A town in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu, Pavoorchatram is situated in the foothills of Western Ghats. Located between Tuticorin and the Quilon highway National highway,Pavoorchatramlies 9kms east of Tenkasi and 45kms west of Tirunelveli. The town is well-connected to all the major cities and towns in the state as it is located on the Tenkasi-Tirunelveli State Highway. A fast developing town that serves as a commercial centre for the surrounding villages, Pavoorchatramthrives mainly on agriculture.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Pavoorchatram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Kings Palace Star Comforts Hotel and Hotel ArunVenkatesh in Tenkasithat offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here. The annual Car Festival held during the Tamil month Panguniat the Nadi Amman Temple is popular in the region.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The KarkuvelAyyanarKovil (.5kms) and Courtallam Falls (15kms) are places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli
The nearest railway station is at Tenkasi
Pavoorchatram bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, ShriMadhurajaTransaports and Arthi Travels run regular buses to and from the town. While booking your tickets online look out for those bus booking sites that offer the cheapest bus tickets.
Tuticorin is also popularly known as Thoothukudi. The word Thoothukudi derives its meaning from two Tamil words –Thootu (dig) and Kudi (drink). The region is most famous for Pearls and it is traditionally known for pearl fishing and ship industries. This place has a huge port and it is popular for it as Tuticorin is considered to be one of the oldest seaports in the world. The place is relatively warm and pleasant from January to March and is enjoyable to visit during these months.
Budget Hotels in Tuticorin
There are several hotels that provide enjoyable accommodation for tourists at a reasonable price. They are Sathya Park and Resort (Tariff –Rs.900), Geetha International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600), Sugam Hotel, Tuticorin (Tariff –Rs.500) and Jony International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600)
Events in Tuticorin
Panimaya Matha Thiruvila is the most celebrated festival in Thoothukudi. It happens every year during the month of July or August.
Tamil, is the most spoken tongue in Tutocorin while the other language spoken in this region include English.
Places to See in Tuticorin
Some of the interesting places that brings in different kinds of tourists to Tuticorin are the Paniya Matha Church (1km), Manapad (60kms), Ottapidaram (22kms), Tuticorin Port (29 kms), Kattabomman Memorial Fort (20kms from bus stand), Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary (20kms east of old bus stand), Tiruchendur Temple (40kms) and The Basilica of the Lady of Snows (1.8kms).
How to Get There
Tuticorin Airport is located at Vagaikulam which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. The Government has been making plans to broaden and modernize the facility to include more aircrafts.
Thoothukudi railway junction is considered to be one of the oldest railway stations in India. The first railway line between Madurai and Thoothukudi was established in 1874. Now the railway line connects to major cities which include Chennai to Tuticorin, Bangalore, Madurai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli.
Thoothukudi New bus stand is located on Ettaiyapuram road; while the old bus station is situated in Palayamkottai road. These two bus stations serve local and interstate travelers. Travellers can make use of online bus tickets booking facility provided by a number of travel websites.