Cuddalore Places of Interest

 LORD Nataraja Temple

nataraja temple

  1. 47 Kms from Cuddalore. Tall and towering temples mark the landscape of Tamil Nadu. The Nataraja Temple built during the eleventh century is the most celebrated of the south India saivite Temple.

  2. The temple located in the middle of the municipal town sprawls in an area of 40 acres. Inside the walls are four Gopurams embellished with numerous sculptures. They represent various religious scenes and parables.

  3. The East Gopuram, being the main entrance is the oldest and the West Gopuram is more attractive and outstanding.

  4. The inner enclosure is the most sacred and has four of five Sabahs. The Nrithya Sabha, the Hall of Dance is the most beautiful and interesting part of the temple. The Sivakami temple, the sivagami tank and the Hall of thousand pillars are important features of temple.

  5. The presiding deity of the temple is represented by air, one of five elements and is known as Akasa Lingam. The great three Tamil saints Appar, Sundarar and Sambandar have visited the temple and their hymns praise the temple and Divine Dancer, Lord Nataraja.

  6. The Nataraja image in its various forms really holds the devotee as well the tourist in ecstasy. Rodin, the modern sculptor of international repute highly praised the forum and art and the concept of Divine Dance of Lord Nataraja.

  7. Contact : Ph : 04144-222696.

Kattu Mannargudi :

Mannargudi is a taluk. It is called Kattu Mannargudi to distinguish it from Raja Mannargudi in Thanjavur dist. The village was famous for giving birth to famous Vaishnavite saints, Nadamunigal and Alavandar. The local Vaishnavite temple is famous for its sanctity.

Lord Pataleeswarar :

Thirupathiripuliyur in Cuddalore district is one of the ancient saivite shrines in Tamil nadu sanctified by the visit of two of the four chief nayanmars viz. Thirunavukkarasar and Thirugnana Sambandhar. The former part of the name of this sacred place indicates the Sthalaviruksha Pathiri Tree and the latter Puliyur indicates the tiger legged saint who made penance in this place. It is 100 metres from Thirupathiripuliyur Railway Station. It is in the centre of the town. Pidari Amman Temple is situated along with this temple. Ph : 04142-236728.

Nellikuppam :

Nellikuppam is one of the most important business centres in Cuddalore District, known for Sugarcane growers and Sugar Factory. Various tourist places like Vadalur Sathyagnana Sabai, Pichavaram, Chidambaram, Neyveli, Cuddalore and Pondicherry are nearby.

Neyveli (NLC) :

40 kms from Cuddalore. One of the biggest industrial complexes in the country. Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) Ltd. is entrusted with the task of lignite production and power generation. The company with headquarters at Neyveli in Tamilnadu is engaged in exploration of lignite deposit in Tamilnadu.

Srimushnam :

Sri Mushnam

60 kms from Cuddalore. The Sri Bhuvaraha swami temple here is one of the eight self-created Swayam Vyaktakshetras in the South. The Purushaskuta Mandapam here is shaped like a ratham on which there are carvings of warriors mounted on horses and elephants.  


Thiruvandipuram Temple :

Lord Venkatachalapathy temple situated at Thiruvandipuram. It is a few kms away from Cuddalore. This temple is also well known to be similar to Thirupathi Venkatachalapathy. Every Saturday is a special day for Darshan and peoples come from different places for worship.

Panruti - Jackfruit


jackfruitThe onset of summer indicates the arrival of the Mukkanis - Maa, Palaa, Vaazhai - (Mangoes, Jackfruits and Bananas). Of course, bananas are available throughout the year. The other two are not as plenty as bananas. The Jackfruit, called ‘Palaa Pazham’, in Tamil is the second of the Mukkani. The sweetness of the Jackfruit is a hallmark of its popularity. The Jackfruit is available throughout the summer season and once the rain arrives, the jackfruits are not available and the onset of rain decreases the taste in the fruit and are not tasty as the ones in the mid-summer. In Panruti, Cuddalore there are Jackfruit cultivation is more.



  1. 56 Kms from Cuddalore. 16 Kms from Chidambaram.

  2. A unique natural phenomenon in the form of mangrove forests which sprawl over 11,000 hectares of backwaters is the tourist attraction here. This areas such as the Sunderbans in West Bengal and in Australia. The numerous channels and creeks are ideal for boating.

  3. A fishing enthusiast will find a variety of fin and shell fish in these waters. A two-hour boat ride through the forest is both soothing and exciting. The boat meanders through overhanging branches and dark channels.

  4. Head back to Chidambaram, where the main attraction is the famous Nataraja Temple. Excursions from Chidamabaram will take you to more temples and archaeological sites.

  5. To reach Chidambaram : East Coast Road to Pondicherry, the Cuddalore Road and then the bypass to Chidambaram, a total of 248 km. Buses run frequently to Chidambaram and from there to Pichavaram (16 km.), Sirkazhi (20 km.), the Vaitheeswaran Koil (24 km.), Arikamedu (75 km.), ancient Indo-Roman trading centre) and Gingee (132 km.).

  6. Contact : TamilNadu Tourism Development Corporation provides. (TTDC) houses cottages, youth hostel restaurants and boating facilities.

  7. Ph : 04144-222739.


Thiruvahindapuram :

A calm village of the historical coastal town of Cuddalore fall in the group of Nadu Nattu Tirupati among 108 Divya Desams. The temple of the Presiding Deity of this Sthala, Lord Devanatha, is flanked by the inspiring Oushadagiri, a herbal drop on the lap of time from the hands of speeding Anjaneya to the battle field of Lanka and the serpentine holy river Garuda Nadhi. Ph : 04142-287515.

Porto-Novo (Parangipettai) :

30 Kms from Cuddalore. Porto-Novo, also called Parangipettai, in Chidambaram taluk, is situated on the North bank of the mouth of Vellar. The Portuguese were the earliest European settlers of the place from whom it passed into the possession of the Dutch. This town has a large Muslim population engaged mostly in sea-trade. Tombs of several Muslim saints are situated in this place, most important among them being the dargah to Saint Malumiyar, Araikasu Nachiyar, Hafiz Mir Sahib and Sayed Saheb.

Tiruppapuliyur :

Here is an old Siva temple dedicated to Lord Pataleswarar which is referred to in the Thevarams. The Brahmodutsavam festival in this temple is the largest attended by people from all over the district.

Thillai Kali Temple :

The Thillai Kaliamman temple is in the northern corner of the town. It was built by Kopperunjingam who ruled between 1229 A.D. and 1278 A.D. Ph : 04144-230251.

Tiruvakarai :

50 Kms from Cuddalore. Near and around this village there are a number of petrified tree trunks also called fossil wood. There is also an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, dating back to the Chola period. Ph : 0413-2688949.

Vallalar :


Sri Ramalinga Adigalar (Arutperum Jothi) was born in Vadalur on 5.10.1823 as 5th son of Sri Ramaiya Pillai & Sinnammaiyar. From 1870, Vallalar lived in Siththi Valagam at Metukuppam. On 30.1.1874 (death) he became “Arutperum Jothi”. A unique prayer hall was built by Vallalar in this place in 1872. Ph : 04142-259250.

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