Leisure Places

Panchalinga waterfalls located just 3 km from Thirumoorthy Temple and 18 km from Udumalaipettai. It is cool place and well known for meditation, waterfalls, temple and dam. It is situated on the highway from the pilgrim centre Palani to Coimbatore. The Thirumoorthi temple or the Sri Amanalingeswarar temple is at the foot of the hill adjacent to Thirumoorthi dam. The falls with a perennial is a famous picnic spot here. One can also enjoy a nice trekking experience of nearly 2km on the way to waterfalls. The place surrounded by Thirumoorthi hills offers a cool atmosphere and provides backdrop for many Indian films.

Amaravathi Reservoir at Amaravathinagar, 25 km south on from Udumalpet, is located in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in Tamil Nadu,The reservoir was created by the steep Amaravathi Dam built across the Amaravathi River. Amaravathi river is tributary of kaveri. The dam was built in 1957 during the K. Kamaraj administration across the Amaravathi River about 25 km upstream and south from Thirumoorthy Dam.The dam was built primarily for irrigation and flood control. In 2005 - 2006 the state reported revenue from medium commercial irrigation from the Amaravathi Reservoir Project.During 2003-04, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board proposed to increase the dams utility by installing 4 MW capacity hydro-electric power station,which is now operating.

The Amaravathi Sagar Crocodile Farm, Established in 1976, the largest Crocodile nursery in India, is One km. before the Amaravathy dam site. Many adult crocodiles have been reintroduced from here into the wild. Eggs are collected from wild nests along the perimeter of the reservoir to be hatched and reared at the Farm. Many crocodiles of all sizes can be seen basking in the sun and suddenly making a stride or piled up on one another. There are now 98 crocodiles (25 male + 73 female) maintained in captivity here. Three Forest Department personnel manage and maintain the Centre., The largest wild breeding population of Crocodiles in South India live in the reservoir, and in the Chinnar, Thennar and Pambar rivers that drain into it. These broad-snouted Mugger Crocodiles, also known as Marsh Crocodiles and Persian Crocodiles, are the most common and widespread of the three species of crocodiles found in India. They eat fish, other reptiles, small and large mammals and are sometimes dangerous to humans.

The Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, the largest and well preserved sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, lies in the Western Ghats south of the Palghat Gap, better known as Anaimalais (Mountain of Elephants). With an area of 958 sq.KM, it is rich in flora and fauna.This protected area constitutes the most important watershed for the agricultural economy and power supply. Major reservoirs like Parambikulam, Aliyar, Thirumurthi, Upper Aliyar, Kadambarai, Sholayar and Amaravathi are fed by the perennial rivers which originate from the Sanctuary. The tribal communities living in the sanctuary are Kadar, Malasar, Malai Malasar, Muduvar, Pulayar and Eravalar.

This dam is situated near to Udumalpet Tamil Nadu. This dam is constructed on Palar, a tributary of Kannadipuzha that joins Bharathapuzha at Parli It is part of the Parambikulam Aliyar Irrigation Project.This is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the district.The dam has boat safari which is excellent.

Monuments

Chennimalai Kumaran (1904–1932), was an Indian revolutionary who participated in the Indian independence movement. Kumaran was born in Chennimalai, a small town in the Tirupur District in Tamil Nadu . He died from injuries sustained from a police assault during a protest march against the British colonial government on January 11, 1932. At the time of his death, he was holding the flag of the Indian Nationalists, which had been banned by the British.

The Tirupur Kumaran Memorial Statue was constructed in honour of Kumaran, a freedom fighter, who fought for the independence of India. Kumaran was a part of the Desaband Youth Wing during the freedom struggle of 1932. The government has erected his statue in a park by the railway station in Tirupur. Kumaran is revered as a martyr in Tamil Nadu and is known by the epithet Kodi Kaththa Kumaran.

Places of Worship

This temple is located on the Coimbatore-Tiruppur Road, 5 Kms from Avinashi, in Thirumurgan Poondi. This ancient temple was built in the 9th Century. According to epic, this was the place where 'Lord Muruga' installed a 'Siva Lingam' and worshipped.

Lord Muruga was sent with an army headed by Veerabahu by Lord Shiva to rescue Gods who were troubled by Soorapadma and his accomplice.It is believed that 'Lord Muruga' installed 'Lingam' to absolve Himself of mortal sin of mass killing.Sundaramurthynayanar when on a pilgrimage to the holy shrines of 'Lord Shiva' in Kongunadu was way-laid by a hunter who robbed him of all his belongings and disappeared into the temple. Notwithstanding, Sundaramurthynayanar composed and sung expressing his sorrow and anguish and went on to say that it was a mockery that 'Lord Shiva's presence was in a notorious place.

