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- Phone: (91) 435 241-1110
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Thanjavur Palace is a beautiful temple that was once the royal residence of the Nayak rulers. From the grand halls to the royal chambers, the place exhibits grandeur and a charm that will leave you spellbound. The Durbar Hall was built by the Marathas who ruled after the Nayaks and has ancient statues and relics of the 17th century. The palace also has a library, art gallery and museums. Popular among these is the Rajaraja Museum and Art Gallery. The palace essays the culture, folk traditions of ancient India to a large extent. A must visit!
The Brihadeshvara Temple is one of the oldest temples in India. Built during the Chola dynasty's rule in India, the temple stands 216 feet tall and is made of a single block of granite making it an architectural wonder. Within the temple one will find a monolithic icon of Nandi (the sacred God of the Hindus) which also happens to be one of the tallest stone statues in India, and a Shiva Lingam. People come here daily to offer their prayers or just to marvel at this glorious edifice which will take you back in time. A must visit!
This university is a place for academics to flourish with its facilities and events. It was opened in 1988 and has since become a place of higher education and networking. Graduates of the university emerge with a strong network and a very well-rounded personality. To learn more about the institution or about its special events, be sure to take a look at the official website.
Puducherry is known for its gorgeous French architecture and colonies, but what this union territory also has are temples, each of which are dedicated to a certain god or goddess. The Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple is no different; erected in the honor of Goddess Punithavati, also called Karaikal Ammaiyar. Located right in the middle of Karaikal, this temple was built in 1929 by Malaiperumal Pillai. Each year during the month of June or July the temple celebrates the festival of Mangani, which it has gained popularity for over the years.
Located in the small industrial city of Chidambaram, the Thillai Nataraja Temple dedicated to lord Shiva is considered to be one of the greatest temples of South India. There are four imposing gopurams (gates) in the complex with a height of 45 meters (147.16 feet). The temple, built in succession by kings of the Chola dynasty is dedicated to Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva. The intricate sculptures within, depict lord Shiva in poses of Bharatnatyam, an ancient classical form of dance. The complex covers an astounding 40 acres (16.18 hectares) and is home to the Dikishitars, an ancient class of temple priests which live only in this temple. The complex has numerous water tanks with the Sivaganga water tank being the the largest one. The temple has two ancient dance halls called the Thousand Pillar Hall and the Hundred Pillar Hall, both of which are used for an annual classical dance festival held in the temple. The main shrine located at the center is a rock-cut structure that features a golden pavilion with deity housed in it. One of the temple's unique features is that the depiction of lord Shiva is in the form of a Nataraja statue unlike the lingam which features in most temples. There are several smaller shrines in the complex dedicated to other gods and goddesses. Take your time exploring the ancient temple; the stunning architecture, sculpture, art and symbolism will leave you spell-bound.
Located at a mere 15.3 kilometers (9.5 miles) from Chidambaram, Pichavaram is a major site of eco-tourism and home to the second largest Mangrove forests in the world. Spread over an area of 2800 acres (1133.12 hectares), the forests can be navigated by a boat through the endless water channels that connect the entire forest and islands. Apart from the large expanse, the Pichavaram forests are also considered to be some of the healthiest mangroves and are instrumental in supporting a wide variety of water-based life forms in the region. A wide variety of exotic and migratory birds can also be found nesting in the forest. A sterling initiative by the The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) has made this a known tourist attraction while ensuring the protection of this sensitive eco-system. The department has facility for boating and offers a number of tours through the forest. You can rent out a humble row boat for a leisurely two-hour tour of the forest or a motorboat which takes 40 minutes if you're in a hurry. Apart from this, there is also a four hour group tour that spans the entire length of the forest and includes a stopover at a nearby beach.
Srirangam is a part of the Tiruchirapalli city, located in Southern part of India. With rivers like Cauvery and Kollidam flowing across, it makes for a scenic view. This area is known for the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, deemed to be the largest temple in the entire nation. You can also visit the nearby tourist attractions that include Amman temple, Kumara Vaiyalur temple and Samayapuram Mariamman temple.
The Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort is a temple and a fort built on a 3 million year old rock, much ancient than the Himalayas. Historians have revealed that this fort has witnessed several wars, one of them being the famous Carnatic Wars. The fort was instrumental in the commencement of British rule in India. The Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort is a must visit to understand the city's evolution as well as India's rich history and culture.