Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Puri (Jagannath Puri) is one of the four holiest pilgrimage centres of India (Others are Dwaraka, Badarinath and Rameswaram). The jagannath temple built in 12th century has 200 metre high surrounding walls and a 58 metre high conical tower. Puri's great attractions are the famous Rath Yatra (car festival), picturesque long sandy beach, the Gundicha mandir, Raghurajpur (14km), etc. Distance: konark 35km, Bhubaneshwar 56km


Chidambaram's great Nataraja temple complex covers an area of 22 hectares and is one of the ancient temples in South India. Its Gopurams carved with 108 classical postures of Nataraja and the 1000 pillared Rajasabha are worth seeing. There are five halls in the temple which are architectural wonders and all with hundreds of pillars depicting dancing figures, etc. There is also a shrine known as Chitrakootam adjacent to the shrine. Distance: Chennai 232, Thanjavoor 113, Trichy 194.