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.
Located in Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu, Singampunari is an industrial and temple town. The town is well-known for its coconut rope production and groundnut oil mills. Since Singampunari is situated near the Madurai-Chennai highway and the Coimbatore-Palani - Karaikudi-Devakottai route, all buses passing via the region stop here.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels to stay in Singampunari. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel Sugam International and Hotel Subalakshmi Palace in Sivaganga that has rooms starting from Rs.1000 onwards.
Annual festivals like Pongal, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The 10-day Brahmothsavam, the Ther Thiruvizha(car festival)and PooPallaakku are important festivals. The unique 'Kaluvan Thiruvila' is celebrated only in Singampunari. The special pooja organised on every full moon day exactly at midnight at the Vathiyar Ayya temple brings people from across the state. A grand festival is also celebrated on ‘Chitra Pournami’ every year.
Tamil is the local language here
Places to Visit
The well-known Sri Sevuga Perumal Aiyanar Saastha temple, the Vathiyar Ayya temple, a Roman Catholic Church, Church of South India and Assemblies of God Church and a Mosque is located within a kilometre from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai (58kms).
The nearest railway station is at Sivaganga (41kms)
The Singampunari Bus Terminus runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Essaar Travels, Sri Renganathan Travels and SRS Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Opt for a Volvo bus booking through Ticketgoose.com and have a comfortable journey