Mandarakuppam is a village in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Puducherry at a distance of 57 km north-east. Another urban hub nearby is Cuddalore (38 km to the north-east). Those with a desire for exploring the traditional Tamil lifestyle, cuisine, temples as well as beaches and water bodies can visit this place.
Places to Stay
One is forced to head to Puducherry in order to put up for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Raj Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Coramandal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Palaniswamy (Tariff – Rs. 900), White Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English and French are also widely spoken and understood in Puducherry.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
Places of tourist interest mostly lie in Puducherry (Pondicherry). Some of the places which are worth visiting are the French War Memorial, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville Township, Pomenade Beach, Pondicherry Museum and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 190 km.
Chennai Central Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 213 km.
Mostly, it is the state transport buses which serve the local populace of the region. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from both Puducherry and Salem. Using bus ticket booking coupons to book your tickets will help you get discounts for your journey.
Well-known for Turmeric and Handloom textiles, Erode is situated on the banks of the Bhavani and Cauvery rivers. Also referred to as the Textile valley and Loom city of India for its huge production of handloom, power loom and readymade products. Erode is also known as Manjal Maanagaram (Turmeric city) for its cultivation of turmeric. The best time to visit Erode is during June, July and August.
Budget Hotels in Erode
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Erode. Some of them are Metro Altis Lodge (Tariff – Rs44 5), Hotel Meridien ( (Tariff – Rs.990), Hotel Iswariyaa (Tariff – Rs 1300) and Hotel Royal Park (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Erode is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Erode
Some famous festivals and events of Madurai include Mariamman Festival (April - May), Aadi Peruku (August) and Pooja Festivals (October).
Places to See in Erode
There are several places of tourist attraction in Erode. Some of the places include Thindal Murugan Temple (7 km from Central bus stand), Vellode Bird Sanctuary (15kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The only nearest International Airport from Erode is the Coimbatore International Airport.
Erode Junction Railway Statiion is aptly located 3kms away from Erode Central Bus Terminus. This railway line is considered to be the most important since it connects to all the regions of Tamil Nadu. Erode has daily trains that connects to New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Patna and Gaya.
The Central Bus Terminus is one of the most important and busiest bus station complexes in the city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include PNK SRT Travels, Kallada Travels and Kesineni Tours & Travels. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.