Tamil Nadu -
The history of Tamil Nadu is very old and goes
back to thousands of years back. It is believed that the Dravidians of Tamil
country were once a part of the early Indus Valley settlers and moved south
after the advent of the Aryans around 1500 BC. However, the recorded history
of human civilization in Tamil Nadu goes back only to the 4th century BC.
The Sangam literature has several references to the social, economic and
cultural life of people in this part. The close proximity to the Sea put the
Tamil Country on the maritime map of the world even before the dawn of
Christian era. Over a period of time, the Tamils developed trade links with
ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Due to its geographical and strategic location, Tamilnadu remained a bone of
contention for political supremacy among different empires. Prior to the
Christian era, the Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas ruled the Tamil Country. The
domains of these three dynasties changed many times over the centuries.
Later, other dynasties like the Pallavas and the Chalukyas came into power.
All these dynasties remained engaged in political skirmishes to retain
supremacy over the land. The most remarkable aspect of these rulers was
their patronage to literature, architecture, art and crafts. Most of these
rulers gave their steady patronage to various arts that expedited the
expansion of the Dravidian culture. The rich tradition of literature, music
and dance, which were so ably supported by the Tamil rulers, continue to
flourish to this day.
Main Cities / Towns
Chennai, the capital city of
Tour of Chennai will prove fascinating for any visitor, for the capital of
Tamil Nadu is a vibrant metropolis. With beaches, historic monuments and
temples to snake parks, a choice of the finest hand-woven textiles in silk
and cotton, spicy south Indian cuisine, strong filter coffee, Chennai is a
historic city turning increasingly cosmopolitan.
Tourist attraction in Chennai,
Fort St George - Built by the British East India Company in 1653 this
fort houses St Mary's Church, the first British Church in Chennai and has a
museum with a collection of British and French historical artifacts. It is
currently used as the State Secretariat or seat of local government.
St Thomas Mount- One of Christ's disciples, St Thomas is believed to
have visited India between 52 and 72 AD. He is believed to have died in the
area called St Thomas Mount. The Portuguese built the Luz and Descanco
churches. There are several churches and a museum to be seen on St Thomas
Theosophical Society -
The serene setting of this institution in Adyar,
spread out over 100 green acres, makes it a popular spot for visitors. It is
also famous for the large Banyan tree in its grounds. This banyan is over
200 years old and its branches and aerial roots spread out over a large
Kalakshetra - Smt Rukmini Devi Arundale founded this cultural
institution of international repute in 1936 as a cultural academy for the
preservation of traditional values in Indian art, especially in the field of
dance and music. Performances of the classical arts can be seen here
throughout the year.
Guindy National Park and Snake Park - A unique institution, this
centre is renowned for the study and preservation of snakes and other
Parthasarthi Temple - Built in the 8th century B.C. by the Pallava
Dynasty and dedicated to Lord Krishna, this temple was renovated in the 16th
century by the Vijayanagara dynasty and continues to be in active use today.
Marina Beach -
Stretching over 13 kilometers this popular beach
is the second longest beach in Asia.
Chidambaram, a town with ancient temples and beautiful locales, is an
important tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. Chidambaram is a place which
must be visited as it has a lot to offer, ranging from its antiquity,
cultural richness, festival traditions, architectural and sculptural
splendor and love for music and dance, truly a perfect representation of the
rich Indian cultural heritage.
Tourist attraction in Chidambaram
The Nataraja Temple - The Nataraja
temple is located in the center of the town and covers an area of 40 acres.
It is one of the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu. The roof of the sanctum
sanctorum is covered with gold plates. The deity presiding in this temple is
represented by air, one of the five elements of the universe. It is also
known as Akasa Lingam. The Eastern tower has a height of 40.8 metres whereas
the Northern tower has a height of 42.4 meters. One of the special things
seen here are the 108 Bharatha Natyam Dance gestures on the Eastern tower as
well as on Western tower. Apart from these, the Sivakamiamman temple, the
Sivaganga tank, the thousand pillar hall are other important features of the
Vaitheeswaran Koil - The Vaitheeswaran Koil is famous for the Siva
temple dedicated to the healer of all diseases, Vidyanatheeswarar and his
consort Thaiyalnayaki. It is located around 24 kms away from Chidambaram. A
bath in the holy waters of the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex
is believed to be therapeutic.
Gangaikondas Cholapuram - about 50 kms. from Chidambaram,
Gangaikondas Cholapuram was established as a capital by Rajandra -1, a
mighty Chola King. He also built a temple of Lord Siva. This temple is
famous for its massiveness and richly carved sculptures. There's big Nandi
in front of the temple made of brick and mortar, a lion head well with a
flight of steps leading to the water level and gigantic Dwarapalakas are the
other highlights of this temple.
Pichavaram - Pichavaram is situated 16 kms. east of Chidambaram. It
is among the most eye-pleasing destinations with abundant and varied tourism
resources. Pichavaram also has backwaters which are interconnected by the
Vellar and Kollidam system. These backwaters offer an array of water sports
opportunities like - parasailing, rowing and canoing.
Kalvarayan Hills - The Kalvarayan hills are situated 150 kms. north
west of Chidambaram on the western side of Kallakurichi Taluk. It is
sprawled over an area of 600 sq. kms, located at a height that ranges from
315 mts. to 1190 mts. The climate at these hills is temperate, offering
absolute serenity. There are two waterfalls and a botanical garden here.
This area is the venue of a summer festival held every year in the month of
May. It is also ideal for trekking
Coimbatore district formed part of the Kongu country the history of which
dates back to the Sangam age. It is found that in early days the area was
inhabited by tribes, the most predominant among them being the Kosars who
are reported to have had their headquarters at Kosampathur which probably
later became the present Coimbatore. However, tribal predominance did not
last long as they were over-run by the Rashtra Kutas. From Rashtrakutas the
region fell into the hands of the Cholas who were in prominence at the time
of Raja Raja Chola. Coimbatore is snuggled near the Western Ghats and
bestowed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. One of the interesting
tourist spots of South India, Coimbatore is rich in flora and fauna.
Coimbatore's landscape is marked with glorious temples and is one of the
loved places by tourists.
Another important attraction here is the Perur Temple, situated about 6 km
from Coimbatore. It is one of the seven Kongu Sivalayams. The temple has
shrines to the presiding deity Patteeswarar and his consort Pachainayaki.
There are also some elegantly carved sculptures in the Kanagasabai hall. The
Marudhamalai Temple is well-known temple of this area, located on a hillock
about 12 km from Coimbatore Railway Station. This temple is dedicated to
Tourist attraction in Coimbatore
Perur Temple -
Built by Karikala Cholan, this temple is situated
7 kms. west of Coimbatore near River Noyyal. It is dedicated to Lord Siva.
The presiding deity of the temple is known as Patteeswarar and His Consort,
Pachai Nayaki. The exquisite sculptures in the hall, Kanagasabi, attract one
and all. It is also known as Mel Chidambaram.
Temple :- Dedicated to Lord Murugan,
the presiding deity is known as Dandayuthapani. This temple located on a
hillock is 12 Kms from Coimbatore Railway Station and Bus Stand.
Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
- Situated near Pollachi at a distance of around 90 km, the Annamalai
Wildlife Sanctuary forms an interesting excursion from Coimbatore. The
sanctuary, situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the Western Ghats, is
home to different kind of animals and birds like elephant, gaur, tiger,
panther, sloth bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel,
jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongo,
re-whiskered bulbul, black-headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, and green
pigeon. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Annamalai has a large number of
crocodiles. Annamalai also has many places of scenic beauty such as
Karainshola, Anaikunthi shola, grass hills, waterfalls, dams and reservoirs
Agricultural University - About 5 kms from the Coimbatore Railway
Station, this is the sixteenth Farm University in independent India. Though
it came into existence on June 1, 1971 its ancestry is much older than that
of the earliest started Agricultural University in the country. The nucleus
was an Agricultural Demonstration Farmstarted in 1868 in Saidapet, Madras,
which was later shifted to Coimbatore in 1907 and became one of the
internationally reputed Agricultural Colleges in course of time. It is this
Agricultural College that has been converted into the present Tamil Nadu
Thirumoorthy Temple - It is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills adjoining the
Thirumoorthy Dam. This is about 20 kms. from Udumalpet on the Highway from.
Palani to C.oimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Sri
Amallngeswarar temple and nearby there is a waterfalls. The Crocodile Farm
at Amaravathi Dam is just 25 kms. from here. This place is being developed
as a District Excursion Centre. Regular buses are available from Udumalpet.
- It is Asia's number one theme park based at the foothills of gigantic
Nilgiris. The Water park spread over 65 acres at Mettupalayam has a number
of thrilling water games and land games.
V O C Park - This children's park is named after the freedom fighter
V. O. Chidambaram. It encloses a mini Zoo, models of prehistoric dinosaurs,
Children' Train, Swings other play equipments making it an interesting and
engaging amusement park for the children.
Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam -
The project consists of a series of dams
interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing the Parambikulam,
Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, lying at
various elevations, for irrigation and power generation. The scheme is an
outstanding example of engineering skill. It is located in the Anamalai
- 7 km from Coimbatore, Perur Patteeswaraswamy temple is situated on the
shores of River Noyyal. It is one of the most popular temples of Coimbatore
and has huge statues. Its reference can be found in the poetic creations of
Arunagiri Nather and Kachiappa Munivar.
Khadi Gandhi Gallery - The Khadi Gandhi gallery was set up on 15th of
July 1970 and displays pictures of Gandhi right from his birth to his death.
It houses some of the rare photographs titled 'Journey through Harijan
Life', 'Family', 'Friends', 'Independence Struggle', 'Jail Life' and 'Peace
Forest College Museum
- One of the oldest of its kind in the country, the Forest College is
situated 3.5 km from the railway station of Coimbatore. The college museum
exhibits the fossils of plants and animals, the dead specimens of plants and
animals of rare variety and has a special advisory counter that offers
counseling regarding plant husbandry.
Bhawani Sagar Dam
- The lower Bhavani Dam is located on the Bhavani River just below
the confluence of River Moyar, at 16 kms West of Sathyamangalam and about 36
km North - East of Mettupalayam in Periyar District. It is an earthen dam,
constructed after India's independence. Alongside the dam there is a
well-maintained park with all amenities for children to play around and an
orchard that can be enjoyed.
Kotagiri is one of
the three popular hill stations, located in the Nilgiri Hills. It is just an
hour's drive from Udhagamandalam, popularly known as Ooty. Kotagiri is a
small hill resort located amid the lush tea estates. Kotagiri used to be the
summer resort of the British. If you want to spend your vacations from the
hustle and bustle of the crowded city life, Kotagiri is the perfect place
for you. The climate of Kotagiri is a temperate one and attracts a large
number of tourists every year.
Tourist attractions in Kotagiri
Kodanad View Point
- Kodanad viewpoint is located 18 Km away from
Kotagiri on the easternmost ridges of the Nilgiri Hills. On both sides of
the road you can have a great view of the distant plains, tea estates, dams
and the River Moyar.
-Elk fall is another popular attraction at Kodagiri.
Besides the waterfall, it is also known for the European house that was
built here during the colonial period. Though the house is in ruins but that
still makes a great sight. You can also have a close look into the lives of
the tribal people by exploring the Badaga settlement, on the road to the
Rangaswamy Pillar and Rock
- The Rangaswamy peak lies 20 km from
Kotagiri. This peak is sacred for Irulas (a tribe) that adds mysticism to
the natural beauty. Just nearby is the Rangaswamy rock, a challenge for the
rock-climbers. The Rangaswamy Rock rises abruptly on all sides to about 400
meters, which makes it impossible to climb.
- The Longwood shola is the source of pure water for
the people of Kotagiri area. Shola forests are a type of stunted evergreen
vegetation that is found in the Southern states of India. The Longwood Shola
forms an essential part of the delicate eco-system of the area. The micro
climatic conditions make Kotagiri one of the ideal climatic locations. You
can trek along on the picturesque trekking path, which goes through this
calm shola forest.
Kotagiri Hill Station-India
In the serene setting of the Nilgiri Hills and
just an hour's drive from Udhagamandalam, Kotagiri is a small resort set
among the lush tea estates. Retaining the essence of hill magic and charm,
the resort offers year round sylvan charm. Trips to Kodanad View Point, St.
Catharine Falls and Rangaswamy Pillar and Peak are worthwhile.Kotagiri is a
hiker's paradise, with endless trails and sufficient 'off beat ness'. It is
the third largest and the oldest hill station in the Nilgiri's. Like all
hill stations in India, this also has had strong presence of the British
Raj. The town is fast becoming commercial, with many banks and shopping
facilities coming up. It has a Kota temple in the middle of the town, even
though the Kota tribes have long moved out, giving it an exotic tribal feel.
