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Things to Explore in Tiruchirappalli

This destination is situated in central Tamil Nadu this district has its headquarters in Tiruchirappalli city.

Tiruchi, as the city is popularly known is situated on the banks of the Kaveri River and was Chola citadel during the Sangam age. It was also briefly ruled by the Pallavas as well as Pandyas. But the most monumental chapters of Tiruchi as its exists today were written by the nayakas of Madurai, who constructed the town around the rock fort, which is Tiruchi’s most famed landmark. The fort played an important role in the 18th century Carnatic wars. Modern Tiruchi is a commercial city as well as a Pilgrim Centre.

Grand Anaicut (19 km)

Yet another picnic spot, the Grand Anaicut dam is a barrage across the River Kaveri. The dam was built in 2nd century A.D. by the Chola king Karikalan and is an enduring engineering marvel.

Kumaravayalur (13 km)

A famous Murugan temple is situated here. The temple was consecrated by Thiru Murga kirubananda variar, a great exponent of Harikatha and an ardent Saivite devotee.

Manapparai (37 km)

This place is famous for Murukku which is a crisp savoury prepared from rice and black gram dal. One can see a large number of people selling these and sugar candy near the railway crossing.

Samayapuram (11 km)

This place is also situated near Tiruchi, Samayapuram Mariamman temple is very famous in South India. Devotees throng the temple daily for the blessings of the deity. All the time the temple is packed with thousands of devotees.

Srirangam (10 km)

On the picturesque island of Srirangam is a famous Vaishnava’s temple dedicated to Sri Ranganathaswamy. The town itself is enclosed within the seven walls of the temple. The island is 5 km wide, 40 km long and covers an area of 600 acres. It is a probability the temple with the largest area in India. The tallest Gopuram (tower) in Asia graces this temple. It is built in 1987, the 13-tiered Gopuram is 72 m high and 59 m wide. The 21 other Gopurams were built between 14th and 17th centuries but the temple itself is said to have existed even before the Christian era. Several additions were made to it by the Cheras, Cholas, Pandyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara kings in addition to the Nayaks of Madurai. The annual festival of the temple takes place during Vaikunta Ekadasi between the last week of December and the second week of January and attracts pilgrims from all parts of the country.

Upper Anaicut (Mukkombu) (18 km)

Situated on the Tiruchi-Karur road, this is the head of Srirangam Island. It is a beautiful picnic spot and also the point where the River Kollidam branches off from River Kaveri.

Tiruvanaikkaval (9 km)

The Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswarar temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. Jambu is the name of the holy tree under which there is a lingam of Siva submerged in water. The temple gets the name ‘Tiruvanaikkaval’ from the legendary elephant that once worshipped this lingam.

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Places to Visit in Erode

Famous for its textiles and handloom products Erode district was once a part of Coimbatore district that is known for its traditional hospitality. The town is the birthplace of the great social reformer, Orator and politician, Periyar  E.V. Ramaswamy,  Popularly known as ‘Thanthai Periyar’.There are two old temples here, one dedicated to Lord Siva and the other to Lord Vishnu. Both temples have some interesting inscriptions. The town, however, is best known for its handloom industry and wholesale textile.

Even though Erode is the less explored place in Tamil Nadu, However, this destination also holds certain wonderful places that should not be missed out while travelling to Erode.

Bannari (84km)

This pilgrim Centre has a temple dedicated to goddess Mariamman and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

Bhavani (14km)

The Sangameswarar temple here is situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhavani and Kaveri. It is one of the most pilgrim centres in South India. The presiding deity is Lord Sangameswarar and is consort is Vedanayaki.

Chennimalai (20km)

This is one of the most important handloom weaving centres of Erode district. There is hill top temple here where originally there was an idol of a six-faced Subramanya. It was damaged and the presiding deity now is Lord Dandayuthapani.

Kodumudi (39km)

The temple here is known for its shrines to Vishnu, Siva and Brahma which are all located in one complex.

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Explore the Beauty of Chennai City

Chennai is always recognised as the “GATEWAY TO THE SOUTH”. This is the first city of the South India, which is the capital of Tamil Nadu and headquarters of Chennai. Chennai is also one of the four metropolises. This city of ancient traditions is an urban agglomerate of over 4.25 million people. The Green, Airy city beckons those who love the leisurely tempo of life. It is a courtesy, charm and culture with values of another day, another age still cherished here amidst, the bustle of the modern metropolis, temples and forts, churches and beaches, mosques, parks and monuments are all the part of the mosaic of Chennai.

