Cuddalore is a beach town in Tamil Nadu that is popular for its appealing beaches and ancient temples. This former port town on the Bay of Bengal still retains its old world charm. Beaches with boat houses, a few churches from the bygone eras and marvellous sceneries cover this tranquil region. Towards the east of the town is Silver Beach, which is famed as one of the longest beaches in Asia. It is frequented around the year by tourists from all over India. The dilapidated fort of St. David makes for a thrilling experience. Its ruins remain on the Gadilam River and add to the splendour of the town. Catch a view of the backwaters from here and don't forget to take pictures. Take a boat ride through the narrow water channels of the Pichavaram Mangrove forests, formed by the Cauvery river. Extremely scenic and serene, this place is also home to many migrant birds. Cuddalore ranks high in spiritual significance and is home to a number of Hindu temples. The temples of Padaleeswarar, Bhuvaraha Swami and Thiruvandipuram dot the town. You can enjoy authentic South Indian cuisine here and in case you want to take a souvenir back home, the Panruti dolls are a great choice.
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277 Kms from Cuddalore
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
If you live in a hot part of the country, Bangalore's good weather will immediately put you into a good mood. While the centre of the city has remained as it was during the British Raj, the area encircling it is on a constant boom with a vibrant student culture, popular pubs and a major electronic and industrial lifestyle. As a tourist, you can go see the Bangalore Castle. Modelled on the lines of the Windsor Castle, the one on Bangalore is a great example of the Tudor architectural style. It has beautiful gardens and the wooden carvings. The glass house at Lal Bagh and its botanical garden is a good place to relax while taking a walk. Cubbon park is one of the primary reasons why Bangalore was formerly nicknamed as the Garden City. The picturesque greenery in the middle of the city is stupefying. You can visit the Peninsular Gneiss to witness the oldest granite formations and also the look at the city from an elevated land. For a perfect end to the day, grab a beer at Toit or Peco’s. Follow it up with a grand meal at Koshy’s or Ebony, or the hundreds of other quirky restaurants in the city.
162 Kms from Cuddalore
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Chennai, standing as the fourth largest city in the country, is still known as Madras by many residents. Kapaleeshwar temple, though always crowded, remains a popular visiting site where one can witness southern India's multi-hued spiritual energy and the beautiful sculptures bedecking it. A place to unwind and enjoy some good street food would be Marina Beach. Those who wish to avoid the crowd, however, should pick Eliot's Beach, which is also relatively cleaner. The Anna Centenary Library is also a great refuge for peace and solace. If anything vintage charms you, make it a point to visit the 17th century British Fort, St George and the historical neighbourhood of George Town circumscribing it, now thronged with bazaars selling everything from spices to flowers and bangles. Parallel to this commercial hub is the Armenian street housing an 18th century Armenian Church. Nature lovers will dote over the Madras Crocodile Bank, where these sunbathing beauties can be seen and thoroughly learnt about. On the same lines, Arignar Anna Zoological Park is another must visit, especially for families with children, who will receive the much required infotainment. Chennai is an unforgettable site of colours and music during January when the festival Pongal is celebrated. Restaurants such as Copper Chimney, Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Dakshin remain widely known for their exquisite versatile cuisines constituting the whole of south India.
129 Kms from Cuddalore
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Also known as Covelong, this is a beautiful fishing village on the East Coast road which goes towards Mahabalipuram. This place is most famous for the Kovalam Beach which is also the main attraction here. This beach is quite crowded and is also filled with swimmers. If you are looking for a peaceful place then this does not fit your criteria for sure. One thing which you can do here is watch the fishermen at work. There is nothing special in the beginning but as you see carefully, this sight gives an immense happiness to anyone.
