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Poompuhar City Guide

Poompukhar, an ancient, historic town, also called as Kaveripoompattinam is situated in Sirkali Taluk of Nagapattinam district. Tourists have to alight at Mayiladuthurai junction, to proceed to Poompuhar by road; visitors from Chennai by train can get down at Sirkali. Poompuhar is connected to Mayiladuthurai as well as Sirkali by road. The distance from Poompuhar to Mayiladuthurai is 24 Kms. And to sirkali is 21 Kms.

After the Sangam, Poompuhar town was swallowed by the Bay of Bengal. Though Poompuhar became a prey of times, still a few small villages remain a silent witness to the cruelty of times.

Thirusaikadu (Sayavanam), Pallavaneeswaram, Malaperumpallam, Keelaperumpallam, Keezaiyur, Melaiyur and Vanaguru are what remains of ancient Poompuhar. The Tamilnadu Government has taken steps to reproduce the glory of this submerged and scattered ancient town on the basis of historical evidences and literary references. In 1973, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu recreated the lost town by rising a monumental memorial to recapture the glory as detailed in Silapathikaram, 'the story of the Ankiet'. Silapathikara Art gallery, llanji mandram, Pavaimandram Nedungal mandram and Kotrappandal attract visitors from far and near.

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