A panchayat town in Thoothukudi, Kayatharu also referred to as Kayathar, is situated along National Highway 7 (NH7) between Tirunelveli and Kovilpatti. While the origin of its name is quite debated about, with multiple versions believed to be the source, Kayathar became etched in Indian history for a much tragic reason. In 1799 King Veera Pandiya Kattabomman one of the earliest opponents of the British Rule in India, was hanged on a tamarind tree in Kayatharu.
Places to Stay
Being a small town in Tuticorin District there are not many places to stay near here. Travellers visiting this place will have to stay at Tuticorin, where many affordable accommodation options are available. Some of them are Hotel Raj Thoothukudi (Tariff -Rs. 1500.00 onwards) and Roxel Inn (Tariff -Rs. 1,317)
Tamil is the local language here.
Other than the annual Kodai festival held at the Atthankarai Sudalai Madan Swamy temple, the cultural and sports events organised during the Pongal (Jan 14-20) and the annual Kabadi tournament attracts people even from nearby villages.
Places to Visit
The places of interest close to the town bus stand (1-2kms) are the Arulmigu Pathrakaliamman Temple, the Akilanda Nayaki -Kothanda Rameshwarar Temple and the Thirumalai Nayaki - Thiruneelakandeshwarar Temple and the ancient St. Loorthu Matha Church.
How to Get There
The Trivandrum airport is the closest to this town.
The nearest railway station to Kayathar Taluk is the Tirunelveli Railway Station (27kms).
The State transport and private bus operators run bus services in and out of Kayathar. One of the most popular private bus operator in the area is Subhethra Travels. Get Volvo bus ticket booking to anywhere in India by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website.