25 Facts About Tamil Nadu

1. Tamil Nadu generates a significant proportion of its power needs from renewable sources with wind power installed capacity at over 7154 MW, accounting for 38 per cent of total installed wind power in India.

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2. Tamil Nadu has the third largest installed power generation capacity in the country.

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3. Tamil Nadu has three major seaports located at Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin, as well as seven other minor ports including Cuddalore and Nagapattinam.

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4. Tamil Nadu has a well-developed rail network as part of Southern Railway.

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5. Tamil Nadu has a transportation system that connects all parts of the state.

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6. Tamil Nadu is the second largest software exporter by value in India.

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7. Tamil Nadu is one of the highly industrialised states in India.

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8. In terms of production, Tamil Nadu accounts for 10 per cent in fruits and 6 per cent in vegetables, in India.

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9. In 2008, Tamil Nadu was India's fifth biggest producer of rice.

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10. Tamil Nadu has historically been an agricultural state and is a leading producer of agricultural products in India.

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11. The government of Tamil Nadu distributed free televisions to families in 2006 at an estimated cost 3.6 billion of which has led to high penetration of TV services.

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12. Tamil Nadu is home to the Tamil film industry nicknamed as "Kollywood", which released the most number of films in India in 2013.

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13. Tamil Nadu is a land most known for its monumental ancient Hindu temples and classical form of dance Bharata Natyam.

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14. Tamil Nadu is one of the most literate states in India.

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15. At the 2011 India census, Tamil Nadu had a population of 72,147,030.

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16. Tamil Nadu is the seventh most populous state in India.

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17. Prior to Indian independence Tamil Nadu was under British colonial rule as part of the Madras Presidency.

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18. Tamil Nadu is subdivided into 32 districts, which are listed below.

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19. Tamil Nadu has been a pioneering state of E-Governance initiatives in India.

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20. Tamil Nadu had a bicameral legislature until 1986, when it was replaced with a unicameral legislature, like most other states in India.

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21. Tamil Nadu is divided into seven agro-climatic zones: north east, north west, west, southern, high rainfall, high altitude hilly, and Kaveri Delta.

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22. In 1969, Madras State was renamed Tamil Nadu, meaning "Tamil country".

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23. The economy of Tamil Nadu is the second-largest state economy in India with 15.96 lakh crore in gross domestic product after Maharashtra and a per capita GDP of 167,000 (US$2,300).

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24. Tamil Nadu is the eleventh largest Indian state by area and the sixth largest state by population.

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25. Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

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