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The State of Tamil Nadu has a hoary antiquity. Though early sangam classics throw historical references, we pass to recorded history only from the Pallavas.
They were the originators of the famous Dravidian style of temple architecture. The last Pallava ruler was Aparajita, in whose reign the later Cholas under Vijayalaya and Aditya asserted themselves by about the 10th century. At the end of the 11th century, Tamil Nadu was ruled by several dynasties like the Chalukyas, Cholas and Pandyas. In the two centuries that followed, the imperial Cholas gained paramountcy over South India.Even during the period of the tumultuous confusion that followed the battle of Talikota, European commercial interest had appeared as rivals in the area of South India. The Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the English came in quick succession and established trading centres known as 'Factories'.

Eating Out  
 

Tamil Nadu, true home of Indian vegetarianism, is the land of the delicious Pongal, Idli, Dosa, Sambar and Rasam. Tamilian's staple diet is steamed rice and most of their food consists of grains, lentils and vegetables. 'Sadhams' (rice dishes) with different flavours are their specialty. Spices are added for most dishes to give a distinctive taste. Coconut, tamarind, asafeotida are a must for most vegetarian dishes.
This type of food has several variations of fish, mutton, and chicken dishes of which the Chettinad Pepper Chicken is a specialty. The Tamil style of Mughali food can be savoured in the biriyanis and paya. Tamil Nadu is also famous for its filter coffee, the making of which is almost a ritual.
Chettinad Masala,, Melagu (rice) Pongal, Arisi Tengaay Payasam, Medhu Vada, Kanchipuram Idlis, Masala Rava Idli, Chicken Chettinad, Urlai Roast,

 

 
Shoping  
 

Shopping in Tamil Nadu can be quite fruitful with so much to shop in almost every big town and city. There are more than 5 to 6 towns,he state of Tamil Nadu has emporiums where fabrics, clothing and curios are sold at very reasonable prices.The market is also known to people as the Burma Bazaar; it is filled with items such as inexpensive electronic devices, watches and clothing.
When in Madurai, visitors can buy cotton fabrics with Batik work and Sungundi Saris, which are available in stores near the Meenakshi Temple. In Chidambaram, around the temple area there is the Khadi Craft Store that has a lot of curios to offer shoppers.

 
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