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Excursions

Gangaikondancholapuram ((100 km)
 The Brahadeeswarar temple here was conceived and constructed by the Chola King Rajendra -I after his victory over the kingdoms in the region of the river Ganges. Apart from the huge Nandi, there are some beautiful sculptures including a dancing Lord Ganesha, a lion-headed well and a stunning piece depicting Rajendra being crowned by Siva and Parvati. The temple, along with the one at Darasuram has been declared a World Heritage by UNESCO.

Grand Anicut (Kallanai) (24 km)
An irrigation dam built across the Cauvery by Karikala Chola in the second Century AD and strengthened by the British.

Mukkombu (Upper Anicut) (18 km)
The River Kollidam branches off from the Cauvery here. This is another picnic spot with lush greenery and a park.

Vayaloor (8 km)

 The place attracts visitors for its Lord Muruga Temple set amidst lush green vegetation.

Samayapuram: (20 km)
Located on the National Highway 45, the place is famous for its shrine to Goddess Mariamman. 

Viralimalai (30 km)

The temple of Lord Subramanya is situated on a hillock. There is also a peacock sanctuary.

Sittanavasal (58 km)
This is the site of an ancient Jain monastery with fine fresco paintings in a rock cave. It is also noted for its pre-historic burial grounds.

Puliancholai (72 km)
This is a beautiful picnic spot in the foothills of the Kolli hills.

Kodumbalur (42 km)
It is also known as Moovarkoil. Of the three shrines of Moovarkoil, only two exist now. These temples were built by Boodhi Vikramakesari in the 10th Century AD. The sculptures of Kalarimurthi, Gajhasamharamurthi, Ardhanariswara, Gangadaramurthi, etc. are masterpieces of art. Nearby is the Muchukundeswarar temple of the early Chola period.

Puliancholai (72 km)
A fine picnic spot, it is located in the foothills of the Kolli range.

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