Melur, a town in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district, is also known as Thaikramam, meaning Mother of Villages, as it is the biggest region in the vicinity. This town manufactures and exports ploughs. Granite from this area is exported worldwide. Agriculture is the main occupation here. Some of the nearby cities include Natham, Madurai, Thirupuvanam and Sivaganga.
Places to Stay
Melur does not have accommodation facilities. Madurai, 29 km away from this town, provides good comfortable budget hotels. Some of these hotels are Hotel International (Tariff – Rs.445), Hotel Vijay (Tariff – Rs.573), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs.614) and Hotel Kathir Palace (Tariff – Rs.763).
The official language spoken in Melur is Tamil.
The important festivals here are Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Dussehra in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing destinations around Melur. These include Madurai (29 km), Alagar kovil Reserve Forest (19 km), Thiruvathavur (10 km) and Tiruppuvanam (28 km) away from Melur.
How to Get There
Madurai Airport is the nearest airport, which is 38 km away from Melur.
There is no railway station in Melur. The nearest railway station, Tirupuvanam Railway Station, is situated 29 km away from this town.
There are regular buses travelling to and fro neighbouring states. Parveen Travels, a private bus operator, runs daily trips from Chennai to this town. Log on to bus ticket online booking sites like Ticketgoose and book your tickets without any hassle.
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.