Thiruparuthi Kundram: This is a suburb of Kanchi on the southern bank of the Vegavathi River. And once was a centre of Jainism. The temples of Jaina Kanchi are unique since they contain a variety of gopurams (towers) encompassing the complete range of the Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagar styles of temple art.
Vellore (69 km): It is known for its fort and the Jalakandeswarar temple. Christian Missionary Hospital situated here is well-known across India and abroad.
Thirumalaivaiyavur (73 km): There is an ancient Vishnu temple located atop a hillock. At the foot of the hill can be seen some pre-historic burial grounds. It is also known south Tirupathi and lies on the way to Vedanthangal.
Mamandur: A cave temple of the early Pallava period located here is worth visiting. It is about 60 km from Madras off the Grand Southern Trunk Road past Chengalpattu.
Vallakottai (Kota Andavar Koil): Saint Arunagirinathar has glorified this temple in his Thirupukal. The sanctum sanctorum contains the tallest idol of Muruga in Tamil Nadu.
Tiruthani: This remarkable temple, dedicated to Lord Subramanya (Muruga), is considered one of the six abodes of Muruga. The temple is located on top of a small hillock. According to legend, Lord Muruga is said to have married his consort Valli here. This place is also the birthplace of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, a leading philosopher-statesman and former president of India.
Tirukazhukundram (49 km): Also called Pakshiteertham after the legend which speaks of two kites (actually the souls of two Rishis -- Vidhata and Bhusha), who halt at the Vedagireeswara (Shiva) temple on top of the hill around noon every day while on their way from Varanasi to Rameswaram. One can still see two kites being fed by the temple priests every afternoon. At the foot of the hill is another Shiva temple dedicated to Lord Bhaktawatsaleeswara dating back to the Pallava period, renovated and enlarged by the Cholas and their successors. Sangutheerthakulam, a holy tank located here, is said to yield a conch once every 12 years.
Sri Perumbudoor (33 km): This pilgrim centre is popular with the Vaishnavites as the birth place of saint Ramanujam, the father of the Visishtadvaita philosophy of Vaishnavism. The town has an important temple dedicated to Adi Kesava Perumal which has a shrine of saint Ramanujam.
Tiruvalangadu (30 km): Close to Arakkonam, the temple at Tiruvalangadu has been sanctified by the legend that Lord Shiva is said to have danced here for the woman saint Karaikkal Ammayar. Hence it is considered one of the five important shrines associated with Lord Nataraja.
Uttiramerur (30 km): Located on the Kanchipuram-Vedanthangal route, this place is widely known for the numerous inscriptions found on the walls of the ancient Shiva temple. These inscriptions throw light on the remarkable political and administrative machinery of the Cholas in the 10th century. This temple is built according to the Shilpa Shastra.
Mamallapuram Link to Mamallpuram destination page
Tiruporur: This ancient temple dating back to the Pallava period and is one of the 33 major temples of lord Muruga.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary: This water bird sanctuary attracts nearly 30,000 birds from long distances to nest and breed in the 30-hectare lake here. These birds include cormorants, egrets, open-billed storks, and darters, white ibises, spoonbills and different varieties of herons. Overnight stay is suggested since the birds take off at dawn and return to the nests at dusk. Bird watching is possible from the observation tower.
Season: November to February.