Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Pondicherry
A day tour covering Pondicherry and Chidambaram will be an ideal choice to know more about the two cities which have been in history since many centuries. Pondicherry, the Union Territory in India was under the French rule which still reflects on the life and culture of the people in Pondicherry. Even the recipes embraces the French cuisine which makes the dishes more delicious !!
A drive from Pondicherry for less than two hours will take you to Chidambaram, one of the most prominent temples in Saivism.Among the people worshipping Lord Shiva, the term “Koil” simply represents the temple in Chidambaram. The temple houses Lord Shiva in the form of dancing posture. He is worshipped as Lord Nataraja.
He is renowned as the “Cosmic Dancer” symbolizing the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction on the Universe. The sprawling campus of the temple with the huge gateway towers and the precincts exhibit the craftsmanship of the yesteryears’ artisans. Chidambaram represents SKY out of the FIVE cosmic elements of earth. Lord Nataraja with His consort Sivagami Ammai blesses His devotees in Chidambaram.
Pondicherry – Chidambaram
If time permits you can pay a visit to the nearby place called Pitchavaram. It is the only place in Tamil Nadu where the mangrove forests are available which are the second largest in the world. You can go for a boat ride lasting for an hour in the backwaters and spend some precious moments watching thousands of birds migrating here between November and February.
After visiting all the places, you can drive back to Pondicherry. Day Tour Ends !