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East Coast Road (ECR) Experience

Driving | Coastal Drives

Chunnambar Boat House
Danish Fort
Rameshwaram Views
Marina Beach
Countryside around Chidambaram
Countryside around Chidambaram

Tamilnadu State Highway 49 is renowned and known as the East Coast Road (ECR). ECR is believed to be the most scenic coastal highway in India with views of the Bay of Bengal on one side and one passing by greenery, rivers, backwaters, temples, mosques, UNESCO heritage structures enroute.

690 kms long ECR currently connects Chennai with Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chidambaram, Tranquebar, Karikal, Nagore, Nagapattinam, Ramnanathapuram (near Rameshwaram), Tuticorin. Work is on to connect Tiruchendur, Manapad and Kanyakumari as well. Eventually it will become a 1000+ kms coastal highway.

A road trip on the ECR is opted for by Biking groups, self drive enthusiasts and any guests looking to explore South India countryside, cuisine, culture, heritage and craft. An ECR Journey is one where urban chaos is left far behind while one explores India’s countryside and rural heartland.

A shorter ECR trip routes such as Chennai to Pondicherry are more routinely opted for by local getaway seekers. The complete ECR route is opted for by inbound travelers and experiential travelers over a few days.

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  • Sri Kalahasti Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Sri Kalahasti Temple is a 500 year old temple and one of the important ancient Shiva Kshetras more

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    Srikalahasti ( 1 Kms ), Tirupati ( 36 Kms ), Tiruttani ( 37 Kms ), Kanchipuram ( 120 Kms ), Chennai ( 120 Kms ), Ranipet ( 123 Kms ), Vellore ( 143 Kms )
  • Kapaleeshwarar Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Kapaleeshwarar Temple is a 7th century Lord Shiva temple in Mylapore area and an example of more

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    Chennai ( 16 Kms )
  • Sri Parthasarthy Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Parthasarathy Temple is an 8th century Lord Lrishna temple and one of the 108 Divya Desam more

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    Chennai ( 3 Kms )
  • San Thome Basilica is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Chennai built in the 16th century by more

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    Chennai ( 6 Kms )
  • Kalikambal Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Kalikambal Temple is an ancient Hindu temple in Georgetown area dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi more

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    Chennai ( 6 Kms )
  • Saibaba Temple Mylapore

    Temple or Holy Place
    Saibaba Temple at Mylapore is a well visited temple in Mylapore area. Locals as well as pilgrim more

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    Chennai ( 16 Kms )
  • One of the largest libraries in India and perhaps Asia. A centralized air-conditioned library more

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    Chennai ( 7 Kms )
  • The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology more

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    Mahabalipuram ( 14 Kms ), Chennai ( 40 Kms ), Chengalpattu ( 42 Kms )
  • St. Thomas Mount is 17th century church set on a small hillock in Guindy area close to Chennai more

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    Chennai ( 12 Kms )
  • Vadalapani Murugan Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    125 year old traditional style temple of Lord Murugan right in middle of Chennai in Vadapalani more

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    Chennai ( 5 Kms )
  • Cholamandalam Artist Village

    Arts Crafts Culture
    Cholamandal Artists Village is the largest artists commune in India. Their work is reguarly shown more

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    Chennai ( 9 Kms )
  • Lord Jagannath Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Jagannath Temple is located in Kanathur just off ECR on outskirts of Chennai. The Jagannath more

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    Chennai ( 25 Kms ), Mahabalipuram ( 35 Kms )
  • Sri Ramakrishna Math at Chennai is the first branch center of the Ramakrishna Order in Southern more

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    Chennai ( 3 Kms )
  • Lord Murugan Temple Thiruthani

    Temple or Holy Place
    Tiruthani Murugan temple is located at Thiruttani on a hill having 365 steps.It is one of the more

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    Tiruttani ( 1 Kms ), Kanchipuram ( 42 Kms ), Ranipet ( 52 Kms ), Tirupati ( 64 Kms ), Chennai ( 84 Kms )
  • Queensland is an Amusement cum waterpark spread over 70 acres offering water rides and amusement more

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    Chennai ( 27 Kms )
  • Marina Beach

    View Point
    Marina Beach is an urban beach in Chennai overlooking Bay of Bengal and is reportedly second more

