Tamil Nadu at a Glance

Tamil Nadu is situated at the south eastern end of the Indian peninsula , between Latitude 8° 5' N and 13° 35' N and between Longitudes 76° 15' E and 80° 20'E.

It is bordered on the north by the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and on the west by the state of Kerala. Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of this land is the meeting point of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Tamil Nadu has a tropical climate with only slight seasonal variations. Temperature and humidity remain relatively high throughout the year. Tamil Nadu gets its rainfall from the South West Monsoon(June to September) and the North East Monsoon (October to December). The normal annual rainfall is 911.6 mm. The temperature in the plains varies between 38° C and 20° C.

Tamil is the official language of this state. Thirukkural, a masterpiece of Tamil literature dates back to the period before 500 BC. The culture of Tamil Nadu is a unique blend of the ancient and the modern, where dance, drama and music are an integral part of everyday life. Tamil Nadu is a land of temples. The temples are of a distinct style which are famous for their towering gopurams.

Tamil Nadu has a long eastern coastline stretching for nearly 1000 kms. dotted with enchanting beaches with Bay of Bengal in the east. For the tourist, Tamil Nadu has much to offer – from the majestic hills of the Western Ghats with its wide variety of flora and fauna, to the magnificient beaches on the Coromandel Coast.

Tamil Nadu is one of the most industrialised states in India with a high Human Development index. Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the capital city of Tamil Nadu, is the gateway of South India with an international airport, sea ports and rail and road network connectivity. Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli, Salem and Tirunelveli are some of the other major towns in the state. The state has large number of good educational institutions and is one of the leaders in the field of Science and Technology and particularly in Information Technology.

The investment scenario in the State is very buoyant due to the transparent and proactive approach of the Government. The State has emerged as the front-runner in attracting new investments in Manufacturing sector. Within the manufacturing sector, sun-rise industries like Electronic Hardware, Automobiles and components, apart from traditionally strong industries like Textiles & Garments, Leather products, etc. are the prime-movers of the manufacturing sector in Tamil Nadu. The vision of the Government is to make Tamil Nadu as the hub for Global Manufacturing.

Tamil Nadu has been amongst the top three States in terms of ICT investments and production. It has emerged as a hub for software, hardware and R&D. The number of Indian and Multinational organizations having presence in Tamil Nadu is a testimony to this.

ICT production in Tamil Nadu touched a high of US $ 5.7 billion in 2006-07 and is expected to rise even further in the coming few years. Tamil Nadu now wishes to leverage the unique advantages it possesses and enhance its presence in the ICT sector.

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