Best Tamil Novels Since 1950

List of the greatest Tamil novels in the last 60 years which are either acclaimed by critics and/or reached a wide audience.

The Top Ten

1 Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki

One of the best book in world

Easily the best. Revered by people across generations. Kalki with his enormous talent mesmerizes the reader with an outstanding story - Srinibalaji

I never read this. But am eager to read

First Historical novel, which drag me to the Tamil novel reading world. It is rated one of my best, which I have completed at my age of 13, along with many Sandilyan's novels.

2 Oru Manidhan Oru Veedu Oru Ulagam by Jeyakanthan

Best novel I had ever read..Henry the man who inspired us to love, share, felt small things in the village and told how a man give meaningful to his life and live..Extraordinary story telling..

Jeyakanthan awakened the social consciousness of Tamil public with his incisive writings and this book is rated by critic as his best. A story applicable for all times raising fundamental questions about life. - Srinibalaji

I want to read this book

Very important book every one should read

3 Moga Mul by Thi.Janakiraman

The author known for his treatment of finer human emotions paints a very sensitive story.. - Srinibalaji

It is the only one full novel (of its kind) written in Tamil. No other fiction can match this novel.

Moga mul is the best...

Beauty, all the characters are live with us for a week at least - ravi

4 Cheramaan Kadhali by Kannadasan

Only historical novel from this great poet. A rare novel talking about the Chera kings. This book won the Sahitya Academy award - Srinibalaji

Very good writers very good novel

Unbeatable legendary

I need this book old send to

5 Pirivom Sandhippom by Sujatha

Sujatha ia a master story teller writing in many genres - this is considered his best by his fans - Srinibalaji

Made me cry even I don't know what is love on those days...

Make a better feel

What a love story...i'm damn sure u will love the character of boy lead and girl lead

6 Kallikaattu Ithihaasam by Vairamuthu

In this ithihaasam you can breath the kallikaattu air, you can smell the village, you can know the culture of village, mindset of village peoples, wet eye climax, really great great great...,

No words to explain, He is legend

Superb writing by legend vairamuthu sir

7 Oru Puliyamarathin Kadhai by Sundara Ramaswamy

Didn't reach a wide audience but rated by almost all critic and pundits as one of the greatest novels ever. The author introduced a totally new writing style - Srinibalaji


Totally different one
Best one

8 Chitthira Pavai by Akilan

The best social novel I ever read; unpredictable climax; nice message to society

Nice story...

Popular book. Specifically mentioned in The Bharathiya Gnanpith Award citation to the author - Srinibalaji

Akilan novels are really best always. Vengayin maindhan and Vetri tirunagar are his another great contribution

9 Kurinji Malar by Na.Parthasarathi

First I respect to sir parthsarathy for making kurinji malar, first time I read this novel and I feel the breath of heart and one day again took the book for reading I felt anxiety and some unexplained feelings. its un believable.

Idealistic. Such novels don't come easily - Srinibalaji

Such a heart touching novel. the best.

10 Yavana Rani by Sandilyan

Master of historical novels and this is one of the most loved books of his - Srinibalaji

This is best novel. I feel that it does not got a correct place in this poll

Sandilyan's one of the best novels... I loved that...

This is best novel to know about our past Indians lifestyle and brave.

The Contenders

11 Kadal Pura by Sandilyan

Great novel...I totally disagree with the placement given to this book

First novel which took me to this world of fantasy...

Akoodha was great

It was the great story of karunakara pallavan...I travelled with the ship of kadal pura...

12 Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal by Jayakanthan

Nice novel personalities changes with time... ,

Sila nerangalil sila manithargal

A must read from jayakandan

"Maatram ondre Maaradhadhu" This is the baseline of the novel.. It has an eye-wetting, unexpected climax.. Must read novel

13 Washingtonil Thirumanam by Saavi

Very few books in the humor genre and this is a classic.. - Srinibalaji

I read this novel when I was a child and I still remember it. That itself speaks about the novel!

Best humorous and rememberable novel

Very good book

14 Udayar by Balakumaran

Good novel about great legend. one of the wonderful novel I ever read.

I give 10 out 10 for this novel, the best novel. All people should read.

Hats of to the poet

Very good novel

15 Gangai Konda Cholan by Balakumaran

Like udaiyar bk sirs another historical novel very good to read

Amazing book about rajendra chozhan. tremendous.

16 Karuvachi Kaviyam by Vairamuthu

Its all about common village girl Karuvachi, awesome writing by legend vairamuthu

Amazing sir iam your big fan. I have read most of your novels like mundram ulaga por and thaneer desam

17 Thanneer Desam by Vairamuthu

It gives me the fantastic experience like I live in that boat.Rare Information about sea adds the special taste.

It is vry lovely

Thanneer Desam is Awesome book which is next to Ponniyin Selvan in my mind.
Hats of to Vairamuthu sir for writing such a great book.
I just read the first page when browsing books in book store,got impressed and bought.
Read it whole night in one go.
Tamil ah Rasika therunjavanga read panna vaendiya book.

18 Thiruvarangan Ulla Bysrivenugopalan

Must read novel and excellent use of words.

It is wonderful Novel.

19 Mannan Mahal by Sandilyan

I read it 15 years age. All Sandilyan stories are very interesting

A great novel with greatest twists

Very much excited and one of the best novel by sandilyan...

One of the best book of sandilyan. novel contain fast and twist.

20 Moondram Ulaga Por by Vairamuthu

It's the book you can get to know the village culture, people with world science, politics and economy.
None other than legend vairamuthu did a great job again.
Hat's off to you sir...

It is such a great book

I like this
i also write one long travel live novel in my real story

21 Amma Vandhaal by Thi Janakiraman

Book beyond it times! Naked truth

22 Yenge Yen Kannan by Indira Soundarajan

Very Good Story written by the author. While reading this book, I felt very very emotional. I suggest any one need of reading good tamil novels it is not to be missed out.

23 Aram by Jeyamohan
24 Sivagamiyin Sapatham by Kalki

Great novel. Fabulous work by king kalki

It It is one of the historical novel of kalki. It tells about pallavas dynasty and the most beautiful sculputers in mahabalipuram. I considered sivakamiyin sabatham is also an wonderful creation of kalki. Please everyone should read vaishnavi

25 Vandhargal Vendrargal by Madhan
26 Arthamulla Indhu Madham by Kannadasan

This books gives clear idea about many things in life

Its nice book to know about Hinduism

27 Vayalvizhi by N. Seethalakshmi

Motivational book for younger generation about agriculture

28 Thunai Ezhuthu
29 Parthiban Kanavu by Kalki

Good one

30 Washingtonilirunthu Nallathambi by CHO Ramasamy
31 Paththini Kottam by Jesirpiyan
32 Tharaiyil Irangum Vimaanangal By Indhumathi

I have read this novel in my 15 years. Best novel without any volger

33 Nandhipurathu Nayagi by Vikraman
34 Puyalile oru thoni

Best book with wonderful writing.

35 Rasavaathi by Pon Chinnathampi Murugesan Paulo Coelho
36 Sethu Nattu Venkai by Indhrasoundararajan
37 Pugai Nam Pagai

Aurtor name

38 Kaviri Mainthan by Anusha Venkatesh
39 Sathiyavellam by Na. Parthasarathy
40 Venmurasu by Jeyamohan

Remake of Mahabhartha as a novel

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