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Cholamandalam

Location 9 km from the capital city Chennai, on the way to Mahabalipuram
Significance The store house of art and sculpture of ancient India
Must Visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple
Best Time To Visit Throughout the year
Climate Humid weather. The temperature varies between 35°C to 20°C. Winters and Post Monsoon season is very pleasant.
Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple

A haven for artisans and art lovers alike, the cultural centre Cholamandalam, popularly known as the Cholamandalam Artist’s Village, is very popular for the artistic and cultural tradition. All these values and art forms used to be followed here for centuries. The descendants of those ancient artists are still known for retaining that art and traditions. They have now developed a number of centers for art and culture in the entire region.


Prime Attractions
Cholamandalam has become a famous common meeting place for the national as well as international artists– whether they are musicians, dancers, theatre and film artists or even writers. It has been a favourite place of filmmakers also. The town accommodates various sculptors and painters who live and work over here.

Apart from that, Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple is another attraction of the town. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was built by the Chola King Rajendra Cholan in the 11th century. This typical Chola style nine storeyed architectural wonder is adorned with captivating stone sculptures.


Shopping
The town does not have a huge market area, but tourists love to buy the marvellous pieces of cultural works like drawings, paintings, graphics and sculptures from the local artisans.

The place is located at a short distance from the emerald blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. Sparsely populated village 'Injambakkam' adds some more excitement to the excursion to Cholamandalam.


How To Reach
Cholamandalam is easily accessible from Mahabalipuram as well as Chennai. The capital Chennai is well connected to all the major cities by air, rail and good roads. Moreover, local buses and other transportation are operated frequently.

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