Illayangudi is a town located in Shivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. It was once a hub of Arab traders. The buildings and structure of Illayangudi has been highly influenced by the Indo-Saracenic architectural design. It is quite near some popular tourist places like Karaikudi (60 km), Madurai (74 km) and Rameshwaram (112 km). It is 485 km away from the state capital, Chennai.
Budget Hotels in Illayangudi
For relaxation, one has to travel to Karaikudi. Some of the budget hotels here are Golden Singar Hotel & Resorts (Tariff-Rs.500), Hotel Subalakshmi Palace (Tariff-Rs.600) and Malar Hotel (Tariff-Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language of this town.
Events in Illayangudi
Some important festivals of this region are Ugadi (April) and Ganesh Chaturthi (August).
Places to See in Illayangudi
Ilayangudi is mainly a trading hub and doesn’t have any places for tourist. However, some of the major attractions in Karaikudi are Kamban Mani Mandapam, Athangudi, Devakottai and Honey River.
How to Get There
Madurai Airport (90 km) is the nearest airport from this town.
The nearest railway station is the Karaikudi Railway Station based at a distance of 39 km.
Mainly state buses ply to and fro Illayangudi. Private operators like City Travels and Essaar Travels catering to Karaikudi, connects this region with other major cities and towns. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.
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.