See the enchanting Tamil Nadu which is a home to various temples, grand Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture and heritage monuments with Saroma…..
Places of Importance
Kancheepuram: The land of thousand temples….. The land of everlasting worship!…..is one of the most popular temple city in India with 123 temples and a few more in the outskirts….its also a place where the finest and world famous Kancheepuram silk saris are made. Temples of Kancheepuram bear a unique testimony to the Dravidian civilization.
Experience all this and more with Saromas “Temple Tours”.
Tiruvannamalai – Ramana Ashram: There is a surge of spiritual seekers in this temple town during the months of November, December and January. During this time, festivals like Guru Ramsuratkumar Jeyanthi, Maha Deepam, and many more are celebrated. Participation in Girivalam (a spiritual custom -During Girivalam people circumambulate the Arunachala hill and worship 8 Siva lingams placed around the arunachala hills) on a full moon day, worshipping Arunachala siva and walking around annamalai hill to meet the enlightenment gurus ……
Other Places of Interest: The Arunachala Temple and the famous Ramana Ashram
Tiruttani: A place where the Hindu god Subramanian stayed after killing the demon surapadman and later married Valli…. This beautiful temple of lord Murga stands on a single rock 700 feet above sea level with a panoramic view.
Other Places of Interest: Saravana Poikai - The scared tank of the gods and Sapta Rishi Teertham - A beautiful garden on the south of the hill.
Chidambaram - Siva (Natarajar) Temple: Saroma takes you to Chidambaram - the place of the celestial dancer Nataraja (Ananda Tandava pose-the Cosmic Dance of bliss)…..
Chidambaram is one of the most significant temples of south India. In terms of, richness in terms of worship, festival traditions, its relic, in architectural and sculptural grandeur, in its association with music & dance, Chidambaram is a center second to none in lieu of the rich cultural heritage of India…..
Thirunallar: This is an ancient Siva temple probably constructed in 7th Century A.D.
Dharbarenyeswarar is the main deity and Lord Saturn, Sri Pranambigai, Sri Thiagarajar and Sri Vinayagar are other deities.
Nagore: A small town in Nagapattinam District on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu. The main attractions are a 500 years old spiritual shrine of Meeran Sahib Abdul Qadir Shahul Hamid Badshah-a Saint belonging to the 23rd descendant of Prophet Muhammad. People from all religions visit the shrine.
Kanyakumari: Enjoy a visit to the "Lands End” in India with Saromas unique customized tours ….
It is the southern most tip of peninsular India. It lies at the meeting point of three bodies of water: the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal (Gulf of Mannar) and the Indian Ocean. The beautiful sunrise here is a visual treat. You can have the inimitable experience of seeing the sunset on a particular day when the moon rises over the ocean at the same time. A few miles off the shore is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar's statue. Swami Vivekananda meditated here for many days.There is also a serene meditation hall here.
Kumbakonam - the cradle of innumerous Temples and many forms of art, architectures and sculptures– Swamimalai -Tirunageswaram. The Kasi Viswanathar Temple in the temple town of Kumbhakonam is connected with the Mahamagam festival which occurs once every 12 years; when 9 of the revered rivers in the state are believed to assemble in the Mahamagam tank. This temple is considered to be the 28th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
Other Places of significance:
Vaitheeswaran Koil, Poompuhar-Mayavaram, Navagraha Temples, Thanjavur, Velankanni, Tiruchirapalli, Samaipuram, Kallanai, Madurai, Rameswaram, Tiruparankundram, Azhagarkoil/Pazhamudircholai, Palani, Tiruchendur, Suchindram.
World Heritage Sites
Enchanting Tamil Nadu is a home to various temples, wildlife reserves and heritage monuments. It boasts some of the grandest Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture. The Brihadishwara Temple in Thanjavur, the Airavateswara temple in Darasuram and the Shore Temple, along with the collection of other monuments in Mahabalipuram have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Nigiri Mountain Railway
Udhagamandalam, famously known as Ooty, is in the beautiful Nilgiri Hills at a height of 2,600m. Coonoor and Kotagiri hill stations are also part of Nilgiris or Blue Mountains. For its beauty, holiday options and reachability, Ooty is called the 'Queen of hill stations'.
The most sought transport to Ooty is the Nilgiri toy train maintained by the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a world heritage site. The track is an engineering marvel. The journey commences from Metupalayam, at the foothills of the mountain. The train covers the 46 km to Udhagamandalam in four and a half hours.
The construction of this line was a big challenge as the terrain is rather tricky. It was in 1854 that the first plans were drawn to build a mountain railway from Mettupalayam to the Nilgiri Hills. But it was a good 45 years later in 1899 that the first train chugged up this track. This railway is widely regarded as a marvel of engineering. The train itself is a charming blue and cream with wooden coaches and large windows. It is hauled up hills by stream engines, designed and built by the Swiss Locomotive Works. Twelve of such locomotive engines survive even today.
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