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    Tamil Nadu - Places to Visit

    Folks

    I am Planning to visit TN next year some, this will be my first ever visit to India.
    Can some one please help me with the following queries?

    1) Famous landmarks

    2) Good Hotels (5 * Ones)

    3) Temples to visit (Chidamparam, Rameshwaram,Madhurai Meenaskhi ..etc)

    4) Good Restaurants

    5) Recommended Shops to by Religious Deities and accessories


    Thanks
    Om Namaste astu Bhagavan Vishveshvaraya Mahadevaya Triambakaya Tripurantakaya Trikalagni kalaya kalagnirudraya Neelakanthaya Mrutyunjayaya Sarveshvaraya Sadashivaya Shriman Mahadevaya Namah Om Namah Shivaye Om Om Namah Shivaye Om Om Namah Shivaye

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    Hi !

    Are you going to stay at one place and shuttle between that place and other areas OR
    roaming all over TN and nearby areas ?

    Do you have any special interests for places ( like pancha bootha shiva temples, vaishnava divya desams, muruga's arupadai veedu etc. ) ? If so you can plan accordingly.

    how many days and whats ur main interest ? adhai sollunga..
    vivarama solliduvomilla !!

    Annan NOV ahas roamed all over Tamil nadu recently. He can give you valuable tips.

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    Great Paramashivan.
    Have a nice trip.
    எங்க ஊரு போயி சந்தோஷமா பாருங்க.
    Tanjore /தஞ்சாவூர் /தஞ்சை is a very historic place.
    பெரிய கோவில், அரண்மனை தவிர
    couple of அம்மன்/அம்பாள் கோவில்கள் , people visit.
    ஸ்ரீ.பங்காரு காமாக்ஷி at மேல வீதி, தஞ்சாவூர் .
    தஞ்சாவூர் புன்னைநல்லூர் மாரியம்மன் & வலங்கைமான் மாரியம்மன் கோவில்கள் ரொம்ப புகழ் பெற்றவை.
    வலங்கைமான் ஸ்ரீ தளாதேவி அம்மை நோயை தீர்க்கும் ஷக்தி மிக்கவள் என்று கூறுவார்கள்.

    கும்பக்கோணம் & திருச்சி பக்கத்துல இருக்கு.

    கும்பக்கோணம் மகாமகக் குளம் very famous .
    சிவன் temples to visit in the city .
    சோமேஷ்வர் சுவாமி,கும்பேஸ்வரன் கோவில்,நாகேஸ்வர சுவாமி - ராஜ கோபுரம்.

    கும்பக்கோணம் பக்கத்துல திருப்புறம்பியம் வெள்ளை விநாயகர் புகழ் வாய்ந்தது.

    beautiful பட்டீஸ்வரம் துர்க்கை , everybody should enjoy .

    கும்பக்கோணம் அடுத்து சுவாமி மலை பக்கத்துல திருவலஞ்சுழி விநாயகர்.

    அப்படியே மாயவரம் side போனீங்கன்னா.

    வைதீஸ்வரன் கோவில் நவக்ரஹ ஸ்தலம் - அங்காரகன்
    சீர்காழி பக்கத்துல திருவெண்காடு - புதன் .
    கும்பக்கோணம் - காரைக்கால் பக்கத்துல திருநள்ளாறு - சனி
    திருநாகேஸ்வரம் is closer to கும்பக்கோணம் ராகு ஸ்தலம்.

    enjoy enjoy
    world is a beautiful place, we have so little time to see & cherish...
    mmmm..............

    I wanna post some photos for you here...
    vinatha.
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    Hi vinatha..

    thanjavur pugazh paadi theerthu vitteengalE 1

    BTW... thirupurambiyam pillaiyar is made of sea shells.
    Thiruvalanchuzhi pillaiyar pErthan swetha vinayakar engiRa veLLai piLLaiyar.
    avar kadal nuraiyaal aanavar enru solluvanga.

    he he.. naan piranthadhu mannargudi,

    adhukkuthAn Mr.Paramashivan kittE kEtten.. endha maadhiri kovilgalukku poga vendum enru ?
    avarai kaanave illai.. bayandhu pOi odittaar !


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    Dear Raghu

    You have asked for:

    1) Famous landmarks
    2) Good Hotels (5 * Ones)
    3) Temples to visit (Chidamparam, Rameshwaram,Madhurai Meenaskhi ..etc)
    4) Good Restaurants
    5) Recommended Shops to by Religious Deities and accessories
    What you need is

    1. Good attitude with an open mind
    2. Celebrate people and their practices
    3. Treat everything as a learning experience
    4. Enjoy every moment - laugh off obstacles
    5. Be positive and generous in thoughts and action
    Never argue with a fool or he will drag you down to his level and beat you at it through sheer experience!

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    Answering your questions:

    1. Everything in TN is rich with history, especially on religion. TN is basically the best place for a pilgrimage and of course to discover your roots. So come prepared with a camera and a video camera. It would help if you google the places you wish to visit beforehand so that you would know what to expect and marvel at.

