Pudukottai - Tamilnadu

Pudukkottai: The then independent province in 17th century Pudukkottai has got a new image on the tourist map of South India. On Madras-Rameshwaram metre guage rly Pudukkottai's distance from Madras is 390 km, Thanjavur 57 and Trichi 53 km. TTC buses also run from Madras at 8-15, 9-15, 22-00 and reach Pudukkottai in 9\ hr. The nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli. Its altitude being 87.78 m, temperature fluctuates be­tween 37.1° and 36.4° in summer and 21.3° and 20.1° celcius in winter; average rainfall 83.5 cm. However, any time is touring season in Pudukkottai.

Pudukkottai is famous for Sri Kokaranesh-war Cave Temple cut out of a hillock during the Pahlava king Mahendra Ve"'rma. There is also 5 km away the Museum, quite rich with old collections. It is open everyday other than Mondays and holidays from 8-00 to 11-30 and 14-00-17-00 hr.

The Jain Temple at Sittannavasal, 16 km away is another attraction. It was built in 2 century BC, contemporary of the Ajanta, cut out of rocks, and is highly decorated with beautiful frescos. Various objects of pre­historic period add additional weight to Sittannavasal. Equally worth seeing is the thousand- pillar Temple at Kudumitramalai, 20 km from Pudukkottai. It is a unique example of sculpture and architecture. You should also see the 10th century temple-architecture at Kodubalur, 36 km distance; Subrahmanya temple on the hill top of Bhiralimalai, 40 km; the cave temple at Narthamalai, 17 km; the 17 century Fort at Thirumayam, 19 km along with the temples of Shiva and Vishnu. Buses ply regularly from Pudukkottai. Taxis too are available for sight seeing.


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