How to Reach Tamil Nadu

By Air:

Chennai International Airport is the major international airport in Tamil Nadu. The airport offers over 169 direct flights to 19 nations on a weekly basis. Following Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, Chennai is the third busiest airport in the country. The percentage of increase in number of passengers is 18% and it also ranks as the 2nd biggest cargo airport in India, following Mumbai. Tiruchirapalli International Airport and Coimbatore International Airport are the other two international airports in TN. Madurai International Airport serves as a customs airport. The domestic airports are Tuticorin and Salem Airport that join their corresponding cities to the other places in India.

By Rail:

The railways network of Tamil Nadu is quite strong and forms a segment of Southern Railways. The head offices of Southern Railways are based in Chennai, the state capital. The network is quite widespread and covers a significant portion of the Southern Peninsula of India, encompassing states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry (Puducherry,) a tiny part of Andhra Pradesh and a tiny part of Karnataka. The overall span of the railway tracks in the state of Tamil Nadu is around 3,698 miles or 5,952 km. At the present time, the number of railheads operating in the state is 532. The setup joins it with majority of other cities in the country. The principal railway junctions in the state are the following:

  • Madurai
  • Chennai
  • Erode
  • Coimbatore
  • Salem

Tiruchirapalli (Trichy)

The Chennai Central railway station manages 10 lakh commuters on a daily basis. The suburban railway system of the capital is quite modernized and the metro services have begun recently. The Mass Rapid Transit System in Chennai is basically an elevated railway transport system in the city which extends from Velachery to Madras Beach or Chennai Beach, encompassing a length of 25 km and there are 21 stations.

By Road:

National highways, state highways, and important district roads collectively form the roadways network in Tamil Nadu and it is quite widespread.

National highways

In the state of Tamil Nadu, there are 25 National Highways. Twelve of them have their span within the state. NH 220, NH 49, NH 47, and NH 208 join the state with Kerala. Karnataka is linked with Tamil Nadu via NH 207, NH 67, and NH 209. NH 219, NH 205, and NH 234 join the state with Andhra Pradesh. At the same time, the state is joined with Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh via NH 4. Andhra Pradesh and Orissa are linked with Tamil Nadu via NH 5. Tamil Nadu enjoys connectivity with Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka via NH 7. Pondicherry and Karnataka are connected with Tamil Nadu via NH 66.

State Highways

State highways are those roads which join major towns, district headquarters, as well as the National Highways in TN and bordering states. The state highways system of
TN consists of seven circles and they are Coimbatore, Chennai, Trichy, Salem, Thirunelveli, Madurai, and Tamil Nadu.

Other roads

Other district roads, major district roads, special roads, and rural and sugarcane roads constitute the other roadways network in the state.

Short trips:

You can visit the places listed below for excursions or short trips:

  • Kodaikanal, Ooty, and Yercaud (hill stations)
  • Kanchipuram
  • Mamallapuram
  • Thanjavur
  • Tiruvannamalai
  • Kumbakonam
  • Sirkazhi
  • Chidambaram
  • Madurai
  • Palani
  • Kannyakumari
  • Poompuhar
  • Srivilliputhur
  • Rameswaram
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