Vaitheeswaran Kovil

Vaitheeswaran Kovil

Vaitheeswaran Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or the ‘God of healing’ and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. It is one of the nine Navagraha(nine planets) temples associated with the planet Mars (Angaraka). The village is also known for palm leaf astrology called Naadi Astrology in Tamil. It is located 235 kilometers from Chennai, 27 kms from Chidambaram, 110 kms from Tanjore and 16 kms from Mayiladuthurai….

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Gangaikondacholapuram

Gangaikondacholapuram

The tongue-twisting name means ‘the town of the Chola who took the Ganges’.Developed as the centrepiece of a city, it was built by the Chola king Rajendra I to celebrate his conquests. The magnificent Brihadishwara Temple (a replica of the Tanjore temple) stands in the tiny village of GANGAIKONDACHOLAPURAM in Ariyalur District, 35km north of Kumbakonam. This temple was built in 11th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Under Rajendra I, the Chola empire did indeed stretch as far…

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Thillai Kali Amman Temple

Thillai Kali Amman Temple

A debate arose between Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi as to who was more powerful among them. Shiva claimed he was. But Shakti was too voracious in her defence on the debate to establish her claim. Angry Shiva cursed her to become an Ugrakali. Realizing her haste and violent argument, Shakti begged Shiva for a remedy. Lord Said, ‘Devas and men will be subjected to the atrocities of demons shortly. You, as Ugra Kali will destroy the demons and protect…

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Thillai Natarajar Temple

Thillai Natarajar Temple

In South India, five temples were built for each of the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. These are the Pancha Bhuta Sthalas. Geographically, they are all within the Deccan Plateau – four in Tamil Nadu and one in Andhra Pradesh. The temple for water is in Thiruvanaikaval (Trichy), fire is Thiruvannamalai, Kalahasti (Andhra) is air and Kanchipuram is earth. The temple for space is in Chidambaram. The Chidambaram temple is an incredible space. The newer part…

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Pichavaram

Pichavaram

It is 17 km distance from Chidambaram (one way). Pichavaram is one of the unique Eco-tourism spots in South India. It is the second largest Mangrove forest in the world, near the temple town of Chidambaram. The area is about 2800 acres and is separated from the sea by a sand bar which is a patch of extraordinary loveliness. Pichavaram mangrove forest is located between two prominent estuaries, the Vellar estuary in the north and Coleroon estuary in the south….

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Santhome Church

Santhome Church

Santhome basilica is a religious monument located in South Chennai. Santhome Cathedral is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Santhome, at Mylapore. Santhome basilica is one of the three churches in the world which holds the tomb of Apostles of Jesus Christ. St. Thomas is the apostle of Jesus after whom the church stands today in the name Santhome.  Santhome built during 16th century by Portuguese explorers. The present National Shrine of St. Thomas is built over the tomb of Saint Thomas…

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Ancient Kashmir fort opens to visitors

Ancient Kashmir fort opens to visitors

The Hari Parbat Fort in Kashmir has opened to the public for the first time. The ancient fort’s origins date back as far as 1590, when the Mughal emperor Akbar had the outer wall built as the first stage of a project to create a new capital called Nager Nagor within the walls. That project was never completed, but construction continued in 1808 when the present fort was built under the reign of Shuja Shan Durrani. Nowadays it sits above…

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Elephant Ride

Elephant Ride

Elephant ride in Periyar is a unique experience to explore the dense woodlands on an elephant. Periyar is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world, where you can witness group of elephants playing freely, bathing and swimming at the Periyar Lake. Fell in the aroma of spices when you are on the majestic animal. You have different package options with elephant. One hour with Elephant inclusive of Elephant ride, Elephant bath, Photo session, Commands and communications. Two…

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Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu

It’s a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts.Kalaripayattu originated in ancient South India. Kalaripayattu is a Dravidian martial art from the Indian state of Kerala. One of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is practiced in Kerala and by the Nadars,Ezhavas as well as Mappilas and Syrian Malabar Nasranis. Kalarippayttu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Regional variants are classified according to geographical position in Kerala; these…

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Spice Plantation Tour

Spice Plantation Tour

Periyar (Thekkady) is the heart land of spices, when you reach Periyar surely you will be welcomed by tea plantations and aroma of the spices.  The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices. You can have a close look at the spice plantation. The Spice produced in Periyar and its nearby villages are used worldwide in the name of flavors like vanilla, oregano, rosemary,…

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