Situated at the estuary of River Kaveri, Poompuhar was an ancient port of the Cholas. Poompuhar is also known as Kaveripoompattinam. The city has many relics and monuments belonging to the Chola era and after. Some of the most important tourist attractions are as follows: -
Silappathikara Art Gallery
A beautiful seven-tired building of great sculptural value has been
built as Sillappathikara Art Gallery. The 'Magara Thoranavayil' at the
entrance of the Art Gallery imparts an imposing and beautiful look to
the whole structure. Its height is 22½'. It has been designed on
the pattern of Magara Thorana Vayil. Scenes from Sillappathikaram, the
Epic of the land have been given lively shapes in stones on the walls of
The Dutch settlers built Zion Church in 1701. The British renovated in
1782-84 and again in 1839 the Church. It is still in good condition and
you can appreciate the Dutch architectural design of the renaissance era
that is very evident in its construction.
It was built in 1792 on Danish Architectural style. The design is
typical of the gateways that were built in Europe during the renaissance
period. The British built this gateway but it bore a Danish
architectural style probably because of some Danish architect employed
Danish Fort that was built as early as 1620 A.D is the masterpiece of
the Danish architecture in India. The fort is in perfect condition till
now and most of the decorations and carvings are still prominent. The
Fort is now under the control of Tamilnadu Archaeological Department and
houses an archaeological Museum.
Masilamani Nathar Koil
This temple built in 1305 by Maravarma Kulasekara Pandiyan exhibits
outstanding architectural skills. The front portion of the temple has
been partly damaged due to Sea-erosion but is still worth watching. The
religious activities in this ancient temple have been discontinued long
Danish Governor Bungalow
This building gets its name as it was used as the residence of the
Danish Governor. Built in the year 1784, it is the biggest building in
Poompuhar. The building houses the office of Tamilnadu Tourism
How to Reach Poompuhar
The closest airport from Poompuhar is Thiruchi. Air Lanka and Indian
Airlines operate services to Sri Lanka from Trichy. The air service to
Madurai, Chennai and other important cities of India is operated by all
the major airlines in India.
Thanjavur, the district headquarter is connected to towns/cities like
Thiruchi, Chennai and Nagore. Chennai is connected to all the major
cities in India by railways.
Bus services are available from Thiruchi, Nagore and Chennai for
Thanjavur. Various interstate buses also ply from Tanjore.