Listed below are the best places that are frequently visited by the tourist. These places are must visit one when you plan your vacation to Chennai.

Places of Interest

Anna Park

This picturesque little park at one end of the famous Marina beach is crowded year around with people paying their respect at the Samadhi (tomb) of the late Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai.

Anna Salai

This is formerly called as the Mount Road this is 16 km long road that starts from St. Thomas Mount in the outskirts and cuts across the heart of the city. It is the busy commercial centre and shopping paradise.

Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium is built in the memory of B.M.Birla, the well-known industrialist and visionary, the Planetarium is considered to be the most modern in the country.

Fort St. George

This is the place from where the British East India Company ruled India in the early days, today it is the house of the legislature, the secretariat and the ministries of the Tamil Nadu Government. St. Mary Church in the Fort is the oldest Protestant church east of Suez. Robert Clive was married here. In the courtyard of the church are the oldest British tombstones in India. Also in the fort are the former houses of Lord Clive, Colonel Wellesley, Elihu Yale (of Yale University fame) and the Thomas Port. The fort has the tallest flag pole in India. The Museum and the Clive corner are the other places of interest that are located here.

Kalakshetra

Located in the south of Elliot’s beach is the Kalakshetra. This is the famous school dedicated to the traditional South Indian dance forms, crafts and Carnatic music was started by Rukmini Devi Arundale. Together with a few other schools, it forms a part of the Annie Besant Cultural centre.

Cholamandal

This destination little further on, is the artists cooperative which is a unique experiment where business, culture and art go in hand.

Guindy National Park and Snake Park

This is small National Park has a large population of spotted deer apart from blackbuck, civet cat, jackal, mongoose, monkeys, reptiles and some birds life. It is the only National Park in India to be found within the city. The snake park nearby as the collection of reptiles, including iguanas, pythons, cobras, Kraits and tarantula spiders. There is also a research centre in the premises that manufactures anti-venom.

Santhome Cathedral Basilica

At the southern end of the Marina is San Thome, which owes is a name to the apostle of India, St.Thomas Dydimus. Doubting Thomas died sometime in 78 A.D. on St. Thomas Mount, just outside the city of Southern limits. He is said to have been first buried on the San Thome beach, and a church was built at this site. He was later reinterred in a new church further inland. The second church was rebuilt in 1606 as the cathedral and the present towering Basilica was built in 1896 on the same site. The beautiful church with its stained glass window is visited by many pilgrims and tourist throughout the year.

Sri Kaplishwar Temple

This temple situated in ancient Mylapore was built by Pallavas in the 8th century. Later, additions were made by the Cholas, Pandayas and the Vijayanagara Kings. The presiding deity is Lord Kapaliswarar and the consort is Karpagambigai. The temple tank is surrounded by a busy shopping arcade. The annual festival of the temple is held in March.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

This temple is also built during the 8th century; the temple in Triplicane is yet another creation of the Pallavas. The presiding deity of this Vaishnavite temple is Lord Parthasarathy. The tank is an excellent example of the Pallava art.

The Mosques

The city of the biggest mosque is an elegant building in Triplicane and is associated with Nawabs of Carnatic. The other famous one is the Thousand Lights Mosque, off Anna Salai.

The Marina

A wide road and an elegant promenade are the both an intrinsic part of beautiful Marina- the second longest beach in the world. The beach drive runs between magnificent stately buildings on one side and a wide sandy beach on the other side. Particularly noteworthy buildings are the buildings of the University of Madras, Chepauk Palace, Ice House and the Police Headquarters.

The Pantheon Complex

This imposing complex encompasses the Museum with its superb collection of South Indian bronzes, the National art gallery and the Connemara Public Library. The complex is built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the National Art Gallery as the very good collection of old and modern paintings which include some rare Rajput and Mughal ones.

Valluvar KottamBuilt in 1976, the imposing memorial to the poet and saint Thiruvalluvar has one the largest auditoriums in Asia. Shaped like a temple chariot or Ratha, it is one of the most distinctive buildings in the city.

Theosophical Society

Situated on the bank of the Adyar River in a spacious wooden estate, the world Headquarters of the Theosophical Society has the fine library, shrines of all faiths and the serene Garden of Remembrance.

The Corporation Campus

The Corporation Campus or the Ribbon building is the headquarters of the oldest city corporation of India. The campus includes the Victoria public hall, the Corporation stadium and My Ladye’s Garden- a horticulturist’s delight.

