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Nagapattinam

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Nagapattinam

Dutch Fort:

The Dutch fort located at Tranquebar area is one of the most famous historical landmarks of Nagapattinam city. Built in the early part of the 17th century, the Dutch Fort is considered to be a perfect specimen of the marvelous Danish architecture. The Fort maintenance of Tamil Nadu Archeological Department houses an archaeological museum in its vicinity attracting a large number of archeology students, art lovers and historians alike.

 

Archaeological Museum:

The Archaeological Museum located inside the Dutch Fort Complex is an epitome of cultural and historic richness attracting tourists from across the globe. Housing rare artifacts and specimens of the brilliant Danish style of architecture, the Archaeological Museum of Nagapattinam is maintained by the Archeological Department of Tamil Nadu. A nominal entrance fee is charged from the tourists to visit the museum. The Museum remains open six days a week with a weekly holiday on Friday.

 

Kayarohanaswamy Temple:

Kayarohanaswamy Temple also known as Neelayadakshi and is one of the seven ancient temples of Nagapattinam region. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kayarohanaswamy Temple located in the Vidanagar area attracts a large number of pilgrims from across the globe. The temple is famous for conducting special religious ceremonies for the dead. The mortal remains of the deceased are covered by a special scared cloth after offering prayers to Lord Kayarohanaswamy. The temple remains closed from noon to 4:30 in the evening.

 

Arumugaswamy Temple:

Arumugaswamy Temple located at a distance of 6 Kms from the Nagapattinam city center is one of the popular religious shrines of the city. Dedicated to Lord Subramanium, the idol of the Lord is carved with a peacock father. Considered to be a masterpiece in terms of sculpture and beauty the Arumugaswamy Temple attracts a large number of pilgrims from all over Tamil Nadu.

 

Sikkal Singaravelar Temple:

The Sikkal Singaravelar Temple located in the Sikkal village of Nagapattinam is an ancient religious hotspot attracting a large number of pilgrims. Located on the exact location where Lord Murugan received weapons from Goddess Parvati to execute the demons of the region, the Sikkal Singaravelar Temple is dedicated to Lord Singaravelar. The temple also has beautiful idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati attracting art lovers, pilgrims and photography enthusiasts from across India.

 

Soundaryaraja Perumal Temple:

Soundaryaraja Perumal Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the popular religious shrines of Nagapattinam region. Famous for the annual festival of Kumbabhishekam, the main deity of the temple is Naagai Azhagiyar. A large 70 feet Rajagopuram along with a four pillared Mandapam is the highlight of the temple located at the very entrance of the shrine. The temple has two holy ponds which devotees believe have medicinal and healing properties.

 

Nellukadai Mariamman Koil:

Nagapattinam region experiences typical tropical climate with hot summer season and pleasant winters. The summer season from March to May is hot and Humid with average temperatures reaching as high as 40 degrees Celsius. Due to the close proximity of the Bay of Bengal, the evenings of Nagapattinam are usually cooler with a gentle breeze flowing through the region. The monsoon rains lash Nagapattinam between June and September bringing much relief from the summer sun. The Monsoon season brings adequate rainfall increasing the overall humidity of the region. The Winder season between December and February is pleasant with temperatures ranging between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Nellukadai Mariamman Koil temple built by a local rice trader is another popular religious shrine of Nagapattinam city. The annual festival of thiruvizha is celebrated for the Goddess in the temple with great pomp and show. Dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, the Nellukadai Mariamman Koil temple is believed to have miraculous powers easing out the suffering of the faithful devotees. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims from all over Tamil Nadu.