Chennai

 

Chidambaram

City of the Cosmic Dancer is 245 Kms away from Madras. The image of Nataraja (the dancing Shiva) represented by the bronze image known throughout the world as the most perfect creation in metal of art. The main image of Nataraja is within a rectangular shrine, covered with copper tiles and gold and it is called the “The Golden Hall”. The Chitrakootam is another shrine, situated adjacent to the Nataraja temple is dedicated to Lord Govindraja.

Coonoor

It is the second largest town of the three Nilgiri hill stations.  This place is very pleasant to relax. Places to visit are Sim Park , Lamb’s Rock, Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Botanical Gardens, Ooty Lake, Stone House, St. Stephen’s Church etc.

Coimbatore

  •  Botanical garden  is good place to see
  •  The VOC Park and Zoo near the stadium has a toy train circuit.

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is situated 76 Kms southwest of Chennai.   This old city is known as ‘the Golden city of 1,000 temples’. It is famous for hand-woven silk fabrics.

 

Famous temples to see in Kanchipuram are

The Ekambareswara Temple,

The Kailasanatha (Shiva) Temple,

The Vaikunthaperumal Temple (Vishnu’s Paradise),

The Varadaraja  Temple ,

Tiger Cave,

Tirukkalikundram,

Crocodile Bank ,

Mamallpuram,

Vendantangal Bird Sanctuary .

Kanyakumari

It is one of India’s holiest sites.  Kanniyakumari Temple, Gandhi Mandapam, Vivekananda Memorial, Mundanthurai Tiger Sanctuary, Kuttralam ( Courtallam) ,Nagercoil etc are the places in and near kanyakumari.

Madurai

It is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu. The Meenakshi Temple is the main attraction. Other then this is Tirumala Nayak Mahal.

Thanjavur

It is the highly fertile delta of the Cavery River and the capital of the Cholas during their supremacy.The Brihadiswara Temple, The Raja Museum and Art Gallery, Thirukandiyur (10 km), Thiruvaiyaru (13 km, Tiruvarur (55 km), Velenkanni  (94 km)  are situated near city.

Tiruchirappalli

It is situated at the head of the Kaveri delta. The Rock Fort, The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Sri Jambukeswara Temple, Thiruvanaikkaval all are famous for their temple architecture.

Rameshwaram

The island of Rameshwaram, spread out over 56 km of gentle sand dunes, embellished with casuarina trees and stark palms, is a sacred place for Hindus since, according to the Ramayana; this is where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to absolve himself of the sin of killing Ravana.  This Southern state is referred to as the cradle of Dravidian culture because its ancient culture is distinguished by unique languages and customs.