Tamil Nadu offers a window into the ancient Dravidian culture and if you are interested in enjoying the culture, tradition and the mesmerizing nature of the South then you must visit Tamil Nadu for sure this monsoon. While there are many temples, ancient historic locations, and natural landscapes that you can enjoy when you are in Tamil Nadu. However, there are some locations that offer value for money holiday experience during the monsoons. Here we take a look at the must visit monsoon destinations in Tamil Nadu.
Better known as the Spa of South India this small town falls in the Tirunelveli district offer few perennial rivers like Chittar River, Manimuthar River, Tambaraparani River and Pachaiyar River that flows in full gusto to offer the best monsoon holiday experience. Ideally you should head for Courtallam also known as Kutralam locally from June to September when monsoon is here. Nestled in the Western Ghats the city is also very close to the Kerala border but still it has Tamil population. Some of the best waterfalls that you can enjoy here are Peraruvi Falls, Shenbagadevi Falls, Thenaruvi Falls and Aintharuvi Falls. When you are in Courtallam do visit some of the ancient temples here. There are many budget hotels and resorts available here that makes holiday accommodation easier. There is no railway station in Courtallam but you can alight at Tensaki railway station and reach Courtallam in 20 minutes.
Upper Bhavani Lake
If you are passionate about natural landscapes you must visit Upper Bhavani Lake that is by the side of Kerrapadu Road. It is around 50 kilometers from Ooty but offers a breathtaking visual for many nature lovers. The area has been declared as a wildlife area and the dam at the Upper Bhavani Lake offers water for irrigation. The location also offers better wildlife experience as one can find species of wolves, jackals, tigers and various birds during the monsoon. The place is also good for those who want to trek around in the hills but you will need a permission from the local forest authorities that can make it easier for you.
Not too far away from Madurai you will find a lovely hill destination better known as Kodaikanal. In local language it means The Gift of the Forest and many travelers call it the Princess of Hill Stations. Kodaikanal offers a breathtaking holiday experience throughout the year but it transforms itself into a heavenly abode during the monsoons. If you are with your partner you can enjoy some of the top spots here like the Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park and Coaker’s Walk. You can also enjoy some other points here like the Dolphin’s Nose, Silver Cascade Waterfall and Pillar Rocks that offer mesmerizing natural landscape. You can find many budget hotels and resorts here to suit your preferences and budget.
Discovered by the British in the year 1819 Coonoor still offers a lot to thousands of tourists that come here every year. This destination is a must visit if you are interested to stay close to Nilgiri hills. Coonoor is highly popular for the tea plantations here and they draw lot of international tourism here as well that come here for a pleasant environment and aromatic tea. A walk through the tea gardens here can make you feel like in paradise. Coonoor is also a heaven for bird watchers as one can find parakeets, thrushes, cormorants, pipits and skylarks. The area is really good for adventure sports like trekking and hiking. You can also enjoy taking a toy train ride from Coonoor that connect to other hill stations and back.
If you like to hit some of the coolest beaches in Tamil Nadu head to the southern tip of India and visit Kanyakumari. Also known as Cape Comorin Kanyakumari is filled with rich history and cultural heritage that can offer you more than you expect. Enjoy the sunrise from Vavathurai and visit some of the temples and religious sites that are popular in Kanyakumari. Don’t forget to miss out the 133 feet tall statue of Thiruvalluvar.