Known to be the largest town in in Sivaganga District of Tamil Nadu, Karaikudi is a name derived from a plant’s name called kara, which is widely found abundance in this area , while Kudi meaning settlement. This region is commonly referred as Chettinad Karaikudi. Majority of the population in this town belongs to the Chettiar community and they have been instrumental for the development of this town. Karaikudi/Chettinadu is also being associated with cuisines and the Chetinad dishes is often referred by the locals as ‘Achi Samayal’.
Budget Hotels in Karaikudi
There are good budget hotels in Karaikudi Some of them are Jagan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1 000), Subhalakshmi Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Malar Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500) and Nachiappa Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of r is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English
Events in Karaikudi
One of the famous festivals and events in Theni include Ekadasi Festival and Utsavam or Annual Festival. Ekadasi Festival is one of the most important festivals of Theni.
Places to See in Karaikudi
There are several places of tourist attraction in Theni. Some of the places include Pranmalai Seik Oliyulla Darga (400 kms from Kariakudi) Pillayarpatti (36 kms from Kariakudi ) Koppudai Amman Kovil ( 52 kms from sivaganga) and Shri Koteeswara Kottaiyur Temple (8kms from Karaikudi).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Karaikudi is the Tiruchirapalli International airport. It is located about 95 kms from Karaikudi.
Karaikudi railway station is well connected to the major cities and districts of South India. The junction is situated on two major lines Trichy/Rameshwaram and Karaikal/Quilon. There are regular express trains to Rameshwaram and Chennai.
There are two bus terminals in Karaikudi—old bus-stand is situated in south Karaikudi while the new bus-stand in north Karaikudi. Many buses from old bus stand daily ply to "Devakottai, Peerkalaikadu, Puduvayal, Thirupathur to name a few. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ABT X Travels, SRS Travels and Essaar Travels. Several discounts on bus tickets are available online which you can avail of while booking your tickets.
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.