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Where to Stay

Prince Lodge 5843,Sathiyamoorthy Road,Opp,New Bus Stand,
Pudukkottai - 1. 222409,224991 

Gnanam Lodge, 4154/1,East Main St, Near, Anna Statue, Pudukkottai - 1. 222237,223918 

Palaniyappa Lodge , 5794 , Santhanathapuram 4th Street Pudukkottai-1. 225743

Rani Anjugam Paradise Hotel,
North main street,
Pudukkottai - 1. 225743

Shivalaya Hotel,    9953/2,Thirumayam Road,    Pudukkottai - 1. 221864,220956 

Sri Lakshmi Lodge,    9962,Sri Venkateswara Complex,    Opp: Court,Madurai Road,     Pudukkottai - 1. 22182

Shanthi Complex,    Sathyamoorthy Road'    Pudukkottai - 1.  227886          

S . T . D Lodge,    Santhanathapuram 5th Street,    Pudukkottai - 1. 220528

Hotel MAARIS    2382,West Main Street,    Pudukkottai 225874

Hotel Sathyam     No.1,Sathyamoorthy Road,     Pudukkottai 223311 


Pudukkottai

Pudukkottai

Once a Princely state, the Pudukottai District, is absorbing interest to Historians, Anthropologists, Archaeologists, and lovers of Arts and Architecture. The numerous megalithic dolmens and other forms in the district indicate the antiquity of this region. The history of Puddukottai is an epitome of the history of South India.

The Pandyas, Cholas, Pallavas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar, Nayaks, Irukkuvelirs, Mutharaiyars, Thondaiman rulers, have ruled over the region. These rulers have built several beautiful temples. The collector's office is situated in the New Palace, built by the Thondaiman ruler in Indo-Saracenic-Dravidian architecture.

Places to See

Avur  It is 28 kms from Pudukkottai and 20 kms from Thiruchi. The beautiful church here is the oldest in the district. Father Joseph Beschi locally known as Veeramamunivar began his missionary life at Avur. The chapel here was constructed in 1747 in the form of a Cross. The Mother Mary is called locally Periyanayaki . The Easter festival attracts Christians and others.

Kunnandar Koil Is about 25 kms from Pudukkottai on the Kiranur-Killukkottai road. There is a rock-cut cave temple at the foot of the hill. Kunnandarkoil is an interesting monument for archaeological studies. The Kalyana Mandapam in the Vijayanagar style in the form of a chariot drawn by horses is an interesting piece of art. The portrait sculptures in the cave are admirable.

Thirupunavasal  It is 70 kms from Pudukkottai and 30 kms from Avudaiyarkoil. The Shiva temple here is called Viruthapuraswarar Koil. It has huge lingam in the sanctum sanctorum. The Shaivite saints Thirunavukarasar and Thirugnana Samandar sang hymns in praise of the Lord here. The Vaikasi festival is the main feast in this temple.

Thiumayam. Bhava Fakuriddin Aulia also known as Kattu Bhava is entombed here. The Nawab of Arcot built this dargah during 17th century. The people of all religions and faith with disparity Throng here. Kanthuri, the annual festival attracts large number of pilgrims from all parts of this region.

Kodumbalur :  Kodumbalur is 35 Kms from pudukottai and 40Km from Tiruchirappalli. It is a place of archaeological importance. Kodumbalur is mentioned in silapathikaram, the Sangam Tamil Classic. The muvarkovil, Muchukundeswarar temple are the early chola temples located here. The muvarkovil built by Bhuti viramakesari in the 10th century A.D., is a fine example of Tamilian art and architecture. It is the fore runner of all the later grand chola monuments. The sculptures in the temple are charming. Kodumbalur presents a series of archeological treasures in the district. ASI Monument/Entrance Fee Indians Rs.5 Foreigners 2 US dollars or Rs.100

Mallaiyadipatti Is at a distance of 34 kms from Pudukkottai and 17 kms from Keeranur on the Killukkottai route. There are two interesting cave temples for Vishnu and Shiva cut into the same rock. The cave temples are fine examples of ancient art base relief and sculptures.

Thiruvengaivasal  The Vyagapuriswara-Brahadambal temple is 6 kms on the Pudukkottai-Thiruchirapalli road. The temple was originally a Chola structure built in the 11th century. The Pandyas subsequently renovated it. The inscriptions in the temples, an important source for the study of the socio-political history of the area. The Dakshinamoorthy is a beautiful sculpture in this temple.

