KARAIKUDI IN AND AROUND :

 


Chettinad 
House 


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

Chettinad Museum 


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. 

Athangudi

 
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.

Devakottai 


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 roofItalian floor tiles and carved teak pillars. 

Chettinad


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.

Kaviarsar 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.

Kundrakudi Murugan Kovil 


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

Pillaiyarpatti 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 called Pillaiyarpatti.

Kandadevi Temple
The 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 

Thirukostiyur Temple
This 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
 
Dedicated 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 1999.


Nearest Place - Pudukottai


Kunnandar Kovil Cave Temple Near Pudukottai
 
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 theinscriptions 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 craft.

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 – Pudukottai line.