Monday, September 12, 2011

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Tirupur Tourist Places and Attractions

Tirupur is a textile town located in Tirupur district of Tamil Nadu. Located on the banks of Noyyal River, Tirupur is the administrative headquarters of the Tirupur district, which was formed in October 2008. Tirupur is easily accessible from all the major cities of South India as it is at a distance of about 459 km from Chennai, 291 km from Bangalore and 51 km from Coimbatore.

Tirupur is an ancient town. Tirupur was earlier known by the name of ‘Viradapuram’ or ‘Dharapuram’. References to the ancient town of Viradapuram can also be found in the epic Mahabharata, wherein the instance of re-capturing the stolen sheep-herds has been described. As per legends, Tirupur got its name from this incident – ‘Thiruppu’ meaning turn and ‘oor’ meaning place. Artefacts like coins, old pottery items, etc. have been excavated from Tirupur that points to its link to the ancient times.

Tirupur was also a part of the ancient Chola Dynasty which is evident from the earliest Chola stone carvings that mention about Kanchi Maanadhi (the Noyyal River) and its fertile sand depositions. According to these carvings Tirupur was a well sought-after fertile land.
Tirupur, ‘the Manchester of South India’, is known in different names such as, ‘Dollar City’, ‘Knit City’, ‘Cotton City’ and ‘History Centre’. Tirupur rose to the limelight as the knitwear capital of India in three decades. Today, Tirupur has gained universal recognition as a significant resource of hosiery, knitted garments, casual wear and sportswear. Since Tirupur is a textile hub, it caters to famous brands and retailers from all over the world like Walmart, Tommy Hilfiger, H&M, Reebok, etc.

Tirupur, the textile city, has much to offer in terms of tourism. Sivanmalai, Konganagiri hill hock Temple,  Andipalayam Lake,  Thirumurugan poondi, Vaalai Thottathu Ayyan Temple,  Mettuparai Vinayagar,  Tirupur Tirupathi Temple,  Sukreeswarar Temple,  Avinashiappar Temple,  Udumalaipettai - Valparai Balaji Temple, Thirumoorthu Daam, Monkey falls, etc. are some of the popular tourist attractions of Tirupur. The city can be visited throughout the year.

There are a number of tourist places in Tirupur. The state government has given tourism the status of anindustry. The state has several places of tourist importance like Agartala, Unakoti, Pilak, Udaipur, Tirupursundari Temple, Ujjayanta Palace, Neermahal, Jampui Hill, Bhavaneswari Temple, Sepahijala, Kamalasagar, Deotamura, and Dumboor Lake.

Moreover, there are the Buddhist monasteries in Agartala, Pecharthal, Kanchanpur, Manu Bakul, Pilak, and Boxnagar. 

Tourism plays a pivotal role in Socio-economic development. Tourism is travel for recreational or leisum purpose. It fosters international understanding as a part of "Global village concept" Tourism become a popular global leisure activity.Tourist wants a holistic expenses and visit to historical movements museum and exposure to different culture. Activities like entertain sports, dance, Music, Festivals, Adventure, Cuisine, Education and Health care enhance these experience. Tiruppur district is no exception for this. It bears eloquent testimony to harmonious co-existence of the religions with its ancient temples, churches and Mosques. There are many places of tourism interest in Tiruppur district.

There many temples with historical and artistic values are in Tiruppur district. Some of the temples are in the hills such as, Sivanmalai, Kaithamalai, Alagumalai and Thirumoorthy malai and some other temples are preserved by the A S I Archaeological Survey of India such as Thirumurugan Poondi and Sukrieswara temple of Sarkar Periyapalayam.

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. Soonwater 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 and five years before with the help of some donors the temple was rebuilt and now it is the Important spiritual place in Tiruppur District. Daily more than 200 people visit Uthukuli Murugan Temple.
The Important things is that only in Kaithamalai that is Uthukuli the temple car is in the hill and devotees pull the temple car in the slopes. 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�. Uthukuli Murugan Temple is situated 15 kilometres from Tiruppur city.

Kadu Anumantharaya swamy temple, Dharapuram:
It is situated at Dharapuram town, 45 km from Tiruppur and 32 km from Palani. In the line distinguished paramahamsas established by the illustrious saint, philosopher, Shree Madhwacharya, there appeared in the 15th century, Shree Vyasa third 1447–1539 a saint par excellence who late become the royal preceptor of king Krishna deva raya on the most enlightened and benevolent rulers of the Vijayanagar empire. It is believed that this temple is one of the nine important sacred shrines for the Madhwa community. The temple is mostly worshipped by people belonging to Madhwa community. Hanuman is the son of Wind God Vayu Baghavan. To represent this, an opening is leflt above the "Sanctum Sanctorum" enabling the presiding deity to enjoy wind, sun and rain alike. It is rare to find any notable temple in South India without a Vimanam or Tower above the Sanctum. The pillars in the mandapa are made up of wood with fine carving. During the ten Days festival Vaikasi or May there is a Car Festival function also.

