Aathankarai, a small village in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district, is a serene location for picnics amidst lofty mountains and greenery. This village is on the border of Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram. If you like the tranquility in this village, then you would surely love visiting Karungal, Unnamalaikadai, Padmanabhapuram and Kanyakumari.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Aathankarai. For budget hotels, one has to travel to Virudhunagar, which is 66 km away. Some of the hotels available here are Anton Lodge (Tariff – Rs.196), Hotel Jeeva (Tariff – Rs.295) and Selva Kathir Lodge (Tariff – Rs.196).
The official language spoken in Aathankarai is Tamil.
Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November are some of the festivals celebrated in Aathankarai.
Places of Interest
There are only a few tourist attractions around Aathankarai. These sightseeing destinations are Velidupatti (4 km), Vilathikulam (9 km), Ethanapatti Kamma (27 km) and Vembar (32 km) away from Aathankarai.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport is the closest airport, being 248 km away from Aathankarai.
There is no railway station in Aathankarai. Nalli Railway Station, located 37 km away in Peddureddipatti is the nearest railway station from Aathankarai.
There are numerous state-run and private buses that connect this village to other cities and towns. Private bus operators such as AVK Travels run luxurious buses daily from Chennai to Aathankarai. Booking bus tickets is very easy these days through various bus booking websites like TicketGoose.com.