This town first rose into prominence due to the Pallavas and the Medieval Cholas. It was witness to a 7-year war between the British and the French in 1758. Prior to English control, it was called Koodalur, meaning confluence. This is the place where the Pennaiyar, Kedilam, Paravanar and Uppanaar rivers come together.
From ancient times it has been a seaport, and was under the influence of many foreign powers. The French established a settlement 10 miles up the coast at Pondicherry around 1674, and the British followed by a settlement in Fort St. David at Cuddalore in 1690.
This industrial city is closer to Puducherry that’s on the northern side, while Chidambaram is to its south. Lovely beaches, important temples, and proximity to popular destinations nearby, bring in a large number of tourists from different parts of India.
Lignite Mines at Neyveli
Neyveli is a township that’s 45 kms from Cuddalore. The town itself was established in 1956, after the formation of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation.
In 1935, the presence of black particles led to the discovery of lignite reserves. It has the largest opencast mines which supply around 30 million tonnes of lignite, to fuel to two Thermal Power Stations in Neyveli that have a capacity to produce 3640 MW of electricity. Almost the entire economy of this place is based on lignite mines and the power stations. Apart from fertiliser and coal, it is also known for ceramics, cashew, weaving, brick making and agriculture.
Silver – Beach Devanampattinam
It’s considered the second longest beach on the Coromandel Coast, and among the longest beach in Asia.
Also called Parangipettai, it became famous during the battle between the forces of the Mysore Maharaja and the British during the pre-independence war. It came under Portuguese rule, followed by the Dutch and the British. The remains of the Portuguese fort are located here.
Set on the banks of the Velar River, this is the birth place of Sri Raghavendra [called as Mantralaya Mahan], who was born as Venkatanatha in 1595. His parents were Thimanna Bhatta and Gopikamba. Silk weaving is a household activity everywhere in this town. Bhuvanagiri Silk Textiles have their own brand equity all over the world.
The Padaleswarar- Aunthuva Nayaki Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located within the city of Cuddalore.
Lord Vishnu is called as Devanatha Swami and Achuthan in this temple, and it is located on the banks of Gadilam River, at Thiruvanthipuram.
Hotel Name Phone Numbers
1.Arcot woodlands Hotel 230707,230717
- Hotel Durai 224546,224646
- Saravana Guest House 293777
- Hotel Suriyapriya 233178,233179
5.Blue Diamond Hotel 252668,252444
Banks – Money Changers:
Almost all Nationalised Bank Branches have Money Transaction Services and FOREX counters.
Road: Transport services from across the state
Rail: Meter gauge service connects to Chennai
Air: Chennai International Airport [190 kms]