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Poompuhar - Bustling Port City Of The Days Of Yore


Poompuhar, or Puhar as it is otherwise known, is a town in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. It was famous in ancient times as a bustling port known as Kaveripoompattinam. It was also the temporary capital of the Chola dynasty that once ruled over Tamil Nadu. Poompuhar is located close to the spot where the river Cauveri flows out into the sea.

Most of the original town was destroyed in 500 AD, apparently by a Tsunami. Even so, several important terracotta figurines and pottery from ancient times have been discovered from Poompuhar. It is also known to be the oldest inhabited area in Tamil Nadu. Poompuhar of today is a bustling town of some 86,000 men, women and children.

Tourist Places In And Around Poompuhar

Two important landmarks that attract tourists on a yearly basis are the Masilamani Nathar Koil and the Silappathikara Art Gallery. The Masilamani Nathar Koil was built in the 14th century AD and has borne the brunt of tidal erosion. It still stands as a rare example of the architectural style of that period.

The Silappathikara Art Gallery is a 7-storeyed structure dedicated to the Tamil epic, Silappathikaram. It is a must visit once you are at Poompuhar. Danish Governor Bungalow, Town Gateway, the Poompuhar Beach and the Zion Church are other tourist hotspots of the place.

How To Reach Poompuhar

Poompuhar is easily approachable by road. The closest cities to Poompuhar are Nagapattinam and Trichy. It is also easily approachable via rail. Poompuhar does not have its own railway station. But the closest place with a railway station is Nagapattinam from which it is easy to get to Poompuhar via bus.

Poompuhar Weather

Poompuhar, being a coastal area, experiences a hot and humid climate for most of the year. Summers get extremely hot, but the winter season which is from December to February has a cooler climate than the rest of the year; this is the best time to visit Poompuhar.

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How to Reach Poompuhar

  • By Road
    One of the easiest ways to get to Poompuhar is via road. Regular bus services ply from neighbouring places like Nagapattinam. It is the easiest and cheapest option. Regular bus services also ply from nearby places like Trichy as well.
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  • By Train
    By rail, the closest railway station to Poompuhar is the one at Nagapattinam. Travelling to Poompuhar from Nagapattinam by bus is a feasible option. Nagapattinam is connected to most of the major cities in India by rail, and bus tickets come to Rs 50 per person.
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  • By Air
    The closest city with an airport is at Trichy which is 148 kilometres away. Chennai Airport, is located some 256 kilometres away from Poompuhar. Both cities are easily approachable by air. Poompuhar is well connected by Road to both cities; hence it is advisable to take a flight to the cities mentioned and then travel by bus or hire a cab to get to Poompuhar.
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