Tamilnadu and heritage are inseparable. The ancient heritage, customs, norms, and traditions define Tamilnadu. This ancient state takes pride in being one of the world’s oldest practicing civilisations in the world. The history states that even from time immemorial Tamil people existed and lead a well-planned life.
Even our entire life span won’t be enough to know completely about the heritage and traditions of Tamilnadu. People of Tamilnadu lead a simple healthy life, but everyone follows a set of practices that have been inherited from their ancestors. These customs and culture will vary from one household to other. And so Tamilnadu’s culture and heritage is complex and not easy to understand.
The rich heritage of Tamilnadu can be understood from some prominent heritage sites and temples. These architectural marvels serve as a key in understanding of Tamil culture and Heritage. Apart from that, taking a tour to every part of Tamilnadu will be more informative, as each region has little variation, in dialect, traditional customs, and way of celebration. Each city in Tamilnadu is famous for some unique concept. For example, Chennai for It parks, Mahabalipuram for rock sculptures, Madurai for jasmine, Tanjore for doll making and traditional painting, Dindigul for strong locks, Karaikudi for palatial cuisine, Chettinad for grand houses, Thiruvarur for temple car, Coimbatore for education, Tirunelveli for halwa, Srirangam for temple, Trichy for cleanliness and industries, Tirupur for cloth factories, Ooty and Kodaikanal for vacation and lot more. Thus, Tamilnadu has got everything you look for. Tamilnadu will surely amaze you by flaunting its impeccable heritage and culture.
Here are few places that are rich heritage sites in Tamilnadu. Take a visit to all these places and explore more about the heritage of Tamilnadu.
Dhakshinachitra is a must to visit place at Chennai, if you want to know more about the lifestyle and heritage of Tamilnadu and its various regions. Dhakshinachitra is like a learning centre that explains the lifestyle of Tamilnadu and South India people through perfect models. This place can be acclaimed as a miniature of Tamilnadu, as it has exhibits of all kinds of houses replicating the culture and lifestyle in the different regions of Tamilnadu portraying through the model houses and the properties used. Traditional dances and arts are performed in the open air theatre at Dhakshinachitra. Take a complete tour to this place, and know more about Tamilnadu culture strolling through the streets visiting the different models of houses.
St. Mary’s church:
Relish the divine power as your feet touches the threshold of St. Mary’s church. This holy church has been the abode of Almighty for a very long time. Though this church is one among the oldest churches of Chennai, it never looks like one. The very elegant spiritual look of this church is pre-eminent. St. Mary’s church is an Anglican church which was established in the year 1679. From that day onwards, this church is revered as a prominent place of worship for millions of devotees. St. Mary’s church is a rich heritage of Chennai and a prominent tourist attraction. The rich past of this church makes the tourists relive the past era of Chennai.
Arjuna’s penance is the magnum opus of culture and heritage of Tamil Nadu; this mid seventh century art is the world’s largest bas-relief. Its bulky size will make you wish for thousand eyes to capture this incredible art as a whole. This piece of art has lots of sculpture of Arjuna, Lord Siva, huge elephants, and lot more in the list. This place is surely worth a visit, these whole carvings is based on the grand Indian epic Mahabharata. Other monuments are based on varied Gods and Goddesses of Hindu religion. Few Buddha sculptures are also found here. The noteworthy monuments are Pancha Rathas, the shore temple, Varaha temple, and Descent of the Ganges.
Chettinadu palace’s fame had reached all over the world. This elegant colossal palace will make everyone awestruck. The whole building is a work of intricate craftsmanship. This grand palace was established in the year 1912 by Dr. Annamalai Chettiyar, the founder of Annamalai University. The palace is a marvellous sight with its intricate structure and wonderful architecture. This grandeur building is adorned with lots of impeccably carved figurines, and wood carvings. Most of the decorative showpieces hanging from the roof are brought from various countries. Adding to the beauty of this palace is the pleasant ambience. The greeneries that embrace the whole place gives a picturesque look to the Palace.
Temples with rich heritage:
Tamilnadu is also known as the temple town. There countless temples in Tamilnadu, among which some of them are world renowned for their incredible architectural beauty and rich heritage. Some of the most prominent temples to visit are Meenakshi amman temple, Kapaleeswarar temple, Chidambaram Nataraja temple, Parthasarathy temple, Tanjore Big temple, Gangai Konda cholapuram temple, Thenupureswarar temple, Pillayar Patti temple, Thiruvanaikaval Shivan temple, Srirangam temple etc.
Through visiting all these temples and places you can know more about Tamilnadu culture and heritage. For this vacation visit Tamilnadu “the land of rich heritage” and take back with you lots of unforgettable memories.