Kotagiri has one of the best climates in the world. It is more temperate
than Ooty, attributed to its altitude of 1984 metres above sea level.
Kumbakonam – The Temple Town
is in Tanjore district & 40 Km away from Tanjore. It is one of the oldest
towns in Tamilnadu & is called as Temple Town. The city is famous for the
Mahamaham festival, which is celebrated once in 12 years in the Mahamaham
tank located in the heart of the town. The town is famous for brass vessels
especially lamps, Silks, Panchaloga (5 metals) idols & Betel leaves. Betel
leaves are cultivated more in Kumbakonam since it is also called as
Kumbakonam Vettrilai (in Tamil). Dozens of temples are scattered around the
town and this is a good base to visit the Chola temples nearby. The famous
Mathematician Ramanujam belongs to Kumbakonam. The town is bounded by two
rivers, the river Cauvery on the North & the river Arasalar on the South.
Tourist attraction in Kumbakonam
Aadhi Kumbeswarar Temple
– Adi Kumbeswarar temple is the major one among the Saivite temples and
located in the centre of Kumbakonam at Big Bazaar Street. Shri Adhi
Kumbeswarar (Shiva) is the presiding deity of Kumbakonam and
Manthrapeeteswari Mangalambika (Parvathi) is the lord's Consort. The temple
complex is huge and has beautiful artwork. A unique feature here is the
depiction of 27 stars and the 12 zodiac signs carved on a large block of
stone in the Navarathri Mandapam. The famous festival of Hindus Mahamaham is
associated with this temple.
Timings: 5.00 AM – 12.30 PM & 4 PM – 8.30 PM
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Nageswara Temple –
Nageswaran Temple is dedicated to
Shiva in the guise of Nagaraja, the
serpent king. Also known as "Koothandavar Kovil", it is located near the
Kumbakonam old bus stand. The design and orientation are structured in such
a way that it allows the sunrays inside the temple only during the Tamil
month of Chithirai. This is the site of an annual festival that celebrates
the worship of the Lingam by the Sun. Therefore it is also known as Soorya
Kottam or Keel Kottam. This is the town’s oldest temple.
Timings: 5.00 am – 12.00 pm & 4 pm – 8.30 pm
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Sarangapani Temple -
It is the largest Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam. The main deity of this temple
is Lord Sarangapani swamy (Lord Vishnu) with Lordess Komalavalli Thayar
(Lakshmi). The karuvarai (Inner sanctum) and Vimanam (roof) are made with 12
sculptured columns shaped like a chariot. This temple shrine is in the form
of a chariot, was the work of Cholas.
Timings: 5.00 AM – 12.30 PM & 4 PM – 8.30 PM
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Rama Swamy Temple –
The main deity of Ramaswamy temple is Rama, Sita, Lakshmana & Hanuman. This
temple consists of one Gopuram, one Maha Mandapam and Karuvarai. The
columns of Maha Mandapam are enriched with some of the famous stone carvings
of Vamana Avatar, Meenakshi Kalyanam, Sukreeva Pattabhishekam and Ramayana.
The wall paintings of outer Prahara explain the series of incidents from the
great epic ‘Ramayana’.
Timings: 5.00 AM – 12.30 PM & 4 PM – 8.30 PM
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Chakrapani Temple -
This temple is considered to be one of the most important Vishnu temples in
South India along with Srirangam and Tirupathi. According to legend, Surya
(The Sun) once competed with Vishnu to decide who is brighter. Vishnu
appeared in the form of Chakra and put down the pride of Surya. The main
deity of Chakkarapani temple is Sri Chakkarath Alwaar with Sri Vijayavalli
and Sri Sudharsanavalli. Like Lord Shiva, Lord Chakrapani has a third eye
in his forehead. The eastern and the western entrances of this temple are
known as ‘Thatchinaya Vayil’ and ‘Utharayana Vayil’ respectively. The outer
prakkaram of this temple is made in the form of a balcony.
Timings: 5.30 AM – 12.30 PM & 4 PM – 8.30 PM
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It is 35kms from Tanjore and 5 kms from Kumbakonam. It is also a silk
weaving centre. Airavatheeswarar Temple is a storehouse of art and
architecture. This temple was built by Raja Raja Chola II in the 12th
century A D. This temple is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Monument.
The Vimanam is 85 feet high. The front Mandapam is in the form of a huge
chariot drawn by horses. This temple has some exquisite stone carvings. The
stone panels which are in the front of the temple, when struck produce tones
of varying pitches.
Timings: 7AM – 12 Noon & 4 PM – 8 PM
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It is situated about 7 kms west of Kumbakonam. It is one among the six
abodes of Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga is named Swami Nathan because he taught
the Pranava Mantra – “OM” to his father Lord Shiva in this abode. One has to
climb 60 steps from the foothill to reach the temple and these 60 steps of
the temple refer to the 60 years in the Tamil Calendar.
Also, Swamimalai is famous for bronze casting in Tamilnadu.
Timings: 5 AM – 12 Noon & 4 PM – 8.30 PM
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Kumbeswara Temple - Kumbeswara is an important Saivite temple
situated in the central part of the Kumbakonam town. Shri Adhi Kumbeswara is
the presiding God with Manthrapeeteswari Mangalambika as his Consort. The
Kumbeswara temple complex is quite enormous and beautiful. The Mahamaham
festival, which takes place once every 12 years during the Tamil Month of
Masi (February-March), is the main festival. The Mahamaham festival attracts
lakhs of pilgrims from different parts of India.
Someswar Temple - Someswar Temple is located in the southern portion
of Sri Sarangapani temple. The architectural style of Someswar temple
resembles the Dravidian style of temple architecture of 13th century (Chola
Airavatesvara Temple - The Airavatesvara temple is situated at
Dharasuram, 4 km west of the Kumbakonam town. The Airavatesvara (Airavat
means white elephant) temple was constructed by Rajaraja Chola and is a
superb example of the Chola architecture. Stories from epics and Hindu
mythology are depicted all over the temple.
Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of
the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in
India, which mesmerizes any visitor. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks,
enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill
station. It Presents a Very Natural Eco-Environment, Which Provides You a
In 1845, Kodaikanal was started as hill station in the Palani hills at 7375
ft. The Palani Hills were first surveyed by British Lieutenant Ward in
1821.The first people lived in the hills were dolmen-boulders, who have left
here several visible artifacts. But dolmen sites have not been carbon dated.
In the Palani hills Tribes are of two kinds, the Paliyans and Pulaiyans.
Kukkal Caves, which in 20 kms. away from kodaikanal, show traces of Paliyan
occupation. Paliyans are tribes. Next to Paliyans, Pulaiyans were settled as
agriculturists at later stage. The survey report of 1821, reveals Pulaiyans
were the aborigines of the Palani Hills and followed Tamil Culture.
There is proof of settlement of prehistoric tribes at Kodaikanal by visible
artifacts such as dolmens homes of great stone slabs. After the primitive
tribes of Paliyans and Pulyans in 14th century, villagers of Palani foot
hills fled into Kodai Hills, to escape from the oppressive rule in the
plains and also from the invasion of Tippu Sultan.
Tourist attraction in Kodaikanal
Palani hills -
Tucked away among the Palani Hills in Tamilnadu, in South India, and
jealously guarded like a prized jewel by the dark forests, is Kodaikanal. In
fact, the name itself means ‘gift of the forest’ in Tamil. A more
appropriate and evocative name could not have been imagined for this quaint,
unspoilt little hill station, where the air is intoxicating, the scenery
breathtakingly beautiful, and a serenity seldom found in other hill
stations. Cradled in the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills, in the
Western Ghats, 120 km from Madurai, Kodaikanal is located 2133 m above sea
level.Tucked away among the Palani Hills in Tamilnadu, in South India, and
jealously guarded like a prized jewel by the dark forests, is Kodaikanal. In
fact, the name itself means ‘gift of the forest’ in Tamil.
- Driving into Kodaikanal from Palani is a dramatic experience, reminiscent
in parts of the drive up the Ghat road from Kallar to Ooty. It is a relief
to leave the hot, dusty plains behind and drive up into the cool hills. The
vegetation changes gradually from palm-fringed paddy fields to wild brush
with flaming blossoms to plantations interspersed with stately silver oaks.
The view of the Amaravathi Dam, a shimmering sapphire sheet of water is an
unforgettable sight. Driving higher, banana trees give way to tall
eucalyptus trees, and the whole countryside is dotted with wildflowers in
jeweled colors, magenta and purple predominating.
Kodai Club -
The Kodai Club gives the impression of stepping back into colonial India.
The lounge with its period fireplace, the piano, the Leigh Hunt prints, the
library stocked with books by Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Trollope, and the bar
with stuffed heads of bison, tigers, deer-horns, and a picture of the
Laughing Cavalier by Franz Hals, the restaurant with old English plates, a
glowing hearth-fire, and landscape prints, are all British legacies.
Cinnereras and primulus add to the English atmosphere, and again one is
struck by the predominance of the lilac-purple theme.
Berijam Lake located at a distance of 21-km from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is
one among the beautiful lakes of South India. Spread over an area of 24
hectares, the lake is star shaped and is known for its pure water.
- Head for Kodaikanal in the Palani Hills for small-time trekking.
You can take short treks and hikes to tourist spots close by as well to
local viewpoints. Overnight treks are also possible here where one can spend
a night at a local village.
The Golf Club
- The Golf Club is located 5-km from the Kodaikanal Lake. Boating
and Angling facilities are available at the Kodaikanal Lake. Picturesque
trek routes are available in and around Kodaikanal. For details, contact:
The Trek Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai
Dolphin’s Nose -
located about eight km from the lake, is a flat projecting rock
from where one can have a breathtaking view of the yawning chasm below.
The Perumal Peak
- The Perumal Peak about 11 km from Kodaikanal, is a trekker’s delight.
Climbers begin their ascent from the Neutral Saddle.
40 km from Kodaikanal, is
a favourite camping site for trekkers. Reportedly, descendants of the
Paliyans still live here.
Kalakad is also
known as Chozha kula vallipuram, chora karanyam etc., The temple was
constructed in many stages, by various Maharajas, during different periods
and the current shape was finished by Maharaja Veeramarthanda pandiyan, in
the 11th century.
of Kalakkad -
This Reserve is situated in the south Western
Ghats of India. It is bound by forests in west, north and south and by
villages in the east. The Western Ghats is among the 18 world biodiversity
hotspots. Agasthiarmalai (1681 mtrs) which falls within the core zone of the
Reserve is the 3rd highest peak in South India. Part of Agasthyamalai hills
in the core of the Reserve is considered one of the five centres of plant
diversity and endemism in India (IUCN). The topography is undulating.
This is the only
area of Western Ghats which has longest raining period of about 8 months,and
it is the only non-dipterocarp evergreen forest in the region.It is
floristically very different from other sites.
The rich forests of the Reserve form the catchment area for 14 rivers and
streams. Among them the Tambraparani, Ramanadi, Karayar, Servalar,
Manimuthar, Pachayar, Kodaiyar, Kadnar, Kallar form the back-bone of the
irrigation network and drinking water for people of Tirunelveli, Turicorin
and part of Kanyakumari district. Sever major dams - Karaiyar, Lower Dam,
Servalar, Manimuthar, Ramanadi, Kadnanadi and Kodaiyar - owe their existence
to these rivers.
Forests and Singampatty Ex-zamindari Forests of Tirunelveli District were
declared Tiger Sanctuary in 1962. The Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 came
into force in the state of Tamil Nadu in 1974. All the existing Sanctuaries
were deemed sanctuaries under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The entire
Kalakad Reserved Forests was notified sanctuary in 1976.
formed part of the Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, the
seventeenth Tiger Reserve in the country, created in 1988-89. Initially, it
comprised of two adjacent wildlife sanctuaries of Kalakad and Mundanthurai
in district of Tirunelveli to which parts of Veerapuli and Kilamalai Reserve
Forests (Approx. 77 sq. km.) of adjacent district Kanyakumari, were added in
April 1996. The area of the Reserve is 895 sq. km.
comprises of 665 sq. km. Reserved Forest. About 230 sq. km.of Singampatty
Ex-zamindari Forest is not yet declared as Reserve Forest under Section 16
of Tamil Nadu Forest Act 1882. The legal status of this forest is Reserve
Land under the Act.
