Srirangam is an island and a part of Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. It has the Cauvery River on one side and the Kaveri distributary on the other side. Srirangam is filled with a large number of Lord Vishnu followers. The temples here act as a large contributor to the economy of the town as large crowds of tourists come in every year for festive celebrations.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of budget accommodation options for visitors such as Sri Rangaa Pilgrims House, PLA Residency, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Hotel are within the range of Rs.1700.
Krishna Ashtami, Ugadi, VijayaDashami, Diwali, Eid and Rama Navami are celebrations that take place annually.
Tamil is the primary language spoken. Hindi is well understood.
Places to Visit
Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, Ammamandapam bank of river Cauvery are must see places.
How to Get There
The Tiruchirapalli International Airport is 11km from here and is well connected to domestic and international services. Alternatively, Thanjavur Airport which is at 55km away provides domestic connections too.
The Srirangam railway station has regular trains to Tiruchirapalli. Passengers can book trains to other cities and towns from Tiruchirapalli.
While the Srirangam bus station has a great number of TNPRTC and private operators running bus services to other cities, travellers would need to access Tiruchirapalli for better connectivity. You can get online bus booking offers through various travel websites, especially during festive occasions.
Margao is the capital of Goa and is located 33 kms from Panaji. It is the second largest city in Goa by population, and is the commercial and cultural hub of Goa. Margao’s long white-sand beach stretch was rated by an early-1970s UNDP study as potentially one of the ten best beaches in the world.
Places to stay
Places to stay at Margao include The Margao Residence (Tariff – Rs. 1270), Hotel Woodlands (Tariff – Rs. 1850), Hotel Saaj (Tariff – Rs.1000), and Gold Star Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000). There are also numerous lodges further away from the city centre (Tariff- Rs. 300-500).
Konkani is widely spoken in Margao. Portuguese is still spoken by a small number of people. English, Marathi and Hindi are also spoken in Margao.
Apart from the common religious festivals, Margao hosts The Winter Carnival (February), The Dindi festival (2nd day after Diwali), Margao Feast Festival (May) and the Goan Carnival (February/March).
Places to Visit
The prime attractions of Margao are the beaches (Colva – 2 kms from bus stand, Benaulim – 7.5 kms from bus stand), Markets (The Old Market - 1 kms from bus stand, Gandhi Market - 2 kms from bus stand) Churches (The Stately Church of the Holy Spirit – 1.3 kms from bus stand, Our Lady of Grace- 2.5 kms from bus stand and Rosary - 2 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Goa Airport, at Dabolim (28 kms).
Margao's train station, Madgaon Junction, is the only stop in Goa for long distance express services on the Konkan Railway.
Margao is well connected with other cities of India. Long distance bus services can be availed from the main Kadamba Bus Stand. Some of the best bus operators that offer a good experience for passengers to Margaoinclude SRS Travels, Neeta Tours, and Atmaram Travels. To book a bus ticket you no longer need to go to a bus counter, as online tickets are available on bus booking portals.