Keeranur Is about 30 kms from Pudukkottai on the way to Thiruchirapalli. It was an important locality in the middle ages. The Uthama Nathaswami temple here has a Mutharaya edifice. The temple has epigraphs of the Cholas and Vijayanagar.

Avudayarkoil Is 50 kms from Pudukkottai and 13 kms from Aranthangi. The temple of Athmanathaswami has an honoured place in the history of Shaivism Aavudaiyarkoil is called Thiruperundurai in inscriptions and intimately associated with the Saint Manikkavakar. The festivals deity of the temple is the Saint Manikkavakar, not of the Lord Shiva.
This is a special feature in the Hindu religious practice in Tamil Nadu. The remarkable temple is artistically known for its sculptures. Another remarkable aspect of the temple is the stone cornice called Kodunkai in the Mandapam. There are some fine murals in the temple.

Thirumayam is 18 kms from Pudukottai. The Siva and Vishnu rockcut cave temples and the fort are the objects of attraction here. The cave Temples belong to 9th Century A.D. The Vishnu temple is called Adirangam and sing by Thirumangai Alwar. The Sive cave temple has fine Sculptures.
As I Moument Thirumayam fort: Entrance Fee Indians Rs 5/- foreignen 2 US dollors or Rs 100/-

Marthamalai is 18 kms from Pudukkottai and 31 kms from Thiruchi. The structural Viyayalaya Cholisvaram, in vesara style of architecture (10th Century AD). The Cave temples, Paliyili Isvaram, and samanar kudagu, the kadambur koil are the important moment here. The Mariamman temple is very popular in this region attracts a large crowd during the car festival in the Monty of April.

Kudumianmalai is 18 kms from Pudukottai. It is an important place to study the art and history of the region the shrine of sikanathar rockcut temple outer mandapam and its beautiful sculptures are the main tourist attactors.

But the right side of the Cave temple, there is the have inscriptous on Musical notes, the remarkable piece of colligraphy. The sculptures in the Mandapam a veritable gallery of Tamilian Sculptural art.

Viralimalai: Viralimalai is 35km from Pudukkottai and 25Km from Tiruchirappalli, on the highway to Madurai. It is one of the well known places of worship of Lord Subramanya. This temple is situated majestically on the hilllock. The Lord here was sung by the Saint Arunagiri Nathar. Vaikasi Visakam, Thaipoosam, Panguini Uthiram, Karthigai are important festivals in this temple. Viralimalai is a natural sanctuary for Peacocks.

Sittanvasal  Sittanvasal is 15 Km from Pudukottai. Number of magalithic dolmens attest the antiquity of the place. The earliest Brahmi Tamil script of 2nd century B.C is found in the natural cavern, called Eladippattam. In this cave, we find the stone beds used by jain monks, some 2000 years ago.

The cave on the western slope contains the celebrated Sittanvasal paintings, painted in frescosecco technique in minearl colours. The paintings here are the living examples of Tamilian art tradition and performing art. The painting scene is a beautiful lotus pond with lotus flowers, lillies, fish,geese, buffaloes and elephants.

Sittanavasal Cave temple, ASI Monument/Entrance Fee Indians Rs.5 Foreigners 2 US dollars or Rs.100

Eladipattam-Jain beds, ASI Monument/Entrance Fee Indians Rs.5 Foreigners 2 US dollars or Rs.100

Thirukkattallai Is 5km from Pudukkottai town. Sundareswarar temple here was build by Adithya Chola. Kalasakkadu is a pre-historic site close by.

Ponamaravathy Is 37 kms From Pudukkottai. The two temples are of Choleeswara Alagiperumal, and they belong to the later Chola and Pandya period .

Aranthangi  This is the second largest town in the district. The Viswanatha temple, and the Rajendra Choleeswaram are here.

Peraiyur: T his is about 13 kms from Pudukkottai. The Naganathaswamy temple here belongs to 12th century A.D. The temple is an important pilgrim center in the region .

Government Museum : Government Museum is located at Thirugokarnam, a suburb of Pudukkottai. This is one of the important museums and the second largest in Tamilnadu. There are rare collections of Geology, Zoology, Anthropology, Archeaology. It has sculptures, bronze images, weapons, paintings, copper plates, wood carvings, musical instruments, coins, manuscripts and historical records. The Museum was started in the year 1910. This is one of the tourist attractions in Pudhukottai district. Open on all days except Fridays, second Saturdays and three national holidays.


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