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Sittanavasal Jain Cave Temple

The Sittanavasal Jain Cave temple is also known as Arivar Kovil is located in Sittanavasal 16km from Pudukottai. This is famous ancient rock cut Jain temple. It is a Jain monastery of the 7th century, small in size, excavated in a bluff on the western slope of the hill in its centre. The painting themes depict a beautiful lotus pond and flowers, people collecting lotuses from the pond, two dancing figures, lilies, fish, geese, buffaloes and elephants. Mulk Raj Anand said of the paintings, Pallava craftsmen used greens and browns, with a genuine ability and a lyrical flow of line. Lotuses spring up from imaginary ponds amid variegated greenery, under a bluish sheen. In addition, inscriptions of the 9th and 10th century are also seen. The exquisite ceiling of the Ardhamandapam is decorated with murals from the 7th century. The cave temple has placid pillars and sculptures of Jain Tirthankaras. However, most of the frescoes which were covered fully in plaster have been severely defaced or not clearly visible due to inadequate security and maintenance resulting in vandalism in the past five or six decades.      Book Now



Thirumayam Fort

The Thirumayam Fort is a 40-acre wide fortress in the town of Thirumayam in Pudukkottai-Karaikudi Highway in Pudukkottai District, Tamil Nadu, and India. It was constructed by Vijaya Raghunatha Sethupathi, the Raja of Ramnad in 1687.Thirumayam Fort, also known as Oomayan Kottai, dates back at least 300 years. Theres something starkly beautiful about the fort, which stands high on rugged rocks and boulders, its striking ramparts taking you on a walk down history lane where you can imagine kings and soldiers of yore, battling to protect their kingdom! Thirumayam Hill Fort is spread across 300 acres and is of great significance in Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu. There are three famous monuments here the fort itself and two stunning rock-cut temples which have been hewn from the same rock with shrines are dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. The Vishnu Temple is a popular pilgrim spot and is considered second to the magnificent Srirangam Temple. Next to the Shiva Temple is one of the largest rock inscriptions in Tamilnadu, and interestingly the subject of the inscription is music, quite an unusual topic on an inscription. All three monuments have been declared National Monuments and are protected by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). Thirumayam Fort originally had seven concentric walls; however only three remain today.      Book Now



viralimalai peacock sanctuary

The peacock is India’s national bird, and is one of the most beautiful birds with its multi-colored plumage. If you like peacocks, then a visit to Viralimalai Peacock Sanctuary is a must. Virilimalai is a developing town in Tamil Nadu, and is 30 km from Tiruchirappalli (Trichy). Viralimalai is one of the few places where you can spot peacocks in abundance The famous Lord Shanmuganathar Temple is perched on the top of a small rocky hill in Viralimalai. To reach the temple, you need to climb 210 steps. This Murugan temple was once a prominent place where the Bharatanatyam dance form flourished; it boasted of a separate dancer for each of the 32 adavus (dance movements). The Shanmuganathar Temple surroundings and the neighboring woodlands are home to beautiful wild peacocks. Today, Viralimalai town, the Lord Shanmuganathar Temple and the Viralimalai Peacock Sanctuary have been declared and funded as a Heritage Place by order of the Governor.      Book Now


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