The place offers rich slices of history and culture. Kandhaswamy temple at Tirupporur was built during the Pallava period and is one of the 33 Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu. Vedagiriswarar temple at Thirukazhukundram is another attraction and is famous for the Lakshadeepam festival. The temple has a rich collection of conches as well. A sprawling water tank in the town near the Siva temple is believed to have curative powers.
Built over 1000 years ago, the Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple is known to provide blessings for the unmarried devouts. The Srinivasa Perumal temple at Semmanjeri that's believed to be around 500 years old also attracts tourists and devouts in good numbers. The crocodile bank near Mahabalipuram is something on the top of the list for every tourist. Spread over an area of 3.2 hectares, it houses Indian and African crocodiles, alligators and other reptiles. You get to see crocodiles being reared in their natural habitat. Aringar Anna zoological park at Vandalur has remained a major tourist attraction for years.
Considered as one of the largest zoo complexes in South East Asia, it is spread over an area of 602 hectares. With around 40 varieties of mammals, 20 avian species and 14 species of reptiles, this is a sought after destination for nature lovers. On the way to Mammallapuram take a halt at Kovalam, a sea side village and enjoy the beach. Locals would be happy to arrange a catamaran ride also. Enjoy the stunning greenery and the sky view from Muttukadu boat house. Go for rowing, windsurfing, water skiing and gear up for speed boat riding.
The famous tourist center at Mahabalipuram is home to the Dravidian style architecture and scenic beach. The structures house glorious sculptures and inscriptions. The raindrop boat house at Mudaliarkuppam offers ride in banana boats, water scooters and speed boats. So what is going to be your choice?