The homeland of the Dravidian civilisation and the "Land of Temples", Tamil Nadu is known for its arts, dances, and temples. It is a living monument to one of the oldest civilisations still in existence. In more modern times, Tamil Nadu has become famous for its industries, especially the automobile and garment industry, and it currently supplies almost all of the country’s mass-manufactured garments.
The cities and towns along the eastern coast have always been famous gateways to foreign cultures, wealth, conquest and trade. The most famous of these is the bustling city of Chennai, which is South India's biggest industrial and commercial centre.
While Tamil Nadu is best known for the grand temples spread all over its landscape, such as the Meenakshi Temple, Brihadeeshwara Temple, and The Shore Temple, the state has also played home to various European colonisers. The charming town of Pondicherry is one such example with its French architectural roots well preserved. On the western end of the state, the beautiful hill stations of Ooty and Kodaikanal, set amongst rolling mists and tea gardens, offered respite from the tropical summers to the British Administrators.
Modern Tamil Nadu is land of both industrial opportunity as well as historical beauty, and in this sense it offers a rare balance between the Ancient and Modern India.