Namakkal   Places of Interest

Aiyaru River :

Beautiful river, its constituent streams are Aroychi Aru, Kanappadi Moolai Aru, Maasimalai Aruvi, Nakkattu Aru, and Thazhigai Aru. It Orignates in the Siddhan Kuttu Peak (4500) as Vellaipaazhi Aru. At various points of its course in the kolli malai, this river is known as the Arappalli Isvarar Aruvi. Beyond the Arappalli Isvarar Kovil it falls down as Akaasa Gangai and flows out of the district at Puliyamsolai to join with the Kaveri.

Akasagangai Water Falls :

Kolli Hills situated on the Eastern Ghats at an altitude of 1190 meteres in Namakkal Dist. It is situated at 40 Kms from Namakkal. Kolli Hills is known for medicinal herbs and plants. Arappaleeswarar Temple, Govt. Herbal Farm, Aiyaru (River), Akasagangai Waterfalls, Botanical Garden, Telescope house are the important tourist attractions.

Anjaneyar Koil :


Namakkal is famous for a life size Hanuman Statue (Anjaneyar) of about 18 feet height carved out of a single stone. The city lies at the foot of a huge rock, upon which there is a fort. Ph : 04286-233999.

Arapalleeswarar Temple :

Kolli Hills is a major mountains Range and is an out liner of the Eastern Ghats. We can see every where the herbals around the hills. At the top of the hill there is Arapalleeswarar Temple. Sivalingam is the Temple was not made; it appeared as ‘Swayambu’ It was first seen by one Arappallian; so it is called as Arappalleeswara. The Godess in this temple is Thayammai who is other wise called as Sro Dharmagoseeswari to the north of this temple a river called Sri Saraba Theertham flows. It is a place of scenic beauty. This forest area is coll and green. Location : Very near Servarajan Hills 10 kms from Pulvan Chola Ph: 04286-247500.

Arthanareeswarar Temple Tiruchengode Hill :

The famous Ardhanareeswarar hill temple is situated in Tiruchengode. The main shrine for Lord Shiva known as Maathoru Paagar and for Lord Subramanya known as Chengottu Velar is located on a flat surface atop the hill. The image of the main deity is 6 feet in height, the right half of the image as male and left half of the image as female. Hence the main deity is also known as Arthanareeswarar. Chengottu Velar shrine is on the back side of the main sanctum sanctorum. The sculptures found in the mandapam in front of the Chengottu Velar shrine are of intricate designs and workmanship. Saint Arunagirinathar has also composed Thirupugazh on Lord Subramanya here. Ph: 04288-255925.

Hanumantheertham :

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 Asthrapryogam and got it. Disapponted at this, Hanuman was said to have thrown down the vessel in which he brought the holy water and this spilled water is believed to be the Hanumantirtha. The water is considered sacred and during the Tamil month of Aadi (July-August) people frequent this spot.

RamalingapillaiKailasanathar Koil :

This Siva temple is known as the Keezh Kovil (Lower temple) with reference to its location in the town as against the Mael Kovil (upper temple) of Arthanari Isvarar which is up on the hill. Its chief deity was referred to as Vikrama, Pandeeswarar after the Pandian King Vikrama who is said to have begun the construction of the temple. A well in the southeastern part of the town is still known as the Parian Pazhi.

Namakkal Dhurgam Fort :

It is one of the naturally strong forts steeped in bloody history of the district. It was retaken by Hyder Ali a few months afterwards and was lost again to the British in 1792.

Raamalingam Pillai Memorial Illam :

He was born on 10-10-1888. He had the distiction of being appointed as ‘Aasthana Kavignar’ (Laurate of the state) and later honoured with the title of ‘Padmabushan’ As a mark of respect his memorial was opened on 21-2-2000. His Memorial Illam is located in 39, Kavinger Ramalingam Street.


Pulithevan - the first freedom Fighter :

A copper plate unearthed at Tiruchengode recently reveals the real history of our independance war. Pulithevan the poligar of Nerkattuncheval is the first freedom fighter who fought against East India Company. Alexandar Keram was the first englishman who came to Tirunelveli for tax collection from the poligars. All the palayams except Nerkattunchaval surrendered and submitted taxes. So pulithevan had to fight against Keran. This was the first war waged against East India Company. Pulithevan’s original name was Kathappa Poolithevan.


