While it may be a temptation to just chill out when visiting Manganallur, remember, the surrounding region's many scenic and cultural delights are never more than a day trip away. If your schedule allows it, head 18 miles (29 kilometers) to get to Kumbakonam. Here you can pay a visit to the Airavateshwara Temple and Swaminatha Temple.
About 65 miles (105 kilometers) to the north of Manganallur is Pondicherry, a regional city where you go see Pondicherry Museum, Pondicherry Lighthouse and Auroville. Pondicherry has plenty to offer visitors willing to linger. Raj Niwas, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Sacred Heart of Jesus are some of the other sights not to miss.
Tourists looking for quiet places to reflect upon life's great mysteries, will enjoy spending time in the area's temples. Discover some of the pieces of the region's rich cultural makeup at Tamil Nadu's wonderful palaces and history museums.
Have an experience you'll never forget while you are in the area. Discover your wild side and go paragliding!
Discover the culinary arts of Tamil Nadu by checking out the food that is eaten here. Lentils and spices are some of the prized ingredients. All-time favorite foods are masala dosa (thin crepe with dips) and sambar (lentil and vegetable stew), but there are many other fine dishes to sample. Shahi tukda (bread pudding) is a commonly enjoyed dessert in these parts.
Sadly, vacations can't last forever, so when it's time fly home, you'll find the nearest major airport in Tiruchirappalli, 65 miles (105 kilometers) away.