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"Mayuram or The Peacock Town"

Mayiladuthurai Tourism

Located about 57.3 km from Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai is a temple town that's famous for it's Shiva temple known as Mayura Natha Swamy temple. Ruled dominantly by the medieval Chola dynasty, the history of Mayiladuthurai dates back many decades. The city is located near the river Cauvery with coconut trees alongside the roads. With Dravidian architectural excellence spread all over in Mayiladuthurai, Kornad clothes further extract out the uniqueness that Mayiladuthurai inherits.

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History of Mayiladuthurai

Formerly belonging to Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu before the country’s independence, Mayiladuthurai beholds facts that are centuries old. As the name has come from the sanskrit word Mayura or Mayil, Mayiladuthurai means the hills of peacock.

Traces have been found of the existence of Mayiladuthurai in the 3rd millennium BC. even the folklore of this region vividly talks about the omnipresence of hindu Siddhars, mostly Shaiva saints of the Tamil Nadu region, in their culture, which connects the city with ancient history. Culture plays an inheri=ent role in the propering of the city.

The first tamil novel prathapa Mudaliar Charithram also has also mentioned mayiladuthurai. Long before the british reigned over the region, it was under the control of Thanjavur Marathas. There are many stories and legend attached with the city which makes the city more old and grand in its appearance, with passing days.

Places to Explore in Mayiladuthurai

A visit to Mayiladuthurai for a day or two will be a trip for a lifetime. The famous Mayoranathawami temple is one of the prime attractions in this major city in the southern part of India.

With Lord Shiva residing in the temple shrines, devotees can spend an entire afternoon here. Visiting Mayiladuthurai and not getting a glimpse of Cauvery is sheer mistake. Also a visit to the land of Serkazi will make the trip even more interesting.

The other nearby temples include the navagraha pilgrim circuit which has Suriyanar Koil, Vaideeswaran Koil, Alangudi and few more. A two day trip can cover all the areas in Mayiladuthurai which has glimpses of Dravidian architecture, all around. However, with very little time in hand, in a day, on can also get a vivid glimpse of Mayiladuthurai, easily.


Knowing Tamil language in Mayiladuthurai will be of much help.
English and hindi will also help in case of emergency.
Although there is lesser chances of rainfall from October to February, still carrying an umbrella to be on the safer side is advisable.
Sunglasses and sunscreen are quite necessary during summers

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Who should visit Mayiladuthurai?

Devotees will love Mayiladuthurai. Travellers who have an affinity towards knowing old cities will also love their stay in this place.

What is the best time to visit Mayiladuthurai?

Being a coastal town, Mayiladurai is best visited during the winter months from December to February when the average maximum temperature is around 18-32 degrees. The prime city Nagapattinam has an average temperature of 42 degrees with mild rainfall during summers hence this isnt a great time to explore the town. With festivities like Pongal in January, the winters are a favourable time to plan a trip as the climate is amicable to roam around the city freely.
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What is the best way to reach Mayiladuthurai?

  • By Air: The closest airport is the Pondicherry Airport, 84 km away.
  • By Rail: Mayiladuthurai is well connected to the railway network with its own train station - Mayiladuthurai Junction (MV).
  • By Road: You can hire taxis or take buses to reach Mayiladuthurai from nearby cities.

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What are the places near Mayiladuthurai?

The top places near to Mayiladuthurai are Pondicherry which is 93 km from Mayiladuthurai, Chettinad which is located 44 km from Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam which is located 30 km from Mayiladuthurai, Thanjevur which is located 64 km from Mayiladuthurai, Tranquebar which is located 25 km from Mayiladuthurai

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