The recorded history of the city goes back to the 3rd century BCE. The city has a number of historical monuments, with the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

1623 temple

Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

1000 pillar hall

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace

17th century palace

Gandhi Museum

memorial museum

Alagar Temple

1653 temple

Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam

temple, pond

Thiruparankundram Temple

rock cut temple

Samanar Hills

carvings, temple