Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu

Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi was visible from a distance as we drove onward towards Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu from Bangalore. Very majestically located on a hillock, Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi can easily lure a traveler/tourist to wander within its walls. From the feedback that I gathered on this fort I knew it was doable in two hours. So, on a sunny after noon we scheduled our trip to the fort. It was definitely worth the time and effort.
 

Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi, history

The local king of Ramanathapuram, Sethupati Vijaya Raghunatha Tevan built Thirumayam fort Karaikudi on and around the rock at Thirumayam in the year 1687. Later the fort was handed over to his brother in law Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman. Originally it was constructed as “ring fort” with 7 concentric walls, of them only 4 stands strong today.

The Fort

There are several temples in the fort complex dedicated to different Gods and Goddesses, prayers had to be offered for victory in wars. Two of the them are the famous Shiva Temple the Satyagirisvara Temple and a Vishnu temple, the Satyamurti Perumal Temple. The other shrines are dedicated to Hanuman, Sakthi, Ganapathi, Karuppar (guardian deities of the fort) on the southern side and shrine to Bhairava on the northern side.

On top of the hillock is a bastion with cannon of British origin. There are 6 more cannons mounted on north, south and east gates.Most local tourists get themselves photographed there in titanic pose.

A legend associated with the Thirumayam fort Karaikudi is: after the defeat in Poligar War in 1799, Veerapandiya Kattabomman (mind blowing names) and his brother Oomadurai were imprisoned by the British. It is said Oomadurai after his escape from Palayamkottai prison hid himself at Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi. He fought the British from here. The fort is also called Oomaiyan Fort

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Thirumayam fort karaikudi fort wall exterior

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Thirumayam fort karaikudi fort wall skywatch

 

How to reach Thirumayam Fort Karaikudi

By train: Nearest Railway station is Chettinad Railway station.

By road: The fort is located on Pudukkottai- Karaikudi highway. It is NH210 connecting Tiruchrapalli and Rameshwaram.
From Bangalore via NH44 with tolls, it is 407kms, doable in 7 hours approx.
Via NH48 and NH38 it is 538kms doable in 9hours approx.

Thirumayam fort karaikudi fort wall 3

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Thirumayam fort karaikudi fort wall 2

 

Tourists posing standing on the centuries old cannon.
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Thirumayam fort karaikudi fort wall

 

 The cannon believed to have been used centuries back in wars.
Thirumayam fort karaikudi canon

 

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