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Mayiladuthurai gets its name from the Mayura or Mayil (peacock) form in which the Hindu goddess Parvathi worshipped the Hindu god Shiva at this place, is a town located in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. The town is an ancient place ruled by many dynasties and later by the British rule. The town is named after its famous Mayuranathaswami Temple a hindu temple of the town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main attraction is the lingam in the temple. The temple is located at a distance of 1 Km from the Kaveri River on the Chidambaram–Thanjavur highway. Rice, Coconuts and plaintains are the main products of Mayiladuthurai.
Tharangambadi, Pichavaram mangrove forest, Tirumullaivasal, Palaiyar and Karaikkal are the tourist places located in and around in this town. The A. V. C. College, A. V. C. College of Engineering, A. R. C. Vishwanathan College, C.I.I.T. Community College, Dharmapuram Adhinam Arts College, D. G. Government Arts College for Women and Mayiladuthurai Meenakshi Ramasamy Arts & Science College are the educational instuitions in Mayiladuthurai.