The famous and oldest temple town of Tamilnadu, located between Nagapatinam and Tanjavur. It lies on the basin of majestic River Cauvery. This renowned place is well known for chariot festival. It is birth place of great musician Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikhitar and Syama Shastri. It shares its credit with the Thyagaraja Swamy temple where the world famous chariot festival is conducted every year. The festival attracts lakhs of devotees and visitors. Thiruvarur Chariot is the biggest temple chariot in Tamilnadu. Apart from religious aspect, one can enjoy boating at Kamalalayam, breath taking scenic nature beauties and secluded atmosphere.
Places to visit
Thiyagaraja Swami Temple
It is an ancient temple, was built during Chola dynastry. The temple is well popular for its amazing architecture and temple tank. Thyagaraja Chariot festival is the major tourist attraction which grabs visitors from all over the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Somaskandar, a form ofLord Shiva. Kumbabhishekam is conducted once in every twelve years is the astonish event held at this temple. The chariot of this temple is considered largest chariot in Tamilnadu.
It is one of the revered Thevaramtemple and placed 126 th in the series of thevaram temple. Legends claims that great saint Agasthiyar witnessed the holy marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati at this temple. This temple is closely related to several epics andrulers of great Chola kingdom.
The beautiful temple devoted o Goddess Saraswati who is considered the goddess of educaton. It is nested in the banks of River Arislar in Kuthanur village. It is a 12th century temple where the great Tamil poet Ottakuttar meditated upon Goddess Saraswathi.
Muthupettai Wildlife Sanctuary
It is a famous tourist destination which is completely covered by thick mangrove forests. The stretch of forests is covering the area of 120 sq km and makes an ideal natural habitat for several wild animals and birds. It is a declared reserve forest. Bird watching and boating are the wonderful activities to be experienced here. This s is biodiversity spot which is rich is flora and fauna. Shore birds and painted storks, terns, falmingos and herons are the main fauna.
Sri Rajagopalaswamy temple, City Garden, Gothanda Rama Temple, Neelamegaperumal Temple, Srinivasa Perumal temple and Piravi Marundesswarar temple are the other major tourist attractions in Thiruvarur.
How to reach Thiruvarur
Thiruchirapalli airport is the nearest airport located 150 km from Thiruvarur.
Nagapattinam rail head is located 24 km from Thiruvarur is the closest railway station.
There are many state owned and private run buses are frequently connecting Thiruvarur to major cities of Tamilnadu.
In summer 23-37°C and in winter 17-30°C. Thiruvavrur tourism is best enjoyed during October to March.