The Sivanmalai Temple is about 25 km from Tiruppur and the temple dedicated to Lord Subramanian in the hillock. The temple is built on the hillock of Sivanmalai and is accessed through aflight of 200 steps. The main shrine enshrines Subramanyar with Valli and Deivayanai.In Aadi July - August and Thai January - February there are two important festivals celebrated here. Thaipoosam, Panguni Uthiram and Skanda Shasti in the month of Aippasi November are the main festivals of this temple. It is believed that God Sri Subramania, the presiding deity of this temple appears in dreams to a spiritual man or woman and demand some offerings such as bicycle, silver coins, gold chains, movable and immovable things. The devotees will bring that to the Temple and worship the God Subramania and till now this is going on. Sri Arunagirinathar refers Sivanmalai by its ancient name Pattiari in Tiruppugazh.

Legend has it that Murugan married Valli against the wishes of her kinsmen who pursued the couple to Sivanmalai; all of the tribal huntsmen who fought with the couple were slain. An ahast Valli requested Murugan to restore to life, a long list of her kinsmen and Murugan obliged and restored all the vedars to life.

It is believed that the temple complex completed during 12th Century. The temple Complex consist of two separate towers, Vimanam one for Lord Siva and another one for Amman. The amman temple is placed on the right side of the Siva Temple is an example of Pandya dynasty. There are other structure such construction of “Vimana” on the Sanctum which indicate the Chola dyanasty.

Avinashi is a small town situated near Tirupur in Tamil Nadu. The town is famous for the Shiva temple constructed by Sundarapandiya is closely associated with the great Saiva saint Sundaramoorthy Nayanar.The word Avinashi means that which is indestructible

This is one of the seven Shivastalams in Kongu Nadu; however this temple is better known as Karunaiyaaththaal temple. Avinashi is also referred to in inscriptions as Dakshina Varanasi, Tiruppukkozhiyur etc. Tirumular's Tirumantiram, Arunagirinathar's Tiruppugazh & Manikkavacakar's Tiruvacakam refer to this shrine. This temple is regarded as the first of the seven Thevara Stalams in the Kongu Region of Tamil Nadu.
Inscriptions here reveal that the Cholas, Pandyas and the Hoysalas have made extensive endowments to the temples

Sundaramoorthy Nayanar on his way to meet Cheramaan Peruman, Nayanar happened to visit Avinashi. As he was passing through one of the streets, he heard two discordant notes coming from opposite houses, one echoing joy and another sorrow. The puzzled saint understood the cause for the strange phenomenon.

Two boys of the same age went to bathe in a tank from which emerged a crocodile and devoured one of them. There was being celebrated the "Upanayanam" Thread ceremony of the surviving boy, now 8 years old. Hence there was joy and mirth in the house. While the other people were unable to bear their sorrow.

Had their boy been alive, they too would be celebrating his "Upanayanam". Intensely moved by this, Sundaramoorthy Nayanar poured out of soulful song, praying to Lord Shiva to resurrect the dead child. His prayer was answered .The empty tank started surging with water from which emerged the crocodile and ejected the child as a fully grown boy of eight years

Ambal's sanctum is to the right of Avinasiappar's sanctum, unlike that in most temples. The Kasi Gangai Theertham - in the form of a well is considered to be of significance. The Kaalabhairavar shrine in this temple is held in reverence. Kaala Bhairavar is worshipped here with offerings of Vadai Maalai.

The car festival is the most exciting of the festivals in this temple. This temple's car is second biggest in SouthIndia and is noted for its fine wooden carvings. Since the old car was destroyed by fire in 90's, it has been rebuilt. The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. Apart from Temple car festival, 63Arubathi moovar Ula is one of the notable festival in this temple. The festival chariot here is said to be on par with Tiruvarur.

Amaravathi Dam at Amaravathinagar, 25 km south on NH 17 from Udumalpet, is located in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in Tiruppur district, Tamil Nadu, India. The 9.31 km², 33.53 m deep Amaravathi Reservoir was created by this steep dam. It was built primarily for irrigation and flood control and now also has 4 megawatts of electric generating capacity installed. It is notable for the significant population of Mugger Crocodiles living in its reservoir and catchment's basin. There is a well laid-out park where one may climb steep steps on the dam to have a picturesque view north of the plains below and south to the Anaimalai Hills and Palani Hills above. This place is being developed as a District Excursion Centre for tourism.

