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 panchayat town in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Thondi was an ancient port that was used by the Pandyas, Cholas kings and later by the British. During ancient time Thondi port was used to import and export goods from various countries, but eventually the port lost its significance due to the lack of road and rail connectivity. Now, Thondi port is only being used for fishing.
Budget Hotels in Thondi
Travellers can find affordable lodges to stay in Thondi. Places like Bausiya Lodge offer rooms from Rs.300 onwards.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Events in Thondi
The annual temple festivals in this town are celebrated in a grand scale.
Places to See in Thondi
The Thondi Beach is one of the longest in Ramnad district.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai (111kms)
The nearest Railway Station is at Valramanikam (44.9kms).
The Thondi Bus Stand runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sri Bagyalakshmi Travels, K.K Travels, Universal Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Volvo bus ticket booking has become very popular amongst travellers in India.