on ponies or have a romantic little picnic for the two of you in the woods.
Ooty is an ideal place for a pair of lovebirds to spend their time and to get lost among the other dreamers who are seeking quiet surroundings, solitude along with some entertainment. You can look to get some privacy in the Botanical Garden with its amazing collection of trees and shrubs, and the beautiful Rose Garden. Otherwise if you want some activity, you can always walk down to the lake and be part of the excitement from the safety of the banks or step down onto the lake in pedal boats and rock together in rowboats and motorboats. To end it all, you can catch the picturesque little Blue Train to get a breathtaking view of the tea plantations, eucalyptus forests and hills.
Other attractions in Ooty, which one must see when visiting the place, include the Government Museum, Mukurthi Peak, National Park, Ketty Valley View, Pykara, Upper Bhavani, Avalanche, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Dolphin's Nose, Kodanad View Point etc .
Ooty is also the perfect place for the adventure seekers as the place offers activities like Trekking, Hand-Gliding, Angling, Goad Trout, Carp and Mixed Water Fishing.
You can buy exquisite local handicrafts from Poompuhar Handicrafts (Govt. of Tamil Nadu), Kairali Handicrafts of Kerala. You can also buy some pâpier mâché and carved walnut wood gift items. Don't forget to pick the traditional silver and shawls of the indigenous Toda tribe, great cheese and local chocolates from Ooty. The all purpose aromatic and medicinal oils, the local coffee, tea and honey are a must buy before you head back home.
How to Reach Ooty:
The nearest airport is Coimbatore (100 km) which is connected to Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore.
You could also take a train up to Mettupalayam and catch the quaint hill train upto Ooty, 35 kms away. Udhagamandalam on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalayam which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on broad gauge.
Udhagamandalam is connected by good motorable road. It is 500 km from Chennai (Via Salem, Mettupalayam); 89 km. from Coimbatore. There are regular bus services connecting Udhagamandalam to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanniyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut and Tirupathi. Alternatively, you can also hire a private car or taxi and have the luxury of your own transport.
Regarding accommodation, you can choose between luxury five star and budget hotels, Otherwise, mid-rung properties with good facilities are also available and are quiet comfortable. You can also take up a cottage on the grounds.
If you enjoy the clouds and the mist in the cold weather, then you should plan to visit Ooty in winters as the place is its beautiful best during this time. Otherwise the best time to visit the quiet hill station of Ooty is during the months of May and June especially during the annual summer festival when there are flower shows and boat races.