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    Chennai ( 4 Kms )
  • Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple is a traditional Lord Vishnu temple in Adyar area of more

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    Chennai ( 10 Kms )
  • The Armenian Church, Chennai is an 18th century monument and one of the oldest churches in India. more

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    Chennai ( 9 Kms )
  • Government Museum (1851) known as Madras Museum, is one of the oldest and largest in India. It is more

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    Chennai ( 2 Kms )
  • Sowcarpet

    Shopping
    It is a bustling commercial area of the city and a range of wholesale markets are located here. more

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    Chennai ( 6 Kms )
  • MGM World

    Theme Parks
    MGM World is an amusement park at 30 kms from Chennai on ECR at Muttukadu area. MGM is one of the more

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    Chennai ( 30 Kms )
  • Huddlestone Gardens

    Gardens, Natural Wonders
    Huddleston Gardens is spread over 260 acres and is home to migratory birds, fruit bats, snakes, more

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    Chennai ( 10 Kms )
  • Arignar Anna Zoological Park (also known as the Vandalur Zoo founded in 1855) is the first public more

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    Chennai ( 31 Kms )
  • Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Varasiddhi Vinayakar Temple is a renowned Lord Ganesha temple in Besant Nagar near the more

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    Chennai ( 11 Kms )
  • Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is a famous 481 kms Protected area on Tamilnadu - Andhra Pradesh more

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    Chennai ( 55 Kms )
  • Kumaran Kundram

    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Murugan temple just off NH-32 at half an hour drive from Chennai, situated on a hilltop more

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    Chennai ( 21 Kms )
  • Madras War Cemetery is a war cemetery and a memorial created to receive Second World War graves. more

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    Chennai ( 15 Kms )
  • Muttukadu Lake is a scenic spot in backwaters for tourists. Here boat house is set up and boating more

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    Mahabalipuram ( 25 Kms ), Chennai ( 35 Kms )
  • Guidy National Park is spread over 3 sq km and home to 400 blackbucks, 2,000 spotted deers, 24 more

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    Chennai ( 9 Kms )
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at Perambur is a 100+ year old replica of the Basilica at Lourdes in more

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    Chennai ( 11 Kms )
  • Guindy snake park is situated right next to Guindy National park complex and is home to a wide more

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    Chennai ( 10 Kms )
  • Railway Museum in Chennai has steam locomotives, ooty heritage train coaches and several other more

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    Chennai ( 9 Kms )
  • BM Birla Planatarium

    Museum, Institute
    B. M. Birla Planetarium is a large planetarium in Chennai having shows on a specially perforated more

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    Chennai ( 9 Kms )
  • VGP Universal Kingdom is a amusement park / waterpark on outskirts of Chennai on ECR nearVGP more

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    Chennai ( 20 Kms )
  • Tada

    Natural Wonders
    Tada is a relatively little known tourist destination. It is known for its waterfall (Locally more

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    Chennai ( 82 Kms )
  • St. Andrews Church in Egmore is a Protestant church built to serve the Scottish community in more

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    Chennai ( 3 Kms )
  • Mahabalipuram is home to 7th - 9th century monuments of Pallava kingdom which are now a designated more

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    Mahabalipuram ( 1 Kms ), Chennai ( 60 Kms ), Kanchipuram ( 69 Kms )
  • Dakshinachitra

    Arts Crafts Culture
    Dakshinachitra is a Craft village on east coast road where one can purchase authentic handcrafts more

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    Chennai ( 30 Kms ), Mahabalipuram ( 30 Kms )
  • Manakula Vinayagar Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Manakula Vinayagar Temple is an ancient Lord Ganesha temple and is said to have been in existence more

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    Pondicherry ( 6 Kms )
  • Vardharaja Perumal Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Varadharaja Perumal Temple is a renowned Lord Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram and is one of the 108 more

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    Kanchipuram ( 1 Kms ), Chennai ( 62 Kms )
  • Pondicherry has a renowned Promenade around the french quarters which is where locals converge on more

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    Pondicherry ( 1 Kms )
  • Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges is a well known church in Rue Dumas area and one of the impressive more

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    Pondicherry ( 1 Kms )
  • The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a well known ashram in Pondicherry with devotees from India and all more

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    Pondicherry
  • Auroville

    Institute
    Auroville is an experimental township situated 8 km north of Pondicherry off East Coast Road. It more

