Travel Review

Thirumayam Fort

Early this week I was staying in Thanjavur (Tanjore) for a few days. On Monday I went to see Thirumayam fort (திருமயம் மலைக்கோட்டை) which is on the way to Karaikudi from Tanjore. The fort was built in the 17th century by Vijaya Raghunatha Sethupathi, the Raja of Ramnad and it was in this fort that Oomathurai the brother of Panchalankurichi chieftain Kattabomman was captured by Britishers. The fort is well maintained under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, it even has clean toilets with running water – a rarity in tourist places in India. On top of the hillock inside the fort, you will find a cannon barrel supposed to be used by the Britishers.

Thirumayam Fort walls
Thirumayam Fort walls
Venkatarangan with Thirumayam Fort walls
Venkatarangan with Thirumayam Fort walls
Climbing the rocky hillock is a bit difficult but not tough, takes about a few minutes to reach the top
Climbing the rocky hillock is a bit difficult but not tough, takes about a few minutes to reach the top
A big rock standing
A big rock standing
The cannon barrel on top of the hillock
The cannon barrel on top of the hillock
Thirumayam fort walls
Thirumayam fort walls
The modern day gate to the top of the fort
The modern-day gate to the top of the fort

As you enter the fort, to the side of the path to the cannon barrel you will see a cave which has an idol of Lord Siva (சிவலிங்கம்) which you can reach by climbing up a steel ladder.

Steel ladder to the cave
Steel ladder to the cave
Idol of Lord Siva (சிவலிங்கம்)
An Idol of Lord Siva (சிவலிங்கம்) in 2016

Behind the back of the Thirumayam fort (detailed blog) entrance, you will find Sathyamurthi Perumal Temple [ஸ்ரீ சத்யமூர்த்திப் பெருமாள் திருக்கோயில், திருமயம்].

[Update: 16th February 2022]

Today en route to Rameswaram, I visited this fort again and took the pictures below.

Thirumayam fort walls with the moat below
Thirumayam fort walls with the moat below
Steps to climb to the top of the Thirumayam fort
Steps to climb to the top of the Thirumayam fort
ASI has been maintaining the Thirumayam fort well, you even have clean and functional washrooms!
ASI has been maintaining the Thirumayam fort well, you even have clean and functional washrooms!
A big boulder in Thirumayam fort
A big boulder in Thirumayam fort
Another big boulder in Thirumayam fort
Another big boulder in Thirumayam fort
See the strong fort walls of Thirumayam fort
See the strong fort walls of Thirumayam fort
A cannon on top of the Thirumayam fort
A cannon on top of the Thirumayam fort
The long cannon (பீரங்கி) on top of the Thirumayam fort
The long cannon (பீரங்கி) on top of the Thirumayam fort
View of the town below from the top of the Thirumayam fort
View of the town below from the top of the Thirumayam fort
Idol of Lord Siva (சிவலிங்கம்) in 2022 inside the Thirumayam fort
An idol of Lord Siva (சிவலிங்கம்) in 2022 inside the Thirumayam fort