Excavations At Pudukkottai Town

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Location: 53-km From Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
Significance: Archaeological Site
Main Findings: Jain Relics


Pudukkottai is 53-km from Tiruchirappalli and 57-km away from Thanjavur. Pudukkottai was a Princely state in the 17th century AD and it has rich reserves of archaeological and cultural remains at Kodumbalur, Narthamalai, Kudumianmalai, Kunnandarkoil, Sittannavasal, Thirumayam and Avudaiyarkoil.

The numerous dolmens, stone circles and other forms of megalithic burials in the district indicate the antiquity of this region dating back to pre-historic and protohistorical times. This tract is mentioned in the Sangam classics.

Jain Cave Temple Of Sittannavasai
The nearby Sittannavasal has a rock cut Jain cave temple dating back to 2nd Century BC. One can see few sculptures of Jain Thirthankaras in the "Ardhamandapam" and inner shrine of the Cave temple.

Kudumianmalai
Kudumianmalai, located about 20-km from Pudukkottai, has a beautifully sculptured temple with a thousand pillar-hall dedicated to Sikhagireeswarar. There is also a rock-cut cave temple called "Melakkoil", which was excavated during the time of Mahendravarma Pallavan.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Nearest airport is at Tiruchirappalli about 50-km away from Pudukkottai.
Rail: Pudukkottai lies on the Chennai Rameswarm Railway Line, buy only few trains pass through it.
Road: Pudukkottai is connected to Rameswaram, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Thanjavur and all other towns by road. For local transport tourist can take taxis and city buses. Local buses cover all tourist centres in and around Pudukkottai.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Puddukkottai.



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