Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Create a nice holiday on way to Chidambaram

For all those who wish to be at the Natyanjali in Chidambaram and will be travelling to this part of south India for the first time, here is a nice tour that you can plan right away.

We assume you will be touching Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu.
Take a state-run bus to Mammallapuram (Mahabalipuram) down the scenic East Coast Road (ECR). A World Heritage Site for the unique rock-cut monuments of the Pallvas, located close to the sea this place calls for at least 3 hours of walking around and this is not going to be easy because it will be hot at daytime.

There are some nice little restaurants here to cool off before you catch a bus to the once-French ruled town of Pondicherry - some 105 kms away. Buses to Pondy are frequent and run non-stop.
Locate yourself in the French/Tamil old quarter of Pondy when you get there. An overnight stay will give you enough time to soak in this unique place, its architecture, heritage and landmarks.

Once you have had the best of Pondy, take a bus to Chidambaram. Takes about 90minutes to your destination.

In Chidambaram, make time to take a bus to Pitchavaram - a rare mangrove forest spread across miles and miles of the inner sea which can be seen by boat provided for a fee by the Tamil Nadu Tourism office here ( A local bus takes 40minutes to this place). Best done in mornings.

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