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Tourist Spots in Ariyalur

Vettakudi - Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary

Vettakudi - Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary situated in Ariyalur District, 65 km away from Tiruchirappalli and 35 km north of Thanjavur, this bird sanctuary sprawls over 454 Ha. of area. Water birds congregate here during November - February. About 50 species of resident and migratory birds are recorded here. The list includes varieties of Stork, Pelicans, Heron, Darter, Ibis, Egrets, Coot, Terns, Cormorants, King Fisher, Plovers etc.

Tourist Spots in Thanjavur

The Vijayanagar Fort

The Vijayanagar fort is located about 2 km to the north east of the Brahadeeswara or the Big Temple. This fort was built partly by Nayaks and partly by Maratha rulers during the early 1550 AD. Inside the fort is the Tanjore Palace, Sangeetha Mahal, Saraswathi Mahal Library as well as an art gallery that has various collections of sculptures and paintings. The fort was built to safeguard the palace from enemies by the Nayak king Vijay Raghav. Siva Ganga garden is located inside the fort and part of the fort is opened to the general public and most part of the fort is in ruins now.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM
Address: 2 km North east of Brahadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur.

Siva Ganga Garden

The Siva Ganga Garden is a park that is located near the famous Tanjore palace and is seen north of the Brahadeshwara or the Big Temple. It is a well maintained garden with a collection of flowering as well as non-flowering plants, different types of birds as well as animals. This garden is situated in the quadrangular Siva Ganga fort that was built by the 16th century Nayak ruler, Sevappa Nayaka. A square tank is located in the Siva Ganga Garden built by the 16th century rulers for providing water to the Tanjore Palace is still in use and is well known for its sweet tasting water.
Timing : 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Address: Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur.
Telephone: +91-99629-71156

Art Gallery

The Art Gallery has a fabulous collection of bronze icons. The stone sculptures are unique in their priceless quality. The gallery has exhibits unique in historical association and antiquity unique. One can see and enjoy the finest pieces of stone sculptures and bronze icons of the gods of Hindu Mythology in different forms which helps the viewer get enlightened regarding the greatness of Chola art especially with special reference to their legendary background. All the sculptures and bronzes in the Art Gallery are feast to the eyes of art lovers.
Timing : 7.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM - 6.00 PM
Address: Located in Palace Complex.
Telephone: +91-4362 - 239823

Royal Museum And Serforji Memorial Hall

Located in the Palace complex. It displays rare antiques possessed by Maratha Royal family. There are artifacts, manuscripts, weapons, royal robes and other handicrafts made out if ivory, jade, lacquer, glass, porcelain, wood, cloth, leather is worth seeing. Utensils chandeliers, musical instruments, dress, furniture, paintings, stone and metal sculptures gives the actual image of the Marathas rulers of Thanjavur.
Timing : 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM
Address: Located in Palace Complex.
Telephone: 235268, 231486

Tourist Spots in Perambalur

Ranjankudi Fort

Ranjankudi is located 17 kms north of Perambalur. The Fort was built by a Jagirdar under Nawab of Carnatic in 17th century AD. The Fort walls are built with neatly cut stone blocks. There are three fortification walls at different heights and the bottom most is the main rampart. It is oblong on plan with semi circular bastions and encircled by a moat fed by a tank on the Southern side. The fort contains a palace, residential buildings, underground chambers, mosque and flag mast. The fort was the scene of the battle of Valikondah between the English and Mohammad Ali on one side and Chanda Sahib and the French on the other side in 1751 AD. This fort is under protection of the Archaeological survey of India.

Sathanur Fossil Tree

Sathanur Fossil Tree is a pre-historic tree, which is about 100,000,000 years old. It is located at Sathanur in Perambalur District. This large trunk of petrified tree shows the presence of conifers that dominated the land vegetation prior to the advent of Angiosperms. The tree has a length of 18 m. Dr. M.S. Krishnan of the Geological Survey of India first reported this fossil tree in 1940. Similar fossil trees measuring a few meters in length are found along the stream sections near Varagur, Anaipadi, Alundalipur and Saradamangalam.

