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Where to Stay

Hotel Tamilnadu, Sattur, Phone No. 261529.

Madhu Sini Lodge 132 Madurai Road,Virudunagar. 244265,247419.

K.V.S. Mansion  105 Railway feeder Road,Virudunagar 243620.

Govt Guest House. Madurai Road, Viudunagar. 244704.

Sri Srinivasa Boarding & Loding 174,Ramamoorthy Road, Virudunagar. 248659.

Hotel Anton Madurai road,Viudunagar.

Aruppukottai

Raja Hotel Viudunagar Main Road 272077.

Srivilliputhur

Jeyakumar Lodge Municipal Building, Srivilliputhur.

Hotel Subam 63A,Vazhai Kula Street,Srivilliputhur. 260256.

Railway retiring Room Railway Station, Srivilliputhur 260280

Nadar Lodge Thirumangalam Salai,Srivilliputhur 260284.

Hotel Thangam 36/16,Madurai Road, Srivilliputhur. 260337.

Rajapalayam

Jeyaram Lodge 100,railway Feeder Road. 20223.

Jai Santham Lodge Kamaraj Nagar,Rajapalayam. 221302,21310.

Bombay Lodge 805,Tenkasi road Rajapalayam. 231907.

How to Go

Air Nearest Airport is Madurai, 47 Kms

Rail Virudunagar has a Railway junction. It connects  Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari, Sivakasi, Srivilliputhur, Thenikasi, Manamadurai  and quilon.

Road It connected with all important cities of south India.


Virudunagar

Virudunagar

Virudunagar is the headquarters of Virudunagar District. It is 48 kms South of Madurai, 26 kms north of sattur and 24 kms from Sivakasi. Legend says that this town was named after a warrior who was possession of a number of flags as a token of having conquered many others challenged the residents of this town. One resident accepted this challenge and in the fight killed the warrior and seized his flags. From that time onwards the town came to be known as Virudukkal Vetti . Virudthukkal in Tamil means banners and patti in Tamil means hamlet. The Railway Station at this place was originally named Virudukkal vetti, but subsequently in 1875, was altered into Virudupatti. On 6th April 1923, the Council changed the name of the town to Virudunagar. Virudunagar is trading centre. The principal trade here is cotton and cotton goods. Dried chillies, groundnut oil, coriander seeds, jaggery, grains etc, are exported to other places. There are wholesalers in black and red gram, gingelly, coffee seeds, pepper, chillies etc. There is a commercial crop regulated market for cotton, chillies and groundnut. This town is the birthplace of Thiru K. Kamaraj, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and eminent leader in the Indian National Congress.

Places to See

Parasakthi Mari Amman Temple   The Mari Amman the temple in the town was constructed in 1923.The Panguni Uttiram, celebrated in the month of Panguni for 21 days at this temple, is the main festival of the town and its surroundings.

Kamaraj's House  
The house were the great leader kamaraj was born has been converted into a memorial. The rooms are adorned with photographs of the leader at every stage of his life. A few of his clothes, his watch as well as articles used by him are displayed.

Srivillputhur   Sri Andal is a great vasishnavite sanities and her pasurams are as popular in Tamil Nadu as "Meera bai's Devotional Songs are in the the north.It is located 74 kms.away from Madurai and 45 kms.away from Virudunagar.Andal like a seetha,is presumed to be not born out of mother's wormb (Ayani Sambhava).
She left her mortal body and merged with Lord Renganatha,When she was 14 year old every Vaishnavite temple in south has a Sanctum dedicated to sir Andal.This temple is also dedicated to lord Vishnu Known as Vadapathrasayee.He was a principal deity of Srivilliputhur,before Andal was born.The temple belongs to the 18th century A.D.testified by the inscription in it.Thirumalai Nayak of Madurai and his sister have made intensive addition to the temple. the Characteristic feature of the temple.192 feet height tower which has 12 storeys.The massive wooden car which is several centuries old, has 9 huge wheels.

Aruppukkottai   It is 45 kms south of Madurai and 18 Kms west of Virudunagar Madurai - Tuticorin road. There is a railway station. The Manamadurai-Virudunagar railway lines pass through this place. This place was abundant in jasmine buds and hence it was called Arumbukottai.In Tamil Arumbu means buds of garden plant bearing fragrant flower and kottai mean fort. Aruppukkottai is inhabited by weavers and this place is famous for handloom textiles.These are small scale industries such as dying factories oil,mills,rice mills straw boards manufacturing factory, Ginning factory, etc.

Thiruchuli   Thiruchuli which was known as Thiruchulliyal is the 10th of 14 ancient padal petra sthalam in pandya nadu .This is the birth place of Sri Ramana Maharishi, the famous saint of Thiruvannamalai.The house where he was born is a place of pilgrimage. The great Shaivaite sage Sundaramoorthy Nayanar in the company of Cheraman Perumal, worshipped Lord Shiva in this sacred place. Thiruchuli is the railway station on Manamadurai Virudunagar line. It is 32 kms from Manamaduari. It is also connected by bus with Madurai, Virudunagar etc. Sri Thirumeninatha Swamy temple in this place is one of the famous temple,which has been managed well for long by the Rajas of Ramanathapuram. It is an area of 43,500 sq.ft. There are astalingas i.e. 8 lingams in the temple. There are as many as 10 Theerthams in and around shrine.