Kanyakumari is located in the state of Tamil Nadu and it is the southernmost
point of the Indian peninsula. The enchanting natural beauty of this place
attracts hordes of tourists from far corners of India and the world at
large. The place is blessed with a pleasant climate and you will come across
several places of tourist interest that are located here. The tourist
attractions in Kanyakumari are chiefly of religious and historic importance.
The sea shore of Kanyakumari is well-known for exquisite sunset and sunrise.
Kanyakumari Temple also known as Kumari Amman is located on the shore and is
devoted to a manifestation of Parvati. The temple is located picturesquely
and commands breathtaking views of the surrounding natural beauty. You will
be amazed to find that the diamond nose ring of the deity can even be
witnessed from the sea. The Kanyakumari tourist attractions are must watch
for the tourists since they are instances of the age-old culture, heritage
and civilization of this place.
Tourist attraction in Kanyakumari
Kumari Amman Temple
- Kumari Amman Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati as Devi Kanya (the Virgin
Goddess) is an important shrine here.
Temple Of Goddess Bhagavathi - Goddess Bhagavathi Temple in
Kanyakumari is picturesquely located at the confluence of the three oceans -
the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Originally built by
Pandyas, it was expanded later by Nayaks. The image of the Goddess in the
sanctum looks serene and beneficent. The eastern gate of the temple facing
the Bay of Bengal is opened only five times a year.
Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial - The memorial was erected to
commemorate the evening of December 25, 1892, when Swami Vivekananda visited
Kanyakumari as a pilgrim and swam to the rock in the sea and spent the whole
night there in deep meditation. Only after that, he resolved to serve his
Motherland and spread the message of Vedanta.
Gandhi Mandapam - It enshrines the spot where the urn containing the
ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept for public view before immersing its
contents in the three seas. Built like an Oriyan temple, the uniqueness in
its construction lies in the fact that on October 2nd, Gandhiji's birthday,
the sun's rays fall on the place where his ashes were kept.
Alvar Tirunagari - One of the celebrated Vaishnav temples of
Kannyakumari, Alvar Tirunagari temple is one of the nine sung of by the
saint Namalvar. It is said that the saint attained enlightenment under a
tree enshrined here. It is dedicated to Lord Adinatha and the musical
instrument used in the temple festival here called Nadaswaram is made of
Vattakottai - 6 km from the city, Vattakottai is an 18th century fort
overlooking the sea. Those who would like to swim and bathe in the sea can
come here, as the sea here is calm and suitable for bathing.
- The Kanyakumari beach is a beautiful sight with multi-coloured sand. The
beach here does not really offer one the opportunity to sunbathe on soft
golden sands, or to frolic in the waves either. The seashore is rocky and
dangerous, and there is a manmade wall running along it. People are warned
to stay off the rocks, and when if someone ventures out of bounds, he or she
is quickly and severely reprimanded by a watchful policeman. There is a
lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view.
Wildlife in Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is a delightful place to visit. There
are several places to visit in Kanyakumari. There are also several other
facilities such as hotels, cuisine and dance that reel the tourists to
Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari is the southern most districts in Tamil Nadu. The
city is situated on the sea shore and is the last southern city in India.
The city is a great center for tourism. Kanyakumari wildlife is one of the
best aspects in Kanyakumari tourism.
As such there are no facilities to enjoy wildlife
in Kanyakumari one has to visit the sanctuaries that are located in the near
by district, Thirunelveli. Thirunelveli has the Kalakadu wildlife sanctuary
and the Mundanthurai wildlife sanctuary where Kanyakumari wildlife, India is
carried out. Kalakadu wildlife sanctuary is located in the Thirunelveli
district and stretches for an area of 223 square kilometers. The sanctuary
is 47 kilometers away from Thirunelveli.
It is situated along the Western Ghats foothills
and the nearby areas as well. Kanyakumari wildlife is carried on in this
sanctuary. This sanctuary is popular with botanists as well as
ornithologists as there are large varieties of flora and fauna. The
Kanyakumari wildlife India is carried on in this park with full earnest.
Along with the tourists from Kanyakumari, there are also the tourists from
Thirunelveli who come to visit the sanctuary.
Kanyakumari wildlife, India is recommended to be
visited between September and March. The flora from forests of evergreen to
tropical deciduous and thorn forests is strikingly beautiful. The sanctuary
has Fauna lion tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque, Sambar, Nilgiri Langur,
Common Langur, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Tahr, Flying Squirrel, Wild Dog, Panther
Kanyakumari wildlife has a range of birds and
reptiles. The Mundhanthurai Sanctuary is a sanctuary known for beautiful
landscapes, lush green Ghats and also for the opulent variety of wild
creatures. This is a place worth visiting.
Kanyakumari wildlife, India is one of the
attractions of any state. The evergreen forests as well as rainfall vary and
the Mundanthurai sanctuary is a haven for animal lovers.
Kanchipuram is a temple city, one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites
in India. It is situated about 70 kms from Chennai in the south Indian state
of Tamil Nadu. Famous for its temples and hand-woven silk sarees, it is a
popular tourist destination.
Kanchipuram famous as the 'City of a Thousand Temples' has its history
intertwined with the glorious reign of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the
Rayas of Vijayanagar.The city is also famous as an ancient center of Tamil
learning and culture. Kanchipuram was home to great luminaries like Appar,
Siruthonder, the great Buddhist bhikshu Bodhidharma and Sri Shankaracharya.
Shankaracharya or Adi Shankara established his Episcopal seat here called
Tourist attraction in Kanchipuram
Sri Ekambareswara Temple -
The deity Sri Ekambareswara here is in the form of 'Prithvi Lingam'.
According to a legend, Kailash Parvathy, Shiva's consort, playfully closed
his eyes bringing darkness to the entire world. Lord Shiva angrily cursed
her to become black like Kali. The goddess however did penance here and made
a lingam under a mango tree. The temple is spread over an area of 20 acres
and has a 58.5 m tall south gopuram.
Sri Kailasanatha Temple - The 8th century temple was made by
Rajasimha of the Pallava in red sandstone. Among the innumerable carvings,
the Urdhva Tandava dance of Siva and the laughing face of Parvati are
fabulous. The architecture of the temple looks like that of the Shore Temple
Sri Kamakshiamman Temple - One of the three Shakti peethas of India,
the patron deity of Kanchi is Goddess Kamakshi, having Saraswati, Lakshmi
and Parvati as her eyes. The sanctum sanctorum faces southeast in the centre
of Gayatri Mandapam, a delightful grove of Champaka trees.
Sri Ulagalandar Temple - This Vaishnava Temple of Chola period, it
features the idol of the main deity as 35 feet high and 24 feet wide, called
Trivikrama. This temple is said to be one of the 108 Divya Desam's of Lord
Sri Kacchapaeswarar Temple - In this temple, Lord Vishnu is shown
worshipping Lord Siva in the form of turtle (kurmemerali).
Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple- One of the 108 Divya desams, it is
said to be the site where Lord Rama is said to have performed the funeral
rites for Jatayu, the giant bird who sacrifices his life for him.
Jain Temples at Tirupparuthikkundram - The 9th century temples of the
Jain Tirthankaras contain several fresco paintings and a grand image of
Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple - Built around in 1915, this temple
gained its significance due to its location for Hindus on pilgrimage.
According to the Hindu scriptures, this temple is located in the city in the
rare 'Soma Skandha' Posture.
Mahabalipuram 60 km to the south of Chennai, Mahabalipuram (Mammalapuram) is
an important tourist place of Tamil Nadu and is most famous for its
spectacular monolithic structures. Some of the monuments in Mahabalipuram
have also been recognized by the UNESCO and are must see for the tourists on
their tour to Mahabalipuram. Besides, Mahabalipuram is quite popular for its
sun-kissed beaches that are idyllic retreats for cooling off or taking long
strolls in the evening. The tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram carry their
individual significance and reflect the historic charm of this place.
Tourist attraction in Mahabalipuram
charming temple located on the shore is the most famous among the tourist
attractions in Mahabalipuram. It is located between two Shiva temples and is
a visual delight recognized for its architectural masterpieces. You will
find the attractive sculptures of Nandi the bull while the figure of Vishnu
is present in the sanctum.
a marvelous temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple was built by the
Pallavas for safeguarding the sculptures from the waves of the ocean.
According to the sources, after this temple was built, the remaining
structure was preserved and was unharmed by the sea.
Pancha Pandava Rathas - These splendid structures dating back to the
7th century are located in the southern end of Mahabalipuram. These Rathas
(chariots) are five in number and carved out of a single rock. Out of these
rocks, gigantic stone animals have been carved out including an elephant.
Arjuna's Penance - It is a massive bas-relief replete with meticulous
carvings that include a family of elephants and monkeys. The carvings on the
bas-relief are the stories from the legends of India and the Panchatantra .
You will also encounter the Krishna Mandapa nearby, which is a bas-relief of
enthralling architectural brilliance.
Caves - The
caves in Mahabalipuram are among some of the most sought-after Mahabalipuram
tourist attractions. The Varaha cave is one such cave which is actually a
rock-cut mandapam (hall) and features two incarnations of Vishnu which are
Varaha (boar) and Vamana (dwarf). There is also a seventh century Dharmaraja
Cave and consists of three empty shrines. The other caves located here are
Mahisasurmardini Cave and Tiger cave.
Krishna's Butterball -
This is a huge natural rock perched on a hillside
and the precarious way in which it is balanced simply startles its
Madurai is located on the banks of river Vaigai. This ancient city is about
2600 years old. This city is referred to as the Athens of the East. This is
the place where the tradition of the Tamilians got its emergence and grew
popular. The Tamil literature flourished due to the kings, nobles and poets
who dwelled in this part of the ancient Tamilnadu. The three Tamil Sangams
evolved and flourished here. According to mythologies and history, this is
the oldest city of Tamil Nadu. Ramayana and Arthasasthra the great epics had
something to do with Madurai.
The rulers who ruled Madurai were none other than the great, brave,
knowledgeable Pandya kings. They were the old patrons of the Tamil language,
its art and great constructions. They ruled the place for a very long time.
After them, succeeded the Cholas, the Vijayanagar kings, and the Nayaks.
Madurai had trade links with Rome and Greece and was the major trade center
in the early periods. Great travelers and traders like Megasthenes, Pliny
and Ptolemy visited this glorious city. Even Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta also
visited this place.
Tourist attraction in Madurai
Madurai is an exquisite city which is most popular for its marvelous temples
that are magnificent examples of rich architecture and breathtaking
sculptural works. Madurai is located in Tamil Nadu and attracts numerous
tourists all the year round by its inescapable charm. There are many tourist
attractions in Madurai that are reminiscent of the rich culture and heritage
of this town during the ancient and medieval ages. Some of the important
Madurai tourist attractions and their descriptions are given in brief below.
Sree Meenakshi Temple - It is one of the most prominent among the
temples of Madurai. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva who was known here as
Sundareshvara and his wife Parvati or Meenakshi. This temple was built by
Kulasekara Pandya and the most impressive feature of this temple is the 12
gopurams. It also has soaring towers that stand on the granite bases and
have stucco figures of deities, mythical animals and monsters tinted in
Thirumalai Nayak Palace - It is a magnificent palace that was built
by King Thirumalai Nayak with valuable assistance of an Italian architect in
the year 1636. The palace had two parts known as Swargavilasa and
Rangavilasa. You will come across theatre, shrine, apartments, armory,
palanquin place, royal bandstand, quarters, pond and garden while taking a
stroll inside this imposing palace.
Gandhi Museum -
This is the most distinguished among the tourist
attractions in Madurai and is a living memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. This
museum houses photos, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, quotations, and
some articles that were used by him.
Mariamman Teppakulam - It is also among one of the many things to
watch in Madurai and is located at a distance of 5 km to the east of
Meenakshi temple. There is a tank having an idol of Vinayaka which is
located on a platform in the centre. It is also a venue of the temple's
annual Teppakulam float festival which is celebrated with huge zeal and
Thirupparankunram - Tirupparankundram is famous for the Pandyan
rock-cut shrines that date back to the 8th century that later came to be
known as the Nayaka Hindu temple. You will find a wide range of Hindu
deities carved on the walls on your visit to this temple. Located on the top
a hill, people believe that it is one of six abodes of Lord Subramanya.