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    Pondicherry ( 8 Kms )
  • French War Memorial

    Historic Site
    French War Memorial (1971) on Goubert Avenue is built in memory of French soldiers who lost their more

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    Pondicherry ( 6 Kms )
  • French quarters is a colony of residential buildings with distinct colonial era french more

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    Pondicherry ( 1 Kms )
  • Pondicherry Museum has a gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings more

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    Pondicherry ( 6 Kms )
  • Jawahar Toy Museum is located on Goubert Avenue has a collection of over 120 dolls. The museum is more

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    Pondicherry ( 7 Kms )
  • Botanical Gardens in Pondicherry were laid out in 1826 in the French style with pruned trees, more

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    Pondicherry ( 4 Kms )
  • Ousteri Lake is located towards north at a distance of 10 km from Pondicherry town (Pondicherry- more

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    Pondicherry ( 10 Kms )
  • Bharati Park is kind of a public park having many major monuments around it. The Aayi Mandapam a more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )
  • Varadaraja Perumal Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Varadaraja Perumal Temple is a Dravidan style ancient temple located centrally in Pondicherry and more

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    Pondicherry ( 6 Kms )
  • Kanniga Parmeshwari Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Kanniga Parameswari Temple on M.G.Road is an ancient Devi temple having a blend of both Tamil and more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )
  • Chunnambar is a local backwater stretch where a boat house has been setup where guests can do a more

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    Pondicherry ( 8 Kms )
  • Serenity Beach Bazaar is setup on weeekends. Its location is by the beach on East Coast Road more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )
  • Panchamukha Hanuman Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Panchamukha Hanuman Temple is a renowned Lord Hanuman located 9 km from Pondicherry. The main more

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    Pondicherry ( 9 Kms )
  • Gingee Fort

    Heritage Site
    Gingee Fort is one of the few forts in Tamil Nadu. It was one of the most impregnable forts (with more

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    Tiruvannamalai ( 37 Kms ), Villupuram ( 40 Kms ), Pondicherry ( 72 Kms )
  • Gingee Ranganathan

    Temple or Holy Place
    Gingee Ranganathan is a Lord Vishnu temple having Lord Vishnu in a unique reclining pose 3 kms more

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    Tiruvannamalai ( 40 Kms ), Villupuram ( 42 Kms ), Pondicherry ( 70 Kms )
  • Annamalaiyar Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Annamalaiyar Temple is a Lord Shiva Temple in Tiruvannamalai and most significant as it is more

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    Tiruvannamalai ( 8 Kms ), Chidambaram ( 137 Kms ), Kanchipuram ( 137 Kms )
  • Chidambaram Shiva Temple (Nataraja Temple)

    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Chidambaram is one of the five Pancha Bootha Sthalams and one of the most significant and visited more

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    Chidambaram, Pondicherry ( 46 Kms ), Tranquebar ( 58 Kms ), Karikal ( 64 Kms )
  • Govindaraja Perumal Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The main complex at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple also is home to Govindaraja Perumal Temple, one of more

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    Chidambaram, Pondicherry ( 46 Kms )
  • Danish Fort

    View Point, Heritage Site
    Tranquebar was a Danish colony in 17-19th century period and is home to a 17th century Danish fort more

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    Tranquebar, Karikal ( 15 Kms )
  • Lord Shani Temple Karikal

    Temple or Holy Place
    Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple is a renowned Lord Shani temple (Planet Saturn depicted as God) more

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    Karikal ( 5 Kms ), Tranquebar ( 18 Kms )
  • Nagore Dargah

    Mosque or Dargah
    Nagore Dargah is a minaret built over the tomb of Hazrath Nagore Shahul Hamid and a renowned more

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    Nagore ( 1 Kms ), Nagapattinam ( 7 Kms ), Karikal ( 13 Kms ), Vailankanni ( 19 Kms ), Tranquebar ( 27 Kms )
  • Our Lady of Vailankanni is a celebrated Roman Catholic church and Blessed Virgin Mary believed to more

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    Vailankanni, Nagapattinam ( 10 Kms ), Nagore ( 18 Kms ), Karikal ( 30 Kms ), Tiruvarur ( 32 Kms ), Tranquebar ( 43 Kms ), Kumbakonam ( 75 Kms ), Thanjavur ( 95 Kms ), Trichy ( 150 Kms )
  • Kayarohanaswamy Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Kayarohanaswami Temple is a 6th century Lord Shiva Temple in Nagapattinam visited alongwith more

