Thirumangalam is a suburban area of the South Indian temple town, Madurai. It is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The centre of Madurai city is located 24 km to the north-east. One can also stop by in the area while heading down to Rajapalayam. Temple enthusiasts can also halt in the area en route Madurai.
Places to Stay
Being a small place, there is no great variety when it comes to places of lodging. However Madurai has a couple of good budget hotels. Some of these places which deserve mention are MR International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Taj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also understood in certain places such as hotels.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The area is not that remote, yet in terms of tourist sites, it has nothing much to offer. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the neighbouring urban hub of Madurai are Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Alagar Koyil and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport at a distance of 19 km.
The closest railway station is the Madurai Junction railway Station at a distance of 24 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are readily available from Madurai. Now, you can book your bus ticket by using Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps.
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.