Tamil Nadu has a long coastline that stretches nearly a 1,000 kilometres. Its capital and largest city is Chennai (formerly Madras). Tamil Nadu lies in the southern most part of the Indian Peninsula. The Coromandel Coast, along the Bay of Bengal, boasts many ideal locations for sun and surf. An idyllic location, the golden sand beaches are dotted with coconut ... More>palms and casuarina groves. The sea washes ashore pebbles and shells and the gentle breeze sways the yachts and catamarans into the deeper waters of the sea. The state abounds in monuments and temples that are ancient and each has its own story of religious, artistic and cultural accomplishment and specialty waiting to be heard.