Leisure Places

The sanctuary is about 13 km from Erode on the way to Chennimalai near Vellode. It is a 200 acre sanctuary located in the Erode District. It is at a large lake surrounded with semi-dark bushes, near Vellode. This .772 km2 (0.3 sq mi) sanctuary near Erode is home to many foreign birds. The sanctuary features thousands of birds coming from various countries, some of which can be easily identified. Some easily found bird species include cormorants, teals, pintail ducks, Pelicans, and Darters.

Villagers near this sanctuary are very much concerned about the Sanctuary and the birds coming to this sanctuary, they have taken many serious steps to avoid disturbance to the flow of birds. The best time to visit this sanctuary starts from November and continues until March. During this time birds are mostly busy in building and maintaining their nests. Many Observatory Towers have been built to watch these birds, around this lake.

The Bhavanisagar Dam and Reservoir, also called Lower Bhavani Dam, is located on the Bhavani River between Mettupalayam and Sathyamangalam in Erode District. The dam is considered to be among the biggest earthen dams in the country. Bhavani Sagar dam is constructed on Bhavani River, which is merely under the union of Moyar River. The dam is used to divert water to the Lower Bhavani Project Canal. There is a garden in front of this dam, which makes it a good picnic spot in this area. There are a few things that children could play with and there is also a small closed channel of water for boating.

Kodiveri Dam, is located on the Bhavani River near Gobichettipalayam in Western Tamil Nadu. The dam is situated along the highway about 10 km from Gobichettipalayam towards Sathyamangalam.The area around the dam has been developed into a landscaped verdant region with facilities of well maintained lawns, fountains and boating It was constructed by the Maharaja of Mysore in the 17th century, with a workforce that combined the labor of elephants and his prisoners.Creating the dam consisted of carving a 20-foot wall of rock. The stones were then interlocked with iron bars and lead was used as mortar. These features, however, are not visible except in the dry season when the water level in the river drops considerably. Two channels arise from the dam, one is on the northern side of Bhavani River and the other on the southern side viz "Arakkan Kottai Channel" and "Thadapalli Channel" respectively. Lands north of Gobichettipalayam are fertile due to the flow of the Thadapalli channel. Cultivation of sugarcane and paddy are predominant in this area.The lush green fields are also a pleasure to watch.

The Mettur Dam is one of the largest dams in India built in 1934.It was constructed in a gorge where the Kaveri River enters the plains. The dam is one of the oldest in India.It provides irrigation facilities to parts of Salem, the length of Erode, Namakkal, Karur, Tiruchirappali and Thanjavur district for 271,000 acres of farm land.The total length of the dam is 5,600 ft.The dam creates Stanley Reservoir. The Mettur Hydro Electrical power project is also quite large. The dam, the park, the major Hydro Electric power stations and hills on all sides make Mettur a tourist attraction. Upstream from the dam is Hogenakal Falls.Its installed capacity for hydro-power generation is 250 MW.The maximum level of the dam is 120 ft and the maximum capacity is 93.4 tmc ft.

Monuments

Erode Venkata Ramasamy affectionately called by his followers as Periyar, Thanthai Periyar or E. V. R., was a social activist, Indian independence, politician and businessman, who started the Self-Respect Movement or the Dravidian Movement and proposed the creation of an independent state called Dravida Nadu, comprising the states of South India. He is also the founder of the socio-cultural organisation, Dravidar Kazhagam.Periyar was born in Erode, Madras Presidency to a wealthy family of Kannada speaking Balijas Periyar propagated the principles of rationalism, self-respect, women's rights and eradication of caste. He opposed the exploitation and marginalisation of the non-Brahmin indigenous Dravidian peoples of South India and the imposition of, what he considered, Indo-Aryan India. His work has greatly revolutionised Tamil society and has significantly removed caste-based discrimination. He is also responsible for bringing new changes to the Tamil alphabet. However, at the same time, Periyar is also held responsible for making controversial statements on the Tamil language, Dalits and Brahmins and for endorsing violence against Brahmins. The citation awarded by the UNESCO described Periyar as "the prophet of the new age, the Socrates of South East Asia, father of social reform movement and arch enemy of ignorance, superstitions, meaningless customs and base manners. E.V.R Corporation Museum and Thanthai Periyar Memorial House, a Sociological Museum, which depicts the life history of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy are the prominent museums in the city.

Sankagiri Fort was built in the 15th century by the Vijayanagar empire. It has 14 fort walls built on and around a hill and the last phase these walls were built by the British. The fort served as a British tax storage facility for Kongu Nadu, a region comprising the districts of Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Namakkal, Karur and Dindukal. Sankagiri is the town located around this place. It was an important military base for Tippu Sultan and later for the British army. This is because only one side of the hill is climbable, as all the others are too steep to climb. This has a death well, granary, two oil godowns, one explosives godown, two masjiths, 2 Varadharaja Perumal temples, former British Army administrative buildings, and cemeteries formerly used by armies that were stationed at the fort. Dheeran Chinnamalai was hanged by the British in this fort.

