So, here continues my travelogue on Pudukottai. Proceeding with Narttamalai. This place has had several names before it got its present name. It was called Malai Kadambur, later on Telungu Kulakaala puram, then Kulothunga Cholapuram, then on Nagarathar Malai and finally Narttamalai. Our first spot in Narttamalai was Melamalai where Vijayalaya Choleeswaram is located. This one is a temple located atop a small rocky hillock. Before going there, here's what we saw at the base of the hillock.
Amazing isn't it? It was indeed a paradise!!! That too, early in the morning, before the sun rose, at 6 o' clock - absolutely heavenly!!! This enormous waterbody is called Animadha Eri. This was dug up during the 7th - 8th C. Old right! Yeah! That's what I love about India History!!! And yeah, we have an inscription that supports this fact. It says that Mallan Vidumban Muttraraiyan who was also called Thennalan Thamizhakaraiyan, dug up this one for a carpenter named Cholaa Naraiyan.
From this point, the view of Vijayalaya Choleeswaram was just way too amazing. I was speechless! This is why we reached there at 6 am, to see the sun rays fall on Vijayalaya Choleeswaram, from this vantage point. Then we started climbing the rocky terrain.
What we see here from atop the hill is one of the largest Tropical Dry Evergreen Forests! And from here is the perfect view of 5 other hills - Alurutti Malai, Kottai Malai, Kadambar Malai, Uvachan Malai, Man Malai.
To Reach Pudukkottai:
From Chennai: 400 km via Villupuram, Trichy
Trains to Rameshwaram go via Pudukottai.
Trains / Buses can be taken to Trichy and regular buses are available from Trichy.
From Trichy: 50 km. Regular buses are available.
From Madurai: 115 km via Tirupatthur
From Coimbatore: 300 km via Dharapuram, Dindigul
Narttamalai is 10km from Pudukottai via Oorapatti.
Dedicated to Prof. Swaminathan, Prof. Muthazhagan, Prof. Jambunathan, and the whole group...