1 Mudaliar Kuppam Boat House

Mudaliar Kuppam Boat HouseMudaliarkuppam backwaters is a brakish water lagoon adjacent to the Bay of Bengal on the East Coast Road, a haven for wading birds and migratory ducks, coastal water mudflats, sand banks and salt pans. Flocks of flamingos can be spotted here throughout the year. Thousands of migratory ducks, terns and waderscan also be spotted during winter months. The resident birds seen here include little cormorant, spot-billed pelican, little grebe, common kingfisher, pied kingfisher, white-breasted kingfisher, little green orstriated heron, pond heron and red-wattled lapwing. Some of the winter migrants seen here are greater flamingo, Kentish plover, lesser sand plover, Pacific golden plover, grey plover, common sandpiper, curlew sandpiper, Eurasian curlew, osprey, little stint, Temminck’s stint, black-tailed godwit, common redshank, greenshank, common tern, little tern, whiskered tern, gull-billed tern, Caspian tern, brown-headed gull, Pallas’s gull, slender-billed gull, painted stork, openbill stork and grey heron. Thousands of Eurasian wigeon, northern pintail, and northern shoveller also use the backwaters. The additional tourist attraction is the boat house.

2 Alamparai Fort

Alamparai Fort Back WatersConstructed in the late 17th century during the Mughal era, the Alamparai Fort once had a 100-metre long dockyard stretching into the sea, from which zari cloth, salt, and ghee were exported. During 1735 AD it was ruled by Nawab Doste Ali Khan. In 1750, for the services rendered by the famous French commander Duplex to Subedar Muzarfarzang, the fort was given to the French. When French were defeated by the British, the fort was captured and destroyed in 1760 AD.

 

 

3 Alamparai Fort Back Waters

3 Alamparai Fort Back WatersOne will experience the beauty of nature while steering through the Backwaters of Alamparai fort. You can see sunrise as well as sunset from the same place. This apart, there are varieties of birds which can be sighted during boating in the backwaters and you can also get down from the boat to the backwaters where it is shallow and you can sight live clams, hermit crab of different species, if you are lucky enough you can also see some marine fishes which will be unforgettable.

 

 

 

4 Pondicherry

Pondicherry The history of the area goes back to the 1st century AD. The archaeological site of Arikamedu located near Puducherry has revealed many Roman artifacts, indicating a thriving trade between this once important port area and ancient Europe. In the years to come, many important dynasties ruled the region, including the Cholas, the mighty Vijayanagar Empire, and the sultanate of Bijapur. The French arrived in the 17th century and had to face stiff competition from the British and other European forces to keep Puducherry with them. They named this place Pondicherry, a variation of Puducherry, which meant ‘new settlement’ in Tamil. Places to visit include Aurobindo Ashramam, Auroville, Govt. Museum, Botanical Garden, Chunnambar, French Heritage, Bharathi Park and Pudhucherry beaches

5 Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram Mamallapuram is a historical retreat set amidst natural beauty. This ancient city is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. It covers an area of 8 square km situated at the sea level. It is an international historic and heritage center as it is the place where the art and architecture first originated. This ancient place was the major seaport of the Pallava dynasty and was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. Mamallapuram is globally known for the famous shore temples. It later became an architectural center owing to its beautiful coastal area studded with small hills ideal for the creation of cave temples, stone carvings, etc. The Pallavas created many marvelous monuments like the sculptural panels, caves, monolithic rathas and temples. These monuments carved out of solid rock, though ravaged by the sea and wind, still bear testimony to the magnificent heritage of Dravidian architecture. Besides the monuments, Mamallapuram is also known for the beautiful beaches. The famous dance festival is celebrated in the month of December every year. Important places to see: The Shore Temple, Beach, Five Rathas Tiger Cave Temple Sculpture Museum and Arjuna’s Penance.