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Karpaka Vinayakar Temple at Pillayarpatti

This image of Ganesha is bound to be familiar to anyone of Tamil origin; however, little is known to many about the fact that this is an image of the rock cut Karpaka Vinayakar Shrine at Pillayarpatti near Karaikkudi at one of the oldest Cave Temples (Rock Cut) temples of Tamilnadu. Pillayarpatti is situated between Pudukkottai and Karaikkudi. The nearest airport is at Tiruchirappalli. Chennai Rameswaram Express and Kamban Express travel to these two railheads.

The town of Pillaiyarpatti is named after 'Pillayar' - the tamil name for Ganesha, and this ancient temple houses rock cut images of Shiva, Lingodbhavar and others as well as several other shrines. Steeped in the tradition of Agamic textsthe temple bears testimony to the vibrant temple culture of the Tamil people, passed down through centuries.

Ooty a place to visit

the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres.

The Tea
The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers. Visit Ooty during this festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge. An occasion not to be missed!


Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerises any visitor. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station.

Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste

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  • Last visit to State of Tamil Nadu: Aug 2003
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  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Good and interesting tips

  • songlines's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 6:36 AM

    Vanakkam, Gosh I really enjoyed your photos,it brought me right back in Tamil Nadu where I spend some wonderful weeks. Next time I intend to visit some of the temples you suggest, Nanri

  • yumiyun's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2003 at 12:25 AM

    So much info on TN. Are you possibly a travel agent? I'd love to see more "personal" flavor to your tips. Very helpful anyway!

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2003 at 2:25 PM

    Welcome to VT. Your off to a wonderful start. These photos are very good. Sadly I was unable to visit Tamil Nadu during my time in India. Next visit maybe.


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