Leisure Places

Sirumalai is a region of 60,000 acres is situated 25 km from Dindigul.There are many high hills in the area.Sirumalai is a dense forest region with a moderate climate throughout the year. The altitude of the hill is 1600 metres above sea level, and it contains diversified flora and fauna and a variety of animals. The Hill has totally 18 hair-pin bends and on the 18th bend you can able to find a church and a view point from where you can watch the beauty of Dindigul city and also the Dindigul Rock Fort. The hill contains a small waterfall as well.Sirumalai contains a small lake which was artificially created in the year 2010. Boating is available in the lake mostly during the weekends when there is enough water in it. Also the area surrounded with lot of medicianal herbs and plants.

Monuments

The Huge Hill at Dindigul, if we see it from one angle, looks like Pillow and hence the City is known as Dindigul. On this at a height of 280 ft. in the year 1605 Madurai King 'Muthu Krishna Naicker' started the construction of this Fort. In 1623 to 1659 Mannar Thirumalai Naicker completed this. In 1755 Hyder Ali was escorting Fakhr-Un-Nisha his wife and Five years old Tipu to Dindigul. From 1784 to 1790 the Fort was under the rule of 'Tipu Sultan'. In 1784, the Tipu's commandant Syed Ibrahim, under whose care the Fort was, constructed many rooms in the Fort, strengthened the walls and also got it repaired. During the year 1790 in the Mysore war Tipu was defeated and the Fort came into the hands of British East India Company.

Places of Worship

Thadikombu is a panchayat town in Dindigul district.It has a famous temple for Lord Vishnu Soundarraja perumal temple. The Perumal Temple is 5 Km from Dindigul on the way to Karur.The special features of the temple are a separate shrine for the Hindu God of love Manmatha and Rathi. It is also has a shrine for Lord Svarna Akarshana Bhairava which is usually found only in Shiva temples.Arulmighu Soundarraja Perumal is found in the sleeping posture in this temple and it is said this place was previously known as Thaalamaapuri. Though it is a Vaishnava temple, the sthala vriksha is the vilva tree.This temple is supposed to be as important as the Azhagar temple near Madurai and history states that it was built 500 years ago by Achutha Devarayar of the Vijayanagar Empire.The sculptures in this temple speak of the artistic skill of the builders and it is surprising to see even minute details like the nail tip, muscles, nerves and eyelashes sculpted.

The temple is behind this serene environment behind the fort hence the Goddess is named Kottai Mariamman.This Temple is more than 200 years old.Mariamman graces in a sitting form with 8 hands. She holds snake, trident, skull and bell in the right hand, bow, a bowl and weapons on the left.The bottom of the idol is deeply installed in this temple than in other places.During the 18th century, there was only a small peeta and the idol of the deity. The army men of Tippu Sultan built a small mutt and installed the idol, which today is the Kottai Mariamman and guardian deity of the people of Dindigul. There are three special entrances to the temple. The processions are arranged through the front entrance. Other entrances are close to the Fort.

St. Joseph's Church at the heart of the town is known for its vast space and the famous architecture which is evident from the glass works and special artistic work all over the church. The church was built between 1866 and 1872. It is the head quarters of Dindigul diocese of Roman Catholic Churches in Dindigul.

During the rule of Hyder Ali at Dindigul, he constructed three Mosques - One for himself for Namaz, 2nd for his soldiers underneath Rock Fort and 3rd in the south of Rock Fort for public and gave more grants for the maintenance and upkeep of the same. In Hijri 1187 (1766AD) Ameer-un-Nisha Begum, the wife of Killedar MirRiza Ali khan and the younger sister of Hyder Ali Bahadur, was dead and buried in the Begambur Mosque compound itself. A Tomb was constructed on it. In memory of the Royal lady this part of Dindigul is known as Begambur.

The anjaneyar temple is located in Nilakottai Taluk which is 35 Kms from Dindigul. This Temple is near river side. Most of the time the statue will be in water.

Abirami Amman Temple is situated in the heart of the city and 1 km from the Bus stand. and is famous for the Kolu that is kept during the Navratri festival. During this festival, the temple priests perform over 1 lac archanas to Goddess Abirami Amman.

Palani is a city and a municipality in the Dindigul district.The Hill Temple of Palani is one of the most famous temples of Murugan in India. It is located in the town of Pazhani, 100 km southeast of Coimbatore and 60 km west of Dindigul in the foot-hills of the Pazhani Hills.the idol of the Lord Muruga in Palani was created and consecrated by the Sage Bhogar, one of Hinduism's eighteen great siddhas.the idol of the deity is said to be made of an amalgam of nine substances. It is placed upon a pedestal of stone, with an archway framing it and represents the god Subrahmanya in the form He assumed at Palani.One curious aspect of the deity is that He faces west rather than east, the traditional direction at most Hindu temples.Priests of these ancient Temples accept and agree that the ancestors of DevendraKulathar are the ancient Tamil Kings namely Chera, Chola, Pandiya.There are ownership documents i.e.Pattayam signed during the 1500s that show that the Palani Murugan Temple and numerous ancient Temples belong to people of Devendrakulam.The Temple is situated upon the higher of the two hills of Palani known as the Sivagiri.