A laid-back place of immense natural beauty, Dharmapuri is a holiday destination promising visitors a wealth of history and a number of important religious shrines. Headquarters of the district of the same name, the place is famous for some exotic locales including the famed Hogenakkal waterfalls created by the descent of the Cauvery River.
Once part of the ancient Chera kingdom during the Sangam age, the place attracts those who are fascinated by history. Theerthamalai in the district is a sacred place attracting visitors for its Shiva temple. An all-time favorite, Dharmapuri must be included as a must-visit destination on a trip to Tamil Nadu.
Sights to see in Dharmapuri
Chenraya Perumal Temple
Built by Hoysala and Vijayanagar rulers including Krishnadeva Raya, Chenraya Perumal temple is a sacred shrine located in the town of Adhiyamankottam, 7 km from Dharmapuri on the Salem-Dharmapuri road. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the shrine has a mandapam which leads to the sanctum sanctorum.
Sir Thomas Munro Pillar
One of the major attractions of Dharmapuri, this pillar was erected by the British Indian Government of Madras to mark the association of the place with Sir Thomas Munro who lived here from April 1792 to March 1799 as Assistant to the Superintendent of Revenue in the Baramahal. His house and his favorite garden are a few yards away from this place.
Subramanya Siva Memorial –Papparapatti
A monument built in memory of the great patriot Subramanya Siva on his samadhi near Papparapatti in Pennagaram Taluk is visited by many people.