One’s impression of India cannot be complete without a visit to the unique Dravidian cultures of southern India. Dravidian culture has maintained a distinctive culture and style throughout the ages. The History of Tamil Nadu dates back to 6000 years. The birthplace of Dravidian culture has witnessed several great dynasties over the millennia. The Pallavas ruled in the 4th century A.D, the Cholas ruled between the 1st and 4th centuries and Pandyas in the 14th century to the English have left their mark on the state. The inspirational temple sculptures of Mahabalipuram, Tanjore and the colonial structures all stand as a testament to the state’s culture.