While some may regard Pudukkottai as one of Tamil Nadu’s nondescript towns, the truth is you are just a bicycle or a bullock cart ride away from stepping into antiquity. The origin of most of the villages in Pudukkottai can be traced back to ancient times
Littered with evidences of prehistoric man's settlement, megalithic tombs and rock-cut cave monuments, the locals of these villages will excitedly fill you in, like an expert guide, on their region’s history and culture.The rule of dynasties such as Thondaiman, Mutharaiyars, Irukkuvelirs, Nayaks, Vijayanagar, Hoysalas, Pallavas, Cholas and Pandyas dressed the landscape with numerous temples bearing outstanding architecture. That Jainism and Buddhism also flourished here is a testament to the locals’ long-held belief in harmony and peace. A historian’s paradise, Pudukkottai offers an irresistible experience with its ancient structures and remains a must-see place for every true fan of archaeology, arts, anthropology and architecture. November to February is the best time to plan a holiday in Pudukkottai.The Jain cave temple of Sittannavasal hides some of the most beautiful frescoes of this region. Situated about 16 km from the town of Pudukkottai, most tourists aren’t aware of this site, which means it offers a largely pristine surrounding to those lucky few who accidentally wander into this cave. Although the temple itself is small, the walls and ceilings of the cave are covered with paintings of mythical creatures. A meditation chamber inside the cave creates playful echo effects.Travelers to Pudukkottai usually climb to the top of Thirumayam Fort for a sweeping view of the rural side. A nearby hill also hides a rock-cut shrine of Lord Shiva.The 8th-century temple of Vijayalaya Cholisvaram offers quiet and stunning rock-cut shrines of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The temple is present about 16 km from Pudukkottai.The history lovers can stroll through Pudukkottai Museum, which has a unique display of sculptures, paintings, megalithic artifacts and musical instruments.A decent network of buses, taxis and cars connect the town of Pudukkottai to major sites and nearby cities of Trichy, Chennai, Coimbatore, Arcot, Vellore, Ooty, Karaikkudi and Madurai.Some of the city attractions might be inaccessible to aged travelers because of high or rocky terrain.Before entering the temples in remote villages, do inquire about their customs and guidelines
Pudukkottai is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Tiruchirappally at a distance of 44kms.
Airports: Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Pudukkottai from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Pudukkottai