Top 9 Things to do in Chidambaram, India

March 4, 2018 Enedina Augsburger

A major pilgrimage site and home to the ancient Shiva temple, Chidambaram is also visited for a unique reason. The small town boasts of an old palm leaves reading tradition; the leaves are used to determine every individual’s past and future life. People travel from great distances to experience this special kind of horoscope reading.
Restaurants in Chidambaram

1. Thillai Nataraja Temple

Chidambaram 608 001, India
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Thillai Nataraja Temple

Reviewed By Thiru Murugan P

Though Chidambaram Natarajar Temple is a place of worship with a long history, this temple offers a peaceful setting for self-reflection. Locals gather at the temple during festive season, sing and dance in the courtyards. The artistic, brightly-painted sculptures in the Temple's Gopurams demonstrate the mythology and culture. If you are visiting Chidambaram and you have one thing to do, you must visit this temple.

Near Chidambaram, Cuddalore, India
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Pichavaram

Reviewed By Amogh44 - Mumbai, India

Pichavaram is a lovely tourist spot if you want to experience some calm and quiet, away from the noise and pollution of the city. These trips on the backwaters take you through mangroves which are the 2nd largest in India with the cool sea breeze calming you down as we watch some birds like kingfishers.

3. Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

Uppanaru River, Pichavaram, Chidambaram, India +91 88949 15059
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Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

Reviewed By ccbtraveller - Bengaluru, India

visited on a winter mild sunny day.
initially, felt it was just some lake with boating. Took 1 hour motor boat ride. first 10 minutes were uneventful. then the boat driver took us into close trees. it was an awesome feeling. we are surrounded by trees and in a boat. next 40+ minutes was awesome boat ride. I loved it.
It is one of must visit places in India.
always try to visit during morning times. The boat man told it water level will be high during full moon / new moon day. so plan your visit around those days. It is also a very hot place. Be ready for very hot climate if you plan to visit during summer.

4. Thillai Kali Amman Temple

Near Nataraja Temple | 1.5 Km from Chennai Station, Chidambaram, India
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Thillai Kali Amman Temple

Reviewed By LSRKrishna S

A wonderful place to worship Goddess Parvathi, in the form Kali. The Presiding Deity is very lively. You can feel the power of the Goddess here. Devoted persons are sure to get the blessings sought. I felt the powerful vibrations of Goddess Thillai Kaliamman at the temple.

5. Annamalai University

Near Chidambaram Railway Station, Chidambaram, India +91 4144 238 610
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Annamalai University

Reviewed By Rajagopal B - Kochi (Cochin), India

Annamalai university was formerly a pvt university which the govt took over a few years back. A big university with a plethora of courses from medicine, engg, agriculture, Pharmacy, arts and sciences and what not. The campus runs into many miles with old architecture buildings everywhere with about a lakh of students. This university runs the distance mode of education scheme with the largest student enrolment in India

6. Pitchavaram Backwater

Chidambaram 608 102, India +91 96000 17031
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Pitchavaram Backwater

Reviewed By Talhas - Chennai (Madras), India

Avoid weekends to enjoy the backwaters without wasting your time waiting for the boats. The motorboats if affordable will be ideal for your use exclusively, with the understanding with the boat operator to take the denser routes which is really adventurous and worth experiencing.

7. Tirunallurpperumanam Temple

Mayiladuthurai Rail Road | Near Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, India
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Tirunallurpperumanam Temple

Reviewed By Stephen P - Minneapolis, Minnesota

This is one of the most important Śiva temples in India. One cannot accurately say how far it dates back. This is the place where Śiva danced the Tandava and so in addition to its many other charms, this place is sacred to the art of dance. We were escorted for a tour by one of the priests, Pandit Ganapati Dikshitar, who was sweetly anxious to show us the nuances and rich history here. There are many different temples including a Śrī Cakra installed by Śankara. The usual dress code for the South holds but only for entering the sanctum of the temple: men must be bare chested and barefoot, women modestly dressed (upper arm and ankles covered). It is fine for men to remove their shirts just before entering the sanctum. So if you choose not to enter there is no need to change. Photography is not permitted within the sanctum of any of the temples. If you would like to photograph elsewhere, do ask the permission of one of the senior priests. Otherwise keep you camera covered. You should probably leave your shoes in your vehicle when you park. There is no place to store them near the temple grounds. It is 28 acres so take your time.

8. Tiruvetkalam Temple

Near Annamalai University | Annamalai nagar,Thiruvitkalam., Chidambaram, India
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Tiruvetkalam Temple

Reviewed By KGanesh1955 - Bengaluru, India

This temple complex is adjoining the Annamalai University. Local buse ply between Chidambaram bus stand and Annamalai university which is about 2 Km from the bus stand. The main deity is Pasupathesvarar (Shiva) and Parvathi is known by Nallanayaki or Sargunambal. While the temple complex is not comparable to the Thillai Natarajar temple, the temple is one of the 275 padal petra sthalam (temple praised by the famous 4 tamil saints). Don't miss this temple if you are in Chidambaram.

9. Tirunelvayil Temple

Near Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India
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Tirunelvayil Temple

Reviewed By RAMBILLA

Great temple.very powerful god.bog temple.Most of the people come and go.all the facilities in temple. Temple very neat and clean.

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