Nagapattinam is 320 kilometers from Chennai, the
capital city of Tamilnadu. The city is extended along the long stretch of
coastline that runs along the Bay of Bengal for hundreds of Kilometers. Due
to its prominence in fisheries, Nagapattinam boasts off one of the most
thriving harbors in India. The city is also famous for its temples. The Shri
Kayahorana Swami Neelayathatchi Amman Temple and Sowriraja Perumal Temple
are some of the important temples that can be seen here. Apart from that,
there are other attractions in and around Nagapattinam. Some of them are as
Tourist attraction in Nagapattnam
Velankanni is a small town that is situated ashore Coromandel Coast 14
kilometers south of downtown Nagapattinam. Velankanni has a special place in
the pages of Christian history in India. The most holy church on the
Coromandel namely, The Arokiya Madha Church or the Velankanni Basilica is
located in this town. However, typical of the homogenous society in South
India, people of all religions offer their worship at this church. The
annual carnival that takes place in the month of August and September is a
very famous affair. Hordes of tourists flock Velankanni at that part of the
Koothanur - Located at a distance of 45 kilometers from downtown
Nagapattinam, Koothanur is associated with the life of the great Tamil poet
Ottakkoothar. The place is famous for the magnificent temple dedicated to
this poet. The temple complex has a separate temple for Goddess Saraswati,
the goddess of learning and arts.
Kodikkarai - Kodikkarai is situated just 68 kilometers from the
downtown Nagapattinam. The place has been developed as a backwater and bird
sanctuary. The quiet destination attracts a lot of honeymoon couples.
Mannarkudi - Mannarkudi situated at a distance of 56 kilometers from
Nagapattinam is famous for the Vaishnava shrine called Rajagopalaswamy
Nagore - Nagore is just 5 kilometers North of Nagapattinam. The place
is famous for a Muslim Sufi shrine that is frequented by the people of
various caste, creed and religion. The place considered a focal point of
secularism in peninsular India. The Kandhuri festival, similar to the Urs of
North India that is celebrated during the month of October is very popular
among the tourists.
Sikkal - Sikkal that is famous for Shri Singaravelan temple is
located 5 kilometers from Nagapattinam. This is an old Shiva Temple where
Lord Muruga is worshipped in the form of Singaravelan. Many Shivite saints
such as Appar, Thirugnana Sambandar and Manickavasagar have evoked the place
in their devotional songs. The place is also famous for a festival called
Soora Samharam that is celebrated in the month of April.
Thirukkuvalai - Thirukkuvalai or Tiruvarur lies at a distance of
around 27 Kilometers from the downtown Nagapattinam. This too is considered
one of the Saptha Vaidanga Thallams. Two of the most well known temples in
Tiruvarur are Thyagaraja Swamy and Angalamman temple.
Vedaranyam - Vedaranyam is situated just 58 Kilometers off to the
downtown Nagapattinam. The place is famous for the Vedaranyewarar temple
that is considered among the Saptha Vidanga Thallams. The place has a
historical importance as well. Vedaranyam was the center stage of Salt
Sathyagraha in South India, during the Indian freedom movement.
Pondicherry is a union teritory which lies within the state of Tamil
Nadu.The inherent ambience of Pondicherry becomes most evident in the oldest
part of the town which flanks the seashore boulevard.Quiet beaches and
peaceful resorts to the north and south balance the towns bustling, yet easy
going life. But Pondy hasn't only its own special attractions to offer.
Colonial buildings which trace back to the 18th century, line along a grid
of straight clean streets and house the French institutions, private homes
and businesses, and the sprawling premises of the famous Sri Aurobindo
Ashram. The visitor is greeted by mellow colours of cream, yellow, pink and
grey with flamboyant bougainvillae bursting over gates and compound walls of
It is a perfect base to explore the rich destinations around it, even in
daily trips: Auroville, the international City of Unity; the imposing Gingee
Fort, the holy temple towns of Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chidambaram,
the heritage sculptures and magnificent rock temples of Mamallapuram, and
the cool and lush hillstations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal.
Tourist attraction in Pondicherry
Plage Paradiso (Paradise Beach) -
At Chunnambar, 8 kms from the town, along Cuddalore Main Road, lies this
stretch of tropical paradise. Flanked h a quiet-flowing creek on one side.
In fact, you can sail downstream to the sands and pitch up a cozy seaside
tent for yourself. Overnighting within the tree-houses on the backwater
banks provides a relishing experience of the great outdoors.
Aurobindo Ashram -
The main building comprises the houses of Shri
Aurobindo and The Mother (Mirra Alfassa, a French woman who accepted
Aurobindo as her spiritual mentor and guide and later became his most
important disciple). In the courtyard are the samadhis of Aurobindo and The
Mother where their mortal remains have been enshrined. Visitors are allowed
to visit the samadhi between 8am and 6pm everyday. The other places of
interest in the Ashram complex are the International Education Centre, guest
houses, libraries and the cottage industries.
Karaikal Beach -
Sunrise-watchers can catch their magnificent view over the bay, with the
pretty Arasalar river reaching out to the sea. Alternatively, you can canoe
or kayak in picture-book surroundings. Have a round of beach volley ball.
Or, armed with the angling gear, you can reel in a surprise.
- The Government Park is the centre of old colonial part of the town and
provides a cool and lush green anchor around which most government buildings
are situated: the Lt. Governor's Palace, the Legislative Assembly,
Government Hospital, but also the Ashram Dining Room in a beautiful Villa,
the Cercle de Pondichery, which is a private club, and old Hotel Qualité.
Jimper - This
is one of the foremost medical institutions in the country. JIPMER, which is
Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research, was
established 20 years ago and is one of the most prestigious institutions of
its kind in the country.
Botanical Gardens -
Just off West Boulevard, the gardens planned by C.S. Perrotet in 1826, have
a good collection of exotic flowering plants from India and abroad. There is
also an aquarium here which has some rare species of ornamental fish.
Pondocherry Museum -
Opened in 1984, this museum has on display some fine antiques apart from
sections devoted to archaeology, geology, sculpture, handicrafts, objects of
art, printing and armaments. Among the exhibits on display are the bed used
by Dupleix, a palanquin and a pousse-pousse which resembles a rickshaw.
Auroville (10kms) -
This city of dawn was designed by the French architect Roger Arger and was
started as an experimental commune where people of all nationalities
irrespective of caste, creed or religion would live together in harmony.
About 550 people from different countries live in the 40 settlements of
Auroville. It is advisable to hire bicycles to look around as the village is
too large to wander through on foot. Surrounded by lakes and gardens, the
sphere shaped Matri Information Centre at Promesse the first stop is Here, a
25 hectare farm and orchard where organic agriculture has been practised
- Situated on Dumas street, this internationally acclaimed institute was
established by the renowned French Indologist Dr. J. Fillozet in 1995. The
institute has separate sections on science, technology, ecology,
cartography, pedagogy, Indian languages and culture. The Romain Rolland
Library has a collection of over 60,000 books, some of which are rare French
volumes. The institute conducts research in arts and sciences and is perhaps
the only permanent link with France in Pondicherry.
Chunnambar Water Sports Centre - Facilities for boating are available at the Boat House on the
River Chunnambar, 8 kms from Pondicherry. The backwater and the lush
greenery on both sides of Chunnambar provide an ideal setting. Boats are
available on hire on all days of the week.
Palani Hills are of great religious importance for Hindus. The major
attraction of the hills is a temple, dedicated to Lord Subramanya. The
temple is situated on top of a hill, reached by a flight of 659 steps. It is
one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga and devotees from across the country
visit the place in huge numbers. There is an interesting legend about how
the place came to be called as Palani. The story revolves around Narada
Muni, a sage who visited the court of Lord Shiva and Parvati.
He brought a golden mango, known as Jnanapalam, along with him and gave the
miraculous fruit to them. Lord Shiva announced that whoever amongst Lord
Murugan and Lord Vinayakar completes a round of the earth first, will get
the fruit. Lord Murugan immediately took for the journey on his peacock
whereas Lord Vinayakar denoted his parents as the world and took a round
around them. This is how Lord Vinayakar got the fruit. Murugan felt cheated,
left his home and became a recluse.
He traveled to Palani Hills in anger, and then Lord Shiva called him as
Pazham Nee i.e. the fruit itself. This is how the place came to be known as
Palani. The deity of Lord Subramanya Temple is in the form of a sage,
standing with a stick in his hand and is called Dandayudhapani. The statue
was made by Muni Bhoga, by mixing Nine Poisons called Navapashanam in a
specific proportion. The idol thus contains miraculous powers.
Tourist attraction in Palani
Dhandayuthapani Temple -
most visited shrines
in Tamilnadu. It is built on a hillock and is accessed by a flight of steps
or an electic winch. This shrine dedicated to Dhandayuthapani or Murugan is
referred to in ancient Sangam literature. Contributions to this temple have
been made by the Cheras, Pandyas and the Naik Kings. The Tiruvavinankudi
temple at the foot of the hill is also considered to be a part of this
Amman Temple -
Popularly called 'Town Temple', 'Űr-k-kovil' and 'Űr-Ambalam', this large
and spacious temple is in the heart of Palani town, two kilometres from
Adivaram. Built four centuries ago by the Nâyaks and enlarged by chieftains
of Palani, Ayakudi and Neikkarappatti, it has Goddess Periyanâyaki as the
presiding deity; there are sanctums for Muttukumâraswâmi, Subramanyar,
Kailâsanâthar and Nâtarajar. In the Muttukumâra Swâmi shrine, within the
iron railings are a series of festival deities, the last of which Uchi
Mahâkâli is an amazing piece of art.
Palani Nagarathar Sangam
- Nagarathar was started during 1982 and the sangam is conducting monthly
Karthigai Prayers at Palani Anna Dhaana Madam. We are also continuously
conducting and celebrating Pillayaar nonbu, Arudra Dharsanam, One day
Mariamman Temple festivel, Tamil New Year & Thirukkaarthikai Prayers.
Ramayana is also being read at Palani Iraakkala Madam for 10 days. Various
important functions connected with Raamayana is celebrated during this
Thaipoosam festivel is an
important festivel for our nagarthar community and also to the whole of
Palani. Our Sangam is conducting a two day cultural, religious and literary
annual thaipoosam programme. This programme is being continuously conducted
for the past 25 years successfully.
The beautiful port
town of Poompuhar is located in Sirkali Taluk of Nagapattinam District in
the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Situated in the estuary of the river
Kaveri, this ancient town once flourished as a major center of power of the
Chola dynasty. The historical significance of Poompuhar, coupled with the
inherent charm of the town, has made Poompuhar a favored destination among
tourists visiting Tamil Nadu. Include a Tour to Poompuhar in your Tamil Nadu
itinerary and appreciate the rich history of the land dating back to times
immemorial. the greatness of Poompuhar has been mentioned and cited on
temple inscriptions and in ancient literature, especially in the Sangam
epics ‘Silappathikaram’ and ‘Manimekalai’.
exclusive tours to Poompuhar - the city is also known by names like
Pumpuhar, Kaveripumpattinam or Kaveripattinam.
For a tour to
Poompuhar, visitors will have to land at Mayiladuthurai railway junction and
thereafter, head for Poompuhar by road. Travelers from Chennai by train need
to alight at Sirkali.
Tourist Attractions around Poompuhar
Silappathikara Art Gallery –
A must-visit destination on your tour to
Poompuhar, this art gallery is a seven-tiered building containing exquisite
sculptures on its walls, depicting scenes from ‘Sillappathikaram’ - the Epic
of the land.
Thiruppallavaneeswaram Temple –
It is an ancient temple famous as the birth place
of Iyarppakai Nayanar and Pattinatthar. It is believed that even the hero
and heroine of Sillappathikaram - Kovalan and Kannagi - were born here.
A land well-known for its rich religious heritage,
Nagapattinam is an important religious destination, acclaimed as one of the
most prominent among ancient Tamil Nadu kingdoms. This unique pilgrim center
features the confluence of the three major religions of India – Hinduism,
Islam and Christianity.
Shani Temple at Thirunallar –
It is famous as the only temple in India to offer
prayers to Saturn (the 'Shani Dev'). People suffering from ailments or under
adverse Saturn conditions (Shani Dasha), visit the temple to appease Shani
– the Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu
is the head quarters of Tanjore district. It is famous for Brahadeeswarar
Temple. It is known as Granary of South India, lying in the deltatic region
of the famous river Cauvery. Tanjore is an important centre for South Indian
art and architecture. Most of the living Chola temples and UNESCO world
heritage monument are located in and around Tanjore. Tanjore is also the
home of the Tanjore painting, a unique style of this region. Tanjore was at
height of its glory during King Raja Raja Chola.
