Best Tamil Travel Movies of All Time

Top 7 Must-Watch Tamil Travel Movies (Kollywood)

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Travel movies in Kollywood or the Indian Tamil film industry are quite diverse. While some offer an offbeat take on fantasy/adventure, others showcase the true culture of cities and ethos. In both cases, we are presented with a journey that will envelop the audience and transport them into a world they yearn to be a part of. As wanderers ourselves, we love watching such cinema, learning a thing or two, and using them as inspirations for our tours and explorations. So, here are the top 7 Tamil movies that have inspired us to travel. Let’s get right to it.

7 Best Travel Movies In Tamil

1. Aayirathil Oruvan (2010)

Ayirathil Oruvan 2010

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Historical

Aayirathil Oruvan is the perfect film to kick this list off. A tale about a missing archaeologist who went on an expedition to Vietnam in search of a prince of the Chola dynasty. What’s truly fascinating about this film is how it blends mythology, fantasy, and history. The film was quite ahead of its time, and even today, the concepts and themes portrayed stay relevant and can blow your mind away. 

As travelers, we loved the way different locations were showcased in the tale. They gave us a glimpse of what the previous eras would have looked like. The set pieces and diverse landscapes stirred the wanderlust within us. We wanted to explore the wild and become a part of nature.

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2. Kayal (2014)

Kayal 2014

Genre: Romance, Adventure, Slice of Life

Kayal is a film about two friends who wander around and explore different places around the country. The two are happy-go-lucky and want to seize every day. A series of misadventures leads the protagonist and his friend into the captivity of a few people, where they meet a woman named Kayal. As fate would have it, the two fall in love, but their tale still has a long way to go as they face numerous struggles and calamities that test their yearning to find each other. 

From the beginning, you will be hooked to this film as it portrays several picturesque locations such as waterfalls, forests, rope bridges, and more. However, even as the movie progresses, the cinematography portrays the different locations most aesthetically and preserves the culture of the regions it focuses on. This leaves viewers curious who want to know more about the places shown in the film and visit them if they ever get a chance.

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3. Maara (2021)

Maara movie 2021

Genre: Wanderlust, Adventure, Slice of Life

Maara is a remake of the Malayalam film Charlie. The film is about a man with a vagabond-like persona who tries to spread joy wherever he goes. A woman named Parvathi, who goes to a coastal town for a short vacation, notices a painting and tries to find the person behind it. The film portrays how destinies intertwine and how people find love. 

Maara is a very wholesome film focusing on themes such as carpe diem, minimalistic living, and more. The various locations showcased in the movie are picturesque and carry a sense of serenity with them. Almost every location can be added to your travel bucket list, and the best part is that it doesn’t create fantasy-like imagery of the various places. The picturization is grounded in reality, making this film perfect for travelers and explorers.

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4. Vaazhl (2021)

Vazhl movie 2021

Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Slice of Life

Vaazhl is a tale of an IT employee called Prakash with a monotonous life. A chance encounter with a woman named Yathramma takes Prakash down a road filled with travel, adventure, mystery, sadness, happiness, joy, and even peace. The film aims to portray the significance of traveling and how shared experiences can form long-lasting connections between strangers. 

Although the film seems to shift tonalities, its cinematography and the way it explores different destinations is unparalleled. The film ensures it doesn’t merely include aesthetic wide-angle shots of different places but also depicts different cultures, mindsets, and experiences travelers can have on their trip. Overall, the film has a serendipitous and adventurous vibe and can keep the viewers hooked until the end.

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5. Peranmai (2009)

Peranmai movie 2009

Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure

Peranmai is an intriguing action-thriller about a few NCC cadets and their leader trying to stop a group of mercenaries who want to sabotage India’s space mission. The film is all about survival, exploring the themes of camping, living in the forest, and being a part of the wild in great detail. 

The different facets of the tale are peppered with subtle tips and tricks to survive in the wild and how nature always favors the brave. The film also covers themes such as caste discrimination, societal hierarchy, and more through various character arcs and plot points. Overall, the story is intriguing and sparks the idea of camping in the woods and exploring rainforests. 

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6. Nitham Oru Vaanam (2022)

Nitham Oru Vaanam movie 2022

Genre: Romance, Slice of Life, Nostalgic

Nitham Oru Vaanam is yet another offbeat tale that focuses on themes such as relationships and love but portrays them through travel and experiences. The film follows Arjun, who has OCD and gets depressed after his to-be-wife calls off their marriage. Arjun’s therapist decides to help him with different stories about real people that could motivate him to have a better life. One thing leads to another as Arjun decides to travel to different places and meet the people in the stories. 

Arjun’s trip not only helps him understand people, relationships, and circumstances but also offers insight into different regions of the country. The characters visit several places where Arjun is exposed to new cultures, mindsets, and ways of life. The film conveys that traveling can broaden your horizons and make you more open-minded about life.

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7. O Kadhal Kanmani (2015)

O Kadhal Kanmani movie 2015

Genre: Romance, Slice of Life, Relationships

O Kadhal Kanmani, or OK Kanmani, is one of the most wholesome and relatable romance films in modern times. Although the film doesn’t explore the theme of traveling, it portrays the city of Mumbai in ways that very few directors can. The vintage architecture of South Bombay, the classic stretch of Marine Drive, the bustling vegetable markets, and more are depicted immaculately. 

You see the different facets of the city, whether it’s the summer season or the monsoons. Every frame brings this city of dreams alive; even if you have visited the place, you will be awestruck. The film also showcases a few monuments and places in Ahmedabad, which add more layers to the characters in the film. Overall, the film inspired us to see old places with new eyes and helped us reinvent the idea of traveling.

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These are our top 7 Tamil movies that inspired us to travel. If you think there are more such movies we should check out to fulfill our wanderlust, drop your suggestions in the comments below.

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