Located in Chennai, Valluvar Kottam was constructed in 1975 by M. Karunanidhi – the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The site where this memorial is constructed was once an unused lake which was reformed to build this monument. This historical monument is built in the memory of well-known philosopher, intellectual poet and saint Thiruvalluvar. More than 2000 years ago, he penned down Thirukkural which has 133 chapters and 1330 verses.
Valluvar Kottam’s architectural pattern is a replica of temple chariot and has around 3000 blocks of stone. It rises to the height of 39 m and has marvelous stone effigy of the saint. The edifice has auditorium which stands as cenotaph to Thiruvalluvar. The building of auditorium is colossal in size and is largest of its kind in Asia which can hold up to 4,000 people.
Sited at Kanyakumari and known for its great and innovative architecture, Valluvar Kottam has lion on main gateway which is decorated with stunning designs. Its unique feature is that it stands without support of any pillar i.e., it stands baseless. The 1330 verses by Thirukkural are carved on columns in corridors which encloses the auditorium. This historical monument opens from 8 AM to 6 PM and remains closed on Fridays and other holidays.