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Vivekananda Rock Memorial – Kanyakumari

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#travelwithgdp Fact: After the groundwork of about nine years, Vivekananda Kendra was officially founded on 7 January 1972 (the 108th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda by the Hindu calendar). On that day, as the sun rose, a saffron flag with Om inscribed on it was unfurled on the Vivekananda Rock Memorial to celebrate the founding of […]

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The Thiruvalluvar Statue – Kanyakumari

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The stonework was divided amongst three workshops, in Kanyakumari, Ambasamudram and Sholinganallur. Ambasamudram contributed 5,000 tons of stones, while Sholinganallur was quarried for 2,000 tons of high-quality granite stones for the outer portion of the statue. While the largest of the 3,681 stones were 13-feet long and weighed over 15 tons, the majority […]

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Periyar Bus Stand – Madurai

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#travelwithgdp Fact: Madurai is popularly called Thoonga Nagaram meaning the city that never sleeps, on account of the active nightlife. The city attracts a large number of tourists from within the country and abroad. About 9,100,000 tourists visited Madurai in 2010, including 524,000 foreigners. Madurai is now attracting medical tourism also.

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Meenakshi Amman Temple – Madurai

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The most impressive and important of south India’s temples, Meenakshi temple in Madurai dates back as far as 3,500 years! Apparently, the city was built around the Shiva lingam that’s inside its sanctum. The temple complex covers 15 acres, and has 4,500 pillars and 12 towers which is massive!