Places of Worship

Periamariamman Temple is situated at heart of the Erode Town. According to 'Hindu Mythology' Mariamman is the 'Queen godess' having Herown dynasity where she is situated further having the power to eradicate the illness due to excessive heat like small pox, chicken pox, high temperature. Hence, Periamariamman is worshipped commonly without any caste, creed, religion differenciation. Before 1200 years 'Kongu Cholas' formed this temple. The area of the temple is 3500 sq.ft. The entire temple is renovated in the year 1969 by devotees. An Every year puratasi Month Conducting 9 Days Navarathri Festival this temple..At this Time Each days Amman Dharisanam Different views.1.Meenakshi 2.Kamatchi 3.Kasi Visalakshi 4.Deepa Lakshmi 5.Sorna lakshmi 6.Sri galalakshmi 7.Sri sagambari 8.Sri Rajarajeswari 9.Sri saraswati. Panguni Ther Thiruviza and Pongal is one of the special festival of the temple. During this festival each and every family of the town offering and respecting the 'Godess' through their 'Ma-vilaku' workship.

This temple is situated on the western side of Erode and is about 10 kms from Bhavani Sagar. Around 300 years ago, the dana Nayakkan or Dhandanyakkan forest you all know now its been called as "BANNARI". This name Bannari for this great historical place origined because of the great temple "Bannari Amman Temple". The annual festival of this temple is held in the month of Adi (August-September) and large numbers of people come here during this time. The fire walk by the devotees is very thrilling here. The cowherd has his own doubts about that particular cow and he decided to have an eye on it. He allowed the other cows to graze and pursued that particular cow secretly. It went alone near a Vengai tree and stood beneath it. Milk began to flow from its udder automatically. He wondered at such a strangle sight and told about it to the other cowherds. The news spread like wildfire to the villagers. Next day they were on the spot to witness the wonder.The deity was enamoured of the picturesque beauty of that place and she decided to stay on there to bless and protect the pilgrims. Moreover, she wanted a temple to be constructed there so that the people in and around that place would pray to Her in the name of Bannari Mariamman. Thus Bannari became the permanent abode of the goddess.The above history has been represented by a set of paintings on the temple wall.

This is one of the pilgrim centres of Erode and is also a significant picnic centre. Here, Lord Sangameswara with his spouse Vedanayaki is the presiding deity. Sangameswarar alayam is a temple in Bhavani, in the Erode district. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.The temple was built at the confluence of Kaveri river, Bhavani river and 'agaya gangai', an invisible underground water source.The temple was praised in old Tamil literatures Thirupugazh, Pillaithamizh by Thirugnanasambandar and Arunagiriyar.Here Kaveri river, Bhavani river and Amudha river join together. River Amudha flow as Antharvahini, just like Sarasvathy at Triveni Sangamam of Allahabad. The place is also known as Dakshina Triveni Sangamam. This place is also known as Padhuma Giri which is surrounded by Naga Giri, Veda giri, Sanga Giri and Mangala Giri.The temple is known as Kooduthurai by locals. Kubera, son of Vaisira was gifted an aircraft to visit Shiva temples across the country in recognition of his devotion to Lord Shiva. While he was flying near the river Cauvery Kubera was surprised to see a deer, tiger, cow, elephant, snake and rat drinking water near an Ilandhai tree on the river bank without enmity, to answer his wonder Kubera heard a voice from the sky saying it was a place where vedas visited, inhabited by gandharvas and advised him to worship the shivalingam under the iilanadhi tree.The temples Ilandhai tree gives fruit on all season which was used for everyday puja even today. During the period of Chera Chola and Pandya's there was a cave connection existed between Chidambaram and Sangameshwarar temple and puja's are performed at same time in both temples.The cow behind the Vishnu statue remains the harmony between Saivism and Vaishnavism. It was said from generations that every inch under the temple has one shivalingam.

This is an important temple in kodumudi Erode district. This place is situated 40 kms from Erode. The Trinity of the Hindu faith Siva, Vishnu and Brahma here is the unique feature of this temple. Their shrines can be found in a single temple complex here only. Here, the name of Siva is Muchukundeswarar and Veera Narayana Perumal is that of Vishnu. lord sivaperuman of destructive duty, vishnu of protective duty and brahma of creative duty are the trinity of hindu spirituality system. lord magudeswara is called in various names as paandi kodumudi nathar, malaikozhundheesar etc.,This sthalam is fullfilled with three main features. moorthy - this defines the thrimoorthi system theertham - this defines the holy river kaviri and other holy water origins inside the temple, i.e. bharadhwaja theertham, brahma theertham, deva theertham. sthalam - the over all divine qualities of this religious spot.

