About 600 km away from the capital state of Chennai, Idaikal village is situated in Nellai district in Tamil Nadu. Its scenic landscape and serene surroundings will definitely help you to unwind yourself. The district headquarters, Nellai, is based at a distance of 64 km. Tenkasi (11 km), Shenkottai (15 km) and Surandai (13 km) are some of its neighboring cities.
Places to Stay
One can find several budget hotels in Tenkasi like Hotel Akshaya (Tariff-Rs.600), Hotel Kings Palace (Tariff-Rs.700) and others.
Tamil is the official language of this area.
Pongal (January) and Ganesh Chaturthi (August) are some of the important festivals in the region.
Places of Interest
Courtallam Waterfalls (14 km) and Kadayaleeswarar Temple (8 km) are some of the nearby attractions. The suspension bridge, Palaruvi Waterfall, Thenmala Dam and Music Dancing fountain of Thenmala (33 km) are worth a visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport from the town is the Aranmula International Airport (65 km) in Kerala.
Kadaynallur railway station located at a distance of 7 km is the nearest from the town.
Mostly state buses dominate this area. However, a few private bus operators like Sree Travels also run its buses in Idaikal. Ticketgoose.com offers several bus ticket booking discount from time to time, avail of it while buying your tickets online.
Known as the Steel City of South India, Salem is located at the base of the beautiful Yercaud hills. The place derived its name from the word Sailam meaning a place bound by mountains. Salem has captured a huge market for the manufacture of stainless steel and handlooms.
Place to Stay
There are several good budget hotels that are easy on your pocket. Some of good hotels are— Sri Durga Residency (Tariff –Rs 1,900), Park Plaza Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1000), Hotel Silver Palace (Tariff –Rs.1000 to 2000) and Hotel Hema Internationals (Tariff –Rs 500 to 1000).
Mariamman festival is celebrated during the month of july. This famous festival is celebrated for 15 days
Every festival in Salem is celebrated with vigor and enthusiasm.
Tamil is the main language spoken in the region.
Places to Visit
1008 Lingam Temple (10 kms from Salem), Poiman Karadu (9 km from Salem), Siddhar Temple (22 kms from Salem), Sugavaneshwarar Temple ( 1km from old bus stand)and Kurumpapatti Zoological Park (6km from Salem).
How to Get There
The airport is situated about 20kms away from the city. Salem Airport is positioned at Kaamalapuram. This airport which is constructed at the cost of 6 crore provides flight services for some districts of Tamil Nadu
Salem Junction railway station is located about 5 km from Salem. This is considered to be an important railway junction in the southern railway. Many direct trains halt and depart from Salem station.
Salem has two bus terminus called MGR central bus terminus and Town bus stand. MGR central bus terminus connects to all the states in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile the Town bus stand only serves for the local city. Bus operators that offer daily scheduled traveling services at lowest price include Hosanna Tours And Travels Pvt Ltd, S M S Travels and Tharai Travels and Parcels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.