Located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Ariyalur district was, many eons ago, completely submerged beneath the sea. But geological forces had their way, and as the region rose out of the water, it grew to eventually become a hub for agriculture and the limestone and cement industries
History suggests that Ariyalur is one of those areas in India that has been inhabited since prehistoric times, by Paleolithic and Neolithic dwellers. Subsequently, many kingdoms have laid claim to this small region, but the one that had the greatest influence on the district was the Chola dynasty. A number of temples in Ariyalur have stood the test of time, since the days of the Cholas, and are important points of interest in the region today.Replete with history and a vibrant local cultural ethos, Ariyalur is a district that will appeal to those looking for the heart of India.The village of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, in Ariyalur, is a testament to the Cholas’ long and prosperous rule over the region. They built a number of temples and structures in the area, though most were destroyed in subsequent wars. The one temple that still stands and continues to attract devotees from far and wide is the Brihadeeswara Shiv Temple. The architecture of this temple, declared a protected monument by the Archeological Survey of India, follows the style of the Thanjavur temples, found across the state.Another major attraction in the Ariyalur district is the Vettakudi-Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary. Nature lovers can whet their appetite here, as you can spot myriad varieties of local, as well as migratory birds, in their natural habitats.Local state-transport and mini-buses are the most common and economical modes of transport in Ariyalur. For greater convenience and comfort, hire a car from Chennai or Mysore and drive down to the district.When visiting the temples maintain decorum and dress accordingly.Avoid visiting during summer, as temperature soar quite high
Ariyalur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Tiruchirappally at a distance of 56kms.
Airports: Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport
There is no regular trains to Ariyalur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Kumbakonam which is located at a distance of 39kms.
Railway Station(s): Kumbakonam