For the third straight year, Tamil Nadu topped the country in attracting tourists, both foreign and domestic, in 2016. The foreign tourist arrivals in the state last year was pegged at 4.72 million, the highest in the country. It was followed Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
The graph on the footfall of international tourists visiting Tamil Nadu has been witnessing a steady growth in the last three years with the state receiving about 4.68 million foreign tourists in 2015, an increase from 4.65 million in 2014.
Heritage monuments and temples are one of the major factors driving international tourists to Tamil Nadu. On the domestic front, the state received 343.81 million travellers last year, hitting a hat-trick in retaining the first position since 2014. While the state recorded 343.81 million domestic tourists in 2016, it was 333.45 million in 2015 and 327.55 million in 2014.