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Sightseeing - In and Around Chidambaram

Chidambaram, a small temple town is an industrial city in the eastern part of Tamil Nadu, India where Indian culture, tradition and religious rituals are preserved with all its aesthetic values and beauty. This town has rail links of metre gauge with Chennai via Panruti and Trichy towards Southwest direction providing Railway Station at Chidambaram. It is located 58 km from Pondicherry, 60 km from Karaikal, and 240 km south of Chennai by rail. The city is home to Annamalai University, Nataraja Temple, port Parangipettai, and many industries. It is one of the important tourist centres in Tamil Nadu and its tourism highlights the beautiful temples in the city. It is a major pilgrimage site for Shaivites and Vaishnavites. A stay at Chidambaram, nestled among ancient temples and architectural brilliance, bestows you with easy access to tourist hubs. Explore Pichavaram (16kms), Poompuhar (40kms), Thirukkadaiyur (40kms), Tharangambadi (45kms), Gangaikondas Cholapuram (50kms), Nagore Dargah (80kms), Velankanni (100kms) and Kalvarayan Hills (150kms) and enjoy your every moment in the company of nature.

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Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

Chidambaram's great temple complex of Nataraja, the dancing Shiva, is a Dravidian architectural highlight and one of the holiest Shiva sites in South India. It is located in the heart of the town and is spread over 40 acres.

Festivals and Events

The Natyanjali festival is one of the major festivals in Chidambaram that is celebrated for five days during the month of February and March. Dedicated to the Nataraja avatar of Lord Shiva, Natyanjali Festival is organised by the Department of Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism and the Natyanjali Trust collaborate. The festival takes place at the Nataraja Temple and begins on the auspicious day of Mahashivratri and dancers from all over the country participate in the festival.


There are other festivals including Brahmotsavam, Thai Poosam, Arudra Dharshan and Ani Thirumanjanam that are celebrated in the temple. Devotees from nearby places visit the temple.



When it comes to visiting places around Chidambaram, the choice is quite varied. Step out of the town and visit Pichavaram that is situated at a distance of 16 kms away from Chidambaram which has a huge mangrove forest. You will find abundant scope for water sports including rowing, canoeing and parasailing. Once the biggest port on the east coast, Poompuhar (40 kms. away) is still a grand town because of its scenic beauty. It's where the Cauvery River merges with the raging waters of the Bay of Bengal.


Thirukkadaiyur (Thirukkadayur) is a temple in Tamilnadu which is located at a distance of 40 km from Chidambaram by road. It is one of the eight temples or Astha Veeratta Sthalam glorifying the heroic deeds of Lord Shiva.



Tharangambadi is a coastal town 45 kms from Chidambaram. Its name means "place of the singing waves". Tharangambadi is famous for tourist attractions such as the Danish Fort, Danish Museum, and the village itself.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram

50 kms from Chidambaram is Gangaikonda Cholapuram, at one time the capital of the Chola kingdom. It has a Shiva temple that is noted for its hugeness and the rich carvings on the walls of demi-gods in dancing positions. A huge Nandi bull guards the entrance, and there is a lion-head step well in the complex.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Nagore Dargah

Nagore Dargah

Nagore Dargah is an important and revered pilgrimage place in Nagore, which is approximately 80 kms from Chidambaram. This Muslim shrine is dedicated to Meeran Sahib Abdul Qadir Shahul Hamid Badshah. The structure of the Dargah is attractive with domed arches and lovely minarets.


Velankanni (approximately 100 kms from Chidambaram), officially spelled as Vailankanni (Virgin of Velai, the town), is a small town located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The canal built to link this town with Vedaranyam still lies to the west. The Vellayar, a minor branch of the Cauvery River, runs south of the town and discharges into the sea. The town is home to a significant Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health.

Kalavaryan Hills

Kalavaryan Hills

The Kalvarayan Hills are 150 kms away from Chidambaram and approximately reach up to 2,000 mts - 3,000 mts. They make for an ideal quiet get-away with easy trekking, time by waterfalls, and walks in the botanical gardens.

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