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Things to do in Tamil Nadu State

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Tamil Nadu State. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Tamil Nadu State attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Tamil Nadu State to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Tamil Nadu State.

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  • Brihadishwara Temple

  • Chettier Mansions

    Among the least known of India's architectural oddities, the Chettiar mansions are so fanciful and hyperbolic as to rival Disney. Crowded together ... More
  • Chettinad Museum

  • Government Museum

  • Iskcon Temple

    The temple, built in 1998, features high-tech robots of Krishna and Arjuna, and the temple's patron. More
  • Meenakshi Sundareswara

    This Madurai temple was built in the 16th-century. There are those who refer to Madurai as a power center, claiming that the earth around the old t... More
  • Ranganathaswamy Vishnu temple complex

    Take a short walk through the temple city's seven concentric perimeter walls, each traditionally inhabited by a separate caste, and come away with ... More
  • Shore Temple

  • St. Andrew's Church

    A British colonial church built in 1821, modeled on London's Church of St.-Martin's-in-the-Fields More
  • Thanjavur Royal Palace and Museums

  • Victoria Technical Institute

    Opened in 1887 for the Queen Empress's jubilee; particularly fine goods are in the South Indian Women's Work Room. More

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