Tourist Spots in Madurai

Gandhi Museum

Gandhi museum is a great master piece in Southern India and it has great historical background and mythology in its background. There are several Gandhi museums across the nation and the Gandhi museum of the southen India is basically a Tamukkam bungalow which means summer house in Tamil, which is the local language of the place. The museum is square in share and created at the height of 5 metres from the ground level and it has a wonderful dome in the centre which is about 7 metres diagonally. It was constructed by Nayak Queen Rani in the earlier 1700 AD. Great cost was incurred in establishing the museum and it was all invested by the government of India, in memory of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
Timing : 10.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 2.00 PM - 5.45 PM

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal was constructed way back in the 17th century. Several buildings and temples had been constructed by him in the region and they have been splendid piece of construction. It was constructed by kings of muslim dynasty which covered several regions of coimbatore, Madurai districts and other few places in southern Tamil Nadu. It is a great piece of art and all of the sculptures are encarved in the Madurai style.
Timing : 9.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 2.00 PM - 5.00 PM
Light Show Timing English at 6.45 PM and Tamil at 8.15 PM
Charge Adult Rs 10/- and Child Rs 5/-

Vaigai Dam

Vaigai dam is a giant dam constructed on the river Vaigai and is situated near Andipatti in southern India. The dam has been the life line of the agricultural lands in the neighbourhood and because of it the areas have flourished in leaps and bounds. It provides clean and fresh drinking water to whole of the region of Madurai and Andipatti. Agricultural research institution too has been developed near the dam so as to research on a wide variety of crops including cereals and pulses. Several issues about the water supply in the dry seasons have been curbed down after the construction of the dam and it has provided life to the region of southern India.

Government Museum

The Government Museum, situated within the premises of the Gandhi museum complex, was established during the 5th World Tamil Conference in 1981.
Timing : 10.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 2.00 PM - 6.00 PM
Every Friday and every second Saturday Holiday

Tourist Spots in Karur

Government Museum

The Government Museum is located in Karur, Tamil Nadu. The Museum houses some of the collections of Roman coins, Chera, chola and pandya discovered during three excavations in 1973, 1977, and 1993, by the archaeological department of Tamil Nadu. The excavations uncovered many roman coins, precious stones and other iron pieces. In the Amaravathi River bed gold and silver rings are seen.
Timing : 9.30AM - 5.30 PM
Address: Government Museum, Daily Market Complex, Karur Bus Stand, Karur.

Noyyal

The "Noyyal" is a sacred river in Tamil history. Its original name was Kanchinadi but changed later to the name of the place where it drains into the Kaveri River in 1750 A.D. The Noyyal village is situated at the banks of Noyyal and Kaveri ( Ponni ) Rivers where they both merge. An ancient temple to the goddess Sellandiyamman is also situated at Sangamam. This temple belongs to "Karadi" Kulam people of Kongunadu Vettuva Gounder community. The Western region of Tamilnadu was known as the Kongunadu. Though during the supremacy of the Chera kings, Kongunadu was the heartland of the Cheras with Karur as their capital. Next came the Gangas ( Kongas ) with their capital in Dharapuram ( Tarakapuri or Vijayaskandapuram ). Then it fell under the later Cholas and was under their control for a short time of five kings from Veerachozha to Rajaraja.

TiruMukkudal

Tirumukkudal is a popular pilgrimage destination offered by Karur, which is situated about 4 km away from Walajabad. The name 'Tirumukkudal' stands for mukkudal or the union of three sacred rivers - Palar, Cheyyar and Vegavati. Tirumukkudal is recognized as a heritage site by the Archaeological Survey of India. This is an ancient temple constructed during the reign of early rulers of the Thondaiman Dynasty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Agasthiswarar and his consort Anjanakshi. Pazhayaseevaram is yet another famous temple situated in the vicinity of Tirumukkudal temple, which is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha.

