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Padmanabhapuram Palace Full review
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Historic Building made out of Wood: This 400-years old palace is believed to be the largest wooden palace in Asia. The intricate woodwork and elegant murals in this 15-buildings complex speak volumes about the skills of the artisans of the yesteryears. The palace is a brilliant representation of the cultural richness of "God's Own Country".
Padmanabhapuram Palace is a Travancore -era palace located in Padmanabhapuram, Kanyakumari Distri... [..]

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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Full review
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Amazing Temple : One of the biggest temple in the World. Very nice place. I paid Rs250 for the entrance fee. There is also Rs.50 entry which the queue quite long. We can choose whichever we want to. Just 3 words Majestic, Marvelous. & Magnificent.
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Thiruvarangam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a recl... [..]

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Meenakshi Amman Temple Full review
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Majestic and Captivating Temple: Meenakshi Amman Temple is a place of great mythological and historical significance. The temple is an architectural marvel. The vivid ceilings, the exquisitely and intricately engraved pillars, and the beautiful gopuram fascinate the visitors with their immeasurable splendour and brilliance. The temple is well-maintained despite millions thronging it every year. It has been entitled as the cl...
Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Tamil Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaiga... [..]

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Arjuna's Penance (Descent of the Ganges) and the hill around Full review
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Simply Stunning: The wonderful carvings are mind blowing. So much work and in a natural beautiful setting. I was so happy to visit this lovely site set at the foot of a hill where there is so much more to see. There is quite a steep walk to the top of the hill but do it. Highly recommended.

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Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple Full review
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Oldest Temple : A temple of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Temple having it's own uniqueness of architecture and designs. The way inside temple will lead you to the ocean near where it is still. Nearby, you can get rooms to stay and can visit temple. Visiting early hours like 7 an is preferable.
Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to the god Shiva located on Rameswaram island i... [..]

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Royal Palace Museum, Maratha Palace Full review
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An interesting and colorful Museum: Thanjavur’s royal palace, now converted into a museum, exhibits a charming collection of royal objects, hunting weapons, artefacts, portraits, sculptures, and other memorabilia. The paintings in the Darbar Hall recount the epic stories from Ramayana. The walls and ceilings are adorned with intricate carvings of Hindu deities. A 92-feet whale skeleton is also a significant attraction.

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Brihadeeswarar Temple Full review
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Ancient Temple: This 1000-years-old temple is a living example of the Hindu architecture from the Chola dynasty period. It is one of the largest temples in India and is part of the "Great Living Chola Temples"-UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 66-meters high vimanam (Temple tower) is the tallest in the world. The temple is drenched in beautiful artwork and makes an excellent picturesque site.
Brihadeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur in the Indian st... [..]

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Matrimandir Full review
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Meditation site: Matrimandir is a meditative site and offers a unique and vivid spectacle to the people who come here in search of inner peace, calmness and tranquillity. The lush surroundings are as panoramic and quiet as the thought behind this mandir.
The Matrimandir is an edifice of spiritual significance for practitioners of Integral yoga, situ... [..]

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Mudumalai National Park Full review
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Wildlife Sanctuary: Also declared a tiger reserve, the park is home to several endangered species including Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture. An estimated 266 species of birds are found here. The Park is a worth visit to enjoy the company of some of the rarest and attractive species in the word.
The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also a declared tiger reserve, lies on the no... [..]

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Tirukazhukundram Full review
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Nice Town : A must stay. I can not describe How good this place is set up. You should consider staying here If you are visiting Chennai and have a day's time to relax in Mahabalipuram. Keep it up, host. A place I would definitely recommend.
Tirukazhukundram (திருக்கழுகுன்றம்} is a panchayat town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian st... [..]

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Thillai Nataraja Temple Full review
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Worth A Visit : Excellent divine place. Powerful lord Thillai Nadarajar. Anyone can visit the temple as many times they could. It has such a peaceful ambience. Once we go and come to the temple, our body and soul would feel such calmness. Worth going.
Thillai Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram or Chidambaram temple is a Tamil Hindu temple dedicated to ... [..]

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Brihadeshwara Temple Full review
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Piece of Architectural Excellence: For those who plans for a pilgrimage never miss this place. Temple can be easily located on a normal traffic. Spacious parking is there. Though the entry to the temple is free, for car parking they charge Rs.40. Well maintained lawn around the premises gives you a pleasant experience.
Brihadeshwara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Ari... [..]

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Viralimalai Murugan Temple Full review
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Hilltop Temple with Peacocks abound: It is one of the famous temples dedicated to Hindu Lord Muruga and is particularly renowned for the peacocks that are found in abundance here. The temple is situated on the top of an eponymous hill and is accessed on foot. The sylvan surroundings of the temple offer a beautiful picturesque sight to visitors.
Viralimalai Murugan Temple is one of the famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Muruga, located i... [..]