298 Kms from Cuddalore
Best time to visit - April,May,June,August,September
Translating to 'the gift of the forest' in the native language of Tamil Nadu and originally home to the Palaiyar tribal people, this modern city has been a retreat long since the 19th century. Located in the hills of the Dindigul district, this city was established by British bureaucrats and American Christian missionaries. Kodaikanal offers an experience of stunning culture and natural beauty. Some famous attractions include Kodaikanal Lake, where one can always take a peaceful boat ride, Berijam Lake and Pillar Rocks. Take a walk in the pine forest or explore the Kukkal Caves and the Devil's Kitchen, a cave with a series of hidden ravines. Bear Shola falls, Glen Falls, Silver Cascade and Fairy falls make for a magical setting for nature lovers to observe and unwind. Religious dwellings such as the La Saleth Church, Lutheran Church and Subhramanya Temple are admired famously for their intricate architecture. For the inquisitive minds, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, which is home to 500 species of taxidermy animals, birds and insects and the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory are great places to visit. Coakers walk, Silent Valley View Point, Perumal Peak and 80 Mile round make for interesting walks and treks, offering breathtaking views of the plains below. Natyanjali Festival, celebrated over 4 days, is a spectacular sight to behold with dazzling dance performances and top notch acts from across the country, which one can enjoy in the months of February or March. You can get a bite to eat at Cloud Street, Cafe Cariappa, Altaf's Cafe and Tava restaurants.
110 Kms from Cuddalore
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, dreamy sunsets and spiritually-uplifting energy, Mahabalipuram is perhaps one of the most visited places in Tamil Nadu. Locally known as Mamallapuram, this was once the capital of the Pallava Empire. From exciting water sports to classic statuettes, the place is a delight for voyagers. Feel the shore underneath your feet at the Mahabalipuram beach and indulge in some super fun beach activities such as wind surfing and sea diving. The temples here have a special feature in common, they are built in the form of chariots with open air sanctoriums. The Shore Temple, standing strong like a marvellous rock-cut stone and overlooking the sea is known as the last creation of the Pallava kings. Another wonder in Mahabalipuram is the Panch Rathas, the five monuments that were etched out of a single rock in the 7th century. Pack your travel bags to explore the incredible Indian history by discovering the ageless stories of temples and their incredible architecture. You can get a bus from Koyembedu in Chennai or Pondicherry.
283 Kms from Cuddalore
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
The Palani Murugan Temple is what draws more than 7 million tourists to this town in Tamil Nadu every year. The temple is located on the Sivagiri Hill, the higher of the two hills of Palani. Hugging the hill is a staircase that leads up to the temple. An alternate ropeway will also take you through the beautiful scenery that surrounds the hills. At the foothills is the Tiru Avinankudi Temple, which is the oldest and the largest temple in the town. There are famous temples spread all over Palani, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, which makes this a temple town. Besides it's spiritual offering, Palani also has hiking trails. You can walk up to the Kumbai from the Kuthiraiyar Dam Falls. The trail to the small waterfall Thekkanthottam, is also quite adventurous since there is no permanent pathway to reach the falls. These exotic hills are also a great place to watch birds. A unique sweet made in Palani is the Panchamirtham, which is made from five fruits. Don't leave before savouring some.
94 Kms from Cuddalore
Best time to visit - January,February,March,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu is considered to be one of the most holy cities in the state. The famous Annamalaiyar Temple located here is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the incarnations of the five natural elements and in Tiruvannamalai it is the element of fire known as Lord Arunachaleshwar. The temple is on the foothills of the Arunachal Hills and every full moon devotees come here to perform the sacred Girivalam ritual. The city also has a number of ashrams, mostly revolving around the deity worshipped in this temple. If you are looking for some peace and spiritual comfort, this small city is sure to surprise you.
291 Kms from Cuddalore
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Located about 60 km from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is a popular destination for people looking for a break. Nandi Hills is known for its rich cultural history; it is believed to have been Tipu Sultan's favourite summer retreat. The hills in fact have a massive fort named Nandidurga Fort built by him. This fort was inhabited by the Britishers during their rule as well. Do visit Tipu’s Summer Palace and Fort, Amruth Sarovar Lake and Secret Escape Route when you are here. If you'd like to explore the hills on your own, do ask a local to take your around, especially if you have plans to go trekking. Paragliding is another activity that you can try here. Perfect for adventure seekers and foodie lovers, Nandi Hills is a treat to explore!