    2. Outside Chennai there are hardly any 5-star hotels. This is Asia you are talking about. What you can do is tell your agent to book you clean and good hotels - and inspect the rooms before you check in.
    Five star hotels in Chennai would include Le Royal Meridien, Taj Coromandel, The Park, Fishermans Cove, Radisson, Taj Connemara, Trident Hilton, etc.

    3. Watch the movie Thirumalai Thenkumari. Anyway, your itinerary will depend on the number of days you spend in India. See my next post for some suggestions.

    4. TN is a heaven for vegetarian food. You can visit any restaurants and as long as it is air conditioned, you can be assured of hygiene. In order not to take risks, restrict your drinks to bottled water - ensure the cap is sealed. Refrain from any liquid that is not boiled including ice cubes.

    5. Every temple is not just a temple, but also a shopping complex. Wear your biggest smile and start the bargaining session. Try not to bargain with the small time shops - be generous.
    Never argue with a fool or he will drag you down to his level and beat you at it through sheer experience!

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    Day 1: Arrival at Chennai International Airport

    Day 2: Chennai Sightseeing
    Must-visit places in the capital city includes Fort St. George, built in 1653; St. Mary's Church(oldest Anglican Church in India); Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Shri Kapaliswara Temple, Vadapazani Temple and Ashta Laksmi temple in Besant Nagar

    Day 3: Chennai-Kanchipuram
    The city is home to at least 1000 temples and is one of the seven holy abodes for devout Hindus. Apart from visiting most remarkable temples, explore the place famous for its 400 years old silk weaving technique. The city is well-known for offering Kanchipuram sarees and handloom products at reasonable rate.

    Day 4: Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram
    Once the ancient port of Pallavas, Mahabalipuram treasures some marvelous monuments, caves, sculptured panels and temples, all of which date back to Pallavas dynasty in South India. Explore world's largest Bas Relief- 'Krishna Mandapam', which has been embellished with images of Gods, birds, animals etc. After lunch, enjoy a trip to the 8th century old Shore Temple, constructed in Dravidian style of architecture.

    Day 5: Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry
    Pondicherry is situated 135 kms away from Mahabalipuram. To explore Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

    Day 6: Pondicherry to Chidambaram to Tanjore
    Tanjore, is situated 175 kms away from Pondicherry. En route visit Chidambram and explore the place dedicated to Lord Nataraja.

    Day 7: Tanjore Sightseeing
    Visit the Big Temple of Brihadisvara, a World Heritage Monument. It is remarkable for its architecture, which resembles the design of Egyptian Pyramids. Explore the nook and corner of Art Gallery and Mahal Library within the Tanjore Palace.

    Day 8: Trichy (Tiruchirappalli)
    Early morning drive to Trichy, also known as Tiruchirappali. It is located 56 kms away from Trichy. Explore the Rock Fort Temple, which date back to more than 3, 800 million years. Enjoy the architecture of the three temples, located inside the fort. Visit the nearby Manuka Vinyakar Temple and the Uchhi Pillaiyaar Temple. Enjoy an exclusive bird's eye view of the colorful town of Tiruchirappalli.

    Day 9: Srirangam Island(5kms from Trichy)
    Visit the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy temple and the pious Amma Mandapam Ghat, where rituals and ceremonies are held each new day. Also, make a visit to the temple museum at Srirangam. The building treasures some great collection of ivory sculptures of Lord Vishnu, Nayak Kings, copper plates, Palm Leaf inscriptions and many more, which indicate the days of bygone eras.

    Day 10: Madurai
    The temple town in Tamil Nadu is situated 128 kms away from Trichy. Visit the popular Meenakshi temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Post lunch period will follow shopping in Madurai. The city shops are best known for handloom sarees, brass ware, wood carvings and handicraft items.

    Day 11: Madurai -Chennai-Departure
    Happy Journey!
    Never argue with a fool or he will drag you down to his level and beat you at it through sheer experience!

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    தஞ்சாவூரு - எங்க ஊரு நல்ல ஊரு... பழமையும், புனிதமும், பெருமையும் நிறைந்த ஊரு.
    yeah ... everybody visit my ஹோமே.
    மது...
    அதானே,
    கரெக்டா his needs சொன்னாருன்னா ..
    நவக்ரஹ ஸ்தலங்கள், அறுபடை வீடுகள் to காஞ்சி mutt &பிள்ளையார் பட்டி ஹீரோ வரை விவரமா சொல்லுவாங்க எல்லோரும்.

    TRICHY - SRIRANGAM TEMPLES PHOTOS.

    Vinatha.
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    If he wants to see kanyakumari...
    I think at least one month is not enough.

    Anyway... Srirangam includes thiruvanaikoil and pondy_thanjavur route includes kumbakonam also I suppose.

    Kumbakonam is also famous for its vessels and special asafoetida. ( Get it from the shop situated opposite to chakrapani temple)

    Pondy Bazar shopping pathi solla marandha NOV anna ! idhu aniyaayam !

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    நீங்க மன்னார்குடியா
    என்னோட best friend பிரோம் மன்னார்குடி.
    திருப்பாற்கடல் குளம் - மன்னார்குடி photo.
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