Ariyalur Places of Interest



  1. Rajendra Chola-I (1012-1044 A.D) son of the Great Rajaraja-I, established this temple after his great victorious march to river Ganges on Northern India. He was originally called Madurantakan. He assumed the title of Rajendra during his coronation and continued to rule along with his father Rajaraja-I for a while. He achieved the supreme title of Cholas called Parakesari.

  2. Rajendra-I, a great warrior assisted his father in numerous expeditions to elevate the Cholas to supreme power.

  3. He assumed the title of Gangaikonda Cholan and named his new capital as Gangaikondacholapuram for administrative and strategic purpose.

  4. The Gangaikondacholapuram temple, he constructed consists of 3 stories and surrounded by a huge fort like wall. The outer wall was greatly destructed during the English rule (1896 A.D) and he reused the building material (Granite rocks) for constructing the Lower Anicut (Dam across river Kollidam).

  5. A statue of Rajendra-I is found in Kolaram temple at Kolar of Karnataka state in India.

  6. Contact : 0431-223649 96264 43399.

Jayankondam :

The original name of this place was Nellimaragramam as the sacred tree in the local Siva Temple is country gooseberry tree (Nellimaram). The present name is said to have been given by Rajendra Chola before he shifted his capital to Gangaikondacholapuram. Jayankondam is 10 kms from Gangaikonda cholapuram.



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Sri Kaliuga Varatharaja Perumaal Temple :

It is 5 km away from Ariyalur. This temple is famous for its “Car festival” in March/April. The people of Ariyalur celebrate the festival grandly. The car festival is a 10-day celebration for the small town of Ariyalur. The festival starts with the day of “Srinavame” in the month of Chithirai or Panguni (March-April). The grand event of Eganthem Sevai for Varatharajapermual is on 10th day of festival. The festival attracts people from all over the state of Tamil Nadu. The temple is also famous for the Puraittasi Saturdays. Every year in the month of ‘Puraittasi’ (September), special Pujas, ‘Arathanai’, ‘Abishekams’, etc are done on the four Saturdays. This also is a major attraction of the Kaliyaperumal temple. Ph : 04239-228890.

Thirumanur :

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

Thirumazhapadi :

Situated on the banks of Kollidam is, a picturesque village. Legendary anecdotes say that Lord Nataraja promised to give another cosmic dance at Dhalavanam, the original name of this place on full moon day in the Tamil-month of Vaikasi for the benefit of the sage Markandeya who reached Chidambaram late to witness the Adi-Thandavam.

Cement City :

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


  1. To the North of the village of Elakurichy at the distance of about half a km stands the beautiful Shrine Church of Our Lady of Refuge among some scattered trees the remnant of once thick grove. 65 Kms. from Perambalur. 80 Kms from Trichy. 375 Kms. from Chennai.

  2. Elakurichi is famous for its ancient church built by the famous Catholic Missionary Constructive Joseph Beschi popularly known as ‘Veeramamunivar’ on the year of 1711.

  3. The new Shrine Church was built in 1984, which has at the interior the altar of Our Lady which probably belongs to 19th century. Tamilnadu Govt. has announced it as a tourist spot in the year 2001.

  4. Then onwards Elakurichy was called Thirukkavalur, a place of Holy protection and was known far and wide among the people of Ariyalur and Thanjavur Kingdoms and they gathered in great numbers for the annual feast.

  5. Even now people throng every year during the festival days shedding their difference of creed or caste to obtain favours from Adaikala Matha.

  6. Mass & Devotional Timings : Second Sunday after Easter (flag hoisting) Third Sunday after Easter.(Annual Feast).

  7. Located in Thirukkavalur, (via) Thirumanur, Elakurichi - 621715. Ph : 04329-246222


Fr. ConstantineBeschi(Veeramamunivar)

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 years of 1728-29 a severe famine was ravaging the Thanjavur Kingdom. Many of the Catholics were crossing over to the Lutheran fold who offered them a good sum of money for 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 granted him the favour. Many of the Catholics who 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 thanksgiving feast was celebrated in 1729 with great pomp. And he began to call Our Lady Adaikala Matha (Our Lady of Refuge) 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.


Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary

Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary

  1. 35 kms to the north of Thanjavur in Ariyalur District.

  2. The total area of the sanctuary is 454 ha. This sanctuary is significant in the sense that it has been attracting the largest congregation of water birds after Pt. Calimere Sanctuary in Tamilnadu.Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary

  3. The peak congregation takes place in the month of November when over 2.5 lakhs birds arrive in this sanctuary.

  4. About 50 species of resident and migratory water birds visit this seasonal lake. Important visitors include the highflying Barheaded Goose, Rosy and Grey Pelican, Whitenecked stork, Spoonbill, Ibis, Shoveller, etc. Another important aspect of this sanctuary is the presence of water till the month of May as other water bodies dry up by the month of March, this sanctuary offers home to the water birds till May end.

  5. Wildlife viewing : The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is in November and February. The sanctuary is open visitors throughout the year.

  6. Entry Fee : The sanctuary is free for all visitors. Accommodation is available in Tamilnadu Guest House and private hotels in Thanjavur.

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