Sethiyathope, also called Sethiathoppu, is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban agglomerations are the cities of Chidambaram, Cuddalore and Pondicherry at distances of 22 km, 49 km and 68 km respectively. It was founded by the Cholas in the 11th Century CE. The city derives its name from a landlord named Sethiyar, who owned this area adjacent to the Vellar river.
Places to Stay
From a purely tourists’ perspective, it is best to stay in Pondicherry for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Raj Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Coramandal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Palaniswamy (Tariff – Rs. 900), White Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
Besides being the birthplace of Tamil saints Ramalinga Swamigal and Raghavendra Swami, Sethiyathope is also famous for Veeranam Lake and a lot of temples. Places of tourist interest mostly lie in Puducherry (Pondicherry). Some of the places which are worth visiting are the French War Memorial, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville Township, Pomenade Beach, Pondicherry Museum and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 201 km.
Chidambaram Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 24 km.
Mostly, it is the state transport buses which serve the local populace of the region. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from Cuddalore as well as Chidambaram. Get bus ticket online offer to your favourite destination through Ticketgoose.