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From Puducherry
Mahabalipuram (98 kms)
Chidambaram (74 kms)
Pitchavaram (70 kms)
Kancheepuram (130 kms)
Tiruvannamalai (105 kms)
Gingee (75 kms)
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From Karaikal
Tharangambadi (12 kms)
Poompuhar (35 kms)
Velankanni (29 kms)
Kumbakonam (60 kms)
Thanjavur (100kms)
Nagore (12 kms)
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 From Puducherry
 Mahabalipuram (98 kms) :

     Nestling along the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram(Mamallapuram) was a 7th century port of the Pallava kings. The cave temples here were carved out of a granite hill mostly between the 5th and 8th centuries. Besides, you also will find the famous Shore Temple to the east and the Chariot Temples to the South.

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 Chidambaram (74 kms from Puducherry and 65 kms from Karaikal) :

     The Nataraja Temple located at the centre of the town, sprawls over an area of 40 acres. With the roof of the Sanctum Sanctorum covered with gold plates. The presiding deity is represented by air - known as Akaasa Linga.

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 Pitchavaram (70 kms) :

     You can choose your picnic spot within thousands of acres of lush mangrove forests. A number of backwater canals criss-cross the area forming several islands.

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 Kancheepuram (130 kms) :

     A temple town with a history dating back to 23 centuries, kancheepuram is called "The City of Thousand Temples". The Ekambareswaran Temple said to be the largest Siva temple has a 100 pillared hall and one of the tallest gopurams(185 m) in South India. Today, the town is perhaps more widely known for its lovely silks.

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 Tiruvannamalai (105 kms) :

     The Arunachaleswara Temple, a renowned Siva Temple, is situated at the foot of a hill here. The ashram of Sri Ramana Maharishi is only 3 kms from this temple.

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 Gingee (75 kms) :

     Gingee, one of the finest forts in India, is built on 7 hills and still houses several interesting structures.

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 Local travel agents :

     Bonjour Bonheur : (0413) 2331732, Amsam Travels : (0413) 2338513, Auro Travels : (0413) 2335560, Balaji Travels : (0413) 2223135, Universal Travels : (0413) 2212627, Vijay Tourist Cabs : (0413) 2246363, Danven Travels : (0413) 2336184.

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 From Karaikal
 Tharangambadi (12 kms) :

     Also known as Tranquebar, this former Danish settlement, contains the fairy tale-like remains of a 400-year-old fort on the seashore.

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 Poompuhar (35 kms) :

     On confluence of River Cauvery with the Bay of Bengal lies this ancient historic port city of the Chola dynasty. Also known as Kaveripoompattinam.

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 Velankanni (29 kms) :

     The healing powers associated with the Basilica of Our Lady of Health here, draws pilgrims across all religions and faiths.

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 Kumbakonam (60 kms) :

     Famous for the Sarangapani, the Kubereshwara, the Nageswara and the Ramaswamy temples. The Mahamagam congregation takes place once in 12 years.

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 Thanjavur (100kms) :

     Thanjavur rose to glory as a centre of learning and culture during the Chola reign between the 10th and the 14th centuries. Renowned for its 11th century Brihadeswara temple, the finest of its kind in South India. Moreover, the Fort Serfoji Museum holds the richest collection of Chola bronzes.

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 Nagore (12 kms) :

     The Hazrat Meeran Sultan Sayed Shahabdul Hameed Dargah, attracts devout Muslims from far and wide.

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 Local travels agents :

     Paris Travels : (04368) 222667, Shameem Cabs : (04368) 221199.

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