Karur is an oldest town which is formally known for its chola empires and traditional chera. There are number of sculpted temples in the town. Pongal is one of the most important festivals of the city which is celebrated at the end of the harvest season to say thanks to the Sun-God. Pongal signifies prosperity, abundance and brings feasting time for the Tamilians
Ekadashi festival is also a very popular festival celebrated in the city. Sri Mariamman Temple, the largest Amman temple in Tamil Nadu celebrates its annual festival with great grandeur and pomp. Panguni Uthiram, Arudra Darshan and Thiruvadirai are also the significant festivals of the city. The Karur Nityanjali dance festival is a dance festival dedicated to lord Nataraj. This festival is celebrated each year at Kalayana Pasupathieswarer temple and the motive behind these classical dance forms, is to spread awareness about the traditional culture of the city.