Golden Temple of Vellore

A grand ‘golden temple’, the Lakshmi Narayani temple, located at Sripuram, at the foot of a small range of green hills in a place known as “Malaikodi” near Vellore, has been constructed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peetam, headed by spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma. The entire structure except for the pathway, is made of gold […]

Velankanni Railway Station

The pristine white structure designed loosely on the style of a Cathedral characterising the Velankanni Railway Station is nearing completion. The complex bordered by twin-towers on its northern and southern point and mediated by a central dome has been conceived as a pivotal aspect of the 10-km Velankanni rail line project at Rs.48 crore. Of […]

Tiruchirappalli – Rockfort City

IntroductionSituated on the banks of River Kaveri, Tiruchirappalli , the fourth largest city in the state was a citadel of the many dynasties like early Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar dynasty Nayakas, Marathas including French, Nawabs and British colonial rulers. Tiruchi flourished and prospered in its own right and grew to be the city. Tiruchi is […]

Chidambaram – seat of cosmic dance

Chidambaram Chidambaram is also called as Thillai since the place was originally a forest of Thillai shrubs. It is an important pilgrim centre and a holy place for Saivites as the famous Natarajar Temple is located here. It is 245 kms. from Madras on the Madras-Tiruchirapalli main line of the Southern Railway. PLACES OF INTERESTThe […]

Pondicherry – The French Connection

The 17th-18th century headquarters of the French colonial possessions in India, this serene township even today carries a distinct French flavour, which, combined with the sea and laidback air of the place, add up to an irresistible charm. Pondicherry was laid out on the sea front of the Bay of Bengal and stands out for […]

Tirupati Attractions

Chandragiri FortChandragiri Fort is the southern entrance to the temple for the vehicles coming from Bangalore, Tamilnadu and Kerala.It is a historical fort and encircles eight ruined temples of saivite and vaishanavite pantheons, Raja Mahal,Rani Mahal and other ruined structures. ISKCON Lord Krishna TempleISKCON known for the architecture on the way to tirumala hills has […]

Kanniyakumari

The origin of name – Kanyakumari (also spelt as Kanniyakumari) district is bounded by Tirunelveli district in the north and northeast, by Kerala state in the northwest and confluence of Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean in the west and south. The coastline is almost regular except for some points of land projecting into the sea […]

Madurai

Madurai is one of the oldest cities of southern India. It has been a centre of learning and pilgrimage, for centuries. Legend has it, that the divine nectar falling from Lord Shiva’s locks, gave the city its name – Madhurapuri, now known as Madurai.HistoryMadurai’s history dates back to over 2000 years ago, when it was […]

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)Globally renown for its shore temples, Mahabalipuram was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. 58 kilometres from Madras on the Bay of Bengal, this tiny sea – side village of Mahabalipuram, is set in a boulder – strewn landscape. Tourists are drawn to this place by its miles of unspoiled beach […]