Avudayarkoil is a temple village in the Padukottai district of Tamil Nadu. The structure is located near the town of Arthanthangi. The nearest major agglomerations are Tiruchirappalli and Thanjavur at the distances of 101 and 110 km respectively. The 19th Century Tamil poet Manikkavacakar’s sacred collection of Tamil hymns known as the Thiruvasagam is said to have originated from this shrine.
Places to Stay
Lodging facilities are better in the city of Thanjavur which lies at a distance of 58 km. Some of the budget hotels which are worth exploring are Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Lion City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Ramnath (Tariff – Rs. 900), Valli Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of Avudayarkoil is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The Avudayarkoil temple in itself is a tourist attraction as it does not have idols and only contains a pedestal – the Avudayar to help devotees realise the truth of the formless God. Places of tourist interest are mostly located in Thanjavur. Some of the places worth exploring are Brihadisvara Temple and Fort, Sri Subramanya Shrine, Annai Vailankanni Shrine and the Thanjavur Royal Palace and Museum.
How to Get There
The nearest major airport is the Tiruchirapalli International Airport at a distance of 94 km.
Thanjavur Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 110 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply on the roads of the area. Parveen Travels is one such private operator. Volvo bus booking through online bus ticket booking website like Ticketgoose.com is the most preferred choice of travellers.
Located in Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu, Singampunari is an industrial and temple town. The town is well-known for its coconut rope production and groundnut oil mills. Since Singampunari is situated near the Madurai-Chennai highway and the Coimbatore-Palani - Karaikudi-Devakottai route, all buses passing via the region stop here.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels to stay in Singampunari. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel Sugam International and Hotel Subalakshmi Palace in Sivaganga that has rooms starting from Rs.1000 onwards.
Annual festivals like Pongal, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The 10-day Brahmothsavam, the Ther Thiruvizha(car festival)and PooPallaakku are important festivals. The unique 'Kaluvan Thiruvila' is celebrated only in Singampunari. The special pooja organised on every full moon day exactly at midnight at the Vathiyar Ayya temple brings people from across the state. A grand festival is also celebrated on ‘Chitra Pournami’ every year.
Tamil is the local language here
Places to Visit
The well-known Sri Sevuga Perumal Aiyanar Saastha temple, the Vathiyar Ayya temple, a Roman Catholic Church, Church of South India and Assemblies of God Church and a Mosque is located within a kilometre from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai (58kms).
The nearest railway station is at Sivaganga (41kms)
The Singampunari Bus Terminus runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Essaar Travels, Sri Renganathan Travels and SRS Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Opt for a Volvo bus booking through Ticketgoose.com and have a comfortable journey