Sivakasi is a town famous for the firecrackers and match factories that it produce. The town is located n the Virudhunagar District of Tamil Nadu. The town is known to ancient city since it has been around for more than 500 years. It is said that the place had been ruled by the prominent dynasties like Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Chanda Sahib, Carnatic kingdom and lastly British.
Budget Hotels in Sivakasi
There are good budget hotels in Sivakasi. Some of them are Chidambaram Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550), Hotel Gokulesh Hotel n (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) .
The official language of Sivakasi is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English
Events in Sivakasi
Chithirai Pongal and Panguni Pongal are the two festival s most popular in Sivakasi.
Places to See in Sivakasi
There are several places of tourist attraction in Sivakasi. Some of the places include Badrakaliamman Temple (26 kms from) , Kachakara Amman Koil (55 kms from Sivakasi ) and Swamy Kasi Viswanatha Thirukoil (10 kms from Sivakasi).
How to Get There
The only nearest airport to Sivakasi is Madurai International Airport,. It is located abour 74 kms away from Sivakasi
Sivakasi railway station is well connected to all the major cities of Tamil Nadu. There are trains from Tamil Nadu to Kerala through Rajapalayam and Sengottai. Most of the express trains are available only from Virudunagar station.
There are from bus services from Sivakasi to important cities like Chennai, Tiruppur and Thoothukudi Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include KRS Travels, Kalyan Travels, and Tharun Krishna Transports. Online bus booking facility enables you to get your tickets from the confines of your home.
A village situated on the banks of the Pampa River in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Annavaram has recently become a much revered place of pilgrimage. The people of this village believe that the land belongs to the two presiding deities, Lord Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami Temple and Goddess Anantalaxmi Satyavathi Ammavaru. The shrine, which is situated on top of the Ratnagiri hills, is considered as second in auspicious after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. National Highway NH 5 passes through Annavaram.
Places to Stay
Abhay Hotels & Resorts, (Tariff-Rs. 1300), Hotel Sneha Residency and Ratnagiri Resorts in Annavaram offer affordable accommodation.
The temple has festivals throughout the year. Kalyanam (May), Devi Navratri (September), the Swayamvara Vardhanti of Sraavana Suddha Ekadashi Day, Srirama Kalyana, Kanakadurga Yatra, Prabha Utsavam, Teppa Utsavam and Jalatoranam are some of the most popular events.
Telugu is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Other than the Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami Temple, which is in the heart of the village, tourists can also visit the Pampa reservoir at Annavaram (2kms)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Rajahmundry (80kms).
Annavaram has its own Railway Station.
Annavaram Bus Stand in the village runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SVR Tours & Travels, SRS Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus ticket reservation is the best way to get your tickets without standing in serpentine queues.