Tourist Spots in Sivagangai

Sivagangai Palace

The Sivaganga palace was built in 1730, tt also called "Gowri Vilasam", is situated in the Sivaganga district about 40 km from Madurai. It was once the seat of Marava kings. At present the palace is in dilapidated condition but the architectural beauty can still be appreciated. The architectural style of the palace reflects elements borrowed from the Thirumalai Nayak's period and infused with Rajputana arts. Raja Rajeshwari. It is the family deity of the royal family. Sri Raja Rajeshwari temple is open for the public only in the evenings and on auspicious days. On the Southern part of the temple there is a huge hall supported with numerous pillars.
Address: Devakottai Palace, Sivaganga.
Telephone : 04561 - 272308

Chettinad Palace

Chettinad Palace is an outstanding specimen of the Chettinad architecture. The oldest surviving building of this style, the Chettinad Palace was built by Dr Chettiyar, founder of the Indian Bank and the Annamalai University in Chidambaram. Chettinadu extended 25 km from the north to south and 15 km from west to east. The basic style of architecture reflects traditional architectural style of Chettinad. The woodwork and stonework was inspired that of the houses in France and other European destinations. The verandah is just next to the iron-gate and was converted into the waiting area for the visitors. The flooring of the waiting area is done with white marble. The meeting hall is decorated with several pairs of tusks.
Address: Chettinad Palace, Chettinad, Sivaganga.
Telephone : 91-423-25383333

Kannadasan Memorial

Kannadasan was born in Thiru Mukkudalpatti in Karaikudi. He was a great Lyricist. He raised the level of Tamil Film Songs to Himalayan Heights. The memorial was opened on 21-10-1992. Situated at Karaikudi - Opp. to new bus stand.

Tourist Spots in Nammakkal

Boat House Vasulurpatty

The Boat House at Vasalurpatty is located at Km 9/2 of Solakkadu - Thinnanurpatty road. It is one of the most beautiful spot with small natural island in the lake covered with huge rocks and greenery on all sides. Perennial water source available in the lake throughout the year. At present 4 fiber boats are available and for the conveyance of tourist a boat parking bay has been constructed.

Botanical Garden

A Botanical Garden is formed at the old TAMPCOL site located some 3 Km from Semmedu . In this Garden area a Park, Rose Garden, Herbal park , Eco friendly cottages and a view point is located. The Children Park is located just above the fountain in the Botanical Garden. Statues of animals, One see saw double ( Four seater ), One wave slide, one deluxe circular swing, one merry go round and one six seated Children. A Gallery room for flowers show is also available.

Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills is a major mountain range and is an outliner of the Eastern Ghats. It is eighteen miles ( 28 Kilometeres ) long ( north south ) twelve miles( 19 Kilometers ) wide( east / west ) and the Koll Block covers 441.4 square kilo meters. It falls within the following coordinates:- Rest Longitude 78 degree 17'05" to 78 degree 27'45" and North Latitude 11degree 55' 05" to 11degree 21'10". The name Kolli Malai refers to the mountain's once hostile nature; the unsuspecting and unaccamatised aliens, attracted by natural beauty. Viewed from plains of Namakkal the mountain appears as a flat-topped mass. The mountain has been inhabitated from prehistoric times. It is much celebrated in the Tamil Literature of the Sangam period; at least eleven poets mention it in their poems.

Boat Type Cottage

One Boat type cottage is available for the tourist to take rest at garden . Surrounded by bamboo trees and flower plants it attracts lot of tourist.

Cave Type Cottage

A Cave type cottage is also there where the tourist can cave the feel of a cave in darkness with a fiber Tiger is placed on a rock which will roar when some body crosses with the help of sensors fixed around.

Tourist Spots in Salem

Yercaud Hills

Yercaud is one of the most well known hill stations of Tamil Nadu, at a distance of 22 km from the city of Salem. These hills form a part of the Servarayan Range in the Eastern Ghats and are situated at an altitude of 1515 m ( 4,920 feet ) above sea level. The area of these hills is also popular for coffee plantations and orange groves, along with an orchidarium, which is run by the Botanical Survey of India. The highest point at these hills is the site of the Servarayan Temple, due to which, these hills are also sometimes referred to as Shevaroy Hills.

