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Ariyalur in Central Tamil Nadu offers a rare blend of historical monuments and a slice of flourishing life, thanks to the natural mineral deposits and its status as the hub of thriving cement industry. An inland district without a coastline, the district is lined by Vellar River in the North and Kolli dam River in the South.


Head to the Soundaresvarar temple at Kamarasavalli built during the period of Sundra Chola in 962 AD. A treasure trove of riveting myths and lore, this temple preserves more than forty inscriptions of Chola, Pandya and Hoysala periods. You also get to capture the beauty of bronze images and sculptures at this temple. Vikkiramangalam village is famous for the beautiful Jain and Buddha sculptures of Chola period. The Siva temple dates back to the reign of Rajendra Chola - 1.

If you are a nature lover, explore the Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary.  One of the largest irrigation tanks in the state, it also records the largest flock of water birds and one of the premium visitors to this sanctuary is the endangered Bar Headed Goose. Do visit the famous pilgrim centre in the district; Elakurichi. This place abounds in legends about Constantine Beschi (popularly known as Virama Munivar) who came from Italy to Ariyalur region and spread Christianity between A.D. 1710 to 1742. The centre also houses an inscription engraved on a stone slab written in A.D. 1763.

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