Sattur   It is 24 kms away from south of Virudunagar. The town of Sattur is said to be a corruption of Sathanur. This place was formerly a forest and there was Sathan temple in it. Sathan temple also known as Ayyanar Temple. It is an industrial town. There are match factories, nib factories, cotton ginning factories and many others. Wholesale business is transacted in chillies, blackgram and coriander.

Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple   It is located on the banks of River Vaipparu in Sattur town. The 800-year old Vaishnavite temple commands a good view. The presiding deity of the temple popularly known as Sathurappan. His divine consorts Sri Devi and Bhudevi are in 9 standing postures. Legend has it that this temple came into existence through the efforts of a devotee blind king, who ruled over the neighbouring place. He got back his power of vision miraculously by the grace of Lord, When he came here on his way to Tirupathi and stayed for 20 days, offering worship. Soon, this shrine became popular and started attracting devotees from different parts of the district.

Rajapalayam   It is situated on the Srivilliputhur-Tenkasi road. From Srivilliputhur, it is 11 kms connected by bus from all places. It has a railway station. Rajapalayam is the derived from the word Raja meaning king and Palayam in Tamil a cantonment or fort. Rajapalayam means Raja's fort. Chiefly people who came from the old Vijayanagar state inhabit Rajapalayam. Rajapalayam is an industrial town. There are spinning mills, powerloom factories, waste cotton plant, wood screw factory, surgical cotton, plaster of Paris, bolt and machinery screw, various kinds of nails, insulated electrical goods, cycle spare parts, sugar-cane crusher rolls, saw mills, electrical motor manufacturing, cotton bale pressing factory, match factories and a number of other small scale industries. This town is famous for dogs of a special variety highly useful for hunting. 

Pilavakkal Dam   It is 90 kms from Madurai and 45 kms from Virudunagar. The dam consists 2 divisions and they are the Kovilar and Periyar Dam. The capacity of the Periyar dam is 192 mft and Kovilar Dam is 133 mft. From October to December, the dam will be full of water. It is one of the popular picnic spots in Virudunagar district. There is a Children Park with all facilities.

Nenmeni   It is situated 9 kms east of sattur on the bank of River Vaipparu. Nenmeni is a corruption of Nelmeni meaning paddy yield. Paddy stands foremost in the village. The Public Works Department irrigation tank is a paradise for the bird-watcher during the winter months. When the tank is full, it attracts many visitors. Many beautiful birds from Australia and other countries are said to come here seasonally.

Kullur Sandhai: It is situated 6 kms from Virudunagar. It is a Dam site. The PWD has formed a park here. It is a picnic spot. Tourism Department has declared Kullur Sandhai as a District Excursion Centre. The Tourism Department has been taken many steps to improve the park with play equipment for the children. City buses operate from Virudunagar.

Satchipuram C.S.I.Church: This is a 150 years old CSI Church. C.M.S missionaries built it in 1861. It is a famous church in the area. It is situated at a distance of 3 km. west of Sivakasi.

Ayyanar Falls: At the bottom of the Ghats about 12 kms west of Rajapalayam, there is a temple dedicated to Ayyanar that is very popular as a picnic centre. It is situated in the dense forest with its natural beauty and the small waterfalls dropping from a height of 15 feet, adds to its attraction.

Irukkankudi:  It is situated 8 kms east of Sattur, where there is a Mariamman temple. Irukkankudi means the meeting place of two rivers i.e. Arjuna River and Vaipparu River join in front of the temple.  To reach it one has to cross the River Arjuna on the foot. The forefathers of the present poojaris built the temple 200 years ago. The legend of the place is that a poojari girl who was picking cow-dung placed her basket on the ground but could not remove it later. She had a vision that a temple should be built there.

Muthaliar Oothu: It is situated 1 km down the ridge on the northern slope of Srivilliputhur reserve forest having a commanding view of northern hills of Sathur forests and also the beautiful plains of Khansapuram, Vathiraruppu and Pudupatti. The River Chitar runs to the north west of this place and has more impressive scenery. This is wild spot where elephants are plentiful. Wild pig, Spotted Deer and Sambhar are limited. Barking Deer and panthers are seen occasionally.

Vathiraruppu: It is situated 18 kms north west of Srivilliputhur and 72 kms southwest of Madurai and is connected by bus routes from Srivilliputhur and Madurai. To the north of it stands Western Ghats. The principal feature of the portion of the mountain, which is about 4000 feet high, is that this village is in the deep part of the fossil valley and Arjuna River flows by the side of the village. It is in this village, Nallanthangal drowned herself with her seven children in a well. It is the subject matter of south Indian ballads. The well and the temple erected in the spot known as Nallathangal Temple can still be seen.


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