Tourist attraction in Tanjore
– it is also called as “Big Temple”, which was built by King Raja Raja
Chola. It is an architect’s marvel & it is one of the UNESCO world heritage
sites. The main shrine of this temple is Lord Brahadeeswarar (Shiva). The
shivalinga of Brahadeeswara is probably the grandest in existence. Big
Temple stands tall with its beaming tower. It's one of the architectural
wonders of the world. The Massive Nandhi measures 25 tons weight. This is
the second biggest Nandhi in India. It will take 1 hour to visit this
Time: 5.30 am – 12.30 pm & 3.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Entrance fee: No
Video Camera & Still Camera: No Fees
Palace – it
is 1 Km from the temple & it was built by Nayakas around 1550 AD and partly
by Marathas. The total area of the palace is around 10 acres.
The palace has huge corridors, spacious halls, observational and arsenal
towers and shady courtyards. Now inside the palace, King Saroboji Saraswathi
Mahal Library, Art Gallery and Sangeetha Mahal are situated.
Saraswathi Mahal Library
- The Saraswathi Mahal Library was started between the intervals of 1535 AD
and 1673 for the Royals of Nayakas and the library was expanded by the
Maratha kings between 1673 AD and 1855. Specifically during the kingdom
of Saroboji II, thousands of books were got placed. And the library has
collections of rare and illustrated manuscripts in Indian and European
languages. The palm leaf manuscripts go beyond 20,000 in number. The rare
Sanskrit books in the library were collected by the Mannar Saroboji from
various places of the western side of India and hence the name Saroboji.
Time: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Entrance fee: No
Video Camera & Still Camera: Not Allowed
Holidays: Every Wednesday, 2nd Saturday of every month & National
Art Gallery –
the art gallery occupies the Nayak Durbar Hall. It
has a collection of Bronze statues and stone statues of Cholas ranging from
the12th to 15th centuries.
Time: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm & 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Entrance fee: Rs 30 for foreigners & Rs 7/- for Indians
Video Camera & Still Camera: Rs 30/-
Holidays: Government Holidays
Maratha Durbar Hall -
The splendid Maratha Durbar Hall, built by Shahji
II in 1684 has elaborately decorated pillars, walls and ceilings. The Durbar
Hall now houses the Rajaraja Museum and Art Gallery with an impressive
collection of bronze and stone idols dating from 7th to 20th centuries
Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Entrance fee: Rs 50 for foreigners & Rs 10/- for Indians
Still Camera: Rs 30/-
Video Camera: Rs 100/-
Holidays: Government Holidays
- It is a beautiful park. It is located to the North of the Big Temple. It
has a good collection of beautiful flowers, birds and animals.
Tamil University -
established in 1981. The university is engaged in advanced study and
research in Tamil. It has a collection of coins and musical instruments.
Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM
Holidays – Sundays & all National Holidays
Punnai Nallur Mariamman
Punnainallur is on the way of Needamangalam route, at about 5kms on the
eastern direction of Tanjore. The main deity in this temple is Mariamman.
Timings: 6 AM – 8.30 PM
No Entrance fee
The Palace - The Palace of Tanjore stands near the Brihadeswara
temple. The Palace is a huge building that has been built through many
decades. Nayaks initiated the foundation and primary work of construction
around 1550 AD. The Marathas later completed the building during the reign
Royal Museum - Like various other tourist attractions in Thanjavur,
The Royal Museum too is located in the Thanjavur Palace complex only. The
museum is one of its kinds in peninsular India as it houses mixed
collections of manuscripts, weapons, utensils, musical instruments and
clothing that were used by the Royal Family of Thanjavur.
Schwartz Church - Schwartz Church is a living example of religious
tolerance of Cholas. Rajah Serfoji built the Church that stands in the
Thanjavur Palace garden in the year 1779 AD in token of his affection for
the C. V. Schwartz who belonged to the Danish Mission. The architecture is a
welcome break from the Chola temple architecture that dominates the city of
Sharja Madi - Sharja Madi is the Royal balcony in the Thanjavur
Palace. Located in the eastern part of the palace complex, Sharja Madi
offers a panoramic view of Thanjavur city to the visitors. The balcony has
been decorated with wooden carvings and sculptures that are unique in
Day Excursions from Tanjore
Tanjore – Velankanni (Vailankanni)– Tanjore
Velankanni is a small town, located on the shores of Bay of Bengal.
Velankanni is famous for Roman Catholic church, dedicated to “ Our Lady of
Good Health”. It is 100 Km from Tanjore & will take 2 ˝ hours drive.
Time: 5.30 am – 8.30 pm
Entrance fee – No
Holidays – No
Camera & Video Camera –
Tanjore – Tranquebar – Tanjore
Tranquebar is 110 Km from Tanjore. Tranquebar is also known as Tarangampadi,
which means ‘Place of the singing waves’. Tranquebar is a panchayat town in
Nagapattinam district. It is about 100 km south of Pondicherry near the
mouth of a distributory of River Cauvery. It was a Danish colony in India
from 1620 – 1845.
Tranquebar Beach -
Tranquebar beach is a sea side village, where the
Danish merchants settled for trade. A beautiful Governor’s palace is on the
right of the beach, which tells us the past. It is an ideal shore for Sun
and tans our skin.
Fort - A Danish navy officer built this fort in 1620 A.D. It
is called as Dansborg Fort. It is still standing like a rock. It is just
100m away from the sea shore. The fort consists of two levels. The Rooms
adjoining the Rampart wall at the lower level were used as godown, prison as
well as rest area for the soldiers. The upper level was used for the
residence of the Governor and the Priests. The monument is declared
historically important under the Monuments and Archaeological Sites and
Remains Act of 1966.
Timings: 10 AM – 2 PM & 3 PM – 6 PM
Entrance: Indians – Rs.5/- & Foreigners – Rs.50/-
Video : Rs.100/-
Holidays: Fridays & Government Holidays
Gangaikondacholapuram – Tanjore
75 Km from Tanjore & 35 Km from Kumbakonam. The city was founded by
Rajendra Chola to commemorate his victorious march to the Ganges. The name
means – The Town of the Chola who captured Ganges. The temple which is
found here is a replica of Brihadeeswara Temple in Tanjore. It was built by
Rajendra Chola son of Raja Raja Chola The Shiva Lingam in the temple is the
biggest in South India. The inner sanctum always remains temperature
controlled. It remains cool during summer and warm during winter. There
are 42 Chola style sculptures on the roof as well as in the walls. The best
time to visit this place is winter. It is in between Chidambaram and
TRICHY – TIRUCHIRAPALLI
Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) – the Rock City
is situated on the banks of River Cauvery. It is the fourth largest city in
Tamilnadu. Trichy is an ancient city, famous for its beauty of architectural
monuments and culture. Trichy has a fine blend of tradition and modernity
built around the Rock Fort. It is also famous for artificial diamonds,
cigars, handloom clothes, glass bangles, wooden and clay toys. Trichy
itself is an industrial town, where a number of industries flourish. Some of
them are BHEL, OFT, HAPP and Golden Rock Railway Work Shop along with its
Places to visit:
Rock Fort Temple –
The most famous landmark of Trichy is the Rock
Fort temple which is 83m tall, perched on a huge rocky out crop. The temple
complex is composed of two parts – a Shiva temple (Thayumanaswamy) carved in
the middle of the rock and a Ganesh temple at the top portion of the rock.
The Ganesh temple is much smaller with an access through steep steps carved
on the rock and provides a stunning view of Trichy, Srirangam and the rivers
Kaveri and Kollidam. The Rock fort Hillock is said to be 230 crore years
old. Due to its ancient and impressive architecture created by the Pallavas,
the temple is maintained by the Archaeological department of India. It will
take 1 - 2 hours to visit this place.
Timings: 6 AM – 8 PM
Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple -
It is an important pilgrimage centre and an
exclusive Vaishnavite landmark. Srirangam looks like an island surrounded by
river Cauvery and Kollidam on its either side. It is situated at a distance
of 7 km from Trichy. This temple’s fame stands for its Rajagopuram, which is
the highest tower in south India. The Rajagopuram could be well seen even
from miles apart. It will take 1 to 2 hours to visit this temple.
Timings: 6 AM – 1 PM & 2 PM – 9 PM
Camera: Rs 50
Video: Rs 100
View Point – Rs 10 (until 6.00pm only)
Timings: 8AM–1PM & 2 PM– 6PM
Entry Fee: Re.2.00
Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswarar & Akilandeswari
Temple - An important place of worship
for Saivites, located at a distance of 3 km from Trichy and close to
Srirangam. Presiding deities are Lord Jambukeshwara (Shiva) and Lordess
Akilandeswari (Parvathi). Lord Shiva is seen in the form of Lingam and he is
partially submerged in water. It is one of the five elements called “Appu”
(Water). It will take 1 hour to visit this temple
Timings: 5 AM – 1 PM & 3 PM – 8.30 PM
Amma Mandapam -
Amma Mandapam Ghat is located at Srirangam
Situated on the banks of the Cauvery River, the site is having great
importance as ceremonies and rituals take place here. Thousands of pilgrims
come here to purify themselves before offering Puja at the Ranganathasamy
Time to visit: 7.00 am to 11.00 am
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple -
This temple is situated at a distance 17 km from
Trichy. The deity here is called “Samayapuram Mariamman”. This Goddess is
believed to be the sister of Lord Vishnu. An important place amongst the
places of residence of Goddess Sakthi who is the wife of Lord Shiva.
Timings: 5.30 AM – 9.30 PM
Video: Not allowed
Camera: Not allowed
Vayalur Subramaniaswamy Temple
- This temple lies 14 kms away from Trichy. It is
one of the famous temples of Lord Murugan. During all Shastis (6th day of
the New / Full Moon day), Karthigai, Panguni Uthiram, Thai Poosam, first day
of the English and Tamil New Year, thousands of devotees visit this temple.
Timings : 6 AM – 1 PM & 3.30 PM – 9 PM
(On Kiruthigai, temple is opened throughout the
Entrance : Rs.5
Video : Rs.300/-
Camera : Rs.200/-
Ayyappan Temple -
This temple is a peaceful place for worship. There
is no caste creed or race bars in this Temple. The high degree of discipline
is propagated here. Infact, the temple is famous for its neat maintenance
and planned activities. A large meditation hall is seen here. Also, many
boards and Hoardings with excellent messages to life are seen here. It is
located just 2 kms from the Central Bus Stand, near the District Court.
There is a strict dress code being followed here (Dhoti, trousers in full,
shirt, Saree, Chudidhar are only allowed)
Time: 5.00 am – 10.30 am and 5 pm – 8.30 pm
Camera & Video camera – strictly not allowed
Lady Lourdes Church –
It is located in the heart of the city, just
opposite the Rock Fort. The Church’s 200 ft tall spire is visible from a
radius of 8 kms around it. Church of our Lady of Lourdes is the replica of
the Basilica of Lourdes, the World famous place of pilgrimage in southern
Time: 5.30 am – 7.30 pm
Mukkombu (Upper Anaicut)
– it is 18 Km from Trichy & is situated at the head of Srirangam island. It
is an ideal picnic spot where the river Kollidam or Coleroon branches off
from the Cauvery.
Time: 6 am – 6 pm
Entrance – Rs. 4 Per Person
Camera – Rs 3/-
Video Camera – Rs 30/-
Kallanai (Grand Anaicut) -
It is 15 Km from Trichy. It is an ancient dam, built by King Karikala Chola
across the river Cauvery during 2nd Century B.C. it is considered
one of the oldest water – diversion or water – regulator structures in the
world & still it is in use. The purpose of the dam was to divert the waters
of the Kaveri across the fertile Delta region for irrigation via canals.
Excursions from Trichy
Trichy – Tanjore – Trichy
Tanjore is 65 Km away from Trichy. It is the rice bowl of Tamilnadu. It is
famous for Brahadeeswarar temple (called Tanjore Big Temple). The temple was
constructed more than thousand years ago by the King Rajarajan, an
architect's marvel. It is a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture and
painting. Also, here we can see Museum, Palace & an Art gallery.
Trichy – Naarthamalai - Sittanavasal – Trichy
Naarthamalai is 25 Km from Trichy. It has some oldest structural stone
temples built by Mutharaiyars. This temple has six large skillfully carved
statues of Vishnu in the central hall. It is surrounded by seven or eight
hills with ancient caves containing Jaina Architectural remnants. A 9th
century Pallava cave temple dedicated to Siva lies to the South.
Sittanavasal – It is 58 Km from Trichy. It is famous for its ancient
monuments and Jain caves with intricate wall paintings. It is a cluster of
rock caves, called the Ajanta of South.
Both the places lie between Trichy and Pudukottai.
