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10 Amazing Less-Known Facts About

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is the ideal destination to travel to if you are fond of hills, greenery, and beautiful landscapes. It is the southernmost state of India and is historically enriched. Numerous dynasties ruled Tamil Nadu before the British hence one can find numerous historical sites and stories circling them. For anybody interested in knowing stories and historical tales, Tamil Nadu is the ideal place for them. Chennai is the capital city and also the largest city in Tamil Nadu and is also one of the most urban and modern cities in India.

Tamil Nadu is bounded by the Nilgiri Mountains in the north and the west by Meghmalai hills and Kerala. The scenic beauty of Tamil Nadu will never fail to satisfy your eyes. Here are few interesting and less-known facts about Tamil Nadu and its people.


1) The state of Tamil Nadu shares a maritime border with Sri Lanka.

Tamil Nadu is the southernmost state in India and is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean in the east and south, respectively. Sri Lanka is just next to Tamil Nadu and both the places share the same border.

The Gulf of Mannar is visible through the border of Tamil Nadu. You can see beautiful reef shoals and tiny islands from there as well.


2) Tamil Nadu was ruled by multiple dynasties, and hence it is of extreme historical significance.

Tamil Nadu was ruled by numerous well-known dynasties before the British took over. The Chera dynasty, the Chola dynasty, and the Pandyan dynasty are some of the dynasties which resided in Tamil Nadu and influenced its cuisine, culture, and, most importantly, architecture. The last old dynasty which ruled Tamil Nadu was the Wodeyar dynasty that formed the Kingdom of Mysore. After that, the British took over Tamil Nadu. Due to such diversity seen in the ruling history of the state, one can find innumerable historical and heritage sites with unique intricate designs and stories surrounding them.


3) Tamil Nadu is extremely urbanised despite inheriting multiple heritage sites.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s capital is one of the most modern and urban metropolitan cities in India. Despite having extreme historical significance and age-old cultures, Tamil Nadu evolved as one of the most modern states in India. But they successfully held onto their heritage and culture, representing an amazing amalgamation of modern and old aspects through their culture, architecture, and heritage.



4) Indus valley civilization’s script was discovered from Tamil Nadu.

The script associated with the Indus valley civilization was discovered from Sembian-Kandiyur, which is near Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu. The Harappan language was detected from the script, and it belongs to the Neolithic age of Tamil Nadu between 2000 and 1500 BCE.


5) You can spot three UNESCO heritage sites in Tamil Nadu.

As mentioned earlier, Tamil Nadu is a land of rich culture and is of extreme historical significance as well. It was ruled by numerous well-known dynasties like the Chola, The Pandya dynasties, and so on. Hence one can spot multiple old monuments of immense historical importance there. The Shore Temple made by the Pallavas present in Tamil Nadu is a UNESCO world heritage site now. Other than that, the Gangaikonda Cholapuram Brihadeeshwarar temple, the Airavatheeswara temple, and the Brihadeeshwarar temple are also declared UNESCO World heritage sites.


6) Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu is the destination where the three great water bodies surrounding India meet.

Kanyakumari is well known for its scenic beauty and tourist spots like the Vivekananda rock etc., but another interesting fact about this place is that here the Arabian Sea, The Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal meets with each other. Sunsets from Kanyakumari is one of the best things to experience. Apart from that, Vivekananda rock, another famous tourist spot there is of extreme historical significance.



7) There is a natural bridge in Tamil Nadu joining it with Sri Lanka.

The scenic beauty of Tamil Nadu deserves a special mention. The Pambam Island in Tamil Nadu is a small group of limestone shoals that formerly formed Adam’s bridge, and this bridge is considered to join Tamil Nadu with Sri Lanka.


8) The Flora and Fauna of Tamil Nadu are extremely rich.

Apart from the scenic beauty of the destinations, Tamil Nadu also deserves special mention for their efforts of reserving their flora and fauna. There are innumerable numbers of biosphere reserves for protecting their natural habitat and the animals and birds as well. One can find a variety of animals there, along with a huge number of exotic and medicinal plant species as well.


9) The handloom industry of Tamil Nadu is extremely prosperous.

The spinning industry in Tamil Nadu is the country’s biggest one. It produces forty per cent of the country’s yarn, which is distributed to other states as well. The leather industry is also quite prosperous there. The state is in charge of fifty per cent of the country’s leather export.


10) The Western and Eastern Ghats meet in Tamil Nadu.

The Western and the Eastern Ghats of India are extremely important destinations for their rich flora and fauna, and also Western Ghats is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Both the Ghats meet with each other in Tamil Nadu, and here you can spot some of the most beautiful mountains and hills like the Nilgiri Hills, the Annam.