Amaravathi crocodile park:
The largest wild breeding population of Crocodiles in South India lives in the Amaravathy 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 also. Crocodiles The mugger crocodile, once abundant in Amaravathy, Periyar and Chinnar and most of other perennial river, have been threatened to near extinction. Hence the project of captive breeding of this crocodiles came into existing at Amaravathy.

The object of captive breeding of crocodile at Amaravathy as in other Crocodile Centre in Tamil Nadu is to collect Crocodile eggs from the wild clutch and rear it in captivity and release the young crocodile in the wild to restore its status.

The Amaravathy Sagar Crocodile Farm, established in 1976, the largest Crocodile nursery captivity in India is just 90 k from Tiruppur via Palladam and Udumalpet and One km. before the Amaravathy dam site..

Many Crocodiles of all sizes can be seen basking in the sun and suddenly making a stride or piled up on one another. Eggs are collected from wild nests along the perimeter of the reservoir to be hatched and reared at the Farm. Many adult crocodiles have been reintroduced from here into the wild. There are now 98 crocodiles 25 male + 73 female maintained in captivity here. Three Forest Department personnel manage and maintain the Centre.

This dam is situated near to Udumalpet.thhis is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the district.The dam has boat safari which is is a best weekend gateway for all.

Panchalingam Waterfalls:
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 2 km on the way to waterfalls. The place surrounded by Thirumoorthi hills offers a cool atmosphere and provides backdrop for many Indian films.

Indira gandhi Wildlife sanctuary:
Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary is spread over at the altitude of 1400 meters in the Western Ghats area of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalaipettai. The area of the sanctuary is 958 km2 of which only 387 km2 spreadover in Tiruppur district. Amaravthy Reserve Forest and part of Anaimalai Reserve Forest of Anaimalai wildlife Sanctuary falls within the Tiruppur district. It has various kinds of fauna like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongo, re-whiskered bulbul, black headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, green pigeon, etc. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Anamalais has a large number of crocodiles. There are also many places of scenic beauty such as, Grass hills, waterfalls Panchalingam, river streams chinnar, tenar, teak forests, dams and reservoirs Thirumoorthy & Amaravathy.

Grass hill forests:
Grass hill is surrounded by a green grass environment. It’s a beautiful site of high green grasses with ever green unique “Shola” Forest on a mountain slope, which is a protected area. Situated, at a distance of 15 km from Valparai of Coimbatore district. One can reach with permission of Forest Dept by motorable jeep from Valparai and by trekking from Chinnar and Thirumurthy Dam of Tiruppur District. Grass hills is a picturesque spot located in the Valparai and Anaimalai range, at a height of approx: 2400m msl, with cool climate getting cooler at night. Right now all efforts are being undertaken by the Government to preserve the flora and fauna of this location. Nilgiri Thar is native of this place apart from Elephants, Bison, Indian Gaur, Bear, Nilgiri Langurs etc. and wide variety of birds including Hornbills. It is an ideal place for trekking from Chinnar via Eravikulam national park of Munnar Kerala to konalar kudil of Grass Hills.

Stone sculpture is traditional family business of Nayakkars and Viswakarmas in Tirumurugan Poondi and nearby villages for more than 300 years. Their ancestors were worked during Vijayanagara Dynasty in Kongu Region for construction of Kongu Siva Sthalams. More than 30 sculpture centres are being established and an approximately 250 families are involved in this business. Most of the orders for making Hindu God / Goddess such as Ganesh, Murugan, Saraswathi. These sculptures are being made from specific types of stones and are available in and around Uthukuli of Tiruppur District and they are called 1 Purusha statue stone, 2 Sthri Statue Stones and 3 Navamthagam statue stones. It believed that male deities / idols are made from Purusha statue stones, female deities / idols from Sthri statue stones and pillars, peedam etc., from Navamthagam statue stones. These classification of stones being assessed based on the sound produced by the stone while carving / chiseling statue with the help of ‘uli’. More than 30 types of scales / measurements are vividly described in ‘Sirpa Shasthiram’ text sculpture text for carving / sculpturing different types of deity / idol. Further while carving the statue from the stone, principle of “Pattathu Kesa Alayanirmanam” height of statue that is head to foot is being followed. These statues are despatched to various parts of India and Foreign Countries. It is famous in Avinashi, Thirumurugan Poondi of Tiruppur District.

Muthur,Near Hight school, kuppanna swamy temple, chinnamuthur selvakumara swamy temple very famous in Tamil Nadu

Kariyakali Ammani Temple, Paranjervazhi:
Kariyakali Amman temple is one of the famous temple in Tirupur District. Which is located in Paranjervazhi, Kangayam taluk. this is considered as a second valuable temple in tirupur distruct by earnings. and most of the tirupur peoples used to visit this temple most offen.

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