Being a one time crucial trading spot of the British East India Company, the cities were also included under the Madras Presidency during the British era. The important tourist attractions are Kanyakumari (the southern most tip of peninsular India, famous for its unique and beautiful sunrise), Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar statue and other naturally beautiful landscapes. Some of the cities of Tamil Nadu are Dindigul, Thanjavur, Thoothukkudi, Vellore, Tirunelveli, Erode, Salem, Tiruppur, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai.
Madurai is a major as well as an ancient city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of Madurai District. Madurai is located on the banks of River Vaigai.
Thanjavur is a city and municipality in Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu. This city is also the capital of Thanjavur district. Thanjavur derives its name from Tanjan, a demon who according to local legend caused devastation and was killed by Sri Anandavalli Amman and Sri Neelamegapperumal. Tanjan's last request was of naming the city after his name.
Coimbatore is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. Coimbatore is the administrative headquarters of Coimbatore District. Coimbatore is also an integral part of the Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu. This lovely city is situated on the banks of the Noyyal River. Coimbatore is known for its textile factories, engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers, health care facilities, educational institutions, pleasant weather, hospitality and for its Kongu Tamil.
Tiruchirappalli is the fourth largest city after Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore. It is situated in the centre of the state, on the banks of the Kaveri River. The most famous landmark of Trichy is the Rock fort temple which is balanced on a huge rocky out crop. The Pallavas first hewed the smooth crop but it was the Nayaks of Madurai who later built the complete Rock fort temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Mahadeva and Lord Ganesha.
Nagappattinam is a town of Tamil Nadu. This town was known from very early times as a trading centre and even today it is a minor port. During the Chola period, it was the headquarters of a region and was a pride of the Cholamandalam coast.
Tirunelveli town is the head quarter of the Tirunelveli district. The city was considered as one of the oldest cities in Indian subcontinent, around 3,000 years old.
Nagapattinam is a town located in Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of Nagapattinam District. The economy of Nagapattinam is mostly dependent on sea-borne trading, fishing, agriculture and tourism.
Vedaranyam is a census town in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. Vedaranyam is named after the presiding deity of the Vedaranyeswarar Temple. Vedaranyeswarar Temple is one of the important centers of South Indian Hindu community.
Thoothukudi is a municipality in the Thoothukudi district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The city existed from the 6th century BC. 'Thoortha' means land reclaimed from sea while 'Kudi' stands for settlement in Tamil language. Hence Thoothukudi means 'A settlement built on land reclaimed from sea'. 'Tuticorin’ name was given by Dutch during their rule in this city. Today this city is called Tuticorin in English and Thoothukudi in Tamil. The city lies in the Coromandel Coast off Bay of Bengal. Thoothukudi is the headquarters of Thoothukudi District. It is located about 590 kilometres (367 mi) south of Chennai and 190 kilometres northeast of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
Kanchipuram is a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, 72 km (45 mi) from Chennai. It is located on the banks of the Vegavathy River. Kanchipuram has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, the Later Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom and the British.
Tiruppur is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the banks of the Noyyal River, which bifurcates the city into roughly two halves. It is the administrative headquarters of Tiruppur district and the fifth largest urban agglomeration in Tamil Nadu.
Salem city is a part of Salem district in Tamil Nadu. It is located about 160 kilometres (100 mi) northeast of Coimbatore, 186 kilometres (116 mi) southeast of Bangalore and about 340 kilometres (210 mi) southwest of the state capital, Chennai.
Erode is located in Erode District of Tamil Nadu. Erode is the seventh largest urban agglomeration in Tamil Nadu. This place has been ruled, at different times, by the Early Pandya Dynasty, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire, Nayaka Dynasty of Madurai , Hyder Ali, Carnatic kingdom and the British. It is situated at the centre of the South Indian Peninsula, about 400 kilometres (249 mi) southwest of the state capital Chennai and about 80 kilometers (50 mi) east of Coimbatore. Handloom, power loom textile products and ready made garments industries contribute to the economy of the city. The people in the city are employed in various textile, oil and turmeric manufacturing industries.
Vellore has become one of the top educational destinations due to the presence of India's top medical institute Christian Medical College and Hospital. Located on the banks of Palar River in the north-eastern part of Tamil Nadu this place has been ruled at different times, by the Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire, Rashtrakutas, Carnatic kingdom and the British Empire in India.
Dindigul is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of the Dindigul district. Dindigul is believed to be an ancient settlement; it has been ruled at different times by the Early Pandyan Kingdom, the medieval Cholas, Pallava Dynasty, the Later Pandyas, the Madurai Sultanate, The Dindigul Sultanates, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Madurai Nayak Dynasty, Chanda Sahib, the Carnatic kingdom and the British. Dindigul has a number of historical monuments, the Rock Fort being the most prominent.
Alandur is an urban node in Chennai district of Tamil Nadu. The town agglomeration of Alandur has an estimated population of 300,000. Alandur holds famous landmarks of Chennai namely the Statue of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Kathipara Junction.
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