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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Gingee, one of the finest forts in India, is
built on 7 hills and still houses several interesting structures.
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Also known as Tranquebar, this former Danish
settlement, contains the fairy tale-like remains of a 400-year-old fort on the
On confluence of River Cauvery with the Bay of
Bengal lies this ancient historic port city of the Chola dynasty. Also known as
The healing powers associated with the Basilica
of Our Lady of Health here, draws pilgrims across all religions and faiths.
Famous for the Sarangapani, the Kubereshwara, the
Nageswara and the Ramaswamy temples. The Mahamagam congregation takes place
once in 12 years.
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.
The Hazrat Meeran Sultan Sayed Shahabdul Hameed
Dargah, attracts devout Muslims from far and wide.
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