Renowned for its Nataraja Temple, the municipal town of Chidambaram is located 235 kms off Chennai on the National highway connect Chennai and Thanjavur.. Chidambaram attracts thousands of Shaivite and Vaishnavite pilgrims to sacred Nataraja temple every year. As per legends, two famous saints of South India, Patanjali and Vyagrapada worshipped Lord Shiva here. Their collective reparation was rewarded by Shiva’s cosmic dance, which was exposed to them on the auspicious Thai Poosam day. Lord Shiva descended as Nataraja—the King of Dancer—to perform the ananda tandavam (cosmic dance). The place became a sacred ground. Around this hallowed site a city called Chit Ambaram (wisdom-suffused sky) developed over time. In AD 907, Chidambaram became the capital of the Chola Empire. They commissioned the construction of the grand Nataraja temple, later enlarged and embellished by them.
• Area 4.80 sq. km
• Population 58,740
• Altitude 5.97 metres above sea level
• Languages Tamil, English
• STD Code 04144
• Best time to visit October to March
Tourist Attractions in Chidambaram
A tourist’s paradise, Chidambaram offers something for everyone. The major attraction here is the Nataraja Temple. The renowned Annamalai University also attracts tourist. Neyveli, one of the biggest industrial complexes in the country is also worth a visit. For those with an inclination towards history, the ancient fort at Gengi is a major attraction. The Car Street provides good shopping experience.
Tourist Attractions around Chidambaram
Moving out of Chidambaram, there are some of the exquisite locales. The hills, islands and forests in the surrounding area of Chidambaram offer attractive spots for exploration. Water sports like rowing, parasailing and canoeing facilities are also available. Some interesting spots to visit are Kalvarayam hills, Pichavaram, Tarangambadi, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, the Church of Zion and the Gate.