Valluvar Kottam - Tamilnadu - Monuments
This huge chariot shaped monument that stands high in the midst of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is the popular Valluvar Kottam. It was built in the early 1970s and opened to the public during 1976. This monument was erected as a memorial and tribute to the Tamil saint and poet, Thiruvalluvar. Valluvar Kottam is named after this saint.
The monument houses an auditorium which can hold over 3,500 people, a magnificent archway and a Kural Mandapam where all the 1,330 couplets of the 133 chapters of Thirukural are written over granite stones. The main attraction in the monument is the giant chariot sized structure inside which is a life like statue of Thiruvalluvar.
This chariot is a replica of the temple chariots that go on a procession in the streets during festive seasons. The chariot is adorned on all sides by the famous Kalamkari drawings. It is one among the most prominent landmark of the city of Chennai. This monument was entirely built with the sole purpose of honoring the saint Thiruvalluvar and remembering to abide in his words which have stood the test of time for thousands of years.
A vibrantly beautiful park surrounds the monument which blossoms with greenery. A place for car parking is available from where you can get a great view of the monument. The auditorium inside the monument is surrounded by a resting place for visitors. Built in its time, this monument is a great wonder for all ages to come.
How to Reach
By Air : The Chennai International airport is at a distance of 13 kilometers from the monument.
By Train : The Chennai central railway station is at a distance of 6 kilometers from the monument and connects the city with the rest of the country.
By Road :The city is well connected by national and state highways being the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. You can rent a cab or car from anywhere in the city to reach the monument.