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Famous Hop-Over Destinations : Cholamandal Artists' Village, MGR Film City
Mamallapuram/ Mahabalipuram, Crocodile Bank, Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary



Temple In Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu Cholamandal Artists' village
The Artists' village in Cholamandal, 10-km from Tiruvanmiyur is where some of the best artist of South India live and work together.

MGR Film City
Known to the world over for its film industry, MGR Film City is a special delight, which houses various locations and settings for film shootings besides dubbing and re-recording theatres.

Mamallapuram/ Mahabalipuram
Located at a distance of 58 km from Chennai, Mahabalipuram has everything that makes a site memorable; tradition, history, piety, western annals, and current importance as a centre of tourism.

Crocodile Bank
Located 42-m from Chennai is a farm where several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators are bred in captivity. This crocodile bank is on the way to Mahabalipuram and is run by Romulve Whittaker. About 5,000 species are kept in their natural surroundings in open pools. They can be viewed from a safe distance.

Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary
Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is located in Kanchipuram district, 85-km from Chennai. It is the oldest bird sanctuary in the country and has been in existence presumably for more than 200 years. Vedanthangal is a bird watchers paradise, especially during the winter season, when birds in a myriad of colours and kinds descend on the lake in hordes. A beautiful sight to behold indeed!

Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram is a small, rural town about 75-km from Chennai. With the Sankara Mutt acting as the hub of Hindu activities and the temples, Kanchipuram is one of the most highly visited pilgrimage spots in India, and can rightfully be called the "Religious Capital of South India".

Tirupati
84-km from Chennai at the extreme south of Andhra Pradesh is Tirupati, one of the most important pilgrimage centres of India. The temple of Lord Venkateshwara rests on a hill at Tirumala overlooking the little town of Tirupati. Lord Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity here.



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