Places of Interest

Veeramakaliyamman Koil

A Famouse Veeramakaliyamman Koil situated centre of the town. In August month is the festival time of this temple.

Avudaiyarkoil is 15 Kms from Aranthangi. The Athmanathaswami temple situated here contains graceful life-size sculptures which are of absorbing interest. This is the most ornate temple full of bursting brogue sculptures. It is called Thirupperundurai in inscriptions and intimately associated with Siva saint Manickavasakar. The sacred book Saivism, Thiruvasakam of Manickavasakar originated from this shrine. The God is worshiped formless and no images in the sacnithanam. The utsavamurti of the temple is Manikkavasakar. The mandapams are full breath – taking sculptures, a varitable galary of sculptures. The car of this temple is renowned for its wood carvings. The temple is noted for zephyr (granite roof) work. The sanctum sanctorum is covered with copper plate and is similar to the Chidambaram Natarajar temple.


Manora is 38 Kms from Aranthangi. The eight-storey victory tower here was built by the Maratha King Serfoji in the year 1814 to commemorate the victory of the British over Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo. The name “Manora” is derived from the word minaret (small minar).


Thirumayam is 52 Kms from Aranthangi. The Fort, the Siva and Vishnu temples are the tourist attractions here. The Fort played an important role in the history of Tondaiman rulers of Pudukkottai and the British. The erection of this 40 acre-wide Fort in 1687 A.D. is attributed to Sethupathi VijayaRagunatha Thevar, the Sethupathi of Ramanathapuram. On the hill there is a Rock Cut Siva temple with Music inscription and the relics of a Fort. At the foot of the hill also Vishnu and Siva Shrines are found. The Vishnu temple is one of the most complete and the largest Anantasayi groups in India. It is a natural Cavern which has been changed into a shrine

Oriyur – Arulanandar Church

Oriyur St. Arulanadar Church near 40 Km from Aranthangi. It is very ancient church about 200 year ancient.

Sri Gokarneswara Temple – Thirugokarnam

The Rock-cut cave temple of Sri Gokarneswara – Brahadambal at Thirugokarnam is a Pandya art and belongs to 9th century A.D. It is the tutelary deity of Thondaiman rulers of Pudukkottai. The Pudukkottai Museum is situated at Thirugokarnam 35 Kms from Aranthangi. It has rare collections in Geology, Zoology, Paintings, Anthropology, Archaeology, Numismatics, Economics, Botany and Philately. The Fine Sculptures and bronzes of various periods are the, attractive items of the Museum. Open on all days Except Fridays, Second Saturdays of the month and three National Holidays. Open Between 9.30 to 5.00 P.M. through. Admission is Free


This ancient abode of Jains dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. is about 16 Kms. from Pudukkottai and 49 Kms. from Aranthangi. The Rock–cut cave temple here has beautiful fresco Paintings in natural colors as in Ajanta. The Natural cavern with stone beds in which the Jain monks were said to have sought refuge for meditation. This cave contains lithic record (Brahmi Script of 2nd Century B.C.) There are a few sculptures of Jain Thirthanharas in the ardhamandapam and the inner shrine of the cave temple. The ceiling of the ardhamandapam contains fresco paintings of the 9th Centure A.D. The cave temple is said to have been excavated in 9th century A.D. and it is a pandya creation and art. Sittannavasal is one the oldest habitation of man in the district and is rich in megalithic sites. The cave temple and other sites are under the control of Archaeological Survey of India. Admission by tickets, open all days. Frequent bus service is available from Pudukkottai


Kudumianmalai is 20 Kms from Pudukkottai and 50 Kms from Aranthangi. The presiding deity of the temple here is Sikhagiriswarar. There are beautiful sculptures in the temple. The temple is noted for numerous inscriptions. Remarkable among them is the one relating to a musical treatise. It is the only of it’s kind , dating to 8-9th century AD., and the notations can be played in a Veena called ‘Pirivadini’ with 8 Strings. There is a rock-cut cave temple with massive bas-relief dwarapalakas and with the architectural features of Hoysala style and belongs to 8-9th century A.D. The Anna Agricultural Farm and Agriculture Research Institute are the other interesting features of this place.


Kudumbalur is 36 Kms. from Pudukkottai and 42 Kms. from Thiruchirappalli. It was formerly the seat of Irukkuvelirs, who were related to the Cholas. Kodumbalur is one of the ancient places in the district and is mentioned in Silappadikaram, The epic hero and his wife are said to have passed through this place on their way to Madurai. The early Chola temple here is known as “Muvarkoil”. Of the three shrines of Moovarkoil only two exist now. These temples were build by But Vikramakesari in the 10th Century A.D. The Architecture of the temple is unique among South Indian temples and is the forerunner of all the grand Chola monuments.


The temple of Lord Subramanya at this place is on a hillock It is a peacock sanctuary, It is 30 Kms. from Trichy and 40 Kms. From Pudukkottai. The Principal idol Lord Subramanya with Valli and Devasena is seated on a peacock. It is one of important centre of Lord Muruga worship and various festivals relating to Lord Muruga are celebrated.