Rock Cut Jain Temple - Sittanavasal
Time: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
Entrance fee: Rs 5 for an Indian & Rs 100 for a foreigner
Natural Cavern with stone beds, Eladipattam (Sittanavasal)
Time: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
Entrance fee: Rs 5 for an Indian & Rs 100 for a foreigner
Trichy – Chettinad – Trichy
Chettinad is the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars ( Nagarathar), a
prosperous banking and business community, many of whose members migrated to
South and Southeast Asia, particularly Ceyol and Burma , in the 19th and
early 20th centuries. Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies.
Chettinad is rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture, and is well
known for its houses used with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards,
spacious rooms, and for its 18th century mansions.
Thiruvannamalai is a small town near the Arunachala hill. The Siva temple on
the Arunachala hill is called the Tejo Lingam and is very famous.
The Arunachala hill was supposed to have been formed when Siva took the form
of a Jyoti to stop a quarrel between Vishnu and Brahma. On their request,
Siva took a concrete form and Arunachala hill was the result of this. The
color of the hill is copper red. Parvati was supposed to have come to
Arunachala hill with a linga, following a penance. She was under a penance
as instructed by her husband. It was in the course of the penance that
Parvati took the form of Durga to kill Mahishasura. As Mahishasura was a
devotee of Siva, Parvati was asked by sage Gautama to strike a sword on the
hill by way of atonement. When Parvati struck the sword a teertham was
formed immediately called the Khadga Teertham. A lot of pilgrims come to
Tourist attraction in Tiruvannamalai
Gingee Fort -
Gingee fort is a very famous landmark for pilgrims visiting Lord
Arunachalaeswar temple at Tiruvannamalai. This fort is believed to be built
during the Chola dynasty some where in the 13th century A.D. Gingee fort
occupies an extent of 3 square kilometer area. It is regarded as a rare
architectural marvel created by Chola kings. Gingee fort can be reached from
Tiruvannamalai by road by traveling 37 kilometres due east.
Sathanur Dam -
this magnificent Sathanur dam was built in the year 1958. It is located near
the Chennakeshava hills in Chengam district. One can reach from Lord
Arunachaleswar temple by road which takes about half an hour drive by car.
Sathanur dam is built across the Pennaiyar river that originates at the
Chennakesava hills. A large area of agriculture lands are benefited through
water stored in this dam. Roughly it irrigates around 8000 hectares of
lands. The total storage capacity of this dam is 7321 million cubic feet
when the water stands at the full level of 119 feet.
Melmalayanur is the abode for Angalaparameswari. This place can reached by
road fromTiruvannamalai. Pilgrims coming to Arunachalaeswar temple travel to
this famous Melmalayanur temple to receive the blessings of
Angalaparameswari. Every new moon day this temple is thronged by thousands
of devotees to seek Parameswari’s good wishes.
Tiruttani constitutes one
of the 6-padai veedu shrines of Skanda (Lord Subramanya), and it represents
the site where Subramanya stayed after destroying the demon Surapadman.
Tiruttani is said to be the place where the Lord Subramanya married Valli -
one of his two consorts. This sacred place is on the Chennai-Mumbai route,
13 kilometers from Arkonam and 84 kilometers from Chennai. The beautiful
temple of Lord Muruga at Tiruttani crowns a single rock 700 feet above sea
level. It is situated amidst a range of hills with a dramatic panoramic
view. The hill temple (the hill is called Tanikai hill) here is reached by a
motorable road, and is also accessed through a flight of 365 steps. It has 4
Prakarams and a series of towers. There is a shrine to Aabat Sahaaya
Vinayakar who is said to have come to the aid of Skanda in winning Valli's
hand in marriage. The processional image of Skanda is housed in a Rudraksha
Vimanam with his consorts. The "Shadkona Padakkam" or the hexagonal
medallion adorning the image of Skanda is decorated with green stones and is
of great beauty. Also of significance here is a golden Vilva garland.
Tourist attraction in Tiruttani
Saravana Poikai -
The sacred tanks of the shrines of
the Lord are all known as "Saravanapoikai" (sacred pond of the reedy marsh
where Lord Kartikeya was born). The tank at Tiruttani, which (unlike in
other places) is at the very foot of the hill, is particularly renowned for
its sacred water (Teertham) having curative effect for ailments both bodily
and mental, as it is rich in minerals such as sulfur, iron, etc. A bath in
this holy tank refreshes the devotee and makes him hale and healthy.
At the lovely garden on the south
side of this sacred hill amidst a thick cluster of shady trees and seven
cool sprints, the Seven Rishis (who today form the Great Bear stellar
constellation) are said to have worshipped Lord Muruga (Lord Subramanya) and
the Sapta Kannikas (Seven Virgins) enshrined at this place in a tiny temple.
On the outskirts of the Tiruttani town, on both sides of the Nandi River,
are the ancient temples of Lord Vijayaragama Swami,
History Of The
The origins of this temple are buried in
antiquity. Nakkeerar has mentioned Tiruttani in the Sangam period work
Tirumurugaatruppadai composed. The Vijayanagar rulers and local chieftains
and Zamindars have patronized it.
With The Temple - Legend has it that Subramanya married
Valli who hailed from the Vallimalai hills nearby. The same legend is
associated with Velimalai in Kanyakumari district. Legend also has it that
Indra the king of the Gods gave his daughter Deivayanai in marriage to
Skanda, and along with her presented his elephant Airavatam as part of his
dowry offering. Upon Airavatam's departure Indra found his wealth waning.
Subramanya is said to have offered to return the white elephant, however
Indra bound by protocol refused to accept a gift that he had made, and
insisted that the elephant face his direction, hence the image of the
elephant in this temple also faces the east. Another legend has it that
Indra presented a sandal stone as a part of his daughter's dowry.
of Tiruttani -
Of Lord Murugan's six padai
veedus, Tiruttani ranks prominent as the crown jewel of the Lord. As its
very name indicates, when we propitiate the Lord in this holy shrine, He
blesses us with mental peace and bodily happiness. His righteous indignation
towards the Asuras for their cruelty is said to have been quelled and cooled
at this place and is therefore known as "Shantipuri" (Abode of Peace). As
the prayers and desires of the devotees who worship Lord Subramanya on this
hill with faith and intense devotion are fulfilled in no time, this hill is
also called "Chanikasalam".
of Tiruttani -
Apart from the puranic greatness of Tiruttani,
Saint Arunagirinathar, the illustrious devotee of Lord Muruga who lived 600
years ago, praised this hill as the chosen place for worship by devas and
the favorite abode of saints performing prolonged tapas (austerities). He
also compared this hill to Shivaloka (Bhuloka) and as the very soul of the
world. Saint Ramalinga Swamigal (Arutprakasa Vallalar), who lived 150 years
ago, was invited to come here by the Lord, Who appeared before the saint in
the mirror of his puja room at Chennai after which the sour-stirring arutpa
songs flowed from his lips in chaste Tamil like a torrential stream.
Tirunelveli is one of the most visited tourist destination in Tamilnadu. The
place boasts off some of the well-preserved temples built by Pandayas
rulers. The place also has some of the natural wonders in its surroundings
that attract domestic as well as foreign tourists. Following are some of the
most favored and most visited tourist attractions in Tirunelveli: -
Tourist attraction in Tirunelveli
Sankaran Koil - Sankaran Koli is situated 56 kilometers North of
Tirunelveli. The place is famous for the Chariot Festival in Adithabasu
Vizha that is celebrated in the month of July. Lacs of people flock to this
place on this occasion.
Kutrallam - Kutrallam, which is popularly called the "Spa of the
south", is situated at an elevation of about 170 m high, on the Western
Ghats. This is not only a tourist spot but also a health resort. The
waterfall has medicinal properties to cure physical ailments.
Papanasam - Papanasam is located 60 kilometers from Tirunelveli. The
famous Shiva temple is located at the bottom of Western Ghats that is very
near to the origin of the River Tambraparani. The place is also famous for
the Chitrai Vishu festival that is celebrated in the month of April when
lacks of people congregate here.
Thiruchendur - The shore temple here is one of the six abodes of Lord
Subramanya and the only one of them to be built on an unalleviated stretch
of land. Thiruchendur is believed to be the place where Subramanya offered
prayers for his victory. The Skandasashti festival is celebrated in November
every year that is attended my scores of devotees.
Manappad -Manappad is famous for a 400-year old Holy Cross Church
that contains some of the fragments of the True Cross from Jerusalem. It is
one of the few churches in India that is associated with St. Francis Xavier.
Thuthukudi - Thuthukudi is one of the major ports in the India.
Thuthukudi was at one time known for its pearls and was one of the most
prosperous cities on the coast. It is still a major pearl fishing center in
India though the city has lost much of its splendors.
Agasthiyar Temple and fall - This temple adjoining the falls named
Agasthiyar falls is one of the most visited tourist spot in the city. The
place can be reached through a 3-hour trek.
Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary - This sanctuary is very popular with
botanists and ornithologists as it has a great variety of fauna and bird
life. Among the animals that roam here are tiger, panther, jackal and wild
dogs while reptile population includes cobra, python and several other
Kunthakulam Bird Sanctury - It is situated 33 kilometers south of
Thirunelveli. Kunthakulam is actually a small and natural scenic village.
This village is covered with natural forest and ponds. During winter every
year more than 10 thousand birds from various countries like Pakistan,
Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Australia migrate here.
Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary
- Although this sanctuary is a Project Tiger Reserve you are likely to sight
other animals like the leopard, sambhar, sloth bear and the chital apart
from a wide variety of Indian primates including the bonnet macaque, common
langur, Nilgiri langur and lion-tailed macaque.
Bharathar Ovari - Bharathar Ovari is a Roman Catholic Center where
one can visit an ancient church. The annual carnival is celebrated for ten
days in the middle of January when lacks of pilgrims congregate here.
Nagercoil is the capital of Kanyakumari. Until 1956, it was a part of
Kerala, but now it is included to Tamil Nadu. Nagercoil is famous for
Nagaraja Temple and the name of the city is derived from this Temple , which
was once (1000 years back) a Jain temple. Nagaraja Temple is the centre of
tourist attraction in Nagercoil.
St.Xavour's Church is the popular Roman Catholic Church built by St.Xaviour.
Nagercoil is 12 kms away from Kanyakumari, which is the southern most part
of India . In earlier days, Nagercoil and its surroundings were known as
Nagercoil has a pleasant climate for most part of the year. Nagercoil is
benefited by both the north-east monsoon and the south-west monsoon t is a
district administrative center, with industries in motor repair, rubber
goods, and rice- and cotton-milling. It is an important Christian center in
the primarily Hindu country of India.
Tourist attraction in Nagercoil
Temple is the Hindu Sivate temple situated in the Noth-East corner of the
Vadiveeswaram Circle, Nagercoil, TN, India. The pimary deties are Sivan and
Parvathi (azhagamman). The term Azhagamman means Beautiful Godess. This
caused the name of the sorrounding circle as Vadiveeswaram, meaning
Beautiful-God's Place. The temple is situated in a peaceful environment with
lot of Hindu God Avatars contained in it.
Sri Nagarajar Temple –
Nagercoil Presiding deity : Nagarajar also known as Nagaramman Installation
: Under the water Reputation : Swayambu - exists of its own Sanctum :
Sanctorum Palm leaf roof Holy tree :Odavalli Holy spring : Boat festival
tank Special : shrine Durga Place : Nagercoil District : Kanyakumari Prayer:
Devotees throng the temple for remedy from skin problems and go round the
trees around which Snake idols (Nagar) are placed. The effect of Naga dosha
is fully eliminated. The devotee gets child.
Prayer commitments: People bring and place Nagas made in silver, pour milk,
bathe the Nagars with water mixed with turmeric powder. Offer eggs, salt and
pepper. Speciality: Though the temple is big in size, sanctum sanctorum is
constructed with roof made of palm leaves. No Vimanam in the temple. When
the roof is renewed each year, a snake visits the place. The floor of the
sanctum sanctorum is always wet as the presiding deity is installed on a
base surrounded by water.
Ooty is a land where green mountains and azure sky
roll down to embrace quivering beds of crimson roses below. Known as
Udagamandalam, Ooty is a popular hill station in Tamil Nadu and one of the
best places in India, where travelers can recline in nature’s lap. Tucked
away amidst the towering Nilgiri Mountains, the hill resort, with its
veritable pleasures, beckons many tired urban tourists every year. Sparkling
brooks, meandering waterfalls, green-cloaked valleys, mysterious gorges,
colonial mansions and acres of tea plantations are a few enchantment traps
laid by Ooty on its travelers. With the help of this article, explore some
of the major tourist attractions of Ooty.
Tourist attraction in Ooty
- Set up in 1847, by the Marquis of Tweedale, the Botanical Garden of Ooty
is a repository of a wide variety of rare trees, shrubs and flowers.
