Chidambaram is located about 120 miles (193 kilometers) away from Chennai, a significant city in India.
While you are in Chidambaram, be sure to spend some time at the Sabhanayaka Nataraja Temple.
The area around Chidambaram is crisscrossed with cultural and natural attractions, from big-ticket tourist hotspots to hidden gems that lay slightly off the beaten path. If you're keen to explore more of the region, you'll find Neyveli, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the southeast, and Mayiladuthurai 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the north.
Approximately 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the north of Chidambaram is Pondicherry, a regional center where you can explore Botanical Gardens, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Government Place. Should you have the time, consider checking out Pondicherry Lighthouse, Auroville and Sacred Heart of Jesus before you head back to Chidambaram.
For an outdoor cultural activity that will interest the entire family, take the time to stop by the region's fascinating open-air markets. Spirituality is an integral part of every community's make-up, so why not visit Tamil Nadu's temples and other important religious sites.
Those with special interests will enjoy the region's city walking tours and wildlife spotting tours.
For those who plan on traveling by air, it's handy to remember that the nearest major airport is Tiruchirappalli International Airport, 80 miles (129 kilometers) to the southwest of Chidambaram.