About Ariyalur Tourist Places

Ariyalur district was bifurcated from perambalur district on 23rd November 2007 and the administrative taluks are Ariyalur, Sendurai and Udayarpalayam. This taluks geographical extent is about 681.19 sq. km, Sendurai is about 314.82 sq. km and udayarpalayam is about 943.30 sq. km.  It is famous for its cement industries in and around it.  This was made possible due to its immense limestone store, which is the potential raw material for cement industries.  The Tamil Nadu state cement corporation owned Arasu cements, the Birla cements, the Sakthi cements, the Dalmil cements, the Tamil Nadu cements etc.  are situated in Ariyalur.  The formation of the district had witnessed a series of turmoil, with the change in government from time to time.

Ariyalur is one of the busiest transport cities.  It is also famous for the Kaliyaperumal Temple situated at 5km from Ariyalur.  The famous Gangaikonda Cholapuram is situated near to it.  This town is famous for the temple which was built by the king Rajendra Cholan of Chola’s Empire.  The king Rajendra Cholan is the son of Raja Raja Cholan who built the Tanjore Big temple.

It was also a good place for pursuing education and Arasunagar Matriculation Higher secondary school is one among those places Puthukottai Girama Panchayat is a Panchayat with 100% literate people.

Places to visit in Ariyalur District

Gangai Kondacholapuram

Rajendra cholal I son of the Great Raja Raja I established this temple after his great victorious march to river Ganges on Northern India.  He was originally called Madurantaken.  During his coronation Rajendra assumed the title.  He continued to rule along with his father Raja Raja I for a while.  After that he achieved the supreme title of Cholar called Parakesari. Rajendra I was a great warrior who assisted his father in numerous expedition to elevate the Cholas to supreme power.  He conducted various expeditions.  They were Gangetic expedition, eastern western Chalukyas, war against Cheras, Pandyas, Ceylon expedition, Kadaram expedition.

His empire extended to the whole of southern India to river Thungabathra in north India for administrative and strategic purpose he built another capital and named it as Gangaikonda Cholapuram.  This temple consists of 3 stories and surrounded by a huge fort like wall.  The outer wall was greatly destructed during the English rule (1896AD) and he reused the building material for constructing the lower Anicut. He built around 10 temples at various places.

He assumed the title of Gangai Kondacholapuram and named his new capital as Gangaikonda Cholapuram and he also constructed a huge Lake known as Chola Gangam that spreads 22km mainly used for drinking and irrigation purpose.  A statue of Rajandra I is found in Kolaram temple at kolar of Karnataka state in India.

Jayankondam

The real name of this place was Nellimaragramam.  Because it has a sacred tree in the local Siva Temple (ie) Gooseberry tree (Nellimaram) The present name is said to have been given by Rajendra Chola before he shifted his capital to Gangai Kondacholapuram.  Jayankondam is about 10km from Gangai Konda Cholapuram.

Sri Kaliuga Varatharaja Perumal Temple

Sri Kaliya Perumal Temple is a major attraction of Ariyalur.  It is about 5km away from Ariyalur.  This temple is famous for its car festival. During the months of March/April.  It will be conducted yearly.  The people of Ariyalur city celebrate this function grandly.  It is celebrated for 10 days.  This festival starts on the day of “Srinavame” in the month of Chithirai or Panguni. The grand event of Eganthem Sevai for Varatharaja Perumal is on 10th day of festival. This festival attracts people from all over the state of Tamil Nadu.  The temple is also famous for the Purattasi Saturday.  Every year in the month of Purattasi special pujas, “Arathanai, Abishekams” etc. are done for the four Saturdays.  This also is a major attraction of the Kaliyaperumal Temple.

Thirumanur

It is a mythological tale that Lord Nataraja had danced in this place with a stag in his hand.  So this place is called as Thirumanur.  It is said that Raja Raja Chola left the 20-feet high statue here on his way from perambalur to Thanjavur.

Thirumazhapadi

Thirumazhapadi is situated on the banks of Kollidam. it is a picturesque village the legend says that Lord Nataraja promised to give another comic dance at Dhalavanam.  It is the original name of the place on full moon day in the Tamil month of Vaikasi for the benefit of the sage Markandeya.  He reached Chidambaram late to witness the Adhi Thandavam.

Cement/Transport city

Ariyalur is famous for its cement industries in and around it.  It is possible due to immense limestone store which is the potential raw material for cement industries Arasu cements, Birla cements. Sakthi cement, Dalmia cements, Ramco cements etc. are situated in Ariyalru so Ariyalur is one of the busiest transport cities.

Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary

Karaivetti sanctuary is about 35km to the north of Thanjavur in Ariyalur District.  The total area of the sanctuary is about 454ha.  This sanctuary is significant in the sense that it has been attracting the largest congregation of water birds after Point Calimere Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.  The peak congregation takes place in the month of November when over 2.5lakhs birds arrive in this sanctuary. About 50 species of resident and migratory water birds visit this seasonal lake.  Important visitors include the highflying Barheaded Goose, Rosy and Grey pelican, white necked Stork, Spoon bills, Ibis, shoveller etc.

Another important aspect of this sanctuary is the presence of water till the month of May to March, this sanctuary offers home to the water birds till may end.  The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is November and January. This sanctuary is open on all the days.  It has visitor throughout the year.  I is free for all visitors.  Accommodation is available in Tamil Nadu Guest House and Private Hotels in Thanjavur.

Fr. Constantine Beschi: (Veeramamunivar)

The mission center of Elakurichy attained its name and fame with the arrival of Fr. Constantine Beschi, an Italian Jesuit who became a renowed Tamil Scholar of his time.  He administered the Mission for the span of 13 years from (1726-1739). In the year of (1728-29) a severe famine was ravaging the Thanjavur kingdom. Many of the Catholics were crossing over to the Lutheran abandoning their Catholic faith.  It was during this distressing period that Fr. Beschi had a special recourse to our lady and begged her to protect the Catholics from falling into the Lutheran-fold.  And our Lady had gone to the other fold came back.  Fr. Beschi instituted a feast in honour of our lady with the permission of the Bishop of Mylapore.  The first thanks giving feast was celebrated in 1729 with the great pomp.  And he began to call our Lady Adaikala matha and that too with the permission of the Bishop of Mylapore.  He even got a special written approval from the pope to celebrate the feast every year on 3rd week of Easter.