Sankarankovil is said to be the most beautiful temple towns of the Tirunelveli district. This district which has an old city charm is famous for its huge historical significance since some of the temples in this place are more than 1000 years old. Sankarankovil is situated 56 kms away from the Tirunelveli District and 40 kms east of western Ghats hill. The town is also called by other names such as SNKL and Sangai. There a two temples of Shiva and Parvathi. It is believed twice a year sunrays do fall on the plinth.
Budget Hotels in Sankarankovil
There are several good budget hotels that are easy on your pocket. Some of the good hotels are Applettree Hotel 1 (Tariff –Rs 1,900), Hotel MNH Royal Park (Tariff –Rs.500), Nainar Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1000) and Sree Bharani Hotels (Tariff –Rs 500 to 1000).
Tamil is the main language spoken in the region.
Events in Sankarankovil
Adi Thapasu" festival is most famous festival celebrated in Sankarnkovil. The other festivals include Chithhirai Bramotsava (July), Adi thapasu festival (August), Iyppasi Thirukkalyanam festival ( October) and Theppam floating festival (Febuary)
Places to See in Sankarankovil
Kalugumalai (21 kms from Sankarankovil), Kuruvikulam Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple (15 km from Sankarankovil), Sri Sankaranarayana Swamy temple (close to Sankarankovil bus stand) and Sankaralinka swamy Smetha Gomathiambal temple.
How to Get There
The only nearest airport is situated at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram. These airports offers domestic and international flights.
Three passenger trains pass through Sankarankovil. Sankarankovil railway junction is situated at Chennai Egmore –Sengottai line. Pothigai express is a daily train that connects Chennai and Sankarankovil.
Sankarankovil has bus terminus located at Rajapalayam and Thirunelveli roads. The Rajapalayam bus stand is considered to be the old bus terminus and this offer services to interstate and interregion, while the other bus stand only servers the local town. You can now book your bus tickets from a number of travel portals checking out for the best bus ticket prices.
Sivagiri in Kerala is a renowned pilgrimage hub situated about 3 km away from Varkala. The Sivagiri Mutt, atop the Sivagiri Hill, draws a huge number of pilgrims throughout the year, especially during the ashram’s annual festival celebrated in December-January. The ashram was set up by sage Sri Narayana Guru in 1904. As it is very close to Varkala, which is popular for its beaches, it attracts several tourists from near and far.
Places to Stay
You can find plenty of budget hotels in Varkala, which is 3 km away. Some of them include Karthika Plaza Resort (Tariff –Rs. 1,000), Woodhouse Beach Resort (Tariff –Rs.900) and Hill View Beach Resort (Tariff –Rs.900).
Malayalam is the official language of Sivagiri. English is also spoken and understood.
Sivagiri ashram’s annual festival in December-January and the birth anniversary of Sri Narayana Guru celebrated annually in August-September are the two major events in Sivagiri.
Places of Interest
The Sivagiri Mutt situated within the town is a huge crowd puller. Other places of attraction nearby include Janardanaswamy Temple (3 km), Varkala Beach (5 km), Anjengo Fort (10 km), Sarkara Devi Temple (11 km), and Kappil Lake (11 km).
How to Get There
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is 45 km away, is the nearest from the town.
Varkala railway station is only 2 km away from this town.
Buses are available from Kollam, Tirunelveli and Varkala. Kallada Travels is one of the top operators plying its buses on this route. The number of bus booking sites is increasing by the day. So, whenever you want to book your tickets online log on to anyone of them and get your tickets