Anbinnagaram is a small village in the coastal Tamil Nadu district of Tuticorin. It is not very far off (25 minute drive) from the Bay of Bengal coast. The entire village professes the Christian faith. The village was established by Rev. CTE Rhenius as a refuge for new Christian converts who were fleeing persecution in the 18th century. Several other satellite Christian villages were also established in the area.
Places to Stay
The village may not have good places for lodging. However, the neighbouring city of Tiruchendur on the coast at a distance of 25 km has a couple of good options such as the Siva Murugan Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 400), Chitra Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Chendur Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700) among others.
The official language of Anbinnagaram is Tamil. Due to missionary activities, English is also understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Good Friday, Easter Monday in March-April and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Tiruchendur is also known as a temple town, and thus has a lot of temples worth visiting. Some of the temples worth a visit are Sri Ponvandu Aiyanar temple, Aazhigudi Maradachan, (also known as the ‘heart attack temple’) and Chettiyapathu Sri Ainthu Veettu Swami Temple among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport at a distance of 195 km.
The Tirunelveli Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 63 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the village. Parveen Travels is sometimes sighted in the area. When you make use of any bus ticket offer on various travel websites, you can save a lot of money.
Tuticorin is also popularly known as Thoothukudi. The word Thoothukudi derives its meaning from two Tamil words –Thootu (dig) and Kudi (drink). The region is most famous for Pearls and it is traditionally known for pearl fishing and ship industries. This place has a huge port and it is popular for it as Tuticorin is considered to be one of the oldest seaports in the world. The place is relatively warm and pleasant from January to March and is enjoyable to visit during these months.
Budget Hotels in Tuticorin
There are several hotels that provide enjoyable accommodation for tourists at a reasonable price. They are Sathya Park and Resort (Tariff –Rs.900), Geetha International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600), Sugam Hotel, Tuticorin (Tariff –Rs.500) and Jony International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600)
Events in Tuticorin
Panimaya Matha Thiruvila is the most celebrated festival in Thoothukudi. It happens every year during the month of July or August.
Tamil, is the most spoken tongue in Tutocorin while the other language spoken in this region include English.
Places to See in Tuticorin
Some of the interesting places that brings in different kinds of tourists to Tuticorin are the Paniya Matha Church (1km), Manapad (60kms), Ottapidaram (22kms), Tuticorin Port (29 kms), Kattabomman Memorial Fort (20kms from bus stand), Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary (20kms east of old bus stand), Tiruchendur Temple (40kms) and The Basilica of the Lady of Snows (1.8kms).
How to Get There
Tuticorin Airport is located at Vagaikulam which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. The Government has been making plans to broaden and modernize the facility to include more aircrafts.
Thoothukudi railway junction is considered to be one of the oldest railway stations in India. The first railway line between Madurai and Thoothukudi was established in 1874. Now the railway line connects to major cities which include Chennai to Tuticorin, Bangalore, Madurai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli.
Thoothukudi New bus stand is located on Ettaiyapuram road; while the old bus station is situated in Palayamkottai road. These two bus stations serve local and interstate travelers. Travellers can make use of online bus tickets booking facility provided by a number of travel websites.