Chennai formally known as Madras is known as the Gateway to the South. Due to its cultural and traditional values, Chennai is the heart of Tamil Culture. Being the capital city of Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is also known as the fourth largest city of India. The city is a perfect example of deep rooted culture and heritage. The long standing coconut palms along the streets, beautiful beaches, and warm hospitality show the real colours of this fascinating city.
Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is as old as the Pallava dynasty in the 7th-9th century in Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu, India. Mamallapuram, 58 km south of Chennai, has a beautiful beach spanning a distance of over 20 km. An erstwhile port of the Pallava dynasty the place abounds with stone carvings, caves, rock cut temples also attract tourists. A crocodile farm, venom extracting centre, schools of art and sculpture and a wide choice of resorts along the beach draw holiday-seekers all round the year.
Pondicherry is rich in architectural and cultural wealth. The major tourist attraction in Pondicherry is Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lived for the most part of their life. The ashram houses the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the mother. Pondicherry also has a pleasant beach alongside Promenade and historical monuments. Some of the other interesting sites include the Bharti and Bharthidasan Memorial museum, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Auroville.
Tanjore is the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu" and famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple was constructed more than thousand years ago by the King Rajarajan, is an architect's marvel. It is a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture and painting.
Madurai is Known as Athens of the East, Madurai is a place of great historical and cultural importance. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu and Madurai lies on the banks of the River Vaigai. Madurai is one of the liveliest cities in South India it was originally known as Kadambavanam or the "forest of Kadamba" or the Nauclea kadamba.
Tiruchirapalli, also known as Trichy, is situated 320 Km to the south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu and is blessed with the pious river Kaveri. Estimated to be the 4th largest city in the state, this Hindu Pilgrimage center is well known for the a number of beautiful shrines, which are primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples are popular for its remarkable architectural style merged with the believability of devotees. The most popular temple is the Rock Fort, perched 80 meter upward from the surrounding plains.
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