Cuddalore is a town in Cuddalore District in Tamil Nadu. Cuddalore is a beautiful town located along Bay of Bengal which is home to the famous Silver Beach.
Cuddalore is also known as Thiruppadhirippuliyur or Tiruppappuliyur colloquially. It is located 190 km south of Chennai and is well-connected by road, via ECR [East Coast Road], 3hrs 30 mins, or by Pass [Via Tindivanam, Pondy], 4hrs 30mins.
You can also reach Cuddalore by Train thru various part of the cities like Chennai, Madurai, Trichy etc., From Chennai it will take around 3.30 hrs to reach Cuddalore.
You can reach Cuddalore from Chennai by State buses or private transport. Takes about 4 hours via the ECR route. It will be time consuming if you take an bus through bypass.
There is a famous Shiva temple here. Sri Paataleeswarar is the presiding Deity with Brahannayaki Amman. This is an ancient and beautiful temple. Five kilometres from the main busstand is the town Thiruvahindrapuram where the famous Vaishnavite temple of Sri Devanathan is situated. Hayagrivar Sannadhi located in small Hillock nearby this temple is well-known. Thiruvahindrapuram is one of the famous 108 Vaishnavite temples in India. There is also a temple for Veera Anjaneyar very near the bus stand.
You can buy good variety of Clay dolls for Navarathri from nearby place Vandipalayam (about 2 km). Also, there is a town called Panruti, 21 km from here, which is famous for its Palaa Pazham (Jack fruit), Cashew nuts, and ground nuts. On the way from Cuddalore to Panruti you can find a place called Thiruvathigai where a famous Shiva temple is located. There is a famous farm in Palur near Panruti where you can get all kinds of plants. Agriculture research is also being carried out in Palur farm. Panruti dolls are also famous. This town is easily accessible by frequent local buses.
A good number of hotels and lodges are here. South Indian and North Indian food are available in these hotels.
There are good number of hotels available near Cuddalore Bus Stand and the Railway station. Cuddalore is one of the places where you can get the authentic South Indian food.
Be warned : All the hotels serve full meals only till 4 PM ! You can not get tiffin like Idli, dosai etc till after 4-30 PM
You can find soo many TASMAC in and around Cuddalore. Pondy is very near to Cuddalore.
You can find Nice Hotels in the Cuddalore to have sound sleep.
The entire visit may take about 10 - 12 hours and then you can leave for Pondicherry, now renamed as Puducherry, 18 km from here, of the erstwhile French territory; or to Chidambaram another town 50 km away famous for its Nataraja Temple.