The Pandya are the earliest mentioned of the Tamil ruling chieftains. They first appeared in Greek writings in the fourth century B.C.E. and were said to have sent ambassadors to Roman emperors.

Why Gingee Fort is famous?

The site is so fortified that Shivaji, the Maratha king, ranked it as the “most impregnable fortress in India”, and it was called the “Troy of the East” by the British.

Which district is Gingee?

Viluppuram District
Tahsildar, Gingee | Viluppuram District, Govt of Tamil Nadu | India.

Who lived in Gingee Fort?

As per one account, the fort was built during the 1516th century by the Nayaks, the lieutenants of the Vijayanagara Empire and who later became independent kings (Nayaks of Gingee ).

How many steps are in Gingee Fort?

400 steps
Time taken: The fort is on top of a hill and is a trek for about 1 hour one way. Grade: It is a steep trek so I would scale it as a Moderate trek. There are 400 steps to reach the top.

Who is the king of Gingee?

It is said that Tupakula Krishnappa Nayaka (1490 to 1521) of a Chandragiri family was the founder of the Nayaka line of Gingee kings. He seems to have ruled along the coast from Nellore to the Kollidam River up to 1521. Under the Nayaks the forts were strengthened and the town was greatly enlarged.

Which temple is powerful in Tamil Nadu?

1. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai. Meenakshi Amman Temple, located in Madurai, is one of the famous Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu which was built during the Nayak rule. Also known as the Meenakshi-Sundareshwar Temple, it is dedicated to Goddess Parvati as Meenakshi and her consort Lord Shiva as Sundareshwar.

Which is the Kongu region of Tamil Nadu?

The entire Kongu region has an approximate size of 7,500 square miles and includes present day districts of Tamil Nadu, namely Coimbatore, Erode, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Salem, Namakkal, Karur, Dindigul, Tirupur as well as certain sections of Madurai.

Who ruled Kongu region?

For almost 300 years from 1,004 C.E., the Kongu Cholas ruled autonomously. They even adopted the names of the Imperial Cholas Vikrama Chola, Kulottunga Chola etc.

How many villages are there in Gingee?

There are about 244 villages in gingee taluka, which you can browse from gingee taluka villages list (along with gram panchayat information) below.


Madurai, formerly (until 1949) Madura, city, south-central Tamil Nadu state, southern India. It is located on the Vaigai River, about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Dindigul. Madurai is the third most populous, and probably the oldest, city in the state.


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