Virudhunagar is a small town located at a distance of 45 Km South-West of Madurai. In 1985, the erstwhile Ramanathapuran District was bifurcated to create the districts of Ramanathapuram Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Tirumagan (laler renamed Sivaganga) and Kamarajar District (later renamed Virudhunagar District). The District headquarters is Virudhunagar town. It covers an area of 4232 sp. km. and is divided into 8 taluks, namely Aruppukkoltai, Kariapatti, Rajapalayam, Sattur, Sivakasi, Srivilliputtur, Tiruchuli and Viriudhunagar. Virudhunagar exports all kinds of Edible oil to Dubai, Srilanka and also exports Cotton, chili. Spices, cardamom to USA and Singapore. Virudhunagar is a famous business centre without markets. The people of Virudhunagar play an important role in price fixation of consumer products. Hence there is a popular saying, “virudhunagar produces nothing but controls everything”.
Aruppukkottai is renowned weaving centre. Both handloom and power loom weaving are undertaken. In the handloom sector both silk and cotton sarees are woven. The power loom units weave towels, sarees. lungis. bedsheets and bedcovers.
The house where the great leader Kamaraj and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu was born has been converted into a memorial. The rooms are adorned with photographs of the leader at every stage of his life.
Rajapalayam is derived from the word Raja’s Tamil synonyms for Raja and palayam in Tamil a ‘cantonment’ or fort. The Rajapalayam means Raja’s bit. Rajapalayam is inhabited chiefly by people who came from an old Vijayanagar State. There are spinning mills, power looms factories, waste cotton plant, wood screw factory, surgical cotton, plaster of Paris, bolt and nail, insulated electrical goods, cycle spare parts, sugar cane crusher rolls, saw mills, electrical motor manufacturing and etc.
The Francis - Association took back in trust to build a grand church in honors of the Saint francis. This divine church was open to public on 03-03 -2003 The structure depicts on one side Hindu God Srikrishna riding on chariot driven by seven horses the back side is in the shape of half moon depicting the sign of Islam.
Ramana Maharishi Ashram
Sri Ramana Maharishi was born on 30. 12.1879 in Thiruchuli. His mother was Tmt Azhagammal and father was Thiru. Sundaram Iyer. He lived in the house of ‘Suridara Mandhiram’.
Sivakasi is an important industrial town. It is famous for Lithographic and offset Printing, Match and Fire works industries. Next to Sivakasi, lithographic and offset printing is done only in Bombay. In and around Sivakasi there is a group of fireworks manufacturing units, manufacturing crackers, sparkers, Chakkrams etc.,
Srivilliputhur 74 km from Virudhunagar. Sri Andal is a great Vaishnavite saint and her pasurams are popular in Tamil nadu. The temple belongs to the 18th century A.D. testified by the inscriptions in it. Thirumalai Naick of Madurai and his sister have made intensive additions to the temple. The characteristic feature of the temple is 192 feet high tower which has 12 store’s.
Ayyanar falls 12 Km from Virudunagar. There is a temple to Ayyanar which is very popular as a picnic centre. It is situated in the dense forest with its natural beauty and the small waterfalls dropping from a height of 15 feet, adds attraction.
The Kullursandai reservoir the Kowsiga mahanadi, a tributary of the Arjuna nadi, is being developed into a picnic spot. Boating facilities are offered at the reservoir which also attracts numerous water birds in the months of August to February.
The Pilavakkal dam on the river has two sections the Periyar dam and the Kovilar dam. The areas surrounding the dam Site have been landscaped into beautiful gardens. Facilities like boating are offered to tourists. This is an ideal picnic spot.
Shenbagathope Grizilled Squirrel Sanctuary
A wildlife sanctuary spread over 480 sq. km. at Shenbagathopu in Srivilliputtur taluk. Animals sighted are tiger, leopard, Nilgiri thar, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, porcupine, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, slender loris, bonnet macaque, sloth bear and flying squirrel. Over 100 species of birds have been identified. The sanctuary is located 86 km. from Madurai.
Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squrirrel Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Virudhunagar District, 45 km off Virudhunagar town, the sanctuary has a composition of dry deciduous forests with patterns of tropical evergreen, semi evergreen forests. Moist mixed deciduous forests and grass lands. Grizzled Giant Squirrels are abounding. Other interesting s are flying Squirrel. Tree shrew, Elephant, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, Macaque, Mouse Deer, Barking deer, and many a species of birds.
Tiruchuli is located on the southern bank of Gundar. The Bhuminathaswamy temple at Tiruchuli is counted among the 14 famous Shaiva centers in Pandya nade. It is located 40 Km. East from Virudhunagar, 45 Km South from Madurai. Name of God is Bhuminathar, Goddess is Thunaimalai Amman. Its deity has been venerated in the hymns sung by Shaivite Nayanar Sundaramoorthy and Sekkilar.
Guhanparai is located on the road to Kalugumalai fromVembakkottai. A small hillock to the west of the village is called Guhanparai and the village lakes on the same nomenclature. There is a small natural casern at the loot of the hillock, which is believed to have been used as a shelter by Jain monks. A 10th century AD Vatteluttu inscription on a rock of the hillock states that a monastery Munnurruvarperumpalli was established in the name of Munnurruvar kovilpillaigal (servants of the palace).
Pallimadam is situated on the outskirt of Tiruchuli on the eastern bank of the river Gundar. Sundara Pandya , a 10th century AD Pandya ruler, famous for his erudition, died while visiting Pallimadam. He was buried there and his younger brother Vira Pandya (AD 946-966) erected a sculptural shrine (pallipadai) liver his grave. The temple was known as Pallippadai Sundara Palldya Isvaramudayar koil. It is now called Kalainathaswamy koil.
Parsakthi Mariamman Koil
The Mariamman temple in the town was constructed in 1923, The Panguni Uttiram, celebrated in Tamil month of Panguni for 21 days at this temple, is the main festival of the town and its surrounding.