Pudukottai is one of the tourist attractions in Tamilnadu with ancient Chola temples and many other places to visit nearby.
Pudukottai, a Tourist Attraction in Tamilnadu
Pudukottai is a small town in the Pudukottai district of Tamilnadu. Pudukottai is a very ancient place. The history of Pudukottai dates back to the Pandya rulers and it is proved that this state had business connections with the ancient Romans. A coin of the Roman emperor Augustus has been found in Pudukottai as well. Over the ages, Pudukottai had undergone a series of dynasties including the Cholas, the Pallavas, the Hoysalas as well as the Vijayanagara rulers.
In 1565, the Vijayanagara kingdom fell to the Deccan Sultanates in the Battle of Talicota and the Nayakas then became the de facto governors of this place. In the mid seventeenth century, Raghunatha Thondaiman turned Pudukottai to a princely state, and as he helped the British Government against Tipu Sultan, it became a protected native state and continued to do so until the independence of India. Following the Indian Independence, on 4th March 1948, Pudukottai merged with India and became a part of the Tiruchirapalli district.
Victoria Gate Pudukottai
Tourist Attractions at Pudukottai
Unfortunately, most of the relics of the ancient habitation at Pudukottai have been destroyed by today. Neverhtless, Pudukottai is still one of the top tourist places of Tamilnadu due to the Thirukattalai temple at Pudukottai. The Thirukattalai temple at Puduottai is the only extant sign at Pudukottai of the Chola architecture. The Thirukattalai temple at Pudukottai has a central shrine and a mandap in front of it. Around the mandap, there are seven more temples for different angels at the Thirukattalai temple at Pudukottai. The temple's terrace has images of Thatchinamorrthi, Pitchadamoorthi, Varagan, Vishnu and Brahma. Nevertheless, there are many more places of worship in the Pudukottai division, including
Sri porpanai kottai muneeswarar kovil- porpanaikottai,pudukkottai.
Arulmigu Nei Nandeeswarar Temple, Venthanpatti
Dharma Sastha Kovil - Kannankarakudi, Pudukkottai.
Si Putradi Mahasakthi Mariyamman kovil - Bharathiyar Nagar, Pudukkottai
Sri Periyanagi Ambal Sametha Arangulanathar Temple - Thiruvarangulam, Pudukkottai.
Sri Pitari Amman Temple - Thiruvarangulam, Pudukkottai.
Sri Vetriyaandavar temple Venkitakulam
Ulaganayaki Ambaal Temple,Kollampatti,Pulvayal
Sri Chithi Vinayagar Temple,Namakkottai
Arulmighu Malaiyandi Temple,Valayapatti
Arulmigu Dharmasamvarthini Sri Namapureeswarar Temple, Alangudi
Sri Perungaraiyadi Meenda Ayyanar Temple, Kulamangalam
Sri Muthumariyamman Temple, Vadakadu
Sri Muthumariyamman Temple,Kothamangalam
Subramaniya Swamy Thirukovil, Viralimalai
Admanathaswamy Temple, Avudayarkoil
Kokarneswarar Temple, Thirukkokarnam
Sri Bragadhambal Temple, Pudukkottai
Sri Thiruvapur Muthumariyaman Temple,Pudukkottai
Sri Viruthapureeswarar Temple, Thiruppunavasal
Veeramakali amman Temple, Aranthangi and Perambur(Andakulam)
Meiyyanathar Temple, Thirumayam
Mariyamman Temple, Thiruvappur
Mariyamman Temple, Naarthamalai and Senthakudi
Bhuvaneshwariamman Temple, Pudukkottai
T.E.L.C Church, Machuvadi, Pudukkottai
Fire Prayer Vision Ministries, Ashok Nagar, Pudukkottai
Sacred Heart Church, Marthandapuram, Pudukkottai
Moovar and Ivar Temple, Kodumbalur
Sri Naadiyaman Temple, Keelathur and Alangudi
Sri Dharma Sastha Temple, Kannankarakudi (Sastharkovil)
Sri SelvaVinayagar Koil, Maligaipunchai (Aranthangi)
Sri MuthuMariyamman Koil, Silattur (Aranthangi)
Jagadeeshwara temple Manamelkudi
Arulmigu Shree Kudikathaamman koil,Maravanpatti & Silattur
Tourist Places around Pudukottai
There are many tourist places around Pudukottai. The main tourist places around Pudukottai are:
Avur is one of the most important tourist places around Pudukottai. This is a must visit place if you go to Puddukottai. Avur is only 28 kms from Pudukkottai. There is a beautiful church at Avur which is perhaps the oldest church in the entire district. This church was built in 1747.
Thirupunavasal is yet another of the tourist places around Pudukottai. There is a famous Shiva temple at Thirupunavasal. The Shiva temple at Thirupunavasal is just 70 kms from Pudukkottai and can be covered by a short one day tour from Pudukottai. The sanctum sanctorum here houses a huge lingam. The Vaikasi Festival is one of the major tourist attractions in this place.
Kodumbaalur is also one of the major tourist places around Pudukottai. Kodumbaalur is only 35kms from Pudukottai. Kodumbaalur is situated on the Kudimiyan-Manapparai road and has excellent road connections. The fame of Kodumbaalur has come down from the ancient times. During the Chola period Queen Mangammal donated this village to Lakshmi Narasimhaya, the army chieftain. From that legend, Kodumbaalur is also known as Mangammal Chatram.
There are two temples in Kodumballur called Muvar Koil and Musukundeshwarar Koil. Muvar Koil was constructed by Budhi Vikrama Kesari. There is a Nandhi mandap and a Balipeedam inside this temple. Also, there are fifteen smaller shrines around the Muvar Koil, dedicated to angels. The Musukudeshwarar Koil is also a very ancient temple and was constructed by Kunjaramallan during 14th Century. This temple has close resemblance to the Nandi Temple at Tanjavur from the architectural point of view.
The Kunnandaar Temple is one of the major tourist attractions around Pudukottai. The Kunnandaar Temple is 25 kms from Pudukottai. One can either board a bus from Pudukottai via Putthambur or from Keeranur via Killukottai to reach the Kunnandar Temple. There is a cave temple here with a shrine and a mandap, known as the Kutrandavar Temple. There are rock images of Valampuri Ganesh with Somaskhandar inside this cave temple.