- Sivaganga- The Serene town of Sivaganga
Sivaganga, a quiet town lying on the Southeast of Tamil Nadu, is a
perfect example of Traditional India. This quaint town exudes an aura of
glorious extravagance entrenched in its rich past. The town forgotten
by time was once the seat of power of the great Marava kings. Sivaganga
has a lot to offer from its palaces and temples to wildlife sanctuaries.
The present city of Sivaganga was founded by Sasivarna Periya Udaya Thevar, the first ruler of the Sivaganga dynasty. The unique style of architecture found in the region is a fusion of the Naik style and Rajputana style. Sivaganga is also where the British East India Company faced severe opposition during their conquests in peninsular India. Sivaganga is a much sought after heritage tourism destination in the state of Tamil Nadu.
- Place of Interest
The once magnificent Sivagana Palace or Gowri Vilasam Palace is sadly in
a state of neglect today. But its rich architectural aesthetics could
still be enjoyed. The palace is a perfect example of the fusion
architecture of Nayaks and Rajputanas. The imposing temple of Sri Raja
Rajeshwari located inside the palace complex is still perfectly intact.
This temple houses the family deity of the royal family. The lavishly
carved grand hall on the southern side of the temple hosted innumerable
auspicious royal functions in its heydays. The freshwater pool of Nadai
Kinaru is an added attraction to the engineering marvel of the palace.
The pool is directly connected to an underground freshwater supply and
was used to fill two huge tanks besides the pool.
At a distance of 18 km from Sivaganga is the holy temple of Kaleeswarar, in the town of Kalaiyarkoil. The temple is mentioned in the literary works of the Sangam period. The sprawling temple complex is built inside 18 feet high stone walls. This rich temple was looted of its precious jewels and valuables by the British, after a fierce battle with the rulers of Sivaganga. The temple has three main shrines and several sub-shrines. The imposing Gopurams of this temple towers to a height of 155 feet.
The small town of Thirukoshtiyur situated at a distance of 24 km from Sivaganga is famous for its imposing Sri Uraga Mellanayaan Perumal Temple. The temple has huge Vimaanam which is large and wide than most temples. The origin of this temple is traced to the time when the legendary Kadambha Mahrshi had a big Ashram here.
The 1000 year old Koviloor temple built by a Pandyan king is renowned for its magnificent architecture. Legend has it that the Pandyan king went for a hunting expedition in the forest and was blessed by the goddess. The king constructed this beautiful temple in thanksgiving for the blessing received.
The Vettangudi bird sanctuary located in the district is an ornithologists paradise. The sanctuary is a breeding ground for a wide variety of migratory birds that come here every year.
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is located at a distance of 45 km in Madurai.
Lies on the Chennai-Rameshwaram meter gauge line.
Regular bus services to Chennai and Madurai.