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Kanchipuram(66 kms) This temple town lies to the west of Mamallapuram. It was once the capital of the Pallava dynasty. The silk sarees produced here are renowned throughout the world.

Vedanthangal (55 kms)   The 30-hectare national sanctuary for migratory birds here is visited every year by thousands of birds, which come during the winter to breed. During certain years, more than a hundred thousand birds have been seen in this sanctuary. A large marshy area around the Vedanthangal Lake harbours nearly 100 species of migratory birds, some coming from as far as Siberia.

Cholamandal Artists Village (35 kms) This artists' cooperative has sprung up 20 km south of Chennai on the way to Mamallapuram in a sylvan location by the beach that facilitates the blossoming of creativity. It is far removed from the bustle of the everyday world. Several of South India’s eminent artists and sculptors live and work here, and exhibit and sell their creations at the gallery that is a part of the village.

Crocodile Bank (14 kms) About 5000 crocodiles representing many species and several kinds of other reptiles are reared here.

Dakishina Chithra (25 kms) Adjacent to MGM is the Dakshina Chithra complex run by the Madras Craft Foundation. Here you can see the reconstruction of traditional houses and other artefacts from rural Tamil Nadu and the other three south Indian states. Its aim is to provide visitors an insight into the lifestyle of the people the four states, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.