Places of Interest
Thirukkoilur Ulagalanda Perumal
It is situated on the Cuddalore – Chittoor trunk road and 37 kms from Viluppuram. The presiding deities of the Vishnu Temple are Ulagalanda Perumal (Thiruvikrama Swami) and Pushpavallithayar. Kabilar Kundru is also yet another picnic spot at Thirukkoilur which is situated in the middle of the river Pennayar. Kabilar was saint here and his last resting place, is maintained by the state Archaeological Department.
It is 16 kms northwest of Ulundurpet and 21 kms east of Thirukkoilur. Hillock at the village contains a Jaina cave and two temples dedicated to Parsvanatha and Chanraprabha. Cave served as the monastery of the monks of Virasangha in the 8th – 9th century A.D. Rich collection of bronze images found in the temple. Annual festival (Jan-Feb) celebrated on a grand scale and attended by Jains from all over Tamilnadu.
The 100 year old famous church is situated in Chennai – Selam highway and 8 km from Chinna Salem. The church is constructed by the Kunchaan, a devotee of St. Anthoniyar. This church is located at Melnaariyappanoor is a village panchayat located near Chinnasalem, in Kallakurichi Taluk of Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu. It is famous for the shrine dedicated to the King of Miracles, Saint Antony of Padua. His feast is celebrated every year on June 13.
Kallakurichi is closer to Kalvarayan Hills. The proximity of clouds fall near the peak of Vellimalai hilltop is a popular tourist spot for locals during the monsoon season. Vellimalai is a pristine unexplored location. There are so many of villages in Kalvarayan hills’ hilltop and in the chilly of the climates in Innaddu.
It is one part of the Eastern ghats, lies on the western side of the Kallakurichi Taluk. This area spread over an area of 600 sq. kms. approximately with the height ranging from 1000 ft to 3800 ft from the sea level. The History of Kalrayan hills with its Jagirdars run back to the time of Krishna Deverayar the Emperor of ‘Vijaya Nagar Kingdom’. The emperor Krishna Deverayar given the rights to the tribes to enjoy this land but imposed many taxes on them.
About the hill tribes it is said that warriors belonging to ‘KARALAR’ community had come from Kanchipuram and settled in kalrayan hills. after sometimes they over ride the tribal people called ‘Vedar’ (hunter) and married their wives. The communities of karalar and vedar who at present are called ‘Malayali’ and they call themselves as ‘Goundars’. Kalrayan hills Possesses innumerable tourism Potentialities like water falls, jungle streams, rivers and rivulets and lovely jungle walks. The place is a veritable paradise for trekkers. It is also called as ‘Poor man’s hill station’ of Tamil Nadu. Every year the District Administration is conducting the Summer Festival to create the awareness among the tribes.