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Welcome To Pondicherry - Chidambaram

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Located about 58 kilometers from the town of Pondicherry, Chidambaram is a famous temple town greatly revered by the local folk and pilgrims. The chief deity and attraction of Chidambaram is Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva. The temple complex is dedicated to the art of dancing, as the details of natya shastra, an ancient text on dancing in India, are engraved on one of the gates. Magnificent sculptures depicting the different poses of Bharatnatyam, a form of classical Indian dance adorn the interiors of this temple. The ancient temple is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots that can be visited by embarking on excursions from Pondicherry. During Shivaratri, a famous occasion in India marked by offering prayers to lord Shiva, this temple becomes

the venue of a renowned dance festival.

How to Reach Chidambaram
By Air:
Chidambaram has the nearest airports in Tiruchirapalli (195 km) and Chennai (245 km). From Tiruchirapalli, you can board Indian Airlines flights to Chennai (Madras), which is connected to all the major cities in India and abroad.

By Rail: Chidambaram lies on the Madras-Tiruchirapalli main line of the Southern Railway. It is connected with Tiruchirapalli, Madras, Madurai (335 km), Rameshwaram (575 km), Bangalore (340 km), and Tirupati (290 km).

By Road: You can go for bus services, which are frequently available to various places in Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Pondicherry states from Chidambaram. There are non-stop bus services and express bus services to major cities like Chennai.


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