Known to be the important port city of east coast of India was formerly part of French India, Karaikal is one of the regions of the union territory of Puducherry. It is about 300 kms away from the south of Chennai and 140 kms away from Pondicherry. The place is surrounded by other districts which include Nagappattinam and Thiruvarur Districts. Karaikal sandy beach is considered to be the best natural beaches of the country.
Budget Hotels in Karaikkal
There are good budget hotels in Vijayawada . Some of them are Hotel Sai Siddartha (Tariff – Rs.550), Quality Hotel D V Manor (Tariff – Rs.990) and Lotus Green Park (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of Karaikal is Tamil . The other languages spoken include English and French.
Events in Karaikkal
Deccan festival is one of the famous festivals in Vijayawada. It is celebrated for five days in the month of February.
Places to See in Karaikkal
There are several places of tourist attraction in Karaikal. Some of the places include Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple(15kms from Karaikal), Lord Saturn (Saneeswaran) (5 kms from Karaikal), THe Dharga of Masthan Sahib Valiullah ( 8kms from Karaikal) Karaikal Beach ( 2kms from the city) and The Church of Our Lady of Angels (7 kms from Karaikal).
How to Get There
Karaikal Airport is constructed in Karaikal. The airport would be constructed by 2014. The nearest Airport to Karaikal is the Puducherry Airport. It situated at at Lawspet in Puducherry.
The distance between Karaikal and Nagore railway station is about 15 kms.
Many buses from different districts and cities ply to this town. There are several long distances buses operate from this town. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.
A panchayat town in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu,Eruvadihas the river Nambi flowing through it. The town is one of the oldest in the state and is believed to have existed for the last 800-1000years. The spread of Islam is attributed as the reason for the development of this town.
Places to Stay
There are not many places to stay in Ervadi. Tourists visiting the place can stay at the Hotel Sri Venkateswara Lodge in Valliyur, which offers rooms for Rs.500 onwards
All annual religious festivals like Ramzan, Pongal, Diwali and Christmas is celebrated here.
Tamil is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
Peer Shahib Grand Mosque, Mohideen Masjid, Baith-As-Salaam Masjid and Mohaideen Masjid are places to visit in the heart of town.
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is at Thiruvananthapuram (125 km)
The nearest railway station is at Valliyur(5kms)
Ervadi Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Rathimeena Travels and Tippu Sultan Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Ticketgoose.com provides a number of online bus ticket booking offers from time to time.