Tamil Nadu

1. Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram):

Shore Temple, MahabalipuramMahabalipuram (now Mamallapuram) is an ancient port town dating back to the 8th century AD. Located just 55 km south of Chennai it is known for towering pagodas, gigantic rock cut caves, massive monolithic structures and intricate bass relief panels. Shore Temple, located on the beach is one of the most visited spots of Mahabalipuram. The Shore Temple constructed by Rajashima (Narashima II) (reign 700-728 CE) of Pallava dynasty happens to be the biggest and oldest structural temple of Mahabalipuram. Although a single structure the temple houses three shrines, two of which are dedicated to Shiva and the other to Bishnu. Read more…

2. Flamingos and Salt Pans of Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) :

Flamingos of TuticorineAt glance it seems like endless snow field but the scorching heat will soon take you back to reality and it is not snow but salt. Located at the far south of the Coromondal Cost, Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) is a major port city in Tamil Nadu and home to much of the state’s salt harvesting terrain. The salt pans also create an unique eco-system and attracts a wide variety of birds from far and wide. The Greater Flamingos are definitely the most wanted visitors of Tuticorine. They come during the month of August to October when water level in the salt pan are low. This helps the birds to find food easily. Read more…

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