Saturday, 18 August 2012

Mammalapuram Ancient Port City Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu


Mammalapuram (mahabalipuram) is one of the important place to visit in kanchipuram. It was a flourishing port town during the time of Pallavas. This thriving port city was given the lease of life through the chisels of Pallavas. The monuments of Mamallapuram are excellent specimen of Dravidian temple architecture and Pallava art. The art in the marvellous monuments with sculpted panels, caves, monolith rathas and temples lay emphasis on robust earthly beauties, imbibed with life. Mythological episodes, epic battles, demons, Gods, animals, all vividly depicted on the wall. These   sculptures   are breathtakingly real and artistic. Most of the temple and monuments were completed during the reigns
Mammalapuram Ancient Port City Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu
 Narasimha Varman I and Narasimha Varman II. In contrast to the grand monuments of the Cholas, the architecture of Pallavas is simple yet very lively and attractive. The Pallavas were followers of Jainism but the conversion of Mahendra Vernman to Shaivism had drastic consequences on the future of Jainism and it also explains the Shiva and Vishnu temple at Mamallapuram. The shore temple strikes a very romantic theme and is perhaps the most photographed monument in India after Taj Mahal. The temple is flood lit in the night and then its beauty comes out to fully. The pleasure of watching the monument in light with cool breeze from the sea has no comparison. Mamallapuram attracts tourists from all over the globe to its monumental splendour and sunny beaches.

General Information Mammalapuram
Area - 8 sq. km.
Altitude - Sea level
Population - 12,000
Climate Max. Min.
Summer : 36.6ºC 21.1ºC
Winter : 31.5 ºC 19.8ºC
Rainfall 32.5 cm average
Clothing Tropical -Season Throughout the year
Languages spoken - Tamil and English
STD Code - 044
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Vedantangal Birds Sanctuary Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu

Vedanthankal Lake Bird Sanctuary is a 30-hectare (74-acre) sanctuary located in the Kanchipuram District of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The sanctuary is about 75 kilometres (47 mi) from Chennai on National Highway 45 (NH45) south of Chengalpattu. Vedanthangal is at around one and half hour journey from Chennai. It is one of the oldest water bird sanctuaries in the country. Vedanthangal in Tamil language means 'hamlet of the hunter' . This area was a favourite hunting spot for the local landlords 301 years ago. The region attracted a variety of birds because it was dotted with small lakes that acted as feeding grounds for the birds. Realising its ornithological
Vedantangal Birds Sanctuary Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu
Breeding birds like the Cormorant, Egrets, Grey Heron, Open-billed Stork, Darter, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Night Herons, Grebes, and Grey Pelican visit the sanctuary each year. The population of migratory birds included Teals, Shovellers, Pintails, and Sandpipers etc. Some of the resident birds listed are Coots, Terns and Moorhen. In all 115 species of birds have been recorded in this sanctuary.

The best season time is between October and March, when a large number of migratory birds visit. The birds can be viewed from the bank or from the watch tower.

Location : Vedanthangal Karikili Kanchipuram district – 86 kms from Chennai.Kanchipuram district – 90 kms away from Madras.
Best time to visit : The best season time is between October and March,
Nearest Airport - Chennai – 58  kms away
Nearest Railway station -Chengalpattu – 30 kms away

Attractions
The region attracted a variety of birds because it was dotted with small lakes that acted as feeding grounds for the birds. Realising its ornithological

Places To Stay
Forest Rest House at Vedanthangal with catering arrangements, P.W.D. Rest House at Karunguzhi.Other facilities Regular bus services from Chennai, Tambaram and Chengalpattu
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