Cuddalore Tourism

Cuddalore Tourism

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Cuddalore Info

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

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.

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Cuddalore Traveller Reviews

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Saranya Devanathan

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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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  • 7 Reviews
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"Good place"

  • 7/7
  • 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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  •  8 helpful votes
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  • 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
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"Good Place"

  • 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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