Dharmapuri Places of Interest

Adhiyamankottai :


The capital of Adhiyamans, ancient rulers of Thakadoor, was Adhiyamankottam which is situated on the Salem-Dharmapuri road at a distance of 7 Km from Dharmapuri. The ruins of the roughly oval shaped fort is still there. The Chenraya Perumal temple is the biggest of the lot which is held as a protected monument and which is believed to have been constructed both by the King Krishna Deva Raya and Hoysala Kings. There is a mandapam which leads to the sanctum sanctorum.

Dharmapuri Fort Temple :

This temple is dedicated to God Mallikarjuneswarar and Goddess Kamatchi Ambal. It has been located at 1 km from Dharmapuri Bus stand. It belongs to the period of Cholas. It is told that it is the temple where Adhiyaman, the King of Thagadur used to vist and worship the deity here. This temple attached very great importance to feminine. So the Lord himself has given superiority to the Goddess Sakthi; Lord Mallikarjuneswarar has been seated lower than Ambigai. Hanging sculptured pillar in the temple is its special feature. Adhiyaman Fort is 8 km from this temple; a subway goes to the fort.


Coracle Boat - 'Parisal' :

Local coracles operate from the banks of both Tamilnadu and Karnataka banks of the gorge.

This is the main source of income for these boat operators. The coracles are about 2.24m in diameter, but still can take a load of eight persons at a time.

These coracles are made of bamboo, and with all materials available takes about a day to build. The bottom of the boats are made water proof by the use of hides, but sometimes with sheets of plastic. Use of plastics in the Hogenakkal vicinity, not just for boats, has been criticised due to problems with pollution.

These boats are steered and propelled using a single paddle, making them unique. The coracles are locally called as parisal in Tamil.



Kala Bairavar Temple

Located 8 km from the Adhiyaman Fort. Devotees are come and worship this temple during the special and festival seasions from various places. The special poojas are in Sundays and Pournami days.

Hanumanthathirtham :

This place is situated on the bank of Pennaiyar at a distance of 10 Km from Uthangarai and traditionally associated with Tirtamalai. It is believed that Hanuman who was instructed by Lord Rama to get the water from the Ganges for his penance at Tirtamalai which he could not do it in time. So Rama was said to have done Asthraprayogam and got it.


Hanging Pillar

Mallikarjuneshwarar Temple. It’s also called Kamakshi Amman temple. Locally called Kottai Koil (Fort temple). This temple was built around 8th or 9th Centuary.

Hanging Pillar Located in Ardha Mandapam, just next to the Garbha Graha (Sanctum Sanctorum), there are these 4 pillars and one of it is hanging. Quite literally hanging. It has a 2 cm space between the base and the pillar. We could inserting newspaper or cloth inside between that gap. Conatct Ph : 04342-268640, 264924


Hogenakkal :


This is one of the wonderful waterfalls in Tamil Nadu. It is located at a distance of 48-km West of Dharmapuri. It is a part of the river Cauvery and is about 250 meters above sea level. The main attraction of the falls is its vertical drop from a height of 20 meters with a thundering sound. From Bengaluru : Hogenakkal is around 150km from Bangalore. You need to take Hosur road and drive through Hosur and Krishnagiri, turn left after Krishnagiri and reach Dharmapuri. Drive into Dharmapuri and ask for directions to the fall. Another 30km drive takes you to Hogenakkal. Roads are pretty good till Dharmapuri and then will slow you down a bit. Expect a two and a half hour journey. No food or accommodation available at the location and it is good to pack your lunch before you start. Starting early from Bangalore helps, as it can get really sunny as the day goes.

Theerthamalai :

Theerthamalai is an important sacred place in Harur taluk of Dharmapuri District. Shri Theerthagirishwarar Temple is located at the top of a hillock. Chola and Vijayanagara Kings donated liberally to this temple. Ph : 04346-253599.


Oil Massage :

Get a massage from the famed Hogenakkal masseurs. The local malishkarans or the mystic masseurs are fully equipped with oils, powders and esoteric knowledge about the different massage points in the human body.


Subramaniya Siva


SubramanyaSivaMemorialSubramaniya Siva was born on 4-10-1884 at Bathlagundu. Madurai District. His parents were Rajam Ayyar and Nagammal. His family was very poor and so he went to Kerala to earn his bread. Though he was belonging to Brahmin community he hated cast and creed. Ever when he was very young he was interested is social activities. In 1908 he came to Thoothukudi and joined with V.O.Chidamparam. Bharathi V.O.C and Siva were very terror for the British rulers in those days. The firy speeches of Siva made the youngsters rise against British rulers. In 1913 Siva came to Chennai - Mylapore and started a Tamil Monthly ‘Gnana Banu’; a weekly magazine called ‘Prabancha Mithiran’ was run by him. In 1915 his wife died; after her death Siva devoted whole time in Politics. In 1921 he started Bharatha Matha Ashram at Karaikudi. In the same year he planned to erect one ‘Bharatha Matha’ temple at Pappara Patti in Dharmapuri District; but it never happened. His health deteriorated to a great extent. On 22-7-1925 he started from Madurai for Papara Patti. The very next day he breathed his last there. A monument was built in memory of the great patriot Subramaniya Siva and his samadhi is lying near Papparapatti, Pennagaram Taluk.


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