A place which is testimony to the architectural and engineering genius of the region and the pride of one of the greatest empires of India - Chola Empire, Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a place worth exploring. The magnificence of the Brihadishwara temple along with few others will enchant you and thrill you with its history and engineering.
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The best time to visit is from November till January as the weather is very pleasant for outdoor sightseeing, with very low humidity.
Air: Nearest airport is at Neyveli which is 43 km from Gangaikonda Cholapuram. And is well connected by buses and taxi.
Rail: Nearest rail head is the Kutralam Railway Junction which is 19 km from the village. One can hail an auto or cab from the railway station till the village.
Road: Gangaikonda Cholapuram lies on NH 227 from Chidambaram till Trichy and is well connected to other parts of the state by buses and roads.
Trichy which is 71 km from Gangaikonda Cholapuram is the best place to find a suitable accommodation. It is well connected to the village and also has hotels for all budget sizes.
Brihadishwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the only sight worth exploring in the small village.
Shop for hand-made local jewelry and the famous sarees and handlooms of Trichy at China Kadai Street in Trichy.
Being here you can experience the rich history of the Dravidian culture as well as the rural lifestyle of Tamil Nadu.
Makali Kinzaghu is a specialty of the city which is found only in the month of December. One can find a lot of restaurants serving authentic Tamil food in Trichy.
Banana Leaf and Vasanta Bhavan
Take a half day trip from Trichy to Gangaikonda Cholapuram. Do not miss the Brihadishwara Temple here.
Carry water bottle, packed lunch as not many shops and restaurants are available there. Also wear light clothes.
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