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    Nagapattinam, Nagore ( 8 Kms ), Vailankanni ( 10 Kms ), Karikal ( 19 Kms ), Tiruvarur ( 25 Kms ), Tranquebar ( 32 Kms )
  • Soundararajaperumal Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Soundararaja Perumal Temple is a Lord Vishnu temple at Nagapattinam and one of the Divya Desam more

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    Nagapattinam, Nagore ( 8 Kms ), Vailankanni ( 10 Kms ), Karikal ( 19 Kms ), Tiruvarur ( 25 Kms ), Tranquebar ( 32 Kms )
  • Thyagraja Temple Tiruvarur

    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Thiruvarur has been one of the five traditional capitals of the Chola empire and home to 11th more

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    Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam ( 25 Kms ), Nagore ( 31 Kms ), Vailankanni ( 32 Kms ), Karikal ( 42 Kms )
  • Pazhamudircholai

    Temple or Holy Place
    Pazhamudircholai is a Lord Murugan Temple near Madurai atop a hill covered with dense forests and more

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    Madurai ( 21 Kms ), Tiruchendur ( 180 Kms )
  • Tirupparamkunram is renowned for Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple on outskirts of Madurai. This more

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    Madurai ( 8 Kms ), Tiruchendur ( 180 Kms )
  • Ramanathaswamy Temple

    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Ramanathaswamy Temple is a renowned Lord Shiva temple at Rameswaram. It is one of 12 Jyotirlinga more

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    Rameswaram, Madurai ( 160 Kms )
  • Dhanushkodi

    Temple or Holy Place, View Point
    Dhanushkodi is a 15 km stretch where one can see the deep and rough Indian Ocean meeting the more

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    Rameswaram ( 11 Kms )
  • Thirunelveli Temple

    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Nellaiappar Temple (700 AD) is one of the renowned Shiva Temples at the heart of Tirunelveli. more

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    Tirunelveli, Ravanasamudram ( 49 Kms ), Tuticorin ( 53 Kms ), Courtallam ( 57 Kms ), Tiruchendur ( 59 Kms )
  • Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is a Lord Muruga temple and one of the six Arupadaiveedu temples of more

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    Tiruchendur, Tuticorin ( 40 Kms ), Tirunelveli ( 59 Kms )
  • Kalugumalai

    Temple or Holy Place
    Kalugumalai is rock cut images of Bhagawan Parshwanatha (8th-9th century) alongwith many images of more

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    Tirunelveli ( 55 Kms ), Tuticorin ( 90 Kms )
  • Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica is a 16th century roman catholic church located at Tuticorin is more

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    Tuticorin ( 7 Kms )
  • The Church of Our Lady of Snow is a Roman Catholic Marian church in Kallikulam at 100 kms South of more

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    Tiruchendur ( 65 Kms ), Tuticorin ( 100 Kms )
  • Manapad is a coastal village 18 kms south of Tiruchendur. St. Francis Xavier came to Manapad in more

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    Manapad ( 1 Kms ), Tiruchendur ( 16 Kms ), Tuticorin ( 56 Kms )
  • St. Stephens Church is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Stephen at 40 kms from more

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    Tiruchendur ( 28 Kms ), Tuticorin ( 40 Kms )
  • Maravankudieruppu is set 3 kms South of Nagercoil centered around the church of Our Lady of Snows more

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    Kanyakumari ( 12 Kms )
  • Srivaikuntam

    Temple or Holy Place
    Srivaikuntam lies 40 kms from Tuticorin on Tiruchendur - Thirunelveli road and home to a renowned more

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    Tiruchendur ( 32 Kms ), Tirunelveli ( 39 Kms ), Tuticorin ( 40 Kms )
  • Kumari Amman Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Kumari Amman Temple in Kanyakumari is a Devi temple located on the shore and is considered one more

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    Kanyakumari ( 1 Kms )
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial is where Swami Vivekananda, great philosopher is believed to have more

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    Kanyakumari ( 1 Kms )
  • Thanumalayan temple Suchindram

    Temple or Holy Place
    Thanumalayan temple is a unique temple built in 17th century representing trinity of Lord Brahma, more