Chepauk

Chepauk is one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in India. It is also a major national cricket stadium and also the hub of the Tamil Nadu cricket world.

George Town

George Town is the Indian town that grew alongside the original British Township of Fort St. George. Some of the oldest commercial buildings and homes of Chennai are to be found here.

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Famous Waterfalls in Teni

Recently bifurcated from Madurai, it has its headquarters in Teni. It is the headquarters of the district and is surrounded by fabulous natural scenery. Even though Teni is a small city but it holds two gorgeous falls and one beautiful dam that can be explored while you visit Teni for some reasons.

Suruli Waterfalls

This picturesque picnic spot lies on the way between Madurai and Thekkadi.

Kumbakarai Waterfalls (30km)

It is a popular picnic spot which attracts many tourists.

Vaigai Dam (10km)

Man-made gardens filled with all kinds of exotic flowers and plants on one side of the dam, compete with the rugged natural beauty of the hills that border the river on the other side. On Sundays, the dam site is illuminated and looks beautiful.

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Places to Visit in Nagapattinam

Nagapattinam district has been bifurcated from Thanjavur district. It is on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu and has its headquarters in Nagapattinam which is an important port in the state.

The two famous temples here are one dedicated to Nagaraj and another to Neelayathatchi Amman. The town also connects two famous centres of Pilgrimage- Velanganni and Nagore.

Listed below are the excellent places that should not be missed out while you travel to Nagapattinam

Nagore (4 Km)

This is an important pilgrim centre for Muslims. The annual Kanduri festival here attracts people of all faiths.

Kodikkarai (POINT CALIMERE) (67 Km)

This sanctuary was established in 1967 and covers an area of 17 sq km. Dolphins are occasionally sited in the lagoon apart from which there are shorebirds and waders, flocks of flamingoes, blackbuck, chital, wild pig and connect macaques. The best time to visit this sanctuary is between November and January.

Poompuhar (54 Km)

This ancient town was a major port during the Chola period. The original city has emerged in the sea and only a small village remains now. Alternatively known as Cholapattinam and Kaveripoom-patti-nam, the city is the birthplace of great Tamil literary epic- Silapathikaram. A government of Tamil Nadu art gallery depicting scenes from this epic was opened in 1973. The port city of Puhur was known to Ptolemy Anad Pliny and was built over 2000 years ago. Excavations have shown an extent of planning that even modern city planners would find extremely remarkable. From this port India trade ship left to modern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanks, Indonesia and Egypt. This archaeologist’s dream is a must for history enthusiasts and the calm waters of the sea make for good sea bathing.

Sikkal (5 Km)

The temple of Lord Muruga is very well known here. Legends relate that Sakthi gave the Vel (spear), the weapon which Lord Muruga holds in hands, for killing the Asura Sura-badman.

Sirkazhi (58 Km)

The temple here has three- Sri Brahmapureeswarar, Sattanathar and Thoniappar shrines, goddess Tirunilai Nayaki shrines, and Gnanasambandar shrine.

Tarangambadi (Tranquebar) (35 Km)

This town which ruins now is once said to have been encircled by a brick wall. The inner fortification known as Dansborg was built by Ore Gedde, commander of the Royal Danish Navy in 1620. The major landmarks of this ancient town are the Jersulam church, the Zion church, the church of Our Lady of Rosary and an ancient mosque.  The 200-year-old Gate is of historical and architectural interest. The Masilamaninathar temple was built in 1305 A. D. by the Pandya King Kulasekran and is great architectural interest. The temple also has several shrines.

Thirukkadaiyur (43 Km)

Abhiramapattar who composed the beautiful poem Abhirami Anthadhi lived here. The celebration of Sahtiabdapoorthi at this temple is said to be very beneficial. This pooja is conducted by the person who has attained 60 years ago.

Thiruvali (62 Km)

This is the birthplace of Thirumangai Azhwar.

Vaithisvarankoil (58 Km)

The temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The presiding deity here is Vaidyanatheswar, the healer of all disease and Thaiyalnayaki is his consort. The Siddamirtham tank within the temple complex is believed to have curative powers.

Vedaranniyam (55 Km)

This is believed to be the place where Siva appeared with his consort Parvathi in bridal attire in front of Agasthya. Festivals are held on full moon days in the Tamil month of Adi (July – August) and Thai (January-February).

Velanganni (12 km)

The famous Roman Catholic Church here is an important pilgrim centre. People of all faiths visit the shrine that is dedicated to “Our Lady of Health”

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