Embark on an exciting excursion down the scenic East Coast Road! Exploring along ECR is always an adventure. From lush golden beaches to colorful temples and profound historical sites, here are four spectacular places to check out on ECR (East Coast Road).
Located at a distance of 70kms from Chennai, The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram is an ancient historic city famed for its incredible rock-cut temples and beautiful shore temple. Head to the playful Arjuna’s Penance where you can explore several carvings of gods and goddesses in the bas-relief form. There is also an East Tank, Ramanujar Mandapam and Krishna Butter Ball you can marvel at in this spot.
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Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
The Pichavaram mangove forest, located just 25kms from Chidambaram, is a sight to behold. Home to more than 200 species of plants and animals, it’s one of the largest mangrove forests in India. For the adventurers out there, you can rent boats and paddle through the forest’s enchanting backwaters or take a guided tour by professionals. Don’t miss this stunning paradise!
Pondicherry (or Puducherry) is a former French colony located just 38 km north of Cuddalore. Take a walk around the cobblestone streets, admire the beautiful, European-style architecture and stop to sample French cuisine! Also make sure to visit some of the tranquil ashrams, temples and churches here for that spiritual experience!
Thanjavur, often referred to as the ‘Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu’ or the ‘Tanjore’, is a historically rich city located some 200 km from Pondicherry. This ancient city is replete with monuments, temples and forts that are sure to leave you spellbound! The Brihadishwara Temple is one of the many marvels here – its magnificent pyramidal architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage Status. Stop for a delicious vegetarian meal at one of Thanjavur’s numerous restaurants once you are through touring this beautiful city!
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