Valluvar Kottam in ChennaiValluvar Kottam is a renowned monument located in Chennai which is devoted to the famous Tamil saint, poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar.
The shape of this monument is actually an imitation of the temple chariot which is located in Thiruvarury and is of 39 meters. The Valluvar Kottam is situated at the junction of Village Road and Kodambakkam High Road.
The monument was built by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.Karunanidhi during the year 1975-76.
The poet Thiruvalluvar is famous for his creation Thirukkural, which was written by him almost two thousand years back. Thirukkural contains 133 chapters which comprise 1330 verses that are engraved on the base-relief in the corridors of the front hall. The hall of the monument is believed to be the largest auditorium in Asia and can take in almost 4000 people. This contemporary monument is dedicated to the great saint and poet Thiruvalluvar who epitomizes the magnificent Tamil culture.
The verses of Thirukkural are engraved on the granite pillars that enclose the hall. It is said that it took more than 3000 stone blocks to build this glorious monument. The name of the architect who designed this monument is- V. Ganapati Sthapati. This is the same architect who also designed the famous Thiruvalluvar statue located in Kanyakumari.
Exhibitions at Valluvar KottamFrom time to time
exhibitions are organized at Valluvar Kottam. The tourists can visit a
variety of stalls ranging from bedspreads, homemade papads, slippers and
pyjamas to vehicles, property and plants. Apart from these jewelry and
pickles are also put up for sale.
A range of games are organized and lots of cars and shiny bikes can be seen in the parking lot. Majority of vendors are from Chennai but you can also see a few sellers who come from different cities.
A wide variety of saris ranging from Kalamkari, Silk-cotton and Pochampally to Net, Block print, Batik and Bangal cotton can be seen in numerous stalls which are the main crowd pullers. During festivals these exhibitions attract a lot of crowd from Chennai and nearby areas.
Restaurants near Valluvar KottamThere are many fast food restaurants near Valluvar Kottam. The names of a few restaurants are:
- Little Italy Restaurant
- KFC Restaurant
- Rhapsody Restaurant
- Pizza Corner
- Nuts 'n' Spices
- Kryptos by Willi
- Tuscana Pizzeria
- Arun Fast Food
The restaurants offer the customers a variety of cuisines from Chinese to South Indian delicacies. All types of food are available in these restaurants and both veg and non-veg food can be relished as per the choice of the individual.
How to reach Valluvar Kottam
- To visit the monument you need to get down at the Chennai Cental Railway Station and then walk to Central.
- From Central take a bus towards Kalaingar Nagar which takes about 20 minutes.
- Thereafter it will take just 2 minute walk to reach Valluvar Kottam.
- By car it takes around 18-20 minutes to reach the monument.
- Entry Fee: The entry fee to enter Valluvar Kottam is Rs 5 for children and Rs 10 for adults.
- Timings: The timings to visit the monument are between 8 am to 6 pm.
- Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the place is during the day and it takes hardly one to two hours to cover the whole monument. The monument remains closed on National holidays and is open on all days except Fridays.
- Address: Valluvarkottam High Road, Kodambakkam
Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034, Tamil Nadu