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known as the Varanasi of the south, Rameswaram is a major pilgrimage center for both Shaivites and Vaishnavaites as it was here that Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu in the Indian epic the Ramayana) offered thanks to Siva. At the town's core is the Ramanathaswamy Temple, one of the most important temples in southern India.
This temple is the city's main attraction. This temple is nearly 2000 years old placed in the heart of the old town - a splendid example of Dravidian architecture. The present temple was designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak and subsequently built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak. There are four entrances to the temple with an area of six hectares. Each of its 12 towers has the height of 45 to 50 meters. The Potrama Raikulam or the Golden Lotus Tank is the place where the Tamil literacy society, called Sangam used to meet to decide the merits of the work presented to them. The temple museum has 985 richly carved pillars and each one surpasses the other in beauty.
Thanjavur was the ancient capital of the Chola kings whose origins, go back to the beginning of the Christian era. Power struggles between these groups were a constant feature of their early history, with one or other gaining the ascendancy at various times. The Cholas' turn for empire building came between 850 and 1270 AD and , at the height of their power. Probably the greatest chola emperors were Raja who was responsible for building the Brihadishwara Temple (Thanjavur main attraction) and his son Rajendra-I whose navy competed with the Arabs for controls of the Indian Ocean trade routes and who was responsible for bringing Srivijaya under Chola control.
Kanyakumari is the 'Land's End' of India. Here, the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea and, at Chaitrapurnima (the Tamil name for the full moon day that generally falls in April), it is possible to enjoy the unique experience of seeing the sun set and the moon rise over the ocean simultaneously. It's a popular day-trip for people staying at Kovalam Beach in Kerala. Kanyakumari is also a popular pilgrimage destination and of great spiritual significance to Hindus. it is dedicated to the goddess Devi Kanya, the Youthful Virgin, who is an incarnation of Devi, siva's wife. The pilgrims who come here from all over the country represent a good cross section of India.
Located at the southwestern tip of India, Trivandrum district is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and Tamil Nadu on the east. The wooded highlands on the Western Ghats in the eastern and northeastern borders give Trivandrum some of the most enchanting picnic spots. A long shoreline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage makes this district a much sought after tourist destination. Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala.
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