But then it was 'Lord Shiva' Himself who was disguised as a hunter and He did so to hear the melodies and compositions of the saint. Pleased with the poignancy of the compositions the Lord returned of all his belongings. On understanding the divine purpose of the Lord, Sundaramurthynayanar composed and sung ten songs. This incident was marked as a festival called 'Vedapuri'.Great sages 'Agasthya','Markendeya' and 'Dhurvasa' worshipped the Lord enshrined here. It is believed that saint 'Durvasa' planted Madhavi tree brought from heaven here.

The Sugriveswar Temple is believed to have been built in the 12th century. The complex of this temple has two towers called Vimanam, out of which one is dedicated to Amman and the other one is devoted to Lord Shiva. This temple is situated on the shores of the Nallar River, a tributary of River Noyyal.The Amman Temple structure reflects the architecture style prevalent during the Pandya Kingdom. This temple has various other structures belonging to the Chola Dynasty. The entrance of the Shiva Temple is adorned with two statues of Nandi, a bull. Around five Shivalingams are situated in the corridors of the temple complex.

The salient feature of the temple complex are : There are two "Nandi" in front of the Shiva Temple. There are five "Lingas", three being in the outside temple, one is Sanctum and another one is invisible. There is no Deepasthala Pillar (Lamp Post) which one can see in all Shiva temples in Kongu region . The main Gate is opened in South direction instead of East. The Amman was placed on the right side of the Shiva temple.

The Avinashi Lingeshwara Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is located in Avinashi town. This temple is believed to have been built by Sundarapandiya and is closely linked with Sundaramoorthy Nayanar, a great Shiva Saint. The site derives its name from the word Avinashi, meaning indestructible.This temple is popularly known as the Karunaiyaaththaal Temple and is one of the seven Thevara Stalams of Tamil Nadu. Various inscriptions have been found in this temple, stating the huge contributions made by different dynasties like the Cholas, Pandyas and Hoysalas.

The Ambal's sanctum, Avinasiappar's sanctum, Kasi Gangai Theertham and shrine dedicated to Kaalabhairavar are situated within the premises of this temple. Lord Kaala Bhairavar is the main deity, to whom offerings are made in the form of Vadai Maalai. The car festival, Arubathi Moovar Ula, and the annual Bhrammotsavam are the major festivals celebrated in this temple.

Uthukuli Murugan Temple is situated 15 kilometres from Tiruppur city.Once the famous saint Agastiyar came to this place for meditation but was not able to find water. He prayed to Lord Muruga to help him. Soon Lord Muruga appeared before him and thrust His lance (Vel) in the sand. Soon water spring came from the spot. That place is called "Uthukuli", later on it came to be called as Uthukuli. No one knows when the temple was built in Kaithamalai, just they have the history. But only 200 years before some rural kings built the temple.No place in the world where a temple car is pulled in the hill. Then the God is called as Vetri Velayudha Swami and the Temple is called Kaithamalai Murugan Temple.

Sivanmalai is a Hindu temple site located on the Tiruppur - Kangayam road. It is about 5 km from Kangeyam.The temple is located atop a small hill.The temple is famous for its "Thai Poosa Thiruvizah", a festival which is celebrated annually. People come from many parts of Tamil Nadu to take part in the festival, which lasts 18 days. A gigantic wooden cart called "Ther" is pulled by people, on a pathway about 3km long around the temple, as part of the festival celebrations.

Hanuman too prayed here after being directed to Sivamalai by the sage Vyasa. He was accorded as much power and strength as Vishnu-Narasimha after his penance in Sivamalai. Hanuman, it is believed, even carried flowers from the banks of the Ganga to worship at Sivamalai. Many miracles are said to have taken place in Sivamalai involving celestial beings like Indra whose kingdom was restored to him after a battle with the Asuras. Cursed by Agasthya, king Nakutan became a snake. Sage Dhurvasa asked him to pray to Sivamalai Murugan who restored his original form.

Murugan is said to have gone to Vallimalai on the advice of Narada and married Valli there and brought her to Sivamalai to make it their beloved abode. Like Parvathi in Kancipuram, Valli also did penance in Sivamalai, which included thirty two sacred duties. Later Murugan went to Tiruthani and brought his consort Devayanai also to reside with him in Sivamalai.