The Chettinad houses are built on a rectangular, traversal plot that stretches across two streets,with the front door opening into the first street and the back into the second. Looking in from the main threshold, your eye travels in a straight line across a series of inner counrtyards,each a diminishing rectangle of light, leading out to the back door......... More Details
At Chettinad, don't miss the house- converted to museum next door to the Raja's palace. Among the Kitchen tools the best is the travelling kit. No self-repecting Chettiar would eat out, so this elaborate basket housed everything from masala dabbas and choppers to rice bins and ladle sets. Then there's traditional jewellery and clothing, huge copper water vats and grain bins...everyday items that trace the chettiar's way of life. The labelling isn't too good and a guide comes in handy. So far, entrance is free.
Home of the famous Athangudi tiles. Visit a factory and see how these famous handmade terracotta tiles are patterned and sun-dried. They say it's the local sand that's the secret behind the texure.
Famous both for the Devakottai chicken and as the region's second largest town. Its streets are lined with old Chettinad mansions, the most famous being Periya Minor's Veedu, complete with Spanish tiled roof, Italian floor tiles and carved teak pillars.
At Kanadukathan, you see the Raja of Chettinad's palace and the museum next door. Don't miss the railway station, with the Raja's special waiting room.
Kamban Mani Mandabam
It was believed that the Great Tamil Poet Kavi Chakravarthy Kamban spent
most of his lifetime with Nagarathars and also he died over here at Nattarasankottai.
To honour him Kamban Mani Mandapam was built by Nagarathars and programmes
about Tamil literature are conducted annually.
Kannadhasan Mani Mandabam
Located opposite to the New Bus-Stand of Karaikudi is the Kaviarsar Kannadhasan
Mani Mandabam in the honour of late poet-laureate Kannadhasan. It has
two entrances and in between the two is the statue of Kaviarsar Kannadhasan.
It has a library, Art Gallery and Photo Exhibition.
Arulthiru Shanmuganathan Holy Temple is situated at 10 Kms from
Karaikudi, . Built around the year 1000 Lord Shanmuganathan is
the presiding deity and the History is refereed to Mayuragiri
Puranam. Marudhu Pandiyars Kings of Sivaganga renovated the Temple
in thier days. Important festivals include Thaipusam in January,
Panguni Uthram in March, Thirukarthikai in November, and Kandha
Shasti in November prayers in temple bring relief from diseases
and mental worries. The Devotees are blessed with good Children.
Pillayar Patti Lord Ganesh
temple is a rock - cut temple located about 12 km's from Karaikudi on
the Karaikudi Madurai road.It was built after hewing a hillock by the
early Pandiya kings and the image of Karpaga Vinayaka and that of a Siva
Linga were carved out of a stone by a sculptor called Ekkattur Koon Peruparanan
who put his signature on a stone inscription found even today in the
sanctum. He put his signature in Tamil Language which was in use between
2nd and 5th century AD. It can be concluded that the icon of Karpaga
Vinayaka must have been carved around 4th century AD. This temple is
1,600 years old. The 14 stone inscriptions found in this temple, dated
between 400 AD and 1238 AD reveal that the place was known as Ekkattur
Thiruveengaikudi Maruthankudi Raja Narayanapuram before it came to be
Village Kandadevi is situated 3 Km away from Devakottai Town. Here the
Temple is called as Arulmigu Sowarna Moortheeswarar alias Siragilinather.
The Amman is called as PeriyaNayaki Amman. This is 350 years old Temple.
The Temple is maintained by Sivaganga Devasthanam, which is one amoung
84 Temples. The Temple is owned by the Sivagangai Raja legal heirs. Here
Hanuman told to Rama as kanden deviyai. Hence this place is called as
Kandadevi. The Aanni Urchavam is very famous festival for this temple,
which is celebrated in every year, during the month of June by the people
of 75 Villages
is important of 108 Vaishnava temples. The Alwar Ramanujar has visited
and prayed God Sri Vishnu. The God name is "Swamiya Narayana Perumal".
The God is in five floors. This is famous South Thiruppathi. During every
year, Masi Magam Teppamis celebrated here.
Thiruvenkadamudaiyan - ThenTirupathi
to Lord Srinivasa Perumal, is a vast temple complex with a 100 year old
history and referred to as "Then Tirupati" and "Arulmigu
Ariyakkudi ThiruvenkadamudaiyanTemple". This temple was build by
Nattukkotai Nagarathars. After 100 years, this shrine was renovated by
the cost of Rs.10 million and Consecrated recently on 16th September
Place - Pudukottai
Kunnandar Kovil Cave Temple Near Pudukottai
in Tamilnadu has a good number of ancient cave temples which are
in a good state of preservation. The cave temple Kunandar Kovil,
which is situated about 16kms north-west of Pudukottai, has a
fine Shiva shrine the origin of which goes back to the 18th century
A.D. It is said that this temple was built by a Muttarayar Chief
, who was probably a vassal of Nandivarman II Pallava Malla (710
– 775 A.D.).
The word ‘Kunru – Andan –
Koil’, literally means the ‘Temple of the Lord of
the Hill’. The place has been mentioned in the inscriptions
as ‘Tirukkunrakkadi’. The earliest inscriptions
belong to the period of Nandivarma Pallava Malla and his son
Dantivarman, and record the elaborate feeding of learned people
and scholars during the ‘Tiruvatirai’ festival.
The other inscriptions are of the Cholas, Chalukyas, Pandyas
and Vijayanagar rulers.
Kunnandar Kovil is a Kallar settlement in the
former State of Pudukottai. The village was divided into two.
The northern part belonged to Vedamalai Kallar and the southern
to the Tenmalai Kallar, during the 14th century.
This temple which combines the features of the
late Pallava and early Chola styles, has a beautiful ‘Nritta
mandapa’ and a hundred pillared ‘mandapa’,
both being excellent specimens of Vijayanagar art. The shrine
is dedicated to Lord Shiva called popularly as Parvatagirishwara.
There are a number of sculptures on the rock face to the south
of the cave. The main idols are Valampuri Ganesha, Somaskanda
and the two ‘dwarapalas’, which are of very good
workmanship. One of the two portrait sculptures is identified
as the Muttarayar Chief, who built the temple. The other is
probably that of this chief assistant.
Kunnandar Kovil has some excellent bronze sculptures
which are remarkable in their workmanship and design. Shiva
seated with Parvati their young son Skanda (Somaskanda), Nataraja
and Shivakami are exquisite examples of south Indian art and
The village Kunnandar Kovil is connected by
a good road with Tiruchirapalli and Pudukottai. State Road Transport
buses and private vans operate in this route at frequent intervals.
The nearest railway station is Kiranur on the Tiruchi –