Kiliyur Falls

The Kiliyur Falls is another popular attraction of Salem, situated 3 km away from the city. These falls drop from a height of 300 ft and are famous for its activities like boating and swimming.

Kurumbapatti Zoological Park

Kurumpapatti Zoological Park is a small zoological park situated at a distance of 6 km from the city of Salem. This park is mainly known for its bird species, like the white peacock and small multicolour cranes.

Agaya Gangai Water Falls

Agaya Gangai waterfalls is located in Kolli Hills of the Eastern Ghats. Panchanathi, a jungle stream cascades down as the Agaya Gangai ( English: Ganges of Sky ), near the Arapaleeswarar temple atop the Kolli Hills in Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu. It is 300 ft waterfall of the river Aiyaru situated close to Arapaleeswarar temple. It is located in a valley that is surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Poiman Karadu

Poiman Karadu is situated on the Salem - Namakkal National Highway, 9 km away from the city of Salem. The main feature of this place is that, from a particular spot, specifically a cave between rocks on the nearby hills, this place is visible like a deer with two horns.

Mettur Dam

Mettur, meaning 'town with crests and troughs', obtained its name owing to the undulating rocky nature of the land that makes the town an ideal place for the DAM on Cauvery river the life line of north and central Tamil Nadu. Stanley Reservoir. The Mettur Dam is a large dam and oldest dam in India built in 1934. It was constructed in a gorge, where the River Kaveri enters the plains. It provides irrigation facilities to other district farm land.

Panamarathupatti Lake

This is a Natural Lake situtated near a Village called Panamarathupatti. Situated very near to the suburbs of Salem City. This lake is used to meet the water needs in some parts of southern suburbs of Salem City, and as well as for the agricultural lands around the lake. The total area covered by this lake is around 500acres. Tourists are attracted by the scenic feautres of the lake. This lake is even called as Vedanthangal of Salem District, as the lake attracts many birds during the season. Panamarathu Patti has fequent bus services from Salem Old bus Stand. A drive will also be a good idea. It takes around 20 - 30 minutes to reach this place from Salem City.

Poolampatty Water Palace

The daily boat ride across River Cauvery in picturesque Poolampatti in Salem district throws safety to the winds. In Salem we have a nice place Called Poolampatti which is nearly 40 km away from Salem city. Every one in Salem please Visit it once. Boat ride Poolampatti to Nerunjipettai in erode.

Aanai Maduvu Dam And Muttal Lake

Total height of 67.25 feet. Lot of people used to visit here for aadi-18. Nice trekking place is there behind this dam, goes through forest and then goes up in the hill. It used to be a popular place before the computer and internet age. Pachaimalai Hills, Attur Pachimalai Hills are a part of the Eastern Ghats in the Southern state of India,Tamil Nadu. The hills are spread over the districts of Tiruchirapalli, Salem and Perambalur. Pachai in Tamil means green and the Pachimalai hills is greener than the some of the hills located nearby. The rivers flowing through the hills are Kallar and Sweata Nadi. The Veeraramar Dam is located in the hills across the Kallar River.

Kalrayan Hills

Kalrayan Hills having tourist attraction like Megam Falls and Periyar Falls Gomukhi Dam at the Kalrayan foot hills. The Kalrayan Hills are a major range of hills situated in the Eastern Ghats of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Along with the Pachaimalai, Javadi, and Shevaroy hills, they separate the Kaveri River basin to the south from the Palar River basin to the north. The hills range in height from 2000 feet to 3000 feet and extend over an area of 1095 square kilometres. The hills straddle a number of Tamil Nadu districts, extending northeast from the Salem District

Attur Karumandurai Kariyakoil Dam

This is a capital of the kalrayan hills. This is the big village panchayat. Here suituated in primary school, higher secondary school, primary health center, police station, regulated market, giant orchard for fruit near 1 Km. Here farmers are grown all english vegetable. The main crop of this hill is rain fed tapioca. Total height of dam is 52 feet.

Tourist Spots in PuduKottai

Mallaiyadipatti

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.

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.

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.