This temple is the city's main attraction. This temple is nearly
2000 years old placed in the heart of the old town - a splendid
example of Dravidian architecture. The present temple was designed
in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak and subsequently built during the reign
of Tirumalai Nayak. There are four entrances to the temple with
an area of six hectares. Each of its 12 towers has the height of
45 to 50 meters. The Potrama Raikulam or the Golden Lotus Tank is
the place where the Tamil literacy society, called Sangam used to
meet to decide the merits of the work presented to them. The temple
museum has 985 richly carved pillars and each one surpasses the
other in beauty.
This Indo-Saracenic building was constructed in 1523 and was
originally four times large are today. Sound and light show on the
life of the Tirumalai Nayak and the story of the Silapathikaram
are conduced daily.
The 300-year-old palace now converted into Museum has a picture
gallery, a library of personal memorable of the Mahatma Gandhi and
an exhibit of South Indian handicrafts and village industries.
This enormous temple tank is fed by water from the Vaigai river.
The tank has a mandapam at the center enshrining Lord Vigneshwara.
A colorful float festival is held in this tank every year.