Poompugar (also known as Puhar) is a town in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This town is located near the mouth of the Kaveri River, on the Indian East coast (Bay of Bengal). The town has an average elevation of 1 m (3.3 ft).
The town was earlier known as Kaveri Poompattinam, and was a flourishing port city which also served as the capital of the Chola dynasty rulers for a while. But much of the town was washed away and destroyed by sediment erosions and periodic Tsunamis in around 300 BC, as confirmed by many marine archaeologists. These statements were supported by archaeological finds of submerged ruins off the coast of the present day Poompuhar town.
The city was rebuilt several times in that duration, after each destruction. But what remains today is a much smaller town with many archaeological evidences that have preserved the memory of the much larger destroyed city that it earlier was.
The town that is Poompuhar today was built on the north banks of the river Kaveri. And consists of 2 districts:
These two areas were separated by a stretch of orchards where daily markets used to be held under the trees. The market place was known as Naalangadi during the day and as Allangadi by evening.
Some more places to see or visit in this ancient yet young town of Poompuhar are:
Poompuhar mostly has foods from Tamil Nadu cuisine (staple being Rice, and dishes like Idli, Dosa, Upma, Sambar and curd rice), and sea foods as it is close to the coast. Here are some good restaurants in Poompuhar to get some good meals or snacks:
Some of the hotels closest and easily accessible to Poompuhar and the beaches in Poompuhar are:
Poombuhar STD Code – 04364 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common helpline numbers:
Tamil is the most spoken language in Poompuhar. But, language like English is spoken as well.