Chidambaram Industrial Visit

Chidambaram going students can have their industrial visit at Cuddalore, The Indian government promotes small to medium sized industries in and around Cuddalore. Cuddalore is a port city, Government projects include, SIDCO, SIPCOT, Regional Palm Products Manufacturing Society and the Regional Sugarcane Research Foundation. The main industrial setup in the region includes Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Limited, Goodearth Shipbuilding Pvt Ltd, Nellikuppam Integrated Sugar Complex, Asian Paints, TANFAC Industries, SRM Energy India thermal power plant etc.

Chidambram is a holy pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that Lord Shiva himself came to reside here to please the saints but found that Godess Kali was already in residence.
It was decided that a dance competition would be held and the winner would reside in Chidambram. Lord Shiva performed his cosmic dance Tandav while the Lasya was performed by Goddess Kali. Lord Shiva won the competition and became Lord of Chidambaram.
The dance performed by Shiva came to be known as Oorthuva Thandavam. In recent times, Chidambaram has also become well known for the Annamalai University, the first residential university in Tamil Nadu.

Sights to See

Tillai Kaliamman Temple
The Tillai Kaliamman Temple is situated at the northern end of the town. It was built by Kopperunjingan who ruled between 1229 and 1278 AD. Legend says that subsequent to the defeat of Kali in a dance competition with Shiva, Kali was banished from the Nataraja temple to the outskirts of the town where a temple was erected for her later.

Annamalai University
This residential university was founded by the late Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar and has now developed into a fine township called Annamalainagar. The impressive buildings and the library have become a great centre of Tamil learning and Carnatic music.

Nataraja Temple
The temple, dedicated to the Nataraja form of Lord Shiva, is spread over an area of 400 acres.

This is where lord Nataraja was said to have performed his cosmic dance.The main sanctum houses the AkashaLinga, where the lord is worshipped as a formless presence. An unique feature of this temple is a shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu as Govindaraja adjacent to the Nataraja Shrine. Parvati is known as ‘Shivakami Sundari’ here. There are other shrines, Subramanya and Vinayaka in the complex which comprises of five prakaras. The sacred tank is called Siva-Ganga to the east of which is a Mantapa with 1,000 pillars. On the Eastern and the Western gopurams are carved 108 images of different poses illustrating the art of dancing.


Neyveli (40 km)
This is one of the biggest industrial complexes in the country. The lignite mined here is used in the thermal power station. Apart from fertilizers and coal, a number of by products are also produced from lignite. Permission to visit the complex may be obtained from the Public Relations Officer. Regular buses are available from Chennai and Chidambaram.

Pichavaram (16 km)
This is an excellent picnic spot covering an area of about 3,000 acres of mangrove forests. A number of backwater canals criss-cross through them to form several islands. It is also an ideal place for boating and fishing. Regular bus services are available from Chidambaram.

Poompuhar (40 km)
This was once a major port of the Chola Empire and was known as Kaveripoompattinam. The original city was submerged by the sea and now only a small village remains. The greatness of this city has been brought out in some of the poems in the sangam literature and also in the great Tamil epics Silappathikaram and Manimekalai. In 1973, the Tamil Nadu Government recreated the life and times of Silappathikaram in this place. Worth seeing are the art gallery, Paavai Manram, Ilanji Manram, and Nedunkal Ninra Manram


Industries Enroute

  • Neyveli Lignite Corporation
  • Asian Paints
  • The Nellikuppam Integrated Sugar Complex
  • Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Limited

And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries

Porto Novo (Parangipettai) (20 km)
This port, now defunct, was associated with several European powers such as the Portugese, Dutch, Danish, British and the French. One can still see the ruins of a Dutch cemetery (Hollander Thottam), the battle field where the British under Sir Eyre Cool defeated Hyder Ali and the French in 1781 in their last decisive fight, the remnants of a Danish factory and an English iron works. Porto Novo is now an important fisheries centre. Regular bus services are available from Chidambaram.

Sirkazhi (20 km)
The temple here has three shrines. One to Sri Brahmapurees- warer, Sattanathar and Thoniappar, another to goddess Tirunilai Nayaki and the third for the god-child Gnanasambandar.

Srimushnam (30 km)
The famous temple for Vishnu as Bhuvaraha is located here. The front mandapam, called the Purushasukta Mandapam, was built by the Nayaks in the 17th century and is noted for its architectural treasures. Purushasukta Mandapam shaped like a chariot, replete with carvings of figures of warriors mounted on horses and elephants. On the pillars on the centre of the hall are carved royal portraits of the Nayak family which was responsible for the building of the temple.

Tiruvengadu (35 km)
The temple here is dedicated to the fierce form of Shiva as Aghoramurthi. The worship of this form of Shiva is said to give victory and riches to the worshiper and the worst of sins like Brahmahatya are forgiven.

Vaitheeswaran Koil (27 km)
Here Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran, the healer of all diseases. A bath in the Siddhamritam tank is believed to cure all ailments. A shrine in this temple is dedicated to ubramanya as Muthukumara.

How would you like to travel?

The nearest airport is Trichy (168 km)
Chidambaram is a railway station linked by metre gauge to Chennai, Thanjavur, Trichy, Rameswaram, etc.
Chidambaram is connected by good roads to important towns in South India.
  • 235 km from Chennai
  • 75 km from Kumbakonam (via Mayiladuthurai)
  • 70 km from Puducherry
  • 114 km from Thanjavur (via Mayiladuthurai)
  • 168 km from Tiruchirapalli (via Mayiladuthurai)
The town is connected by daily bus services with Chennai, Kumbakonam, Nagapattinam Pondicherry, Thanjavur and Trichy.

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