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The early history of the people and rulers of Tamil Nadu is a topic in Tamil literary sources known as Sangam literature.Numismatic, archaeological and literary sources corroborate that the Sangam period lasted for about six centuries, from 300 BC to AD 300.The state shares a maritime border with the nation of Sri Lanka.Tamil Nadu is the eleventh-largest state in India by area and the sixth-most populous.lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.It is bounded by the Eastern Ghats on the north, by the Nilgiri, the Anamalai Hills, and Kerala on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait on the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean on the south.
The Pandyan capital Madurai was in the deep south away from the coast.
Chera traded extensively from Muziris on the west coast, Chola from Arikamedu and Puhar and Pandya through Korkai port.
A Greco-Roman trade and travel document, the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea (c.
Tamil architecture reached its peak during Pallava rule.
Narasimhavarman II built the Shore Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.