You can go to the Valluvar Kottam and this famous poet saint looks alive in the huge statue dedicated to him at this place. In the Thirukurral, there are 133 chapters of immense significance. There is a big auditorium and has the accommodation capacity upto 4000 people. This is the wonderful memorial and has been made by the 3000 stone blocks. Thiruvallur was a great scholar and poet, the noted author of Thirukural. The experiences of the book are quite marvelous and it has provided to be the big insight for the men. Very famous people of India and the world are inspired by this book and indeed it is the masterpiece of literature.
A few words about Pichavaram first. This sleepy village about 250 KM from Chennai is home to the Second Largest Mangrove forest in the world and a magnificent bird century in its own. Very rare and fast diminishing, mangrove forests are jungles of mangrove trees like Avicennia and Rhizophara which remain rooted in water. A biosphere in itself, a mangrove forest is a delicate system; and though resilient to the forces of nature, has not been able to withstand the recent onslaught of the mankind. This makes Pichavaram very special, as apart from being a shelter to migratory birds of many kinds, it’s one of the last stands made by the mangroves in the world.
Mamallapuram, to the south of Chennai on the Tamil Nadu coast, is a marvellous town of temples carved out ofrock.
SHORE TEMPLE, 8TH century. It is one of the finest examples of Indian structural stone temples. The Nandis along the outer wall seem to greet and invite one into the sacred space within.
WHILE the early western Chalukyas ruled in present-day Karnataka, by the end of the 6th century A.D., the Pallava rulers from present-day Andhra Pradesh extended their control southwards over much of Tamil Nadu. They created the first large empire of South India. It is from the time of the rule of the Pallava king Mahendra, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 630, that numerous inscriptions have been found and Pallava history is documented.