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    Kanyakumari ( 13 Kms )
  • Our Lady of Ransom Church is more than 100 year old and is incredibly 153 m tall. Church was built more

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    Kanyakumari ( 3 Kms )
  • Vattakottai Fort

    Heritage Site
    Vattakottai Fort is an 18th-century fort overlooking the sea and offering excellent more

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    Kanyakumari ( 7 Kms )
  • Lord Datta Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Datta Temple is a second Datta Dham called "Anusaya Datta Dham" built near Vattakotai temple more

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    Kanyakumari ( 7 Kms )
  • St. Francis Xaviers church at set near Nagercoil, where the missionary St. Francis Xavier resided more

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    Kanyakumari ( 11 Kms )
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace between Nagercoil and Trivandrum is example of 17th Century Kerala more

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    Kanyakumari ( 33 Kms ), Trivandrum ( 50 Kms )
  • Mathur Aqueduct

    View Point
    Mathur Aqueduct is built over the Pahrali River at 60 km from Kanyakumari and is one of the more

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    Kanyakumari ( 60 Kms )
  • Baywatch Wax Museum

    Museum, Theme Parks
    Baywatch is a a water park and also has a a wax museum having statues of many personalities, more

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    Kanyakumari ( 2 Kms )
  • Chitharal Jain Monuments

    Temple or Holy Place
    Chitharal Jain Monuments are impressive rock shelters and idols dated 9-11th Century at 55 kms more

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    Kanyakumari ( 55 Kms )
  • Olakaruvi Waterfalls

    Adventure, Natural Wonders
    Olakaruvi Waterfalls are set about 30 kms from Kanyakumari, is on the middle of a hill and more

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    Kanyakumari ( 30 Kms )
  • Thirparappu Falls

    Natural Wonders
    Thirparappu are renowned waterfalls at 55 kms from Kanyakumari. Here the river Kodayar makes its more

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    Kanyakumari ( 55 Kms )
  • Thirunandikkara temple a rock-cut cave temple of Pallava art, can be traced back to seventh and more

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    Kanyakumari ( 20 Kms )
  • Thengapattinam Beach

    View Point, Rides
    Thengapattinam Beach is full of coconut groves and has an estuary where river meets the sea. A more

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    Kanyakumari ( 51 Kms )
  • Vattaparai Falls

    Natural Wonders
    Vattaparai Falls are located in the Keeriparai reserve forest at 32 kms from Kanyakumari. There is more

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    Kanyakumari ( 32 Kms )
  • Kodhayar

    View Point
    Kodhayar is a forested area at about 60 kms from Kanyakumari and takes travellers through exciting more

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    Kanyakumari ( 60 Kms )
  • Pechiparai Reservoir

    Lake or Riverside
    Pechiparai Dam is built across the Kodayar River near the confluence of the Kallar, Chittar and more

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    Kanyakumari ( 30 Kms )
  • Mukkadal Reservoir

    Lake or Riverside
    Mukkadal Reservoir is set at about 20 kms from Kanyakumari. The dam is surrounded by scenic hills more

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    Kanyakumari ( 20 Kms )
  • Pichavaram

    Activity, Rides
    Pichavaram is a large mangrove forest and is one of the unique eco-tourism spots in South India. more

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    Chidambaram ( 15 Kms )
  • Sacred Heart Church is a Roman Catholic Church in Pondicherry that is visited for its Gothic more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )
  • Anglo French Textiles, a Govt of Puducherry Undertaking is one of the leading manufacturers and more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )
  • Sikkal Lord Murugan temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Sikkal Singara Velan Temple a popular Lord Muruga temple and 7th most popular after the more

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    Nagapattinam ( 5 Kms ), Nagore ( 11 Kms ), Vailankanni ( 12 Kms ), Tiruvarur ( 22 Kms )
  • 11th Century Chola Style architecture temple hear Kanyakumari railway station. The temple is a more

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    Kanyakumari ( 1 Kms )
  • Vallam Reserve Forest lies at a short distance from Chengalpattu and is renowned for its Birds, more

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    Chengalpattu ( 10 Kms ), Mahabalipuram ( 32 Kms ), Chennai ( 59 Kms )
  • Pondicherry is home to India's first and only East Coast Diving Center. There are more than 20 more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )