Kannathal temple is situated in Nattarasankotai village that comes under the Sivagangai district. The village is close to the town of Karaikudi.
The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kannudateya Nayaki who is considered the swayambumurthi.
The uniqueness of the temple lies in its construction. The halls in the temple are spacious and majestic. The sanctum sanctorum, Mahamandapam and the Arthamandapam were built by the kings who ruled earlier than the Nagarathars came to this part of the country. The Nagarathars added plenty of structures to the temple to make it what it is toda
They got a mandap built in the center of the temple and also a huge temple tower. These structures only added to the grandeur of the temple. They also got built a special hall called Chokkatttancherry that is a supreme example of the splendid architecture and craftsmanship of the times. The Nagarathars added plenty of Vahananas or chariots in the courtyard of the temple. These chariots are made of wood, silver and precious stones.