Sprawled across an area of 55 acres, it is framed by luxuriant lawns,
crowned with varicolored flowering bushes and plants. The cork tree,
monkey-puzzle tree, fossilized tree and the Italian-style garden are some of
its most prominent highlights.
- John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty, formed this artificial lake in 1824.
Today, the place forms a major attraction of Ooty with its host of
recreational pleasures. The sparkling lake extends for a length of 2 km and
snakes its way in an 'L' shape. Boats, in varying shapes, are available for
waddling around the lake. There is also a children amusement park, with a
miniature toy train, inside its premises.
- With a height of 2623 m, Dodabetta Peak claims distinction for being the
highest lookout point in the hill station. One can soak in the entire
landscape of green valleys below from here. The peak derives its name from
the two Kannada words ‘Dodda’ and ‘Betta’, literally translating to ‘Big
Mountain’. Girdled by rhododendrons and flowering sub-elphine shrubs, the
place is very popular amongst Ooty travelers.
- Located at a distance of about 1 km from Ooty Lake, Deer Park is a
frequented tourist spot of Ooty. It is probably one of the few high-altitude
wildlife sanctuaries in India. Sprawled across an area of 22 acres, the
place is home to a wide variety of animal species, including hare, chital
and sambar. There is also a good collection of aquatic birds in the park
Centenary Rose Park
- The Centenary Rose Park stretches for an area of 4 hectares and is located
in the main town of Ooty. Established in 1995, the garden is a treat to the
senses, with its rose terraces, rose tunnels, marquees and rose creepers. In
fact, with more than 3,000 varieties, it holds the largest collection of
roses in the entire country. Popular species include Hybrid Tea Roses,
Floribunda and Ramblers.
St Stephens Church
- Consecrated on November 5, 1830, St Stephens Church is one of the oldest
churches in the Nilgiri ranges. The colonial structure rests amidst the
green hills and poses a majestic stance. The interior of the church is
equally striking, with stained-glass painting adorning the eastern side as
well as the area behind the chancel. Moreover, the area above the paneled
doorways of the western wall displays a large painting of the Last Supper.
- Another tourist hot spot of Ooty is the Government Museum located on the
Mysore road. Established in 1989, it houses a large collection of tribal
objects, ecological details of Ooty and various arts and artifacts of Tamil
Nadu. Its exhibits go a long way in presenting vivid details of the lives of
Todas of Tamil Nadu.
Rameshwaram is a city belonging to the state of Tamil Nadu. It is an island
city situated at the Gulf of Mannar at the end tip of the Indian peninsula.
It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of India. Here, Lord Rama
built a bridge with the help of his devotee apes to regain his consort Sita
from the grip of Ravana. Rameshwaram is a big pilgrimage center for the
Hindus as both the devotees of Rama and Lord Shiva comes here for worship.
Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva in this place to cleanse his sin of killing
Ravana. It is also known as the Varanasi of the south.
The history of Rameshwaram draws back to the golden age of the epic
Ramayana. It is mainly based on mythology. Lord Shiva thanked Lord Rama for
killing the demon Ravana at the battle of Sri Lanka here in this holy place
of Rameshwaram. Based on this belief, all the devotees of Rama and the
devotees of Shiva are attracted towards this holy eventful place of
Rameshwaram. The kingdom of Ravana is 24 km away. Rameshwaram is very
significant in the story of Ramayana as it was full of events of Rama in his
process to conquer Sri Lanka. It is in fact the most devoted place of
Tourist attraction in Rameshwaram
The Temple of Sri Ramanatha
- A pilgrimage centre and enshrining one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India, it
is said that Lord Rama worshipped Shiva here on his way back from Lanka. The
island of Rameshwaram, where it is situated is connected to the mainland by
a bridge. A pilgrimage to Rameshwaram is one of the important injunctions of
the Hindus and a pilgrimage to Kashi is not considered complete without a
pilgrimage to Rameshwaram.
Temple Of Sri Kodandarama - About 8 km from the temple is the
beautiful temple of Sri Kodandarama where, tradition says, Vibishana was
crowned king of Lanka when he joined Sri Rama.
Sethu - 5-km south of the Ramanatha temple is Sethu, said to be the
bridge built by Sri Rama and his army to cross over to Lanka. There is a
celebrated temple of Sri Anjaneya here. It is said that in Devipatnam or
Navapashanam, there are nine stones visible in the sea, visible at low tide.
It is believed that these stones represent 'Navgrahas' (nine planets) and
were set up by Sri Rama.
Rameshwaram is a sea swept sacred island of great tourist potential. A
hotspot pilgrim destination, Rameshwaram is nestled in the Gulf of Munnar at
the very tip of Indian peninsula. Some of the most visited sites in the
Kothandaraswamy Temple & Dhanushkodi - Another popular tourist
attraction, this temple is believed to be at the site where Vibishana,
brother of Sita's abductor Ravana, surrendered to Rama. About 12 kms from
the town, this temple is the sole structure to survive after the severe
cyclone of 1964.
Adam's Bridge - Adam's Bridge is a long fragmented passage through
the Indian Ocean that almost connects the India to Sri Lanka. Legends have
it that Rama built up the bridge in quest to raid Lanka in order to retrieve
his consort Sita. However, the Adam's bridge consists of the chain of reefs,
sandbanks and islets.
Gandhamadana Parvatam - About a mile and a half west of the
Ramanathaswamy Temple, Gandhamadana Parvatam offers a panoramic view of the
countryside. It has stepped mandapam or hall and also treasures a footprint
that is believed to be of Lord Rama.
Dhanushkodi beach is quite popular among tourists. Its closeness to town
makes it quite visited spot. The serene beach with shallow water here are
ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
Salem town is 6 kms from Salem junction. The name "Salem" is enchanting
perhaps because of the association of Jerusalem with that Apostle of Love,
Jesus Christ. The name derived from the word "Sailam" - meaning an area
surrounded by mountains. It is rich in mineral wealth. Salem is known for
it's gold, silver and steel products. Salem is called The Steel City of the
South. The river Manimutheru flows through the city. To the East is the old
city consisting of shops and establishments.
Tourist attraction in Salem
The various places of interest are, Shree Sukbaneshwar or Lord Shiva temple,
Mariyamman Temple, Ramkrishna Math, Juma Masjid of Tipu, London Missionary
Society, a fort in dilapitated condition and Salem Steel Plant. The Indian
Institute of Handloom Technology is located here. The Government Museum at
Omalur contains valuable collections of terracottas and sculptures.
Mettur Dam -
One of the largest of its kind in the world, it was completed in 1934. The
total length of the dam is 1700 m. The quantity of water stored is 93,500
million cubic ft, and the height of the dam above the riverbed is 176 ft.
The dam provides irrigation facilities to Salem, Trichy and Thanjavur
districts for 2,71,000 acres. The Mettur Hydro Electrical project is also
quite large. A thermal plant is also coming up. The dam, the park, the major
hydroelectric stations and hills on all sides make Mettur a good tourist's
- 9 kms from Salem is this particular spot, the likeness of a deer with 2
horns, seen from the plains to the east. The mysterious vision disappears
when you get nearer. Hence the name.
Belur - On
the banks of the Vasistanadhi is located Belur with a ruined Siva temple.
The roofing of the portico is a good specimen of the square within a square
- Salem is home to several Mariamman temples. Mariamman, which is a Hindu
goddess, an incarnation of Shakti, is celebrated with great religious fervor
every year around July in the form of Mariamman festival for a fortnight.
During this period you could witness devotees walking on fire chanting their
prayers. This is the best time to visit Salem City. The festival is
celebrated at temples, at Fort, Shevapet, Ammapet, Gugai, Andheripati etc.,
Shevapet Mariamman temple car is the biggest one among the cars of Amman
temples across the state.
Kandashramam - Situated at 10 kms from Salem city Kandashramam is
small hill temple dedicated to Lord Muruga.
Sitthar Koil - Salem is also home to the heritage temple of Sitthar
Koil, which is located about 10 km from the city. It is a Shiva Temple based
on the foot hills of Kanja Malai.
- 24kms from Salem, this town is famous
for the Kailashnatha Temple. The rotating lotus flowers made of stone,
statues of Rathi-Manmatha, Vali-Sugriva and the Yali with rotating stone
ball in its mouth are some of the beautiful sculptures.
- This is the second hill station in
the district at an altitude of 1190 mts. the Arappateeswarar temple on
Chathuragiri Hills is quite famous. This place is at a distance of 48 kms
and 100 kms from Namakkal and Salem respectively and can be reached by bus.
The Agasakangai waterfall is unique scenery.
- It is one of the 7 'Sirasthalams' in Kongunadu.
The presiding deity is 'Arthanarishwarar' half male and half female form
i.e. Siva and Sakti and is worshipped as one. This type of worship at the
sanctum is the unique feature in Tiruchengode.
50 kms south of Salem is the town of Namakkal famous for its Vishnu temple,
the fort and the massive Hanuman. The town lies at the foot of the rock, 200
mts. high and ˝ mile in circumference. There is a fort on the rock. There
are 2 rock cut cave temples dedicated to Narasimhaswamy and Ranganathaswamy.
The huge Hanuman statue is carved out of a single stone.
Yercaud in the Shevaroy range of Salem district is a quiet and lovely hill
station with a pleasant cool climate and attracts tourists throughout the
- It is on the way to Servaroyan temple
and is an important tourist spot.
The Servaroyan Temple
- It is on
the top of the hill of the same name. The annual festival in the month of
May is a colorful event in which hundreds of tribal people take part.
Yercaud and the entire Shevaroy Hills are known for thriving coffee
plantations, pears, oranges and bananas. The nearest airport is Trichy. It
is also connected by buses to various places. Nearest railhead is Salem.
Vedanthangal is a locality out of chennai and is
towards south of chennai. birds are lured by the waters and the plantation
around. The temperature at that time suits the birds and hence they reach
the place. Vedanthangal, a few kilometers (around 30 Kms) from Chennai is a
spectacular water bird sanctuary that is being taken care of the local
people for several years. This bird sanctuary has a special place in history
of Ornithology, because birds not only visit this place or migrate for a
while, but there are some very rare birds that live here. Most
Ornithologists have shown interest in this place and visit the areas almost
every year during the November- December season. With the Marghazhi Masam or
one of the coolest of Tamil months in the Tamil calendar, the place is
filled with different kinds of birds from all over the world. Water birds
like herons, cormorants, darters, ergets, open billed storks etc. are a
common sight until mid of March. These visitors to the country come right
after the monsoon here and rest until their biological clock takes them back
to their homes. Some birds like the grey pelicans are a rare sight and these
are found quite in number at Vedanthangal. Despite its national importance,
Tourist attraction in Vedanthangal
Sanctuary is 90 minutes journey from
Chennai. The sanctuary is the nest for various bird families. The local and
the migratory birds have made this place a homeland for them.300 years ago
the land was popular as the hunting ground for the then land lords of the
local areas. But at present hunting or causing any harm to the birds and
other animals are criminal offences.
The vegetation, the
pool and the tranquil ambience attracts birds and make them to stay in this
place. The region remains crowded with water and other kind of birds. The
polls remains dotted with water fowls and ducks. The sanctuary was
established by the British government in the year 1798 to protect these
birds from being extinct.
This is a small
sanctuary which is spread at about 2 square kms. This small sanctuary is the
ideal place to walk and spot birds in their natural habitat. There are two
watch towers from where the stretched area can be seen and experienced.
Tourists can find
various birds like Cormorants, Darters, Herons, egrets, Open billed Storck,
White Ibis, little Grebe, Indian Moorhen, Black Winged Stilts and other
migratory birds. To spot varieties of birds it is better to visit the
sanctuary in the months from November to February.
Chennai airport is
the nearest airport and from there road route is the best option to reach
the sanctuary. For the accommodation there are local guest houses, forest
department rest houses, the Hotels of Tamil Nadu Tourism Development
Water Birds Sanctuary
One of the most
spectacular breeding grounds in India. Cormorants, herons, storks, pelicans,
grebes and many others.The Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary has been protected by
the local people for well over 250 years. The sanctuary gets its name from a
nearby village and is only 75 Km from Chennai. The bird life (resident &
visitors) includes Cormorants, Darters, Herons, Egrets, Open billed Stork,
Spoonbill and White Ibis, Little Grebe, Indian Moorhen, Black Winged Stilts,
a few migratory ducks and occasionally Grey Pelicans. November to February
is the ideal season to visit the sanctuary.
