PONDICHERRY NEARBY PLACES

1. Mahabalipuram

The Mahabalipuram is known as “Mamallapuram”, it was blossom port of 7th century of Pallava rulers. Staying at Mahabalipuram Resorts is a unique way of experiencing its history. Most of the temples and rock carvings of this place were built during the reigns of Narsinha Varman I (AD 630-668) and Narsinha Varman II (AD 700-728). Nowadays, it is very most popular tourist destination and the infrastructure to support the multitude is superlative, from cost effective guesthouses and restaurants to luxury resorts. There is about them a mood of contemplative reverie, a lyrical softness and subtle grace, etc., Best time to visit this place is during October to March.

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2. Chidambaram

Chidambaram is popular city for Thillai Nadaraja temple or Chidambaram temple. It was located at centre of the town. It is also famous for the annual Natyanjali dance festival on Maha Shivaratri. There have been several renovations and offerings to Chidambaram by the Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Vijayanagara and Chera royals in the ancient and pre-medieval periods. The Nadaraja temple was called one of the five Pancha Bootha Sthalams, The traditional name of the temple complex, Chidambaram Thillai Nataraja-koothan Kovil, alludes to the environment of its location and its origins and significance in Saivite worship. Earliest examples of number of features that are found in many later temples, including "the earliest known Devi or Amman shrine, nritta (dance) maṇḍapa, Surya shrine with chariot wheels, hundred and thousand pillared maṇḍapas, even the first giant Siva Ganga tank.

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3. Pichavaram

The Pichavaram is famous for Mangrove forest and was located at near to the Chidambaram. It is second largest Mangrove Forest in the world. The Pichavaram has a well developed mangrove forest and it consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse of water covered with green trees. This area is about 1100 hectare and was separated from the sea by a sand bar. Mangroves are attracting an appreciable bird population of residents, local migrants and true migrants. Amongst others, one can view birds like snipes, cormorants, egrets, storks, herons, spoonbills and pelicans. At the mangroves, so far, 177 species of birds belonging to 15 orders and 41 families have been recorded. The seasons for birds are from September to April every year. Peak population of birds could be seen from November to January.

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4-Silver Beach

The Silver Beach is located at downtown in Cuddalore. This beach was also the location of Fort St. David, which has a long history as one of the three important forts built by the British Empire. Morning blessings from fresh breeze & longest walk near the water of 1.9 km road and also it is good clean beach. The beach provides to visitors an opportunity to indulge in various activities such as horse riding and boating. Moreover, the beach is also houses of boat and a children's play area. It is the second long beach on Coromandel Coast and was considered to be one of the longest sea beaches in Asia. There are summer festivals celebrated in Silver Beach yearly during April or May.

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5. Gingee

The Gingee is popular for Gingee fort also it is known as Senji or Chenji fort. It lies in the Villupuram district and closed to the Pondicherry. Originally the site of a small fort built by the Chola dynasty in 9th century AD and it was latterly modified by the Vijayanagar Empire in the 13th century to elevate it to the status of an unbeatable citadel to protect the small town of Gingee. Krishnagiri to the north, Rajagiri to the west and Chandrayandurg to the southeast these are three hillocks on fort complex. The three hills together constitute a fort complex. After the fort passed into British hands, it did not see any further action. The fort at Gingee was declared a National Monument in 1921 and was under the Archaeological Department. The fort walls are 13 km and the three hills are connected by walls enclosing an area of 11 square kilometres. It has a seven-storeyed Kalyana Mahal (marriage hall), granaries, prison cells, and a temple dedicated to its presiding Hindu goddess called Chenjiamman.

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