Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major cultural, economic and educational centre. The city lies on the thermal equator and has a tropical wet and dry climate.

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150 kms from Chennai city limits

Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, at a distance of 150 km from Chennai. In terms of its richness in festival traditions, and also in its association with music and dance, this place is the epitome of cultural heritage of our country. The town is known for the Thillai Nataraja Temple, and the annual chariot festival held in the month of December-January. Of the numerous temples the Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram is one of the most significant ones.

The traditional name of the temple complex, Chidambaram Tillai Nataraja-koo...

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Hogenakkal Falls
342 kms from Chennai city limits

Hogenakkal Falls or Hogenakal Falls is a waterfall in South India on the river Kaveri. It is located in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu, about 342 km from Chennai. It is also referred to as the "Niagara of India". With its fame for medicinal baths and hide boat rides, it is a major tourist attraction.

Carbonatite rocks in this site are considered to be the oldest of its kind in South Asia and one of the oldest in the world. This is also the site of a proposed project to generate drinking water. Boating in Hogenakkal is allowed during the dry-season as the water falls are not s...

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306 kms from Chennai city limits

Hosur is a town and a municipality in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu. It is located about 35 km from Bangalore and 306 km west of Chennai, the state capital. Hosur is considered as gateway to Karnataka from Tamil Nadu and has become a satellite town of Bangalore. Hosur assembly constituency is part of Krishnagiri Lok Sabha constituency.

Hosur, also known as Little England, for its climatic conditions, has a history of more than 800 Years. Hosur is known on these days, not only for its climatic condition, but for the thousands of industries located here. Hosur houses of industrie...

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72 kms from Chennai city limits

Kanchipuram is a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, 72 km from Chennai. This historical city is a religious centre of advanced education for Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism between the 1st and 5th centuries. The Buddhist monasteries in and around acted as nucleus of the Buddhist educational system. Although Kanchipuram was reputed to be the centre of Buddhism in South India, and was visited by Chinese Buddhist monks, there are no remains of the Buddhist presence today. The city houses Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, and Kumarakottam Temple, which a...

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Kolli Hills
368 kms from Chennai city limits

Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai is a small mountain range located in central Tamil Nadu at a distance of 368 km from Chennai. The mountains are about 1000 to 1300 m in height and cover an area of approximately 280 km².

The mountain is a site of pilgrimage, because of the Arapaleeswarar temple, which is believed to have a secret path to the Shiva temple in Rasipuram. There is also a temple for Ettukai Amman or Kolli Pavai which is one of the oldest in the town and the place itself derives its name.

The Kolli Hills has 70 hair pin bends to reach the top of the hills. The Kolli H...

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273 kms from Chennai city limits

Kumbakonam, is a town in the Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu situated 273 km south of Chennai. The town is bounded by two rivers, the Kaveri River to the north and Arasalar River to the south.

Kumbakonam is known for its temples and mathas (monasteries). There are around 188 Hindu temples within the municipal limits of Kumbakonam. Apart from these, there several thousand temples around the town thereby giving the town the sobriquets "Temple Town" and "City of temples".

Adi Kumbeswarar Temple is considered to be the oldest Shaiva (the sect of the god Shiva) shrine in the ...

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60 kms from Chennai city limits

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, situated 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The beauty of the place is not only due to these architecture but the vast casuarinas trees, the silvery sandy beach the classical hand male crafts around have made them all to form what is a collective splendor.

By the 7th century it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), gia...

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281 kms from Chennai city limits

Mayiladuthurai is around 281 km from Chennai capital of Tamil Nadu. Mayiladuthurai is known for the Mayuranathaswami Temple, a prominent Shaivite shrine. The town situated on the banks of the river Cauvery has numerous, noteworthy Hindu temples making it a popular pilgrimage destination.

Mayiladuthurai gets its name from the Mayura or Mayil (peacock) form in which the Hindu goddess Parvathi worshipped the Hindu god Shiva at this place. The Mayuranathaswami Temple dedicated to the goddess Parvathi is one of the most important Hindu temples in the town. There is a statue depicting god...

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340 kms from Chennai city limits

Salem is a city in Tamil Nadu, located about 340 kilometres southwest of the state capital, Chennai.

Salem is the preferred location for many people because it a beautiful city covered by hills and the pollution levels are quite low. There are many good lakes in Salem. The Kumaragiri lake at Ammapet, is one of the important lakes of Salem.

The city is surrounded by hills: Nagaramalai on the north, Jarugumalai on the south, Kanjamalai on the west, Godumalai on the east and the Shevaroy Hills on the northeast. Kariyaperumal Hill is in southwestern Salem. The Thirumanimuthar...

