1.National Fossil Park
The National Fossil Wood Park, Tiruvakkaraiis a notified National Geo-heritage Monument in the Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu approximately 20 km from Pondicherry. The 247 acre park contains petrified wood fossils approximately 20 million years old, scattered throughout the park.
2.Natraja Temple, Chidambaram
Nataraja Temple, dedicated to Nataraja – Shiva as the lord of dance – in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu is approximately 80 km away from Pondicherry. The temple was built in the 10th century by Chola rulers. The temple architecture symbolizes the connection between the art, spirituality, creativity and the divine.
The shore temple and other monuments at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu constructed in 7th- and 8th-century are a World Heritage Site. The monuments are located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, about 100 kilometres from Pondicherry. The monuments were built during the Pallava dynasty. The site has 400 ancient monuments and Tamil religious temples including one of the largest open-air rock reliefs in the world.
The Arunachalesvara Temple,one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to lord Shiva is located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu about 100 kilometres from Pondicherry. The temple was built during the Chola dynasty in the 9th century.