Thiruvarur is visited for its Sri Tyagaraja temple, as well as the annual chariot festival held in the month of April. Temple is spread over 30 acres and has a unique musical instrument with 5 faces, each of them ornamented.
The temple complex is one of the largest in India. It houses four gateway towers known as gopurams. The tallest is the eastern tower, with four stories and a height of 30 metres (98 ft). The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Thyagaragar (Veethi Vidangar) and Neelothbalambal (Alliyankothai) being the most prominent.
The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and twelve yearly festivals on its calendar. The temple has the largest chariot in Tamil Nadu and the annual festival is celebrated during the month of April.
Thiruvarur is visited as a part of day excursion from Kumbakonam or enroute on the heritage itinerary.
Distances - Vailankanni - 30 kms, 40 km from Karaikal, 40 km from Kumbakonam, 56 km from Thanjavur