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  • The Varaha Cave Temple in Tamil Nadu

    Varaha Cave Temple – Chidambara Vilas Located atop a hillside village close to the ancient city of Mahabalipuram is the exquisite Varaha Cave Temple. It is dedicated to one of the ten forms of Lord Vishnu and easily makes for being one of the finest examples of a rock-cut temple. In fact, it is the oldest standing monument in Mahabalipuram and believed to have been built around 630-668 AD. Carved from a low rock outcropping of granite of a mesmerizing pinkish hue, it is just a little higher than the temple itself.However, this ancient gem of South Indian architecture doesn’t see muc...

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  • The Famous Chettinad Mansions

    The Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu represents opulence, grand living and architectural splendour beyond dreams. This region is made up of 74 towns of well-planned formal grid streets, water supply and drainage systems, and homes designed to withstand the inherent hot summers, even as far back as the eighteenth century. The Nattukottai Chettiars of Chettinad were globe-trotting traders and bankers who thrived during the colonial era. They lived lives lavish beyond belief and spent most of their money in building huge grandiose mansions to show off their wealth. A Chettiar’s mansion was suppo...

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