Cuddalore Tourism

Cuddalore Tourism

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Cuddalore Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Cuddalore

Cuddalore is a fast growing industrial city located south of Pondicherry on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. The word Cuddalore literally means Sea Town in Tamil. Cuddalore is known for its picturesque beaches and its ancient Saiva and Vaishnava temples.

The Gedilam River flows through the town and separates the Old Town from Thirupadiripuliyur. Old Town was an ancient seaport and traded with the Roman Empire approximately 2000 years ago. Cuddalore was first conquered by the Dutch, followed by Portugal, France and later Britain. The British built Fort St David in Cuddalore near Devanampattinam. The city has some highly respected schools, founded by Europeans in the 17th century, which are perhaps the oldest surviving schools in India.

Though Cuddalore was heavily affected by the tidal waves of the 2004 tsunami, the city with its indomitable spirit has swung back into action. Cuddalore is connected to other parts of Tamil Nadu through a very good rail and road network.

Cuddalore is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Trichy and Chennai.

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Cuddalore Traveller Reviews

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Kushal tandon

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  • Kushal tandon
  • 2 Reviews
  •  51 readers

"Eerie quiet which soothes no one"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017
The overall experience about the place was questionable till the very end. We were so worried about living conditions around that we didn't even try to come out of the hotel room. Apart from the good local food that was served around the place, there is nothing too unique about the place. As far as the silver beach is concerned, it's good if its your first visit to a beach. If you have visited paradise beach or similar, silver beach will look like a waste of time.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A trip to coastal Cuddalore"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2016
I had been to Cuddalore by road in the month of December 2015. Cuddalore is a must-visit in the coastal hinterland of Tamil Nadu. The must-visit attractions in around Cuddalore include the Silver beach, Kali Temple, Nataraja temple and the pichavaram back-waters. The silver beach is located on the eastern side of Cuddalore and facilities such as horse-riding and boating can be availed of by tourists. The Kali temple is located 43 kilometers from Cuddalore in Chidambaram and was built by the Cholas. The Nataraja temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Pichavaram backwaters are set in the backdrop of approximately 14000 acres of forest and backwaters. One can spot a lot of flora and fauna in this majestic tourist place. Bird-watchers can view lot of magnificent birds like herons and pelicans. This tourism hot-spot of Tamil Nadu is accessible throughout the year from almost all major cities of South India.
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Saranya Devanathan

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  • Saranya Devanathan
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Havoc of tsunami can still be seen"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2013
The Silver beach is silver in spite of the dirt thrown all over. Such a beautiful beach is not maintained. The havoc of tsunami is seen all over and spoken by the locals still. Robert Clive's house withstood the tsunami - something to be proud about. The view of backwaters from Clive's house is nature at its best.
Police commissioner's office or house is in one of the historical buildings. Though it was morning with scorching sun, still about 15 people were enjoying it. Pattalieshwarar temple is ancient and worth visiting.
One new bridge seems to their pride. A long walk over it is relaxing.
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  • Arul
  • 7 Reviews
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"Good place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 13, 2013
Very much satisfied to visit Cuddalore and around places for sight seeing and worship the gods. As Cuddalore is my native places even though I am working at various place I used to visit all the nearby places when ever I visit Cuddalore and also the places nearby districts which were previously in Cuddalore district.
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Prakash B

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  • Prakash B
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  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 17, 2013
A wonderful place and it is unique, if you plan for a one day trip from Chennai, a best place to visit. The boat ride is awesome, be with nature and it is not very expensive.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is Saradha Ram Echo hotel, but not well maintained and I didn't eat there. Room cost 2400/- per day but not recommended for family to stay.

Activities & things to do: Only boat ride and there is nothing else to do.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The roads are good and best option is car, buses are available from Cuddalore.
From Chennai by car it will take 4 to 5 hours (220 Kms). Either you can return on the same day or stay at Pondy or Chidambaram.
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Sureshkumar C

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  • Sureshkumar C
  • Lives in Adra
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"Good Place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2012
Good, Temples especially the Perumal temple is like tirupathi, which has another sub temple for another avatar of perumal

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is not bad, but for shopping and other sight seeings we have to go to the nearest place (pondhicherry)

Activities & things to do: Travel to temple

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Temple and travel
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