: Aranthangi, Tamil Nadu
Dates Back To
: 15th And 16th Centuries (Approximately)
Aranthangi is the second largest town in Pudukkottai district. Aranthangi was the most populous locality in the south of the Thanjavur district till it was added to Pudukkottai. The main centre of attraction of Aranthangi is a ruined fort.
A Peculiar Feature
There is a unique feature about this fort; the walls are not constructed of brick or stone. Large interstices are filled with mud. There are no ruins of palaces or any other striking building inside.
No indications are found about the history of the fort, but a line of 'Tondaimans' indicates that they built the fort. Little is known about the time of the Tondaimans, a lineage of feudal chieftains who controlled this Aranthangi region of India from the 15th to the 18th century AD.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air : The nearest airport is at Tiruchirappalli, at a distance of about 60-km.
Rail : The nearest railway station is at Pudukkottai, which lies on the Chennai Rameshwaram railway line and is connected to places like Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, and Thanjavur.
Road : Tourists can access Aranthangi from Pudukkottai, which is well connected by rail and road with the major cities and towns of Tamil Nadu. Pudukkottai is connected to Rameshwaram, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Thanjavur and all other nearby towns by road. Local buses cover all tourist centres in and around Pudukkottai.
WHERE TO STAY
Accommodation is available at the moderate class hotels and lodges in Pudukkottai.