Places around Chennai with History

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1/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Chidambaram
150 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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2/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Hogenakkal Falls
342 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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3/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Hosur
306 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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4/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Kanchipuram
72 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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5/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Kumbakonam
273 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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6/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Thanjavur
314 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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7/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Thiruvannamalai
185 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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8/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Trichy
322 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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9/9 Places to Visit in Chennai with History
Velankanni
350 kms from Chennai city limits
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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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