Culture and Festivals
Travel & Tourism
Important Tourist places to visit in and around Chidambaram, Tamilnadu
Posted Date: 08-Jun-2011
: 45 (
This resource "Tourist places in and around Chidambaram" gives you details about the important sightseeing places in Chidambaram. In this resource you also get useful information about the places around Chidambaram, the fairs and festivals celebrated in Chidambaram and also other fascinating facts making Chidambaram an ideal tourist spot.
Tourist attractions in Chidambaram
also called as Thillai, is an important town situated in the central part of Tamil Nadu. The exact location of Chidambaram is the
Coleroon River Valley
which is situated on the Madras-Thanjavur road.
Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram
is one of the important tourist attraction and
sightseeing place of Chidambaram
. The nearby towns are Cuddalore and Neyveli. The temple spreads an area of 40 acres of land and is located in the central part of Chidambaram. The sanctum sanctorum roof of this ancient temple roof is covered with gold plates. The main deity of this
is Lord Shiva called as Nataraja and he is called as the Cosmic Dancer.
This temple has five halls which are as follows:
: This hall has gold plated roofs and the main deity is present here in this Sabha.
: This gold plated roof hall contains tha Akasa lingam.
• most beautiful of all the halls
• Contains 56 pillars
• 108 poses of Bharat Natyam are depicted
• Built in the form of a chariot
: This hall is allotted for conducting temple festivals.
: This was the hall in which the Pandyas and Cholas celebrated their victories. The important feature of the Raja Sabha is the thousand-pillared pavilion.
Other important features of Chidambaram temple
Shrine of Lord Vishnu (Govindaraja).
Shrine of Lord Subramaniya
Shrine of Lord Vinayaka.
Sacred tank called as Sivaganga.
Thillaikaliamman Temple in Chidambaram
is situated on the north side of Chidambaram. This temple was built between 1229 and 1278 AD by Kopperunjingan. The main deity of the is Goddess Kali. The temple stands as a remarkable example of architecture and thus is an important tourist attraction in Chidambaram.
Other shrines present in this temple are Shivakama Sundari, Pandya Nayakam of Shanmuga, Karpaga Vinayaka, Navagraha Linga, Meenakshi Sundaresar, and Kumarakotta Murgan.
Tourist attactions around Chidambaram
Pichavaram is situated around 16 km from Chidambaram and is a wonderful scenic spot which attracts tourists from all over the world. It contains a number of islands, mangrove forests and backwaters which acts as a tourism resource. Rare species like Avicennia and Rhizophora attracts the botanists from all over the world.
Sirkazhi is just 20 km from Chidambaram. The
has the shrines of Sri Brahmapureeswarar, Gnanasambandar. Sattanathar, Thoniappar and the Goddess Tirunilai Nayaki.
Vaitheeswaran Koil is a famous temple for Lord Shiva which is situated about 24 km from Chidambaram. Lord Shiva is known as Vaidyanatheswarar in this temple and is believed to be the healer of all diseases. The devotees bath in the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex which is believed to cure all diseases.
Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a city which was found by Rajendra Chola I and is situated 42 km from Chidambaram. The city also contains a temple for Lord Shiva with excellent carved sculptures.
Poompuhar is a city famous for the art gallery developed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1973 and is situated 40 km from Chidambaram. The place has got a historical significance in the ancient times.
Fairs & Festivals celebrated in Chidambaram
Icons of God Nataraja and Goddess Shivakama Sundari are decorated with flowers and are taken through the streets of Chidambaram with the music of nadaswaram. The streets in which the procession is taken is well-decorated with rangoli.
The venue of this festival is the thousand pillared Raja Sabha of the Nataraja temple. This five-day festival is held in the month of February. Dancers from all places come here to show their performance. This festival attracts crowds of tourists from all parts of the world.
Other festivals are Brahmotsavam, Ani Thirumanjanam, Thai Poosam, and Arudra Dharshan which attract large crowds from all places.
Modes of transport to reach Chidambaram
How to Reach Chidambaram by Air
: The nearest airports to Chidambaram are Tiruchirapalli (195 km) and Chennai (245 km). Chennai is well-connected and has got regular flights to all the major cities in India and abroad.
How to Reach Chidambaram by train
: Chidambaram is located between Chennai and Tiruchirapalli main line of the Southern Railway. There are a number of trains connected with Tiruchirapalli, Madras, Madurai, Rameswaram, Bangalore and Tirupati to Chidambaram.
How to Reach Chidambaram by Road
: Chidambaram is well-connected by road to various places in Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Pondicherry and frequent bus services too are available.
UNESCO's World heritage sites in Tamilnadu
Best Top Ten Tourist place destinations in Tamil Nadu
Tourist and Sightseeing places of interest in and around Chennai, Tamilnadu
List of all beaches in Tamilnadu with tourist, climate and attractions details
Pamban bridge a spectacular extreme structure a best destination for tourists in Tamilnadu
Quick Information on Tamilnadu State Places to visit Climate and other details
Ooty – Mudumalai Tour Package by IRCTC
Tourist places in Kanyakumari and How to reach Kanyakumari
List of all hill stations in Tamilnadu with tourist details, climate details and attractions
Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Nilgiris of Tamilnadu
Read related articles:
tamilnadu tourist places
chennai tourist guide
Did you like this resource? Share it with your friends and show your love!
Responses to "Important Tourist places to visit in and around Chidambaram, Tamilnadu"
Notify me by email when others post comments to this article.
Do not include your name, "with regards" etc in the comment. Write detailed comment, relevant to the topic.
No HTML formatting and links to other web sites are allowed.
This is a strictly moderated site. Absolutely no spam allowed.
to fill automatically.
(Will not be published, but
to validate comment)
Type the numbers and letters shown on the left.
Subscribe to Email
Get Jobs by Email
Forum posts by Email
Articles by Email
Online TSR members
Awards & Gifts
Education in Tamilnadu
Tamilnadu DDE admissions
Last 7 Days
Tamilnadu travel guide
Tamilnadu tourist places
Temples in Tamilnadu
Entertainment in Tamilnadu
Tamil movie online booking
Tamil movie actors
Tamil movie actress
Sani Peyarchi Pariharam 2014 Saturn remedies Tamil Rasi palan
Aadi Discount Sale in Chennai 2014 Festival Offer
Indian Super League-Football league in India
Tamil nadu 12 Result 2014 and What to do after Higher secondary Exam
Summer Camps in Tamilnadu Courses and Activities 2014
TSR top 5 performers
Copyright © SpiderWorks Technologies Pvt Ltd., Kochi, India
All Rights Reserved.