Under the Banners of History

Virudhunagar, the erstwhile capital of Ramanathapuram, is located on the Western side of Tamil Nadu. Virudhunagar is both a famous pilgrimage center and a land abundantly blessed with the rich bounties of Mother Nature. Like many ancient south Indian cities, its past is a rich tapestry weaved in the vibrant colors of tradition, culture, history, and folklore. Life of the people in this city revolves around the majestic temples and its colorful festivals.

A journey through this amazing town will reveal that it offers more than just festivals and grand temples. Virudhunagar of today is a buzzing trading and industrial hub with a number of industries operating in the region. The town today thrives predominantly on its agriculture, trade and manufacturing industries.

The town was earlier called “Virudhukkalvetti”, with an interesting story behind the origins of this name. “Virudhukkal” in the local language means ‘banners of victory’. History narrates that once a famous warrior traveled through these lands defeating many mighty warriors, collecting banners as a token for each victory. The warrior came to this town and challenged a local resident, and in a sad turn of events got defeated. The town from thenceforth came to be known as “Virudhukkalvetti”, which later went on to become Virudhunagar.

How to Reach


Nearest airport is located in Madurai at a distance of 43 km


The city is well connected by road to most of the major cities in the state.


Tirunelveli railroad station is the nearest station.

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