The story starts with the emperor Sundara Chozha taken ill and bedridden and there is unrest in the country because of this. The story is set in motion, as chieftains of the Emperor conspire for the emperor’s cousin, Madhurantaka to succeed, whereas Prince Adityan, the most eligible to succeed the emperor is furious, when he comes to know about the conspiracy.
The chieftains on learning about the spy, issues an order to arrest him immediately. Vandiyathevan escapes from the fort and meets Princess Kundhavai, (heroine) and passes the news of conspiracy from Prince Adityan. Love blossoms between them. Princess Kundhavai after hearing the news of the conspiracy sends Vandiyathevan to Sri Lanka to give a message to her younger brother, Arulmozhivarman to return to capital immediately. Vandiyathevan starts his journey to Sri Lanka.