Periyar was popularly known as 'Thanthai Periyar'. He was the father of the Dravidian movement and the author of 'Suya Mariyathai Iyakkam' (Self respect movement). The Science and Technology Museum located at Kotturpuram is named after him. This museum provides a vast knowledge on science and technology, is definitely a delight for the science students and scientists. There are different galleries called Science Park, Traffic Park and Eco Park that imbibes scientific knowledge on life science, physical science, innovation, energy, transport and electronics & communication.