also known as Thillai, since the place was originally a
forest of Thillai
( Excecaria agallecha ) shrubs. It is an important pilgrim
centre and a holy place for Saivaites as the famous Nataraja
Temple is located here.
Sirkazhi Taluk of Nagai district is also known as
Kaveripoompattinam. Tourists have to alight at Sirkazhi
railway station , to proceed to Poompuhar by road, Visitors
from Chennai by train have to get down at Sirkazhi.
Poompuhar is connected to Mayiladuthurai as well as Sirkazhi
by road. The distance from Poompuhar to Mayiladuthurai is 24
Kms. and to Sirkazhi , 21 Kms.
It is situated 2 Kms away from Poompuhar estuary. The Temple
is for Thirusayavaneswarar and Iraivi Kuyilinam Nanozhi Ammai.
This temple has been praised by Nayanmars in their hymns.
Chola inscriptions are found in the temple.
Thiruppallavaneeswaram ( Poompuhar )
This is and
ancient and very beautiful temple. Iyarppakai Nayanar and
Pattinatthar were born here. The hero and heroine of
Sillappathikaram Kovalan and Kannagi were also born here.
This temple was praised by the Saivaite-saint
Thalams are situated very near Poompuhar and Thiruvengadu.
The Valampuranathar temple at Melapperumpallam has Chola
inscriptions. It is noted for the famous Nayanmar’s hymns.
Keezhapperumpallam is at distance of 2 Kms form Poompuhar.
It is the temple where the famous “ Kethu” has a separate
is situated at a distance of 10 Kms from Sirkazhi. The place
is near Poompuhar. Hymns on it have been sung by four great
Saivaite Saints. This is the place where Meykandar was born.
“ Pudhan” (MERCURY) has a separate Thalam in Thiruvengadu
temple. The presiding deity is Sri Swetharanyeswarar.
It comes under
Tranquebar Taluk. The Shiva temple is based on Madakkoil
pattern. Sirappuli Nayanar one of the 63 Nayanmars was born
at this place. Hymns have been sung on this temple by the
temple referred to as Thirusumponpalli in Devaram hymns is
situated in this place. It is on the bus route between
Tranquebar and Mayiladuthurai. It is a temple of historical
The place lies
near Sevpondarkoil. This Shiva Temple here has received
tributes from Devaram. It is a beautiful temple of
architectural wonders of Cholas.
( Thirukkadayur )
Thirukkadaiyur is on the bus route between Mayiladuthurai
and Tranquebar. It is one of the eight temples ( Atta
Veerathanam ) glorifying the heroic deeds of lord Shiva.
Thalapuranam says that lord Shiva exterminated Yama at this
place to save the life of Markkandeya. It is one of the
famous Sakthi Thalams. The holy hymn of Abirami Andhathi,
have been sung by the greate poet and devotee Abirami Pattar
in this place. People prefer this place to celebrate their
Shastiyapthapoorthi ( completion of sixty years )
It is small
village near Thirukkadiyur. The temple here is noted for the
presiding deily of “ Dasapuja Veera Anjaneya “.
lying between Mayiladuthurai and Sirkazhi on the bus route
is called Pulirukkuvelur in Thevarams. This age-old temple
has the deities of Vaithyanathan (Shiva ) Nayaki (Sakthi)
and Muthukumarasamy ( Murugan) .This temple is famous for
its sculptural wonders. It is a special Thalam for one of
the Navagraghas Angrahan sevvai ( Mars).
Nangoor is in
Sirkazhi Taluk . Eleven of the 108 Thivya Desam’s are found
in and around Nangoor. The Vaishnava temples in Nangoor were
sanctified by Thirumangai Alvar.
Shiva temple lies at a distance of 5 Kms for Karaikkal. The
Shiva temple here is glorified in Thevarams. It is one of
the ‘ Sapthividanga ‘ Thalams. The temple for Saneeshwara (
Saturn) of one of the Navagrahas, is famous.
at a distance of 65 Kms from Sirkazhi and 20 Kms from
Nagapattinam. This place is noted for Thiyagaraja temple and
the chariot ( temple car ). It is the most prominent among
the “ Atta Veerattanam “. The art gallery depicting the
myths of Manuneethi Chola , the grand Kamalambal temple is
one of the famous ‘ Sakthi Peedams ‘. The unique feature of
the town is that it has three Shiva temples at one place.
The well known Panchamuga Vathyam and ParuNageswaram are
still played during regular Poojas. The Musical Trinity of
Thiyagaiyyar, Muthusamy Deekshither and Shiyama Sastri were
Tranquebar ( Tharangampadi )
It is 35 Kms
north of Nagapattinam on the coastal line of Bay of Bengal.
Danish fort and Buildings with Danish architecture are the
attractions of Tranquebar.
35 kms , east of Sirkazhi , ranks among the most scenic spot
with abundant and varied tourism resources. The Backwaters
which are interconnected by the Vellar and Kollidam System
offer abundant scope for water sports parasailing , rowing
Pitchavaram forest not only offers waterscape and backwater
cruises but combines another very rare occurrence - the
mangrove forest - trees permanently rooted in a few feet of
water. The Pitchavaram mangroves are considered among the
healthiest mangrove occurence in the world. Pitchavaram
consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse
of water and covered with green trees. The area is about
2800 acres and is seperated from the sea bar which is a
patch of Extraordinary loveliness.