This was a family trip with Kids, with loads of Google we finalized on the hotel (Grand palace - will talk about this later) . We took Bangalore-salem-attur-veppur-vriddachalam-chidambaram route . The roads are amazing though from Attur to Chidambaram is a single lane road it was good and with less traffic, overall it was about 350+ KM and can be done in 5 to 6 Hours.
Once we landed in Chidambaram we checked in to Grand Palace, near the Railway station, this is a decent hotel for Chidambaram standards and food out here is surprisingly North Indian / Chinese which was decent tastes like (dhaba food in Bangalore) . The hotel has decent rooms and service is really good. We did not find any good restaurants or hotels around most of them where badly maintained or dirty to the core, so we thought of to skip and continue to enjoy food at our hotel.
Late in the evening we visited the Chidambaram temple, which is pretty old and has big history behind it. The temple is not maintained properly and you could see dirt all over. The deity / the architecture is very pleasing . The roads around the temple are usually busy for obvious reasons and you hardly find any place to park your four wheeler. Next day morning we wanted to hit some beach and we figured out a beach called " samiarpettai Beach" which is isolated beach with literally no crowd and nobody to bother you, had a gala time here the beach was surprisingly calmer , this was the one of the best part of the trip.