We are happy to introduce the small village Thiruvattar (Tamil: திருவட்டார்,  Malayalam: തിരുവട്ടാര്‍ ). It is located in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu, in between the towns of Marthandam and Kulasekharam. It is about 6 kilometer from Marthandam. Here the most important thing to say is the name of the place, Thiru (sacred) + vatt (surrounded) + aru (river). The two main rivers Parallaiyar (which is originating from Mahendragiri) and Kothaiyar (which originating from Kothaiyar lake) surrounded the village and giving the name.

Since it is watery place, the mud will be always wet, so main occupation of this village is Brick making. Also we can find the coconut, banana and rubber plantations.

A brick furnace

A brick furnace

Brick furnace in misty morning

Banana Plantations
Here the important place to introduce is Sri Adikesavaperumal temple, is one of the 108 holy Vishnu temples (105 located in India, 1 in Nepal and 2 in the non physical world). Architecture of this temple is Kerala Style. This temple is older than the Sri Padamanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum. The architecture and style of this temple has been followed by Sri Padamanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum. Compared to Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum this temple is small. Differences between two temples are, in Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple Trivandrum Lord Vishnu facing towards east and in Sri Adikesavaperumal temple towards west. In this temple status of Lord Vishnu is made up of Kaduku (mustard), chippi (lime powder) and sarkara (jaggery). Sculptures and mural paintings of this temple are amazing. Really we have to appreciate the sculptors those who designed the temple.

The pujas are done in this temple are same as Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple at Trivandrum. In the month of April every year, 10 days of festival is going on here. During those days main cultural program of this temple is Kathakali. 10th day of festival with the Arattu (holy bath of god) and Kambakettu (fire works), they will put and end to the festival. If we say about the environment of this temple, wow !, what a pleasant environment ? Fresh breeze with the nice smell of flowers. If we come around the temple everyday, it will be very good exercise to our body and our mind also will be very pleasant. People who come to Thiruvattar surely they will visit this temple. Near by Thaliyal Mutharamman temple and Lord Siva temple also famous here. Often film shootings are taking place here.

A devotional video album song shooting
A lonely way

Sunset view from Thiruvattar

Moovattumugam is hamlet nearby this village, here two rivers Parallaiyar and Kothaiyar combine together and forms Kuzhithurai River and it move towards Arabian Sea.

Aruvikkarai is a hamlet nearby this village. Here we can feel the expression of the water through dashing on the rocks, jumping over the rocks, dancing on the rocks and spreading beads in the bank of the river. Really it is wonderful and gives pleasure to our mind.
In Thiruvattar and its surroundings there are many schools such as Govt. Primary School and High School, NVKS (CBSE syllabus), Excel Central School (ICSE syllabus), Arunachalam Higher Secondary School, which is the first management school (AD 1928) in the surroundings also the great playback singer Mr. Kamukara Purushothaman was the principal of this school and former ISRO chairman Dr. G. Madhavan Nair had been done his Higher Secondary education. People of this village speak both Malayalam and Tamil.

The famous cultural artists also took born in this village. Old play back singer Mr. Kamukara Purushothaman, his carnatic music master Mr. Arumugam Pillai, Mr. Krishna Pillai Bhagavathar (Musician), Mr. Thankappan, Mr. Velukutty (Nadhaswara vidhwans), Bhaskara Pillai, Krishna Pillai (Thavil masters), Nellamma Pillai (Musician), Thankan Thiruvattar (Lyricist). Still here the people are trying to stay back the arts among the new generations.

Police Station, Bus depot, Registrar office, Post Office, State Bank of Travancore all these facilities are available here.

Other important places nearby this village is Chitharal Rock-cut temple, Mathoor Thottipalam (Mathur Aqueduct).

Nearby Marthandam, Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu

How to reach:
Trivandrum to Marthandam – 39 KM (NH47 Trivandrum-Kanyakumari)
Marthandam to Thiruvattar – 6 KM (Marthandam – Pechipparai Highway)

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