Cuddalore is one of the most prominent districts in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is situated on the eastern coastal side of Tamil Nadu. Cuddalore was an important sea port from the time of British and French arrival in India in the 16th century. The district has sandy beaches in the north and swampy mangrove forest in the south. It is the most notable fishing areas in Tamil Nadu and has a lot of tourist attractions including religious and historical sites.
The Nataraj Temple in Chidambaram is one of the oldest temple complexes in South India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple was built in typical South Indian style architecture in the 10th century. Pataleeswarar Temple in Cuddalore is another well-known Shiva shrine. There are many other significant temples in Cuddalore district. Pichavaram near Chidambaram is the second largest mangrove forest in the world. The backwaters offer abundant scope for water sports such as kayaking, rowing, and canoeing. Neyveli Power Plant which is well known for its lignite reserve areas is also visited by many. The massive complex of Annamalai University is also located in this district. Cuddalore is well connected by roads and railways with the state capital, Chennai.