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Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort Full review
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Ancient yet Imposing: This historic fort and temple complex is built on a 273-ft ancient rock. The fort has survived the test of time and has been a witness to fierce battles fought between different rulers. A temple dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva is a major highlight. The summit offers a picturesque sight of the surrounding area.
Tiruchirappalli Rockfort is a historic fortification and temple complex built on an ancient rock.... [..]

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Thiruvanaikaval Temple Full review
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Ancient Temple : Was built in 2nd century in Chola dynasty.. very ancient .. dont know why still world heritage recognition is not given to this temple .. Elephant will always be there in temple . Good place to visit with family, especially with kids..
Thiruvanaikaval is a famous Shiva temple in Tiruchirapalli , in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. ... [..]

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Pudukkottai Full review
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Heritage Town in Tamil Nadu: Pudukkottai district is the administrative headquarter and a famous tourist attraction in Tamil Nadu, India, owing to its magnificent cultural monuments. Imposing Forts, Princely Palaces, Fine Temples, stunning cave paintings and many other buildings of historical significance allure visitors from all over the world. This district is teeming with natural resources and banks the bay of Bengal.
Pudukkottai is the administrative headquarters of Pudukkottai District in the South Indian state... [..]

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Puthu Mandapam Full review
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Charming place: The remarkable pillars in the mandapam contain carvings of the fourteen rulers of the Nayaka dynasty. The famous spring festival is celebrated here in the months of Vikasi. Flocks of visitors come here to attend the festival. The site is a kind of complex with a market with numerous shops selling a variety of merchandise.

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Gandhi Memorial Museum Full review
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Tribute to Gandhi: Originally a palace belonging to Rani Mangammal of Nayak Dynasty, it was converted into Gandhi Museum in 1959. The Museum pays rich tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle against the colonial rule in the subcontinent. The exhibits include a blood-stained kurta which Gandhi was wearing at the time of his assassination and letters written by Gandhi to various dignitaries including Adolf Hitle...
Gandhi Memorial Museum, established in 1959, is a memorial museum for Gandhi located in the city ... [..]

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Tirupparankunram Murugan Temple Full review
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A historical and fascinating Temple.: Thirupparankundram Murugan Temple is a remarkable rock-cut temple hewn out of the mountain and is regarded as one of the dwellings of Hindu Lord Murugan. The intricately carved pillars and the stunning Gopuram makes this temple an attractive sightseeing destination. The devouts consider it propitious to marry here because of the legend that Hindu Lord Subramanya's marriage was conducted he...
Tirupparankunram Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple and one of the Six Abodes of Murugan, located a... [..]

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Thanumalayan Temple Full review
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Captivating Architecture: It is famous for it astonishing architecture. The four musical pillars are carved out of a single stone and produce music when struck. The pillars in the hallway contain amazing sculptures of the Hindu deities, and the roof is adorned with vivid floral patterns. The pond nearby offers a beautiful sight to behold.
The Thanumalayan Temple, also called Sthanumalayan Temple is an important Hindu temple located in... [..]

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Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology Full review
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Wonderful place with a noble cause: The brainchild of the legendary Romulus Whitaker the crocodile centre is a leading organization working on the conservation of reptiles and amphibians through awareness, scientific research and controlled breeding. The centre attracts millions of visitors throughout the year making it a major tourist destination of the town. It also offers night Safari visits.
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is a reptile zoo and herpetology rese... [..]

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DakshinaChitra Museum Full review
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Amazing Heritage Museum of South India: Steeped in history and soaked in culture, DakshinaChitra Museum is an impressive cross-cultural museum of art that gives recognition to the engrossing architecture, vibrant lifestyle, and captivating arts of Southern India. The museum also boasts a collection of eighteen historical houses that exhibit the culture of this part of India.
DakshinaChitra is a living-history museum in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, dedicated to South ... [..]

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Pancha Rathas Full review
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Amazing monolithics sculptures: This place holds 5 beautiful temples carved from one stone in the shape of chariots 14000 years ago. They are a great spot for photographers and part of a UNESCO heritage site. You will see beautiful sculptures of animals (elephants, lions, bulls, etc). You can visit this place in an hour if you are on a trip to Pondicherry. It is also not far from the beach.
Pancha Rathas is a monument complex at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Beng... [..]

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Sri Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple Full review
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Ancient yet colorful temple: It is an ancient temple and a must-visit in Karaikkudi. The glittering idol of the "Koppudai Nayaki" is flamboyantly decorated with sparkling Jewells. The sculpture is made out of the alloy of five metals. Nannari Sharbhath is a popular drink found just opposite this temple.

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Go to the cinema Full review
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Can't Miss It : The Cinema of India consists of films produced in the nation of India. Cinema is immensely popular in India, with as many as 1,600 films produced in various languages every year. Indian cinema is a global enterprise. Its films have a following throughout Southern Asia, and across Asia, Europe, the Greater Middle East, North America, Eastern Africa, China and elsewhere, reaching in over 90 count...

