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.
Naidupetta is the fourth largest town in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district. Situated on the banks of Swarnamukhi River, this town is 33 km away from Venkatagiri, 66 km from Tirupati, 68 km from Nellore and 106 km from Chennai. Being an industrial town, it is home to several textiles, sugar and packaged drinking water industries.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Naidupeta, but good budget hotels are available in Tirupati. Some of them include 7 Hills Inn (Tariff – Rs. 946), Bhanu Residency (Tariff – Rs. 663), Hotel Jayasyam Inn (Tariff – Rs.795) and Hotel Bhimas Paradise (Tariff – Rs. 960).
Telugu is the official language of Naidupeta. Urdu and Tamil are the other languages spoken in the town.
Yeti Pandaga, the three-day annual kite festival, celebrated during Pongal in January is the most popular of all the events in Naidupeta. Urusu is another important event celebrated in March. Other festivals include Jatara held in May and Ayyapah Pooja in December.
Places of Interest
Besides the innumerable temples in Naidupeta, there are several destinations of interest nearby. A day’s visit is the best option to see Shrikalahasti (53 km) Tirupati (66 km), Nellore (68), Thiruthani (90 km), Pulicat Lake (113 km) and Vijayawada (340 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport, which is 119 km away from the city.
Naidupeta has its own railway station, which is 25 km away from the town. But the major railhead on this route is Tirupati railway station, which is 67 km away.
Buses are available daily from major cities like Gudur, Vishakapatnam, Chennai, Nellore, Venkatagiri, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Some of the major operators on this route include Kesineni Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.