Valluvar Kottam is a memorial to the great Tamil poet-saint Tiruvalluvar, who wrote the famous Thirukkural. This monument was constructed in 1976. The memorial is shaped like a temple chariot and is the replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. The temple chariot has been installed with a life-size statue of Thiruvalluvar. The Valluvar Kottam is one of the modern day landmarks of the Chennai city.
The 133 chapters of his famous work Thirukkural have been depicted in bas-relief in the front hall corridors of the chariot. The auditorium at Valluvar Kottam is said to be the largest in Asia and can accommodate about 4000 people. It stands as a modern memorial to the great poet who represents the glorious culture of the Tamils.
Thirukkural, are inscribed on the granite pillars that surround the auditorium and it has got no pillars for support. There is a 101-feet high temple chariot structure with a life-size image of the poet in it. This chariot is a replica of the temple car of Thiruvarur in Tamil Nadu. The base of the chariot shows in bas-relief the 133 chapters of the Thirukkural. Over 3,000 blocks of stone were used to create this memorial to Tamil culture.
Visiting Hours : 8.00am to 6.00pm (closed on Fridays and national holidays)
Bus Routes :
Egmore to Valluvar Kottam : M10, X10G, A10A
Central to Valluvar Kottam : M10, M10A