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.
A village in the Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, Kallur is known for its proximity to some of the religious centres in the south. The village derives its name from the two Tamil words namely, Kal and Ur which together mean the city of stones. It is no surprise as it is known for its granite. Kallur has more than 400 years of history making it a heritage site as well.
Places to Stay
The surrounding cities such as Khamman, Bhadrachalam and Papi Kondalu have lodging facilities. Some of the hotels that one could look at are Harsha residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs600 onwards) in Khamman. Haritha Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000 onwards) in Bhadrachalam and Vishnavi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 onwards) in Papi Kondalu.
Telugu is primary language that is spoken here though Tamil is also spoken in parts of Chittoor.
Since it is close to religious places, there are events that go on throughout the year. The best time to visit Kallur is December and February.
Places of Interest
There are numerous places that you can visit from Kallur. One of the famous place being Kanipakam (45km away) known for its swayambhu Vinayaka idol is a must visit here. Another famous religious place here is the Ayyappa swami temple (10 km away) and lastly Lord Shiva temple (6 km away) are few of the places that people add to their itineraries when visiting Kallur.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is located at Hyderabad and is around 225 km from Kallur.
The closest major railway station is KMT and is at a distance of 22 km from Kallur.
There are buses to Kallur from Hyderabad. Jai Bharat Travels provides good bus service. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India