Virudhunagar welcomes you with the curious clash of the two distinct images of the city; a bustling industrial town on the one hand, and a historical city of ancient legacy on the other. However, moving through the city streets, you notice the harmonious blend of these two images that truly defines its essence
Historical evidence traces the city back to the mighty Vijayanagar Empire and the Nayaks. It was previously known as Virudhupatti, which was eventually changed to Virudhunagar. The city gained prominence during the British era when it slowly developed into an industrial hub. It is, today, among the major trading hubs in Tamil Nadu, known for its firecracker industry. Virudhunagar lures travelers with its many aspects that blend together to form a fascinating combination.The city boasts of a strong spiritual culture, with a number of temples adorning its cityscape. The ancient Srivilliputhur Divya Desam temple of Andal is among the oldest and most popular places of worship in the city. Built by the Nayak Kings, it is also a place of historical significance. A major attraction is the statue of the Lord Srivilliputtur in the form of a baby. The famed Ramana Maharishi Ashram is located near the river Gundar. Aiming to spread the teachings of the sacred Maharishi, it is yet another place of religious importance. The Bhuminathaswamy Temple is also worth visiting.You can also enjoy the company of nature at the Shenbgathope Grizzled Squirrel Sanctuary. Sheltering the endangered grizzled squirrel along with the other wildlife species, this is a must-visit for tourists.The Kamaraj House honors the memory of the great freedom-fighter who was born in the city. A great time to visit the city is during the various festivals celebrated here, such as the car festival celebrating the marriage of Sri Andal.Virudhunagar boasts of a well-connected network of local transport services making it easy to travel within the city. The city buses operated by the government frequently ply on the important routes in and around the city. Mini-bus services are run by private owners and provide another convenient way of getting around. You can hire a private taxi for traveling more comfortably.Avoid traveling to Virudhunagar in summer, as the extremely hot climate makes it uncomfortable for traveling and sightseeing.Despite its development, the city lacks any nightlife and it is safer to stay indoors after dark
Virudhunagar is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Madurai at a distance of 32kms.
Airports: Madurai Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Virudhunagar from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Virudunagar Jn