Tamil Nadu: Pudukkottai

 

Pudukottai is a well known and important tourist destination of South India now due to the existence of the impressive and divine Srokokoneshwar Cave temple, built long back in 2nd century by the Mahendra Varma Pallava.
Srokokoneshwar Cave temple, the unlit cave was wonderfully carved out of hard rock of the
hills, situated at a distance of 5 km towards the railway station, is the prime allurement of
Pudukkottai. Items of yester years are well maintained in the museum which is located at
a distance of 5 km from the astonishing cave temple. The public office building looks like a
fort which depicts architectural excellence on red stones. The striking new palace and the
palace with metallic art are the other coveted spots of Pudukkottai. The stunning aesthetics
of the palace of Chettiyar at Kakiapetti area will be there in your memories for long time.

Jain cultures are prominent on the edifices of Pudukkottai. The Jain cave temple of
Sittanabhasal, about 16 km from the city of Pudukkottai, was built in the contemporary
era when the cave temple of Ajanta was built. Fresco pictures engraved on the cave walls
decorate the cave temple. Plenty of pre historic sculptures and items had also revealed old
traditions.

The temple which is built artistically on 1000 pillars in Kudumitramalai, about 20 km from
Pudukkottai, is a prime instance of famous architectural panache.

Temple of Kodubalur (10th century), Subrahmanya temple atop the Bhirali- Malai hills (40
km from city), Marthamalai cave temple (17 km from Pudukkottai), ancient Thirumaram fort
(19 km from Pudukkottai), Shiva and Vishnu temples are the nearby places which deserve a
visit. All of these places can be reached from Pudukkottai by road.

Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary: An imperative attraction of Pudukkottai, is Point
Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary. More than 243 species of migratory birds from Siberia,
Mongolia, Russia, Iran and Iraq fly in. Innumerable wandering birds form their nests on the
soaring trees around sea beach. The wildlife sanctuary is covering a sprawling area of 50
acres.

The dark and opaque forest, covering 17 square km of area, is the homeland of various
species of deer and boars. Take a walk in and around the virgin forest to witness the
mysterious creations of nature. Apart from the enamoring nature, fascinating denizens of
the green land will welcome you with open arms. Birds like Rosy Pastors, Green pigeons,
Koels, Mynahs, Barbets, Paradise flycatcher, Indian pitta, Blyth reed warbler, Crested
serpent eagle, Shrikes, Eurasian Spoonbill, Northern Shoveler, Swallows, Blue Jays, Wood
peckers and Robins visit the sanctuary every year. Olive Riddle Turtles are also quite
frequently seen on the compelling sea beach. Two light houses and watch tower of coastal
police will offer a mind blowing bird’s eye view of the surrounding territories. Carry a
telescope to watch the breath taking griping greeneries around.

Visit Ramas fit atop the tila. The lingering sea beach and cool breeze will also fascinate you.

Hire a jeep and it is always prudent to take a guide alongside. But, the number of birds
of the wildlife sanctuary had diminished significantly. So, the local people are now
concentrating on prawn business.

Nagapattinam, located adjacent to Pudukkottai, houses a wonderful Nag Raj temple and an
ancient church.

Avail a train from Tambaram railway station, Chennai and get down at Thanjavur. The wild
life sanctuary is located at a distance of 80 km towards the south- west side of Tanjavur
and can be accessed directly by bus.

P V Thevar Lodge, Forest Rest House and Thambuswayami Rest House are the notable
places where tourists can stay overnight.

How to reach: Pudukkottai railway station is well connected to Tambaram, Trichi,
Rameshwaram and many more cities of South India by railways. Pudukkottai can be
accessed by bus from Chennai as well.

Where to stay: hotel Shivala, Municipal Rest House and Bus Stand Rest House.
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