Tamilnadu is situated in the southern end of the Indian Peninsula, bounded on East by Bay of Bengal, South by Indian Ocean, west by States of Kerala and Karnataka and on the North by the state of Andhra Pradesh. The total area of the state is 130058 sq. kms out of which22934 sq. kms comprise forest area.
Tamil Nadu is a land of Rich Cultural Heritage, a land of Poetry, Music and Fine Arts. The classical Dance form “Bharathanatyam” originated here. The southern style of the Indian Classical music “Carnatic Music” also flourishes here.
The geographical location of the State endows it with many a tourist spots worth many visits and many natural locations for sight seeing. The State has five major physiographic divisions – the mountainous region or ‘Kurinji’, the forest regions or ‘Mullai’, the arid dry region or ‘Palai’, the fertile plains or ‘Marudham’ and the coastal region or the ‘Neidhal’. The two mountain ranges, the Eastern and Western Ghats meet in this state and run along its eastern and western borders.
The hills of the Western Ghats with dense forests receives bountiful rains and hence favours plantations of tea, coffee and spices. The picturesque Nilgiris with the green Udhagamandalam (Ooty) is located on the Western Ghats. Kodaikanal is a hill resort situated near Palani hills, an offshoot of Western Ghats. The Eastern Ghats also has its share of natures beauty with Yercaud in the Shevaroy hills, famous for its fruit orchards, banana and coffee plantations. Mammallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Kancheepuram and Rameshwaram are some of the places of ancient and aesthetic interest along the eastern coastal region of the State with Chennai (erstwhile Madras) the Historic Capital of the state maintained a City Beautiful and Modern.