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Pudukottai Travel Guide

Pudukottai was a princely state of British India under the political authority of Madras Presidency. After independence, it became a part of the Tiruchirappalli District of Madras State. The present Pudukkottai District was formed from parts of Tiruchirappalli and Thanjavur district. The state consists mainly of an undulating plain, it is scattered with rocky hills in the southwest. It is rich Granite, feldspar, quartz and laterite. Red ochre, silk, cotton fabrics, bell-metal vessels and perfumes are the major goods that are produced in Pudukottai. Tanned barks and groundnuts are the main products that are exported. It has coastline of about 39 Km.

Places to see:

Pudukottai is one of the most peaceful tourist places of Tamil Nadu, an important centre of the awe-inspiring art and architecture of the state. It preserves some the most famous ancient sculptures. Some of the masterpieces that are amongst the best of Tamil Nadu are the famous Jain monument and cave paintings of Sittanasaval, the historic fort of Thirumayam, the rock-cut Vishnu temple of Malaiyadipatti, the Naganathaswamy Temple of Peraiyur, the Murugan Temple of Virallimalai and the following are a must visit:
  • Government Museum, Thirukkokarnam
  • New Pool or the Pudhu Kulam
  • Sittannavasal
  • Kudimiyanmalai
  • Thirumayam Fort
  • Narthamalai
  • Sastharkovil
  • Anna Pannai
  • Murugan Temple
  • Ulaganayaki Ambaal Temple
  • Sri Chithi Vinayagar Temple, Namakkottai
  • Arulmighu Malaiyandi Temple
  • Perungaraiyadi Meenda Ayyanar Temple
  • Sri Muthumariyamman Temple
  • Admanathaswamy Temple
  • Kokarneswarar Temple
  • Sri Bragadhambal Temple
  • Sri Thiruvapur Muthumariyaman Temple
  • Sri Viruthapureeswarar Temple
  • Veeramakali Amman Temple
  • Meiyyanathar Temple
  • Mariyamman Temple, Thiruvappur
  • Mariyamman Temple
  • Bhuvaneshwariamman Temple
  • Sacred Heart Church, Marthandapuram
  • Moovar and Ivar Temple, Kodumbalur

Shopping:

The town has a bustling market that offers a varied range of goods and following are the main centres:
  • Singapore shopping
  • American shopping
  • Shabanam shopping
  • Royal Glassware & Agenies
  • Shanmuganathan stores
  • Jothi marketing
  • Raja furniture
  • SMR Store
  • Mumtaj furniture
  • VSP Thanga Maligai

Where to stay:

A good number of comfortable and calm hotels, inns and lodges are available for the tourists. Following are the hotels and lodges in Pudukottai:
  • Annamalai International
  • Hotel Sathyam
  • Hotel Maaris

How to reach Pudukottai:

Though Pudukottai is a very small place but being a very important part of Tamil Nadu tourism it is well connected with other major cities of the state and therefore it is very easy to reach there by rail, road or air. This district is surrounded by Tiruchirappalli in the north, Thanjavur in the north-east and Ramanthapuram in the south which are the other prime tourist places of the state.

By Air: The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Thanjavur, which in turn is well connected with Chennai, Tiruchi and Nagore.

By Road: Well-maintained roads connect it to all the three major cities around it.
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