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.
Thiruvadanai is located at an elevation of 77 m above mean sea level. It is the Thiruvadanai panchayat of Tamil Nadu. It is located at a distance of 458 km from the state capital of Chennai. Due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal, Thiruvadanai witnesses humid weather. Karaikudi, Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi and Sivaganga are some of the cities that are located nearby.
Places to Stay
Thiruvadanai has very few options for accommodation. However, there are several homestays that are available. Hotels can be found in the areas near Thiruvadanai.
The official language of Thiruvadanai is Tamil. The other languages that are spoken here include English and Hindi.
The festival of Holi which is celebrated in March and Diwali in November are popular in this region.
Places of Interest
Some popular tourist spots in and around Thiruvadanai are Karaikudi (38 km from Thiruvadanai), Chettinad (47 km from Thiruvadanai) and Rameswaram (77 km from Thiruvadanai.)
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Thiruvadanai is the Madurai Airport which is located at a distance of approximately 101 km.
The nearest major railway station from Thiruvadanai is the Rameswaram Junction which is located at a distance of approximately 78 km from it.
Thiruvadanai has a bus stand of its own with buses from there plying to places nearby such as Chennai, and Coimbatore (among others.) Private operators such as KPB Travels are popular on this route. Travellers prefer to opt for online booking of bus tickets as they can comfortably get their tickets from the confines of their homes or offices.