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Happy Holidays – Chennai

Chennai city is fully loaded with some interesting and amusing places. The metropolitan city houses all sorts of attractions, be it famous South Indian Temples, museums, monuments, parks, beaches or picnic spots. Mamallapuram roughly 55 km away, is the world-famous town. The shore temple, the largest bas-relief in the world called Arjuna’s Penance and the famous and beautiful mandapams have made this town world famous. Tirukkalikundram is a pilgrim centre with a hilltop temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Covelong is replete with historical monuments such as forts, churches, mosques, and a lovely beach, Covelong is a place where you can experience the history of Tamil Nadu as a whole. Kanchipuram forms the famous Golden Triangle of the Coromandel Coast. Kanchipuram finds place on the global map because of the wonderful craftsmanship of the Kanchi weavers, the makers of what is perhaps the finest silk fabric in the world. Tirupati is one of the most famous shrines in the country where worship of the Lord has been carried out for over thirteen centuries. The backwaters of Muttukadu have been developed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation to serve as a scenic picnic spot and a water sports centre. Training and demonstration programmes are organized for youth. Crocodile Bank not far from Mamallapuram, has several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators which are bred in captivity. Vedanthangal is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. It is a marshy, 30 hectare park with lake visited by over 1,00,000 migratory birds every year. The Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur is the largest in South Asia with a rich variety of different species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Cholamandal Artist’s Village is open-air auditorium for the venue of avant-garde theatre, poetry-reading and dance recitals. It has a gallery with fine contemporary paintings and sculptures. Dakshinachitra is a reasonably new place presented by the Chennai Crafts Foundation as a showpiece of different living styles in the South. One can admire traditional arts from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Pulicat is a picnic spot famed for its lake. There are amenities for swimming, fishing, and windsurfing. MGM Dizee World an amusement park complete with Roller Coasters and Water Slides and Giant Catherine Wheels – is a fun place for kids. Madurai, one of the oldest towns in South India, is the abode of goddess Meenakshi, the consort of Lord Sundereswarar (Shiva). Tiruchirapalli, the famous Rock Fort, is precariously perched atop a massive outcrop of rock that rises abruptly out of the flat surrounding plain. Set in the middle of the town on the bank of the river Cauvery, it is visible for miles around it. Palani, a pilgrim spot atop a hill dedicated to Lord Subramanium, is easily accessible. Puducherry lying 162 km south of Chennai, has an imminent French influence. For sight seeing, interesting places include churches, museum, beach, the Aurobindo ashram, and Auroville. Point Calimere wildlife sanctuary lies close by. The mangrove forests of Pichavaram, an ideal spot for boating, fishing and water sports is also nearby. Rameswaram lies 176 km from Madurai. This conch shaped island in the Gulf of Mannar is a holy spot for Hindus. The magnificent Ramanathaswamy temple is well known for its longest corridors in the country, extending over a length of 1220 m long with its marvelous carved pillars. Proceed to Kanyakumari, the land’s end of India to view the spectacular sunrise and sunset at the beach. The temple, Vivekananda Rock and Gandhi Mandap are among the places of interest.

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