The hill, small town and Murugan Temple at
, south of Tiruchirappalli have been nominated the Viralimalai Peacock Sanctuary. Several species of peacocks can be seen here in the wild state. Mythologically the vehicle of Lord Muruga(Subramanya)
, these birds are considered divine by the local people. The Sanctuary is 30 km south of Tiruchirappalli airport
. The place can also be reached from Pudukkottai
, 40 km by road.