Azahiamandapam is a small village in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. It is quite near the picturesque town of Kanyakumari, the southern-most tip of mainland India, which is located at a distance of 36 km. With the coasts of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal close by along with the edges of the Western Ghats, the village is a scene of high winds, beautiful paddy fields and serenity.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Kanyakumari. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Tri Sea Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Gopi Nivas Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vivekanandapuram (Tariff – Rs. 700) among others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. Malayalam is also widely spoken and understood due to its proximity to Kerala.
The important festivals celebrated are Pongal in January, Vishu in April, Vinayagar Chathurthi and Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Being close to the coast, the region does not run short of tourist places. Virtually anywhere you stop on the coast, it is a tourist spot. The lush green fields with coconut trees are a real treat. The historic Padmanabhapuram Palace is only 4 km away. Some of the other places to visit in the neighbouring Kanyakumari are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the Thiruvalluvar Statue and the Muttom Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 54 km.
Kanyakumari Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 37 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. To book bus tickets online, you can log on to www.ticketgoose.com.
Thanjavur is called the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu .This region was formerly called Tanjore. It is believed that the name of the place is derived from a legendary demon in Hindu mythology. Thanjavur district is famous for its art and architecture. Thanjavur is known for being a rich agricultural region.
Budget Hotels in Tanjore
There are good budget hotels in Thanjavur . Some of them are Oriental Towers Hotel, (Tariff – Rs1800), PL.A.Residency ( (Tariff – Rs1,300), Hotel Karthick (Tariff – Rs700) and Hotel Ganesh (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Thanjavur is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Tanjore
Some famous festivals and events of Madurai include the Natyanjali Dance Festival (Febuary - March), Aadi and the Carnatic Classical Musical Festival (January ).
Places to See in Tanjore
There are several places of tourist attraction in Thanjavur. Some of the places include Brihadishwara Templel (40 kms from Railway station), Thanjavur Royal Palace (3km from bus stand), Naganathaswamy Temple (102 kms from Thanjavur), Nandi Bull (6 kms away from bus stand) and Thanjavur Art Gallery (1km from bus stand).
How to Get There
The only nearest airport is the Tiruchirappalli International Airport. There are many direct flights from Chennai to Thanjavur.
Thanjavur is well connected to major cities of India. The Broad gauge railway lines from this region are connected to 20 major stations. There are regular trains to Bangalore, Ernakulam, Chennai, Mysore, Tirupur, Thrissur, Coimbatore, , Palakkad, Erode, Karur, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Salem, Dharmapuri Madurai, Rameswaram, Tiruchendur, Vishakapatnam and Karaikal
This region is well connected by road, rail and Air. A new bus terminus is situated outside the city limits. There is also a domestic public transport system operating for local passengers. There are several government and private buses in the area. There are regular bus services plying to Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Karaikal, Pudukkottai, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Kumbakonam, Pattukkottai, Bangalore, Ernakulam, Marthandam, Nagercoil, Tirupathi, Thiruvananthapuram, Ooty and Mysore. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Parveen Travels Pvt Ltd, Tamilnadu Transport and Meera Bus Service. TicketGoose.com offers online bus booking in India to travellers visiting more than 4,000 destinations.