How to Reach Tamil Nadu

Planning to Visit Tamil Nadu? Find the various ways to travel to Tamil Nadu by Road, Cars, Trains, Indian Railways, Flights, Airlines and Airports in Tamil Nadu.

Location of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu located in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula and shares its border with Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is bound by the Eastern Ghats in the north, the Nilgiri, the Anamalai Hills, and Palakkad on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait in the south east, and by the Indian Ocean in the south.

Tamilnadu Location

Tamilnadu Location

Getting here – How to reach Tamil Nadu

By Air (flights):

Tamil Nadu have 4 international airports and 3 domestic airports. Chennai International Airport is a major international airport that is connected with 19 countries with more than 169 direct flights every week. Other international airports present in the state are Coimbatore International Airport, Madurai International Airport and Tiruchirapalli International Airport.

Anna International Airport in Chennai has connections with many South-East Asian cities, Sri Lanka, and some European cities (Frankfurt, Brussels and London). There are also flights from Tiruchirapalli to Colombo in Sri Lanka and Singapore. There are flights from Coimbatore to Sharjah, Colombo and Singapore. Other domestic airports in Tamil Nadu include Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem and Tuticorin.

Salem Airport and Tuticorin Airport are domestic airports with convenient connections to the rest of the state and the country.

By rail:

Tamil Nadu is served by Southern Railway and there are many trains from Chennai to almost every major city in India. Chennai serves as a gateway city for connections from other parts of Tamil Nadu.

By Sea (Seaport):

TamilNadu has three major seaports at Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin, as well as one intermediate port, at Nagapattinam (Seven other minor ports including Cuddalore and Nagapattinam).

By road:

Tamilnadu is very well connected by road transport, all the major towns, cities and villages are connected by National Highways, state highways and internal road systems. There are 28 national highways in the state, it is also a terminus for the Golden Quadrilateral project. Chennai have the largest bus stations CMBT with Seven different state owned corporations fly buses to and from various destinations within South India.

There are hourly buses for places like Tirupati, Pondicherry, Coimbatore. You will get the option of A/C or Non-A/C coaches for cities like Bangalore, Trivandrum, Hyderabad.

National Highways in Tamil Nadu

NH 47, NH 49, NH 208, NH 220 connects Tamil Nadu with Kerala. NH 67, NH 207, NH 209 connects Tamil Nadu with Karnataka. NH 205, NH 219 and NH 234 connects Tamil Nadu with Andhra Pradesh. NH 4 connects Tamil Nadu with Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. NH 5 connects Tamil Nadu with Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. NH 7 connects Tamil Nadu with Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. NH 66 connects Tamil Nadu with Karnataka and Pondicherry.

7 wings of Tamil Nadu Road Transport are:

  • National Highways Wing
  • Construction & Maintenance Wing
  • NABARD and Rural Roads Wing
  • Projects Wing
  • Metro Wing
  • Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project Wing
  • Investigation and Designs Wing

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) is the public transport bus operator of Tamil Nadu, and operates buses along intra and inter state bus routes, as well as city routes. There are currently 8 divisions in TNSTC:

  • TNSTC Coimbatore
  • TNSTC Villupuram
  • TNSTC Salem
  • TNSTC Madurai
  • TNSTC Kumbakonam
  • TNSTC Tirunelveli
  • MTC (Metropolitan Transport Corporation in Chennai)
  • SETC (State Express Transport Corporation)

Local Transport:

Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses ply throughout the city which are government-run and extremely cheap.

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