Kanchipuram and Chidambaram – Two Temple cities of Tamilnadu

Kanchipuram district is situated on the north-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, adjacent to the Bay of Bengal and Chennai city. Kancheepuram is popular for its renowned crafted world famous silk sarees, a traditional home industry. Kancheepuram is also known for its culture and civilization. 

Kanchipuram is a city of thousand temples. It was under the Pallavas from 6th to 8th century A.D and later became the citadel of Cholas, Vijayanagar Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. Temples in Kanchipuram are torchbearers of the glorious heritage of the Kanchipuram District and are repositories of the magnificent art forms that evolved over several centuries.

Places to see:

Kamakshi Amman Temple: This temple was built in the 7th century and rebuilt in the 14th century.

Vedanthangal: It is one of the major Water Bird Sanctuaries in India. of 48 Kms from Kanchipuram . The best season time is between October and March, when a large number of migratory birds visit. The birds can be viewed from the bank or from the watch tower.

Muttukadu: This is a large lake formed out of the backwaters, with boating and wind surfing facilities. The Backwaters of Muttukadu have been developed by the Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation to serve as a picnic spot and a centre for water sports.

Covelong-The Beach: This is a small fishing village 40 kms from Chennai on the Mahabalipuram road. There are the remains of a fort which now functions as a luxury beach resort. Facilities for windsurfing and swimming are available here.

Dakshin Chitra: It has relocated 18th, 19th and early 20th century houses and re-created village streets and work places providing authentic insights into the domestic architecture, spatial organization, life-styles and character of the essential Tamilian or Keralite or Andhrite or Kannadiga.

About Chidambaram:

Chidambaram is located 250 km south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Chidambaram is a marvelous cultural, traditional & pilgrimage centre that greets one with its beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Maharaja. It is one of the renowned ‘Pancha Bootham stalas’ for Lord Shiva where he is represented as each of the five elements. In Chidambaram, he is represented as space. Besides the massive temple of Lord Shiva, Chidambaram also boasts of a lovely mangrove forest with interesting boat rides to entertain tourists. The place is also referred to as ‘Thillai’ as it was covered with dense growth of Thillai – a mangrove species tree. There was once a small shrine on the banks of a tank. The saints Vyagrapada and Patanjali are said to have worshipped at this shrine, now called Thirumoolanathar. It is believed that their penance attained fruition with the revelation of Shiva’s cosmic dance by Lord Maharaja on the auspicious ‘Thai Poosam’ day.

Places to see:

The Maharaja Temple: The temple located in the centre of the town covers an area of 40 acres. It is one of the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu. The roof of the sanctum sanctorum is covered with gold plates.

Thillaikaliamman Temple: The Thillaikaliamman temple is on the northern end of the town. It was built by Kopperunjingan, who ruled between 1229 AD and 1278 AD.

Vaitheeswaran Koil: The Vaitheeswaran Koil is famous for the Siva temple dedicated to the healer of all diseases, Vidyanatheeswarar and his consort Thaiyalnayaki. It is located around 24 kms away from Chidambaram. A bath in the holy waters of the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex is believed to be therapeutic.

Pichavaram: Pichavaram is situated 16 kms. East of Chidambaram. It is among the most eye-pleasing destinations with abundant and varied tourism resources.

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