Ponnamaravathy (Ponnamaravathi) is a Town in Pudukkottai district in the Indian state of Nadu.The small town also holds the status of a taluk. It is located 37 km from District headquarter Pudukkottai and 410 km from State capital Chennai. It was well connected to Trichy and Madurai by roadways. It was a main market center for hundreds of adjoining villages.
Farming is the main occupation of the nearby villages. Rice, sugarcane, groundnut, cereals and all kinds of vegetables are cultivated in plenty. There is an oldest Siva temple that dates back to thousand years which was under the control of Archaeological Survey of India.
Ponnamaravathi Taluk is bounded by S. Pudur Taluk towards west, Singampunari Taluk towards west, Kottampatti Taluk towards west, Tiruppathur Taluk towards South. Pudukkottai City, Natham City, Karaikudi City, Sivaganga City are the nearby Cities to Ponnamaravathi. This Place is in the border of the Pudukkottai District and Sivaganga District.
Ponnamaravathy comes under the purview of Pudukottai district administration. The town is located at a distance of 38 km from the district headquarters. The town is situated in the state highways connecting Ponnamaravathy and Pudukottai. All the important towns such as Madurai, Karaikudi, and Pudukottai are within a distance of 50 km from the town. History of the town dates back since 17th century. Temples in the town are citied in Old Tamil Literature, Silappathikaram. This indicates that the town has a connection Cholan and Pandyan kingdoms.
Long ago, i.e., since 16th century, Ponnamaravathy was a separate kingdom and it was named after the kings Ponnan and Amaran. The town was built by these kings. The ancient Nachiamman temple of the town is mentioned in Silappathikaram, an old Tamil literature showing the prominence of the town since olden days. Moreover, the literature revels that the town had link between Cholan and Pandiyan dynasties.
The town has witnessed large number of wars between the Cholas and Pandyas. In the 12th Century there was a war between Pandiyas and Singalars in this region. The town has large number of historical landmarks revealing the ancient traits of the town. The town has a large man made tank named after the King Amarkandan, it’s called as “Amarkandan Oorani”.
The Siva temple in the town was built by Raja Raja Cholan II. There is an important place in the town called as “Nadukal”, the place where the king Ponnamaran died and even today the stone is the symbol of pride and respect patronizing Tamil warriors and their bravery.
The town has developed with the bazaar as the nodal point. The town consists of three major habitations, Ponnamaravathy, Valayapatti and Pudhupatti. Of them the major commercial activities are concentrated in the habitation of Ponnamaravathy, which has separate streets for each particular mode of commercial activity. Pudhupatti and Valayapatti, has residential land use to a greater extent. Most of the houses in this region are built in the Chettinadu architectural style.
The small town has public and private schools for primary and higher secondary education. There are also arts and science colleges, polytechnic colleges and engineering colleges nearby. Ponnamaravathy Town Panchayat has a literacy rate of 83.95%, which is much higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy rate is 53.19% and the female literacy rate is 46.80%.
Ponnamaravathy town Panchayat has 4 Government Schools (one Government Higher Secondary School, one High School for Girls, three Primary Schools) and 3 Private Schools (one Higher Secondary School, two Primary Schools) catering to the educational requirements of the town. The town also has 2 Anganvadi.
1.Chidabaram Matric School 2.Valampuri Vaduganathan Higher Secondary School 3.Amala Annai Matric Higher Secondary 4.Lions Matric Higher Secondary School, Ponnamaravathy 5.SSR polytechnic college, Thenimalai, Ponnamaravathy. 6. Girls higher secondary school. 7. Anbu nursery & primary school
Government hospital located in the town has 30 beds meant for both General and Maternity wards. This government hospital has lab and X-ray facilities. In addition there are also 11 private clinics functioning in the town.
Weather & Climate
It is too hot in summer. Ponnamaravathy summer highest day temperature is in between 30 °C to 42 °C. Average temperatures of January is 27 °C, February is 27 °C, March is 30 °C, April is 33 °C, May is 34 °C .
622407 ( Ponnamaravathy ), 622403 ( Melasivapuri ), 622401 ( Koppanapatti ), 622402 ( Kulipirai ), 622412 ( Virachilai ), 622002 ( Tirugokarnam ), 621308 (Palakurichi ), 622402 (Sundaram).
Banks in Ponnamaravathy
· Union Bank of India, Karaiyur
· Indian Overseas Bank, Vendanpatti
· ICICI Bank, Ponnamaravathi
· State Bank of India, Ponnamaravathi
· Canara Bank, Ponnamaravathi
· Indian bank, Ponnamaravathi
· Karur Vysya Bank, Ponnamaravathi
· Indian Overseas Bank, Ponnamaravathi
· Pandiyan Grama Bank, Valayapatti
· Vijaya bank, Koppanapatti
By Road: Ponnamaravathy is well connected to the towns of Pudukottai, Tiruchirappalli, Karaikudi, Madurai and Dindigul. Private and Government buses are in operation in the town.
By Train: The nearest railway station to the town is Namanasamuthiram which is a distance of 30 km from the town.
By Air: The nearest Airport to the town is Trichy, which is at a distance of 75 km from the town.