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.
Udangudi, a city in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district, was once famous for its betel leaves. This city got its name from udai, meaning thorny firewood tree and kudi, which means village. There are many churches and temples that dot the city. Some of the nearby cities one can visit are Tiruchendur, Vadakkuvalliyur, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli.
Budget Hotels in Udangudi
There are not many accommodation facilities in Udangudi. For budget hotels, one has to travel to Tiruchendur, which is 17 km away from this city. The hotels here are Balamurugan Residency (Tariff – Rs.828), Vallivilai Hotel (Tariff – Rs.381) and KTM Lodge (Tariff – Rs.590).
The official language spoken by the people here is Tamil.
Events in Udangudi
The important festivals celebrated in Udangudi are Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places to See in Udangudi
Udangudi has many sightseeing destinations in and around the city. Pandaranchettivilai (2 km), Nainarpathu (5 km), Kulasekharapatnam Beach (7 km) and Manapad (9 km) are some of the major attractions that one can visit while in the city.
How to Get There
Tuticorin Airport is the nearest airport, being 46 km away from Udangudi.
There is no railway station in Udangudi. The nearest railway station is the Tiruchendur Railway Station, which is 16 km away from this city.
Udangudi has a number of state-run and private buses plying from nearby cities and states. Private bus operators such as SRM Travels, Ravi Travels, Hasan Travels, KPN Travels and SRS Travels run Volvo buses daily from Chennai to Udangudi. You can conveniently book a bus ticket through online bus booking portals like Ticketgoose.com.