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Venkataramar Temple Full review
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A Small Temple: A small temple in comparison to the much larger and grander Venkataramana temple at Car street. But the premises are clean and clutter free. There is an atmosphere of calm and quiet. The number of visitors is also not very big. All the factors contribute to a session of devotion.

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China Bazar Full review
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Huge Market : A large market, a huge flea market, cheap goods, thematic series, most of the series are rather crowded and so hot in summer. You can find a quality product, we found souvenirs, for example, but you need to run a lot. If you find something good, then the price will greatly please - at times less than in stores.

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Government Museum, Chennai Full review
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A treasure trove of enlightening entertainment: The Government Museum is of the most fascinating and enlightening excursion spots in Chennai. Structured in Italian architectural style and decorated with vivid patterns, this museum has a rich collection of archaeological and numismatic artefacts, palm-leaf manuscripts, and Roman antiquities. The Hindu Sculpture Gallery, Bronze Gallery, Amravathi Gallery and the National Art Gallery are s...
The Government Museum or Madras Museum is a museum of human history and culture located in the ne... [..]

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Fort St George Full review
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Wonderful Architecture: A symbol of the earliest English rule in the subcontinent, the fortress is considered to be the first fortress built by the British in India. St. Mary’s Church located in the boundary of the fortress in the oldest Anglican church in the country. This magnificent structure has endured the test of times and still carries the essence of the splendour of the yesteryears. Another captivating s...
Fort St George is the name of the first English fortress in India, founded in 1644 at the coast... [..]

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Dhanushkodi Full review
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Beautiful Town : This place is breathtaking, the road is in the middle sea. you will discover eternal peach at this place. one side of the sea is full of waves while other is calm as a lake. I cannot express my feeling in words. You need to be mark your presence at this place
Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island of the state of Tamil ... [..]

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Chettinad Palace, Kanadukathan Full review
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A Decent Place : This is a Palace built in 1912 by Raja Sir Annamalai CHETTIAR, a Native Zamindar of Chettinad, who started the famous Indian Bank and Annamalai University in Chidambaram. Its a family palace for their personal family functions and visitors can admire from outside.

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Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple Full review
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Stunning Architecture: This temple is a notable tourist attraction in Kanchipuram-the Land of Thousand Temples. Constructed in the ancient Dravidian style of architecture the temple is extensively embellished with beautiful carvings and sculptures of Hindu Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. The temple has 58 smaller shrines that surround the main shrine of Shiva. Facing the Facade is a huge statue of "Nandi" ( a sacre...
The kanchi Kailasanathar temple is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. Located in Tamil Nadu, In... [..]

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Varadharaja Perumal Temple Full review
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Magnificent Architecture.: This ancient temple is amongst the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu. Thousands of devotees flock this place to seek blessings. The engrossing architecture of the complex, the elaborate carvings and the serene ambience make this place a must-visit.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple or Hastagiri or Attiyuran is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu l... [..]

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Ekambaranathar Temple (Ekambareswarar Temple) Full review
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Beautiful Shiva Temple: It is one of the five shrines, commonly known by the name of Pancha Bootha Sthalams, dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva. The 57-meter tall gopuram of the temple is one of the tallest in India. The notable feature of the temple includes Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, meaning "hallway with a thousand pillars". The inner walls are intricately decorated with an array of more than a thousand Shiva lingams. Th...
Ekambaranathar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in the town of Kan... [..]

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Ooty Municipal Market Full review
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Famous for fresh fruits and Vegetables. : It is one of the largest retail markets in India and a prominent shopping avenue in Ooty. Once considered a model market, it is a great place to buy fresh fruits and vegetable. The shops here also sell colourful and bright flowers and small decorating objects. The market is thronged by thousands of people every day.
The Ooty Municipal Market is located in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the lar... [..]

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Fernhill Palace Full review
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Beautiful Place : Fantastic ex summer palace for the maharajah of Mysore. The exterior needs some tlc but inside is immaculate. Spotless. The staff are friendly and very attentive. The suites are incredible value for money, we had three big rooms plus a private conservatory!
Fernhill Palace was the erstwhile summer residence of the Maharaja of Mysore. The first Fernhills... [..]

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tea plantations in Doddabetta, Ooty Full review
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Filled with the aroma of tea. : The guided tours of the tea estates offer scenic sights to behold and fascinating insights into the various stages, from plucking to the packaging, of the tea-making process. The tea shop offers varieties of savoury teas. It is a heaven for tea connoisseurs.

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Airavatesvara Temple Full review
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Gorgeous Architecture: Adorned with stunning sculptures, elaborate carvings and intricate inscription, the Airavatesvara Temple is the UNESCO world heritage site - Dedicated to Lord Shiva and built in the 12th-century, this magnificent temple is a living example of the richness of the culture of the Chola dynasty.
Airavatesvara Temple is a Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram... [..]

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Matrimandir Gardens Full review
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Really Amazing : Matrimandir is in the center of auroville. And really an amazing thing to see. But we can't go inside since it is a place for complete concentration and meditation. So from a bit far we can see this. And they will also show a video of Matrimandir.

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