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History comes alive in all its glory at Thiruvarur. A prominent and most frequented hub of religious tourism, Thiruvarur serves multifarious experiences for the tourists as well as the pilgrims. For the music lovers and the culture lovers, the place is even more special as Tiruvarur is the birthplace of the great Music Trinity Sri Thagaraja Swamigal, Sri Shyama Sastrigal and Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar.

There is no better way to explore Thiruvarur than starting off your trip at Thyagaraja Swamy Temple which houses the biggest temple chariot known as Aazhi Ther. Quite a sight to behold, this is a work of priceless craftsmanship.  

If possible, schedule your trip in March - April, because the temple hosts the grand chariot festival during this time. The place houses a chain of famous temples making it a very popular place for religious tourism. Pick your way through Mannargudi, Enkan, Koothanur, Alangudi, Thiruveezhimalai, Thirupampuram, Tirumeichur, Srivanjiyam, Tillaivilagam and Thirukkannamangai, some of the most famous temple sites of this district.  

A visit at the art gallery will open a journey to admire the ancient musical instruments. You need to be a believer to marvel at the sights that unravel at Mannargudi. Aptly called the king of temples, it is a structure carved out of stupendous workmanship featuring 24 shrines, 18 vimanams, 16 majestic towers, 7 splendid big halls and a 154 ft towering Rajagopuram. For the nature lovers, Muthupettai Mangrove forest is a must visit. The picturesque spot is spread over an area of 120 This forest provides shelter to around eighty different species of migratory birds which fly all the way from Siberia, Russia, Iran, and Europe. You will be enthralled to catch the sight of birds like heron, egret, flamingo, the painted stork, pelican, teal and tern.  

Did you know, the lagoon has seventy-three colourful varieties of fish, well you could very much see them here. Walk along the 162 metres long wooden walkway to get a close view of the sights that await you at the Mangrove forest. 

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