Tamil Nadu is the homeland of one of humanity’s living classical civilizations, stretching back uninterrupted for two millennia and very much alive today in Tamil’s language, dance, poetry, and Hindu religion. Tamil Nadu, the land of the Tamils, is the heart of Dravidian culture with a distinctive style of their own. It is situated in the south-eastern part of the Indian peninsula and is bounded by the states Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in the north and Kerala and Karnataka in the west, with the Bay of Bengal in the East. At the southern tip is Kanyakumari, where the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean meet. There is a lot for tourists packed into this state, which remains proudly distinct from the rest of India, with its amazing rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram, the great living temples of Thanjavur, the blackbucks of Point Calimere, the toy train ride in Ooty, the ghost town of Dhanushkodi, the Chettinad cuisine, the wilderness of Mudumalai and Mundunthurai, the night ceremony at Sree Meenakshi temple, the escape to the very end of India where the three seas mingle, or the cool, forest-clad, wildlife-prowled Western Ghats.