Travel is like breathing and our lust for travelling took us this time to the temple town – Chidambaram. Chidambaram is a city in Tamil Nadu which is popular for its Nataraja Temple. It is located at a distance of about 220 km from Chennai. We decided to do a Weekend Travel From Chennai To Chidambaram by road. Although next time I think we might stick to public transport and catch a train. A word of warning: to anyone looking to do this themselves, you should be aware of the importance of checking the status of your booked ticket to ensure that your ticket reservation hasn’t been canceled.
We started early and after taking a short stop for breakfast, we reached Chidambaram in about 5 hours. We finished our lunch in one of the oldest restaraut in Chidambaram to enjoy a nice South Indian meal. Udupi Sri Krishna Vilas served a meal on banana leaf and we were ready to enjoy our afternoon siesta. We chose to stay in an offbeat place in Chidambaram and had a relaxing afternoon at Lakshmi Vilas.
We decided to venture out in the evening and made our visit to Brihadisvara Temple in Gangaikonda Cholapuram. Gangaikonda Cholapuram was the capital city of Chola dynasty and you can as well read about the history of the town in wikipedia. The small town is about 40 km from Chidambaram and one must visit this beautiful Brihadisvara Temple. It was sunset time and the temple looked absolutely spectacular.
Gangai Konda Cholapuram Brahadeeswarar Temple built during Chola dynasty is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture splendor is a portrayal of complex carvings on the hard granite stones and the structure is very similar to the Brihadisavara temple in Tanjore. This temple is now an UNESCO world heritage site and one of the largest Shiva temples in India built in Dravidian architecture. The temple is believed to have been completed in 11 century and stands beautifully to show the history, culture and heritage of South India. The beautiful carving depicting the dancing Nataraja, Shiva and Parvati surrounded by dancers have many tales to tell you.