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250 kms from Chennai city limits

Swamimalai Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple located in Swamimalai, 5 km from Kumbakonam on the banks of a tributary of river Cauvery, 250 km from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. The temple is one of the six holy shrines of Murugan called Arupadaiveedu.

The town has one of the six abodes of Karthikeya and the temple is fourth among the Padai Veedugal. According to Hindu belief, Swamimalai is where Muruga preached what as called as "Pranava mantra" to his own father, Lord Shiva, at a young age, after arresting Brahma for not answering his question about Pranava Mantra. The teachin...

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314 kms from Chennai city limits

Thanjavur, formerly Tanjore, is a city situated in the Cauvery delta, at a distance of 314 km south-west of Chennai. Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. The green paddy fields and the Kaveri river provide for picturesque spots in the district which is also known as the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu".

According to local legend, the word Thanjavur is derived from "Tanjan", an asura (giant) in Hindu mythology who was killed in ...

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300 kms from Chennai city limits

Thirukkadaiyur (Thirukadavur) is a temple town on the east coast of Tamil Nadu, about 300 km south of Chennai. The original temple, Thirukkadaiyur Mayanam now called Thirumeignanam, built in 11th century, was ravaged by sea and is in ruins now.

Amritaghateswarar Abhirami Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva in his manifestation as Kalantaka and his wife Parvati in her form as Abhirami located in Thirukkadaiyur. This temple is particularly associated with Shiva saving his devotee Markendeya from death and the tale of saint Abirami Pattar, a devotee of the presiding go...

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185 kms from Chennai city limits

Tiruvannamalai is situated 185 km from the capital Chennai, located to the east of Eastern Ghats.
Tiruvannamalai is named after the central deity of the Annamalaiyar Temple, Annamalaiyar. The Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated during the day of the full moon between November and December, and a huge beacon( approximately with 3 tons of ghee) is lit atop the Annamalai hill. The height of the Annamalai hill is approximately 2,669 ft.

The temple complex covers an area of 10 ha, and is one of the largest temples in India. It houses four gopurams, the tallest is the eastern to...

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322 kms from Chennai city limits

Tiruchirappalli also called Tiruchi or Trichy, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery located at 322 km south of Chennai. Trichy has several beautiful temples, churches and a large number of scenic spots. Once the citadel of the Chola kings, the fort has seen the passing of dynasties.

Tiruchirappalli's recorded history begins in the 3rd century BC, when it was under the rule of the Cholas. The most prominent historical monuments in Tiruchirappalli include the Rockfort, the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam and the Jambukeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval.

The Rockfor...

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350 kms from Chennai city limits

Velankanni officially spelled as Vailankanni (Canal of white, the river), lies on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, 350 km south of Chennai.
The town is home to a significant Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrine dedicated to God in the name of Our Lady of Good Health, Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health.
Velankanni is home to one of the country's biggest Catholic pilgrimage centres. The Catholic Basilica devoted to Our Lady of Good Health is popularly known as the "Lourdes of the East". The origins of this church can be traced back to the 16th century and its founding is attribu...

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145 kms from Chennai city limits

Vellore located on the banks of Palar River in the north-eastern part of Tamil Nadu, about 145 km west of the state capital Chennai. Vellore lies in the Eastern Ghats region and Palar river basin.

Vellore Fort is the most prominent landmark in the city. The fort houses a church, a mosque and a Hindu temple, the latter known for its carvings. The fortifications consist of a main rampart, broken at irregular intervals by round towers and rectangular projections. The main walls are built of massive granite stones, surrounded by a broad moat fed with water by subterranean pipes from th...

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Yelagiri Hills
230 kms from Chennai city limits

Yelagiri is a hill station in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, India. Located at an altitude of 1,110.6 metres above Mean Sea Level and spread across an area about 30 square km, the Yelagiri village is surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys. The main inhabitants of the area are the tribals who live in the 14 small villages which comprise Yelagiri. These tribals are engaged in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, etc. - all the occupations of rural hill folk. Their customs and habits, and especially the structure of their houses is unique and attracts a number of tourists to thi...

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370 kms from Chennai city limits

Yercaud is a hill station near Salem , Tamil Nadu, in the Servarayan range (anglicized as Shevaroys) of hills in the Eastern Ghats located around 370 km from Chennai. It is at an altitude of 1,500 metres (4,920 feet) from mean sea level. The town gets its name from the lake located at its center - in Tamil "Yeri" means "lake" and "Kaadu" means "forest".

The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, which is situated at a height of 5326 feet and the stone-age implements have been found near it. Hence the Yercaud hill area is called Shevaroy Hills. It is also explained as S...