Kolli Hills / Kolli Water Falls :

Kolli Hills is a major mountain range and is an outliner of the Eastern Ghats. It is eighteen miles (28 Kilometeres) long (North South) twelve miles (19 Kilometers) wide (East/West) and covers approximately 400 square miles. Viewed from plains of Namakkal the mountain appears as a flat-topped mass, next to the Servarayan. Ph : 04286-247500.

Tiruchengode Malai :

Mountain of the Holy Red Peak(1923) high. The legends have spawned a multitude of names fir the hill such as Aravagiri, Brahmagiri, Bogimalai, Chakkiri Meru, Dhenugri. According to the Ramayana legends, the hill fell off from the Sanjivi when it was carried aloft by Anjaneya, the Monkey God. Another legend claims that the hill was the result of a combat of strength between vayu, the wind-god and Adhisesha, the thousand-head serpent king. Adhisesha coiled himself around the Himalayas and Vayu tried to dislodge him by huffing and puffing. So fierce was the resultantstorm that Gods saints implored the scrpent king to yeild. Adhisesha slightly raised one of his hoods in order to listen better, when Vayu increased the force of wind and tore off the raised hood along with five peaks. The peaks, stained with the snake’s blood, flew through the air and landed at where they are now. One of the five peaks is this Nagagiri (Snake Mountian) the other four being Kanjamalai, Sankagiri, Pushpagiri (otherwise known as Morur Malai) and Urasa Kuntha Kottai hill. After the combat was over, Kamadhenu, the divine cow, obtained from siva the grant of the five peaks and consecrated them with her milk.


Golden Temple Car


anjaneyar templeBy the donation of the devotees of the Namakkal Shri Greatful God Anjaneyar, arranged and constructed by expert artist, a beautiful and allure temple car value rupees 1 crore 54 lakhs and 48 thousand. Now, this attractive temple car is coming around the temple as a procession daily in the eveings at 07.00 p.m. Devotees should pay Rs. 1,500 for one trip and one person to pull the thip rope as dedication. The details of used metals and values as : Gold - 11.5 kg Rs.1 crore 15 lahks, Silver - 24 kg Rs. 28 lakhs, Copper - 280 kg Rs. 1.07 lakhs, Wood Rs. 2.25 lakhs. Total height of the temple car 9.75 feet. Breath 07 feet only. One special idol prepared as 1.75 feet for this temple car by panchalogam means of five different metals included Gold. Experienced sculptors were called from Poompuhar and Kanyakumari and paid 10 lakhs as reward. We could also visit this temple and dedicate to pull the rope and get a new experience in the blessings of Anjaneyar. Enjoy and get a new devotional experience.


MELAM - A Tamil Tradition


anjaneyar templeJIMPLA MELAM
Jimpla is a percussion instrument. It is also known as Cimpla melam, Cimpla kottu and Erudhu kottu melam. This is like a thavil, but short in appearance. This instrument is accompanied by the Kattai kuzhal. So this is also known as Katta nayanam or Sattha kuzhal.

This art is performed by the Arundhati caste people during festival time. The performers wear banian and dhoti. They start with slow tempo and ends with fast tempo. Two beats played by the hand and two beats played by the sticks.

Naiyandi melam is a musical performance with a fast tempo played generally on instruments such as Nagaswaram, Thavil, Pambai, Thamukku, Jalara and some times on Shehnai. This music is usually performed as an accompaniment to folk dances such as Kavadi, Karagam, Poikkal Kudirai, etc.

Periyamelam is a traditional art form of Tamil Nadu. The troupe playing Periamelam, consists of 7 to 10 members. They wear colorful costumes. The artists play music themselves and also dance simultaneously. The Periamelam dance is performed mostly during festival times and rituals. The dancers not only play the big drums but also dance vibrantly according to the music of their instruments (Melams). Hence this dance is called Periamelam




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