Thirumayam Fort

Thirumayam near Karaikudi is a place of historical importance popular for Thirumayam Fort. The Thirumayam Fort is around 40 acres wide. It is situated in the Pudukkottai to Karaikudi Highway. The Thirumayam Fort was constructed by the Raja of Ramnad - Vijaya Raghunatha Sethupathi during early 1687. Later the fort was given to his dearest brother-in-law Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman. The Archaeological Survey of India renovated the Fort in 2012. Today, it is a famous tourist spot in Karaikudi.

About the Thirumayam Fort

The Thirumayam Fort has three entrances - in the north, south and east direction. It has shrines that are dedicated to Hanuman, Sakthi, Ganapathi, Karuppar and Hhairava. The southern slope of the fort has two rock cut temples. The fort has many ponds and lakes, which are of historic and religious relevance.

History of Thirumayam Fort

Thirumayam Fort

The Thirumayam Fort is of great Historic Significance. The place was owned and decorated by great kings. It has played a major role during the Polygon War. It was a very big stronghold during that period of time. History states that Oomathurai, who was the dearest brother of Panchalamkurichi (who was the chieftain of Kattabomman) was arrested in the Thirumayam fort. Oomayan Kootai is the fort's local name. It acquired its name after the capture of Oomathurai. Where Oomayan means "Dumb" and Kootai means "Fort". Tondaiman's rule in Pudukkottai is recorded as a very important era of the fort. Tondaiman took lots of care and concern about the fort. During World War II, the fort was used as an arsenal by the British Army. Originally, the fort has a special fortification that ringed around its structure. The fortification was built with seven concentric walls and a broad moat. Today, the remnants appear to be balanced solidly on huge rocks.

Renovation of the Fort

The historic Thirumayam fort has been given a facelift, courtesy the second phase of renovation by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Temples in the fort are dedicated to Sri Sathyamurthy Uyyavanda Nachiar (Vaishnavite) and Sri Sathyagireeswarar Venuvaneeswari (Saivite). The fort has wonderfully cut rock architecture. ASI completed its first phase of renovation in few months. In the current phase, the top, middle and base segments of the Thirumayam fort are been maintained and renovated. Vegetation has being cleared from several places, around the fort. However, clearance of vegetation is a very difficult chore since the Fort's original look and structure must not be affected.

History of Thirumayam Fort

Fencing Program

Although Thirumayam fort has been attracting a large number of heritage-loving tourists, a lot has being done to check pollution in the area.  Thirumayam is a tiny village, with all roads leading to the fort. The foot of the fort is fenced, so that it could be protected from garbage, waste-materials or open defecation.

Hotels Near the Thirumayam Fort

Chidambara Villas
Ramachandrapuram, Chettinad, Karaikudi - 622 505
Phone : +91 92111 77444
Distance : 9.1 km
Price : Starts at Rs. 7999

L F Road, Kanadukathan,, Kanadukathan 630103
Phone : +91 92111 77444
Distance : 8.6 km
Price : Starts from Rs. 6500

How to Reach the Thirumayam Fort

By Rail : Nearest Railway Station would be the Chettinad Railway Junction that is 9.2 km from the fort.
By Bus : Local Buses that connect Thirumayam with Karaikudi would stop near the fort. The Old bus stand in Karaikudi has buses to Thirumayam.

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