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.
Known to be the district of Tamil Nadu, Virudhunagar was also called Virudhupatti in the beginning of 20th century. This town was the commercial centre during the years of British rule in India. It is also said that this district was earlier part of ramanathapuram district. It is located to the east of the Kowsika River. Virudhunagar is also the birth place of freedom fighter and Tamil Nadu Chief minister K. Kamaraj (1954 to 1963).
Budget Hotels in Virudhunagar
There are good budget hotels inVirudhunagar. Some of them are Burma Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel New Kamaliya (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Rayas Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Arul Abirami Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1500).
The official language of Virudhunagar is Tamil The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Virudhunagar
Some of the famous festivals and events in Virudhunagar include Chithirai (April) and Brahmostsavam ( July).
Places to See in Virudhunagar
There are several places of tourist attraction in Virudhunagar . Some of the places include Goddess Mariamman ( 6 kms from bus stand) Memorial House of Kamarajar ( 3kms from bus stand), Ayyanar falls ( 12 kms from Virudhunagar) and Virudhunagar Government Museum (2kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Virudhunagar is the Madurai Airport. It is located about 45kms away from the town.
Virudhunagar has a railway junction. It is located in the rail head from Madurai to Kanyakumari.
Virudhunagar bus station provides bus service within town and interstate. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sri Balaji Transport, SRS Travels and Sri Amarnath Travels.