This place is situated about 30 kms from Erode. Here, one can see a famous temple dedicated to Lord Muruga on the top of Chennimalai Mountain. Here, the rare forms of Muruga called `Agni Jather`, with two faces and eight arms and `Gourapeyar`, with four faces and eight arms, as hunter with a single face and six arms can be seen. Initially, the presiding deity had the idol of Subramanya with six faces. After it was damaged, a Dandayuthapani idol like the one at Palani has been installed as the presiding deity. It is an important handloom-weaving centre in Tamil Nadu.

Vattamalai is a small hill, with a Hindu temple atop it. It is located at about 8 km from Kangayam. This famous ancient temple dedicated to Muruga has the special distinction of being visited by the famous Saiva saint Arunagirinathar once. He eulogized the glory of the Lord and Kshetra in fine sweet verses. This hill temple enshrines the beautiful images of Murugan flanked by Valli and Devasena. Many indian movies have been shot at Vattamalai.

Thindal is located in erode to perundurai road. It is an 8 k.m from erode.People strongly believe that there is abundance of prosperity in Erode, because Lord Thindal Muruga is facing towards Erode.The another name for lord thindal is Thindalmalai murugan, Velayuthaswamy , Kulanthi velayuthaswamy, Kumara velayuthaswamy ,etc.., These names are in Elakkiyam,kalvettu,seppaadu.varalatru Avanam.Thindu is meaning of baruman.Barumanana malai is called as thindal malai.Thirisadi Arachanai" is the famous pooja conducted in Tuesday of every week. This pooja is mainly for Marriage, child birth, job disturbance, prevent from enemy. Thannasi cave is located northwest side from the Velayuthaswamy temple. In day of karthigai deepam the first pooja in thannasi cave is an one of the special for thannasi cave.Nagar statue also located in thannasi cave.

Pariyur Kondathu Kaliamman Temple is dedicated to Kali, the alterego of Parvathi. Parvathi is the simplest form of Sakthi and the consort of Shiva. Kali is the aggresive form of Parvathi. In Kongunadu, one can find Kali temples along with Shiva and Vishnu temples in the vicinity. This conglomeration in Kongunadu is a great example of its unity of divided Hinduism sects of Saivam, Vaishnavam and Saktham. Pariyur-amman temple is located in the midst of ever rolling green carpet fields. This beautiful location and the unending peace should be experienced than explained.

The Amman temple has a five storey main Gopuram at the South corner and an outer mandapam covering the inner sanctum made of black marble. There are intricate carvings on the pillars of the temple including a ball shaped of single stone inside the lion's mouth. The lion is considered the main vahana of the Goddess The existing temple was built around mid 50's of the 20th century. Hearsay reports cannot confirm the presence of a better temple in the immediate past. However, the numerous stone carved pillars and the fantastic art work cannot be ignored. The main Lion mount opposite the Goddess has a swirling stone ball in its mouth which cannot be taken out.

The Maha Kundam, which is the remains of the Kundam festival where people walk on fire, leads to the entrace of Mahamandapam. The Lion mount faces the goddess and Neeli and Sooli guarding the entrace. The Goddess, though the aggressive form of Kali, has a very peaceful look.Hearsay reports suggest that a Chakra has been installed for pacifying the Goddess.

Vijayamangalam is an abandoned Digambar Jain temple complex about 20 km from Erode. Driving down from Coimbatore, it is 27 km from Avanashi on the NH-47. The temple monument is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. Once a flourishing place of worship for the Jains in Kongunadu and said to date back to the 6th Century, the temple is now a neglected stone monument that has suffered the ravages of time. In ancient times, it was thronged by devotees belonging to the Digambar Jain sect. They worshipped the presiding deity, Chandraprabha Tirthankar, a 30-cm idol. Unfortunately, the idol of Chandraprabha Tirthankar was stolen some months ago. Now only an idol of goddess Kushmandala Devi and that of Mahavira remain. Now very few people visit the shrine these days. According to the inscriptions in Pali and Tamil found on the pillars, a few Jain munis had attained mukthi here by fasting till death. The birth of Mahavira and his life is carved on the top as a panel. There are similar shrines in disrepair at Thingalur and Seenapuram, 10 km away. The one at Thingalur is set in scenic surroundings but is a nightmare once you open the door, as it is now a haven for bats. The priest hurriedly clears up the bat droppings to reveal a temple that must have stood out for its architecture centuries ago. The temple at Seenapuram, a derivation of Jainapuram, is equally non-descript. The beauty of this Jain temple complex leaves you feeling sad and awe-struck at the same time for it has no power supply, no guidebooks, no one, except the priest.