The land of ancient temples and age-old history, Namakkal is located in the state of Tamil Nadu and is a beautiful weekend destination for those who love exploring offbeat. Even though the town is said to be established in the 7th century, it is believed to be thousands of years old as per local legends. As it has been ruled by several dynasties in the past, including the Pandyas, the Pallavas and the Vijayanagara Empire, it makes for a perfect stoppage to learn about the Medieval Period of India. Apart from scrutinising the grandeur of its temples and forts, you can also take a stroll amid its beautiful parks and surrounding hills.
So, don't you think you can savour natural as well historical places here? If you would love to take the untrodden trail this season, plan a tour of Namakkal. Following are the major places you must visit while in this historic town.
1) Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple
Over a period of Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple has become a synonym to the town. Therefore, it would be absolutely right to say that your trip to Namakkal is incomplete if you forget to visit Anjaneyar Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and houses one of his tallest statues in the country.
The major festival celebrated here include the 15-day Panguni Uthiram Festival. Even though the history of the temple is still unknown, it is said to be established before the Common Era. However, no strong evidence to prove its actual age has still been found.
2) Namakkal Fort
No history buff can afford to miss visiting the majestic Namakkal Fort. Located atop a small hillock, which is believed to be brought by Lord Hanuman, this ancient marvel was built in the 17th century during the reign of the Madurai Nayakas. However, it was ruled by several rulers in the subsequent years, including Hyder Ali.
You need to trek up the hillock to reach the top of the fort. If you would love to capture the panoramic beauty of Namakkal, then there cannot be a better place than this fort. Today, it is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
3) Narasimhaswamy Temple
Dedicated to Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple is one of the most visited and significant religious sites in the town. As per historical records, the temple was built in the 8th century by the Pandya kings.
However, as per locals, the temple was established thousands of years ago when a Saligrama grew up into a large mountain after it was placed here by Goddess Lakshmi. Since then, the temple is believed to be the abode of Lord Vishnu.
Today, it is also known for its beautiful rock-cut architecture. From beautiful pillared halls to commendable carving over walls, each and every corner contributes to the great structure of the temple. Every year, it is visited by tourists as well as Hindu devotees in thousands, especially during the 15-day Panguni Uthiram Festival.
4) Nehru Park
If you would love to take a break in Namakkal and sit idly as you enjoy the beauty of nature, then Nehru Park is an amazing spot for you. Nurturing a lively atmosphere, this beautiful expanse with lush greenery all around serves as a relaxing centre for locals.
You can also go boating within its boundaries. The presence of food stalls in and around the park has converted it into a proper picnic spot over a period of time. So, what do you think about a visit to Nehru Park and refreshing your mind, body and soul?
5) Kolli Hills
How about taking a stroll on the outskirts of Namakkal? If you would love to do so, then Kolli Hills, located at a distance of about 50 km from the town, should be your destination. Kolli Hills is a beautiful mountain range in the Eastern Ghats and is home to several natural attractions in the form of waterfalls, forests and rich wildlife.
Don't you think a bath in the relaxing waters of a fall would calm your soul? The region is also home to a few temples. Did you know that Kolli Hills is the place where Chanakya, the author of Arthashastra and the man behind the establishment of the Mauryan Empire, was born?