General Informations about Chidambaram

Sight Seeing and General informations about Chidambaram

Places to visit

Places to Visit near Chidambaram

Chidambaram is in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India with a population of about 59,000. Of the numerous temples the Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram is one of the most significant ones. In terms of its antiquity, richness in terms of worship & festival traditions, in architectural & sculptural splendour, in its association with music & dance, Chidambaram is a center second to none in representing the rich cultural heritage of India. Several rich legends are associated with Chidambaram. The best known, are those describing the Cosmic Dance of Shiva, the dance duel between Shiva and Kaali and the more recent one describing the re-discovery of the Tevaram hymns.

To Get In

Chidambaram is located in Cuddalore district, 240 km south of Chennai, well connected by train and bus routes. You can also reach Chidambaram via Trichy(160km) or even Via Pondicherry(40km). There are Direct Trains to Chennai and Trichy via Chidambaram. Train service to Bangalore and Coimbatore are expected to start soon. People from Bangalore and Coimbatore can use trains upto Mayiladuthurai and take a bus from there.

To Do List

The Natyanjali annual festival of classical Indian dance that takes place at the end of February is the biggest attraction that brings thousands of people from all over the world.

Get Around

Bhirmapureeswarar Temple - Really a good temple located at sirkali 20 KM from chidambaram, a must-visit. Lot of good and big temples are there in old Tanjore district which starts from Sirkali.

  • Vaithesewaran koil, 25KM from Chidambaram

  • Thirunallar

  • Navagraha temples

  • Pichavaram - The Mangrove Forest

See Also

  • Nataraja Temple.

  • Thillai Kaali Amman Temple, Goddes Kali who competed with lord Natarja in dance

  • Pichavaram, (on the road from Chennai), State forest with unique mangrove lake. Boat tours of the lake take about 2 hours, with some impressive views of this ecological site. 15 Rs toll road.

  • Sattanathar Temple - Really a good temple a must-visit

  • Bhuvanagiri , located 7 Km north from Chidambaram Town - Birth place Baghavan Sri Raghavendra Swamigal

  • Annamalai Nagar (University) unique place not only for education but with old style buildings

  • Maruthur, located 17Km North from Chidambaram Town, Birth Place of Vallalar Ramalinga Swamigal

  • Anantheeswarar Temple, West side of the Chidambaram Town (nearly 0.5km west to Thillai Nateraja Temple). Very old temple and nice to see(near chinna kadai street)

  • Poombuhar - 40 kms from Chidambaram

To Eat

  • Akshya Restaurant, Opposite to Chidambaram Bustand.

  • Kamala Vilas, a non vegetarian hotel, West car street (near kanchi thotti Bus stop)

  • Udippi Krishna Vilas a vegetarian hotel, West Car street

  • Shanmuga restaurant, a vegetarian restaurant, South Car Street - Good for Veg

  • Moorthy cafe located in North main road, Bole Narayana Pillai lane - Good for Non Veg


  • Hotel Saradharam - Opposite to Bustand

  • Hotel Akshaya - East Car Street

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