Vedanthangal is a home not only to migratory birds but also to many
ornithologists who camp here for weeks observing the birds at close
quarters. With a powerful pair of binoculars, you can spot a Cormorant or a
Snake Bird dive under the water to gobble up a nervous fish which is its
staple diet. Soon after the hunt, the Cormorant must come up to the shore to
dry its feathers as nature has not endowed it with oil-glands to water-proof
The Spot-Billed Grey Pelican, on the contrary, moves in groups lashing the
water with powerful wing strokes driving the fish to a shallow corner for
the ultimate assault. The Spoon Bill, however, prefers to devour frogs and
insects in the muddy water with its bills half open.
The winged visitors regulated by biological clocks land at Vedanthangal
after the monsoon with amazing clock-work precision and get into the
breeding act quietly. The population of the migratory birds swells to around
40,000 by the middle of January
Vellore attracts a floating population of 500 every day because of its world
popular Christian Medical College and prestigious teaching centers of India.
The Fort in Vellore is also very famous and draws hundreds of tourists. The
Jalakanteswara Temple within the fort is very famous. The fort is one of the
most ideal specimens of military architecture in Southern India. The fort
commands a Christian Church, Muslim Mosque and a Hindu Temple.
The central Prison in Vellore is another historical prominent landmark and a
must visit spot in Vellore. Many eminent freedom fighters have spent their
days in the bars of this jail. Yelagiri hills, is an idyllic place for a
short holiday. Green hills and picture post-card scenery greets you here. It
is called the princess of hill stations and is the most pristine and
unpolluted among the hill stations in Tamil Nadu.
Amirthi zoological park is yet another must visit spot in Vellore. The park
majestically spreads over 25Kms and is a home for charming waterfalls and
different kinds of animals and birds.
Tourist Attractions in Vellore
Vellore Fort -
A popular destination in Vellore, this imposing
fort is built of granite blocks and bound by a moat. The moat is supplied by
a subterranean drain fed from a tank.
Pearl Palace -
Built around the tomb of Vikramadithya Singh - the
last king of Tamil Nadu - this memorial is located on the shores of Palar
Vellore Tourism - Accessibility
- Getting to Vellore is quite simple and easy.
Nearest International and domestic airport is at Chennai. the main railway
station for Vellore is at Katpadi and it connects with other major cities
with broad gauge line.
Gingee Fort -
This 700-year-old fort, which served as a
fortification for Chola kings, is certainly worth a visit for those on a
tour to Vellore.
Jalakandeswarar Temple -
This grand temple, displaying the scientific as
well as the artistic building skills of ancient era, is a fine instance of
Aruganthampoodi mausoleums -
Explore these mausoleums and see craftsmen of
Vellore at work.
This picturesque hill station, situated in the Shevaroy Hills, was
established by the British in the early 18th century. Today this is one of
the state’s productive areas and its surrounding slopes are entirely covered
with plantations of coffee, tea, jackfruit and plantains.
The other areas of beauty are the man-made Yerikadu Lake and the Killiyur
Falls and Lady’s Seat which offers delightful views of the surrounding
countryside. Also, if you are visiting to the Horticultural Research Station
at Yercaud, you can see an interesting collection of rare plants here.
Tourist attraction in Yeracud
There are some pretty walking trails amidst the forested hills rich in flora
and fauna. The
Big Lake is a natural water body
and a central talking point in the hill station with boating (both
rowing boats as well as the pedal variety) on offer at nominal rates. The
nearby ground at Anna Park hosts a weeklong summer festival. Another popular
visitor attraction is the Silk Farm.
From the Lady's Seat you get some panoramic views of the ghats in the
day and the nightlights of Salem. The telescope here serves up views of the
Cauvery River. The
Pagoda Point close by is another
fine vantage point. Go for picnics to the
Killiyur Waterfalls, which are
at their very best post-monsoon.
walk to the
Shevaroy Temple, set atop the
highest point in the hill town, takes you past Norton Bungalow one of oldest
residences in town. An annual festival is held at the temple in the month of
May by the local tribal community. The orchidarium at the beautifully
maintained Botanical Gardens is a big favourite with gardening
enthusiasts. The kurinji flower which blooms every 12 years also
grows here. Montfort School which was established in 1917 is worth a visit
for its sprawling grounds, and the lovely chapel.
The Hogenakkal Waterfall - is the main highlight of the place. And a
trip to Hogenakkal revolves around the fall and the river. The Hogenakkal
Waterfall is often called the Niagara Falls of India. Waterfalls here fall
from a height of 60 to 1000 ft. A boat ride here is a thrilling activity and
a good way to get a slice of adventure. Rides are taken on the coracles,
the round small boats that are locally known as parisals. These are made
from watertight hides stretched over lightweight wicker frames. It is a
spectacular experience. And don’t be surprised when a boatman asks you for
Rs. 500 to take you on a coracle ride. Heavy bargaining is recommended.
Another exciting attraction at Hogenakkal Waterfalls is the diving
skills of local kids, who would dive for a fee. They can dive from a height
of around 30 feet and climb straight up back on the rocks in no time. And
the fee can range from 5 to 10 rupees.
The spot comes alive especially in July-August. A huge weekly fair is held
in the nearby village of Pennagaram. Theerthamalai, a popular
pilgrim centre 16 km from Dharmapuri is another interesting place that you
FESTIVALS OF TAMIL NADU
Chennai is also known the City of Fairs and Festivals. A number of festivals
along with some exotic fairs are entertained every year. These are as
Arubathimoovar Festival - Literally, 'Arubathimoovar' refers to the
63 saints of Shiva canonized for leading exemplary lives of devotion and
penance. Bronze figures of these 63 saints adorn the magnificent Kapaliswar
Temple at Mylapore, Chennai. Once, every year, they are carried in a
colourful procession through the streets of Mylapore.
- The Natyanjali dance festival at Chidambaram is
famous for various dance performances by well-known dancers. It brings
together all the renowned dancers of India. The enchantment and elation with
which they dance can be seen in their eyes and evocative abhinaya performed
by them presents an outstanding scene. These dances are supposed to be
offered to Lord Nataraja. Many dancers feel privileged to be able to perform
in the vicinity of the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Nataraja.
Dance Festival – Mamallapuram -
Sit before an open-air 'stage' created 13
centuries ago the incredible monolithic rock sculptures of the Pallavas,
next to the sea in this ancient city of Mamallapuram. Watch a very unique
dance event where traditional dance forms of Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi,
Kathakali and Odissi, presented by the very best exponents of the art
besides folk dances.
Kanthuri Festival: - A truly secular festival where devotees flock to
the shrine of saint Quadirwali, believed to do equal good to people of all
faiths. One of the descendants of the Saint is chosen as a Peer or spiritual
leader and is honoured with offerings. On the tenth day of the festival, the
Saint's tomb is anointed with sandalwood - and later the holy sandal paste,
renowned for its healing powers, is distributed to everyone.
Kavadi Festival - Dancing in a hypnotic trance to the rhythm of
drums, devotees of Muruga carry the 'Kavadi' a flower-decked decoration, all
the way up the Palani Hills to fulfil their vow. According to Hindu
mythology, Idumban is said to have carried two sacred hillocks on two ends
of a pole laced on his shoulders.
Music Festival - Come December, Chennai celebrates her priceless
heritage of carnatic music and dance presented by a galaxy of star artistes.
Mahamagam Festival -A holy festival celebrated in Kumbakonam once in
12 years - the temple city that gets its name from "Kumbha" - the divine
pot. Legend has it that Brahma, the Creator, held a pot containing nectar
and the seed of creation.Lord Shiva in the form of a hunter shot an arrow at
the pot - spilling the nectar into the famous Mahamagam tank at the Adi
Natyanjali Dance Festival - The temple city of Chidambaram pays
special tribute to Lord Nataraja the 'Cosmic dancer'. The setting is truly
divine-Chidambaram's gold-roofed temple, with pillars depicting Lord
Nataraja in 108 poses from Bharatha Natyam - Tamil Nadu's classical dance.
Summer Festival - The summer festival might find you in the 'Queen of
Hill Stations', the evergreen Ooty; the exquisite Kodaikkanal or the
salubrious heights of Yercaud - where boat races, flower and fruit shows are
specially organized. Also, a splendid opportunity to go trekking in any of
Tamil Nadu's other hill stations that promise unforgettable holidays off the
Tourist Fair (Fairylands or Island Grounds - Chennai)
In January, the sun gets into a pleasant holiday mood and Chennai gets a
cool respite from her famous hot weather! Time for family outings to the
colourful TTDC Trade Fair. The exhibition presents a panorama of Tamil Nadu
- all her places of touristinterest, her cultural wealth and economic
Tayagaraja Festival - Tyagaraja was a South Indian composer and saint
born in 1767, and is celebrated for many Telugu songs he composed in praise
of Rama. His life and works are a source of great inspiration to young poets
and musicians. At Tiruvaiyaru, about 13 km. from Tanjore, South Indian
musicians gather at the composer's memorial to sing in his memory. Young
artistes believe that they will be blessed with a melodious voice if they
anoint the shrine with honey and sing Tyagaraja's songs at his memorial.
Velankanni Festival :- Wondrous legends surround the church-the most
famous being that of the ship-wrecked Portuguese sailors, who in the 16th
century, vowed to build a great shrine for the Virgin Mary, for saving their
lives in a terrible storm. The Velankanni festival attracts thousands, clad
in orange robes to the sacred spot where the ship landed. Equally famous are
the Virgin Mary's miraculous healing powers- earning for the church the name
'Lourdes of the East'.
Karthigai Deepam - Rows of glittering earthen lamps outside every
home, and the joyous burst of firecrackers mark Tamil Nadu's Festival of
Navratri - Literally, this means the festival of 'nine nights' taking
unique and different forms in different states of India - all to propitiate
the goddess Sakthi, for power, wealth and knowledge
Pongal At dawn on this day families everywhere gather around a new
earthen pot. As the pot of milk boils over, signifying prosperity, a shout
of "Pongalo Pongal" rents the air.
Saral-Vizha - A festival that makes a celebration out of a simple, daily
ritual bathing! In addition, indeed, a bath at the picturesque Courtallam
waterfalls is no ordinary event. The healing waters of the roaring
Courtallam are famed for their medicinal properties
Float Festival -
The float festival is a visual treat of twinkling
lights and bedecked deities in all their finery. Celebrated around March –
April at the Rock Fort Temple, it attracts devotees in large number.
Vaikunta Ekadasi Festival -
In mid December or early January, Vaikunta Ekadasi
or Paradise Festival is celebrated in Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple.
Sorga Vasal or Door to Heaven, a huge door is opened on that day (once in a
year). Thousands of devotees come to the temple to participate in this
Car Festival -
A huge chariot carries the deity and it comes
around the temple. Car Festival comes during the month of April / May
(Tamil month Chithirai). At this time a large number of people from all
over the country visits the holy place Srirangam and celebrate this festival
in a grand manner. Especially the village people come in a large number.
During the month of April (Tamil month Panguni), the car festival is
celebrated in Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeshwara Temple.
Aadi perukku -
Aadi perukku is celebrated during the 18th day of
the Tamil month Aadi. It usually falls in the month of August. This
festival is celebrated by the people residing at the bank of the River
Cauvery. Special food is prepared on this day and family and friends get
together and pray for uninterrupted supply of water and good harvest. In
some communities, the bride’s parents invite their son –in-law & daughter
and present new clothes to them.
Thiruvaiyaru Music Festival
- About 14 kms from Thanjavur, a Carnatic classical music festival (Thiyagarajar
Aradhana) is celebrated at Thiruvaiyaru in the month of January. It is
celebrated in honor of the Carnatic music saint, Thiyagarajar. He is one of
the Trinity of Carnatic Music. The Thiyagarajar Aradhana festival is being
celebrated in many places all over the world. However, the Aradhana festival
at Thiruvaiyaru is much valued.
grandly celebrated every month in the Big Temple. It is believed that all
the Devas & Gods are assembled in the Siva temples during Pradosham time. Pradosham
falls once in every 15 days and considered most auspicious by Saivites,
almost 2 days before either Amavasya (new moon day) or Pournami (full moon
Birth Anniversary of King Raja Raja Chola
is celebrated as “Chadhaya Vizha”at Tanjore Brahadeeswarar Temple every year
during his birth star Chadayam which falls in the Tamil month of Iyppasi
(March / April).
Fairs & Festivals -
The important festival of
the town is the Mahamaham festival. It takes place once in 12 years during
the Tamil Month of Masi (February/March) and Lakhs of pilgrims from various
parts of India visit Kumbakonam and take a holy bath in the sacred Mahamaham
tank, which is situated in the heart of the town.
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