Kalyana Pasupatheeswarar Temple was constructed at the time when the Cholas ruled the region. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the seven major Sivalingams in the region. The temple is famous for the Pasupatheeswarar lingam which is 5 ft in height and has a group of 5 sculptures.
The lingam is placed on the sanctum sanctorum, and it is shown as bathing in milk which is oozing out of a cow’s udder.
The Karur Government Museum was established in the year 2000 near the bus station of Karur. It houses the memories of the ancestors of the place. The museum exhibits various types of bronze items, metal ware and ancient musical instruments. Coins, rocks, fossils, botanical specimen, molluscan shells and marine species are also displayed in this museum. The museum also conducts regular lectures and workshops.
Karur Mariamman Temple is located in Karuvur and is one of the major temples of the region. It is the largest Amman temple of the state. The annual festival of the temple celebrated in the month of May is the most auspicious day of the temple.
On this day ‘Kumbam’ is brought out of the temple and carried to the river Arkavati. A huge procession takes place for this occasion. The Kumbam is then immersed into the water. During this time of the year, everybody in town celebrates the occasion.
Pugazhimalai Shree Arupadai Murugan Temple is located at Pugalur on the north west of Karur. The temple is an ancient one situated on top of a hillock at Velayuthanpalayam near the river Kaveri. The temple was built during the time of the Cheras and is famous for its beautiful sculptures. The main deity of the temple is Lord Murugan or Subramanian.
The most celebrated festival of the temple is the Thaipoosam which is celebrated in the first week of February. On this occasion, the devotees place the deity of the temple on a chariot and pull it around the temple during the night.
Mayanur is located at a distance of 21 km from Karur on the road to Karur from Trichy. It is a famous pilgrimage destination owing to the fact that it houses two major temples, namely the Mariyamman Temple and the Sellandiyamman Temple. A vist to to this place is recommended when you are in Karur.
Thirumukkudal comes from the word ‘mukkudal’ which means union. Thirumukkudal is the union of the three sacred rivers, namely Palar, Cheyyar and Vegavati. The place is located at a distance of 4 km from Walajabad.
The Archaeological Survey of India has recognised Thirumukkual as a heritage site. There is an ancient temple in the vicinity which was built by the rulers of Thondaiman Dynasty. The main deities of the temple are Lord Agasthiswarar and Anjanakshi.
Karur is famous for its cottage industries which specialise in the production of cotton fabrics and brassware. Some of the most popular products are bedroom, bathroom and kitchen linen. The cotton wall hangings are also a popular product.
Karur also produces some precious and semi precious gems such as moonstones, aquamarines, jasper, feldspar and quarts. Karur thus is a prime shopping destination as well.
The Shree Sadhasiva Bhramendhral Temple is located at Nerur. It is home to the Samadhi of Saint Shree Sadhasiva Bhramendhral. He was one of the gurus in charge of Kanchipuram Matt. The Samadhi was constructed by the ruler of Thondaiman Dynasty Vijaya Ragunathan Thodiaman. The Pudukkottai Palace has preserved a handful of sand on which the saint is said to have written on.
The Soliamman Temple is located at Athur, about 8 km away from the town. Every year during the month of June, the famous car festival is celebrated in the Soliamman temple. The Solieshwarar temple, Muniyappan Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Chinna Mariamman and Periya Mariamman Temple are located close to the temple.