1. Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
Sizable mangrove islands & boating
- You’ll definitely have a good time boating
- Motor boat ride a must try!!!!
- the boat ride in the mangrove forest was so refreshing!!..
Open 24 hours
2. Annamalai University
The Annamalai University is a public state university located in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. The campus spans across 1,500 acres and offers a wide range of higher education courses in arts, science, engineering, medical, management, humanities, agriculture, and physical education. Additionally, the university provides more than 500 courses through distance education. With a student population of over 32,480, it is one of the largest unitary, teaching, and residential universities in Asia. Annamalai University is highly regarded and has been ranked among the top universities in India by various prestigious rankings such as NIRF, QS World University Rankings, Times University Rankings, CWTS Leiden Ranking, India Today Magazine, India Today MDRA, AISHE, ARIIA, and SCImago Institutions Rankings.
The university has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in the fourth cycle, receiving the highest A+ grade in 2022. It is also recognized as one of the top 18 universities in India with a ‘Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Area’ focusing on drug development and climate change. Established in 1929, Annamalai University holds a significant place as one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in India.
- Perfect for distance learning with excellent course material.
- The campus is beautiful and offers great opportunities for engineering students, with many campus selections from here.
- I am proud to be a student here.
08:00 – 22:00
3. Thillai Kaali Amman kovil
Thillai Kaali Amman kovil has secured the 4th position in the list of Best places to visit in Chidambaram.
Thillai Kali Temple is a Hindu Temple located on the outskirts of the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore District Tamil Nadu in India. It was built by Chola King Kopperunjingan who ruled between 1229 and 1278.
- The very look of Goddess Kali with a lot of Kungumam makes you humble
- A Must visit after visiting Nataraja Temple
- Red kumkum all over Kali amman looks beautiful.
06:30 – 11:00
4. Divya Desam 40 Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple (Thiruchitrakoodam) – Divya Desam
The Govindaraja Perumal Temple, also known as Thiruchitrakoodam, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is located in Chidambaram, a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The temple is situated within the premises of the Thillai Nataraja Temple and is built in the Dravidian architectural style. It holds great significance as it is mentioned in the Naalayira Divya Prabandham, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE. This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam dedicated to Vishnu, where he is worshipped as Govindaraja Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Pundarikavalli Thayar.
Additionally, the Govindaraja Perumal Temple is also an important shrine for Shiva worship. It has undergone several renovations and has received offerings from various royal dynasties such as the Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Vijayanagara, and Chera in the ancient and pre-medieval periods. The current structure of the temple primarily dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries, with later additions made in a similar architectural style.
According to legend, the Govindaraja idol was uprooted from the temple complex during the reign of Kulothunga Chola II. However, it was later discovered and reinstated by King Krishnappa Nayak.
- Very calm and beautiful temple very near to NATARAJAR
- God looks like Sri rangam perumal
- One of the significant 108 Divya desam temples.
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5. NCN005 Shivaloka Thyagar, Shivalokapuram, Thirumana Nallur, Achalpuram, Thiru nallur perumanam
NCN005 Shivaloka Thyagar, Shivalokapuram, Thirumana Nallur, Achalpuram, Thiru nallur perumanam received 6 Position in the list of Best places to visit in Chidambaram
Achalpuram Shivalokathyagar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Achalpuram in Mayiladuthurai district of Tamil Nadu, India. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Shivalokathyagar. His consort is known as Tiruvennetru Umaiammai.
- This is the place where Gnana Sambandar got married.
06:00 – 12:00, 16:00 – 20:00
6. Sri Pasupatheswarar Temple
Tiruvetkalam Pasupatheswarar Temple is a Hindu temple of the god Shiva located at Chidambaram in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, India. Shiva is worshipped as Pasupatheswarar, along with His consort known as Satgunambal and Nalla Nayaki. The temple is located inside the Annamalai University complex.
The temple complex covers an area of two acres and all its shrines are enclosed with concentric rectangular walls. The temple has a number of shrines, with those of Paasupatheeswarar being the most prominent.
The temple has three daily rituals at various times from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and many yearly festivals on its calendar. Tamil New year during the Tamil month of Chittirai is the most prominent festivals celebrated in the temple.
The original complex is believed to have been built by Cholas. In 1914, this was renovated with stone by A.Pethaperumal chettiar of kanadukathan
- Beautiful Sivan Temple inside University.
- Lord Shiva is said to have blessed Arjuna with Pasupatha Asthram
- Lord Shiva granted boons to Arjuna, a weapon named
- Paasupatha Astra
07:30 – 12:00, 16:30 – 21:00
7. NCN003 – Thirunelvayil Shiva Temple
Sivapuri Uchinathar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Sivapuri in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, India. The place is also known as Thirunelvayil. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Uchinathar. His consort is known as Uchinayagi.
The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanmars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple complex covers an area of one acre and all its shrines are enclosed with concentric rectangular walls. The temple has a number of shrines, with those of Uchinathar and his consort Uchinayagi being the most prominent.
The temple has three daily rituals at various times from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and four yearly festivals on its calendar. Vaikasi Visagam during the Tamil month of Vaikasi is the most prominent festival celebrated in the temple.
- The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar
- Lord Shiva asked Mother Parvathi to feed the child which mother did.
8. Sri Paalvanna Nathar Temple
Sri Paalvanna Nathar Temple is ranked 9th in the list of Best places to visit in Chidambaram.
Tirukkazhippalai Palvannanathar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Sivapuri in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in the form of Palvannanathar and his consort Vedanayaki. It is highly revered and mentioned in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by the nayanmars, who were Tamil saint poets. The temple is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
The temple complex spans an area of one acre and is surrounded by concentric rectangular walls. It houses several shrines, with the prominent ones being Oondreswarar and Minnoli Amman. The temple follows three daily rituals from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and celebrates four major festivals throughout the year. The Brahmotsavam festival, held during the Tamil month of Vaikasi, is the most significant celebration at the temple. The temple is also known as Bhairava Temple and features an image of Bhairava similar to the one in Varanasi.
- This place is also famous for Kaala Bhairavar
- Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi are depicted in their wedding posture behind the Linga
- The Lord Shiva Linga is white in color, as suggested by His name
The temple is open from 06:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 21:30.
9. Chit Sabha, Chidambaram
Chit Sabha, Chidambaram has been ranked 10th in the list of Best places to visit in Chidambaram Hindu Temple.