I will put this post in English, typing in Tamil takes lots of time.
After freshening up at the Lodge we had breakfast in a hotel. The first Ulundu vadai was awesome so I ordered another one which was a damp squib. We found out how to reach Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and walked to the bustop. The place is full small shops which says "Anything for Rs 20". People are seen hurrying for Murugan Temple with Garlands and special packages in hand. After seeing the crowd in one bus we opted for Auto. Autos here does not have meters fitted.
We reached Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and trust me there were just few locals taking rest under the trees. There was absolutely no crowd at all. We bought the tickets 10 Rs per Adult and 30 Rs for Camera. Once inside the enormity of the mahal struck us. It could definitely compete with some of the architectures in Europe but sadly its left to ruins. In few years nothing will be left to maintain.
The mahal is poorly maintained and is used as a godown for unwanted materials. If you walk with your eyes concentrating on the cieling (which has some good architecture) you will fall into one of the many pits dug.
Everywhere I found notices saying "Please dont write on the pillars" and without fail each pillar contained thousands of handwritings with some heart symbols.
The mahal is enormous in size it has a museum and the contents of the museum can definitly compete with British museum or New york Museum but our govt maintains it so bad that the whole musuem can be put inside a museum. If the same content was available with some other country this place would have become a hot tourist destination.
With a sad heart and anger over the govts attitude we finally came out of the mahal. Outside we had sliced mango, cucumber and pineapple with chilli powder. What a taste.
From there we enquired the way for Meenakshi Amman temple and started our walk.
Rest in next post. Here are some snaps of the mahal.