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Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace A mishmash of architectural styles, the Mysore Palace resembles, in roughly equal proportions, everything from a medieval Mughal mausoleum to an opulent French chateau- and almost any form of magnificent building in between. Uninhibited grandeur is the buzzword in the Mysore Palace- and it has to be seen to be believed. The site where today’s Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, stands was once the site for an earlier wooden palace, which burnt down in a fire during 1897. However its construction was completed in the year 1912. For those with a penchant for the sumptuous, this proved to be a stroke of luck- for the building that was constructed in its stead was one which goes the whole hog when it comes t...
Trekking in Tamil Nadu
Trekking in Tamil Nadu The Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 2286 metres above the sea level are just perfect for trekking. The best spot to start your trekking tour is Base Camp at the Parsons Valley in Ooty. Some other famous trekking routes are Ooty - Parsons Valley - Mukkurthi Lake - Pandiar hills - Pykara falls - Madumalai Sanctuary. The trek is not very hard and you can enjoy the picturesque views of the Nilgiris too. Annamalai Hills make a complete trekking spot for tourists with a number of exciting trekking trails. Kodaikanal too offers ideal sites for trekking which are Kodaikanal - Dolphin''s Nose - Vallagavi – Kumabakkarai and Kodai - Thopi Thooki Parai - Periyur - Periyakulam. Also Elagiri hills to Jalagambarai waterfalls is...
Culture and Dance of Tamil Nadu
Culture and Dance of Tamil Nadu There is more to Tamil culture than its trove of temple richness. This is a land of poetry, song and dance. The classical dance form of Bharatnatyam (natya=dance, Bharat=India) is like a coming to life of the temple sculptures. Decked out in shimmering silk, the dancer relies on hand movements, dramatic poses and a range of facial expressions to communicate age old tales of love, longing and rage. The Sangam period around 2AD was the high point in Tamilian literature. The poet Thiruvalluvar wrote thousands of poetic pieces in his work ‘Thirukkal’, and inspired the ‘Sangam Academy’ for poets and other writers. They tested the worth of any work in a unique way: manuscripts would be thrown into the tank in Ma...
Language of Tamil Nadu
Language of Tamil Nadu The people of Tamil Nadu are mainly Dravidian. The Dravidians were the original inhabitants of the subcontinent in the Indus Valley region. For many reasons, not yet completely clear, they were forced to push southwards and came to live in the region of present day Tamil Nadu. 80% of the population now is Dravidian but there are communities of indigenous tribes. The Toda people who live in the Nilgiri Hills are accomplished silversmiths. Other communities are those of the Irula, Badaga, Kota and Kurumba. Tamilians today are trying to balance the old with the new. While the orthodox old guard still oversees matters of the family and elders must be respected for their age, the younger lot is coming into its own in keepi...
Rameshwaram Temple
Rameshwaram Temple Pilgrimage tour to Tamil Nadu is incomplete without taking a trip to Rameshwaram. One of the most sacred place in the city, Rameshwaram temple awaits thousands of pilgrims every year. It is believed whosoever visit Varanasi, is supposed to take Rameshwaram temple tour to complete his pilgrimage. Plan for Rameshwaram temple tour to know the legendary tale related to this world renowned holy shrine. The legends believes, Lord Rama offered prayers to Shiva in form of the a Shiva Lingam, on his return to Ayodhya. The lingam was made of earth by Sita, consort of Lord Rama. This Shiva lingam is now popularly known as Ramalingam.Sprawling in an area of 15 acres, the ancient was only a small hut until the 12 th century. Th...
Food of Tamil Nadu - Simple and Unique
Food of Tamil Nadu - Simple and Unique Idli, dosa, vada, sambar, uppama! As with all Indian food, a meal centres on a base of rice, or as in the South –Indian case, semolina preparation. Eaten alongside is the South-Indian dal, sour, hot, souped -up with vegetables. The Brahmins are vegetarian, but the rest consume sour-hot fish, mutton and chicken with gusto. True home of Indian vegetarianism, is the land of the delicious recipies. Tamilian's staple diet is steamed rice and most of their food consists of grains, lentils and vegetables. 'Sadhams' (rice dishes) with different flavour s are their specialty. Spices are added for most dishes to give a distinctive taste. Coconut, tamarind, asafeotida are a must for most vegetarian dishes. Desserts such as bur...
Shopping in Tamil Nadu - Some What Different
Shopping in Tamil Nadu - Some What Different Tamil Nadu is acclaimed as a souvenir-shoppers-stop. Stone and bronze carvings were heavily patronized by the Cholas, Pallavas and the Chettiars. The modern carvings today owe their attributes to this royal lineage. The temple corridors and spires showcase a rich exhibition of this fine art to the tourists and students of art from all over the world. In the carving industry, stone carving has carved a great niche for itself, largely because of the availability of the raw material and as an industry that grew under Temple Architecture. There are big sculptures of deities that have been carted away to other states in the south because of the workmanship that only Tamil Nadu can boast of. Madurai is the prime centr...
Festivals in Tamil Nadu
Festivals in Tamil Nadu The temple town of Chidambaram hosts the annual Natyanjali Dance Festival in February and India’s most eminent dancers perform then. The Mammalapuram Dance festival extends over a month from mid-January to mid-February. Besides these, both Trichy and Kanchipuram come alive with enthusiasm during their Car processions. Bedecked chariots carrying revered idols tour the city to the accompaniment of much fanfare. Madurai hosts the annual Float Festival in January. The Shiva Meenakshi idols are taken out of the temples and float in the Mariamman Teppakulum tank on decorated rafts for several days. Middle of January is also the time of harvest and it’s celebration with the festival of Pongal.
Folk Dance of Tamil Nadu - Karagattam Karagam
Folk Dance of Tamil Nadu - Karagattam Karagam Karagattam Karagam is a folk dance with musical accompaniment. Balancing a water pot on the head the dancer performs. Traditionally, the villagers in praise of the rain goddess Mari Amman and river goddess, Gangai Amman, performed this dance with water pots balanced on their heads. In Sangam literature, this dance is mentioned as Kudakoothu. This dance has two parts, the Aatta Karagam and the Shakti Karagam. More often it is danced with decorated pots on the head and is known as Aatta Karagam and this symbolises joy and merriment. Aatta Karagam is performed only in temples, while the Shakti Karagam is mainly entertainment. Karagattam is one of the more popular rural dances today. Earlier it was performed only with acc...
Rafting in Assam
Rafting in Assam Sport enthusiasts can go rafting on the mighty Brahmaputra River and its tributaries- Manas, Kapili, Jia Bharali. You can experience the wild and rapid thrill on the rivers along with breath taking views of the surroundings. The best time to go rafting is in the months between August and September. One should avoid rafting in the monsoons as the heavy rains bring causes high rapids in the rivers. Make sure you carry the necessary permit required at the time of rafting. Life jacket, helmet, swim suit and sun tan lotion as they are essential for this activity. White Water Rafting at Teesta and Rangit The Teesta and Rangit rivers offer long stretches which are ideal for safe rafting. Teesta has been graded on the I...