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Places to Visit in Virudhunagar

Virudunagar Tourism

Virudunagar is famous for its rich traditional heritage. The mandirs and places of worship in Virudunagar are quite historic.

The Mariamman Temple has a history of 400 years and the pool within the temple complex is quite famed. On 29th October 1923, because of the speedy development in the domain of business and academics, the name of the place was changed to 'Virudhunagar'.


Virudhunagar gives you a decent shopping experience. You will find a variety of items, all reasonably priced. Sivakasi, Kasukadai Bazaar, Sattur and Rajapalayam are popular markets in the city.

Places to see in and around Virudhunagar

  • Sri Maariyaman Temple- This renowned temple of Virudhunagar ranks among the holiest places of worship in Tamil Nadu and is located in the heart of the town. The Pongal festival is observed by the Hindus in the month of March (in Tamil month of Maasi) in the temple compound. With a history spanning four centuries the Virudhunagar Mariamman Temple is known for the 'Panguni Pongal' which takes place every year. People across all the towns and cities visit the place during Pongal and its celebrations. The temple is also known as Mariamman Kovil.
  • Andal Vadapadrasayi Kovil- The Andal Vadapadrasayi Kovil is one of the well-known places of worship in Virudhunagar. The unique facet of gopurams with lofty steeples with a length of 192 feet makes it special. This place of worship serves as the icon of the State Government of Tamil Nadu. It is home to the revered Andal Temple.
  • Kamarajar Residence- Virudhunagar is the hometown of Kamarajar (the famous Indian National Congress leader and an erstwhile Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu). His dwelling has been switched into a monument and graced with pictures of Kamarajar at every phase of his life.
  • Aruppukottai- Aruppukottai is located at a distance of 20 km from the town. The place is known for its weaving industry and grocery business.
  • Thiruchuli or Thiruchuzi- It is the hometown of the Ramana Maharishi. Thiruchuli is located at a distance of 33 km from Virudhunagar. You will see a range of consecrated lakes in this area.
  • Sivakasi- Sivakasi is famous for its handicrafts sector and firecrackers. The town houses calendar making and litho-printing industries as well. The distance is around 25 km.
  • Rajapalayam- Rajapalayam is located beside the holy township of Srivilliputhur and is the coldest area in the district.
  • Srivilliputhur- Srivilliputhur is the most significant traveler's spot in this area owing to the historic Andal temple. This was the hometown to Andal who was one of the 12 Vaishnavaite holy persons known as Alwars. The name has originated from the custom of submersion in Vishnu Bhakti and Alwar refers to one who is immersed.
  • Shenbagathoppu Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary- Shenbagathoppu Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary lies at a distance of 8 km from Srivilliputtur. The sanctuary houses the imperiled and tree-living grizzled giant squirrel or Ratufa macrora. Other creatures can also be seen in this area. More than 100 varieties of avifauna have been found. You will find the uncommon Great Indian hornbill in this sanctuary.
  • Sri Veiluganda Amman Temple
  • Holy Ignasius Church
  • Rajalakshmi Theater
  • Amirtharaj Theater
  • Apsara Theater
  • Ayyanar Falls (lying at a distance of 15 km from Rajapalayam)
  • Pilavakkal Dam near Watrap
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Last Updated on : January 13, 2014