A small town in Karaikal, Thirunallar is well-known for being the only temple dedicated to Lord Shani. The Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple also houses Lord Darbharanyeswaran, a form of Lord Shiva. According to legends King Nala is said to have been relieved of his afflictions after worshipping in this temple, hence millions throng the shrine all through the year. Nala Theertam in this temple attracts devotees who bathe here to dispense off their misfortune and bad karma.
Places to Stay
Being a highly revered pilgrimage centre, Thirunallar offers travellers a wide variety of options for accommodation. Places like Hotel Moonpark, Guru Residency and Senthil Palace near the bus stand offer accommodations from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual temple festivals and religious festivals are celebrated here with great fervour.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Other than the Thirunallar Saneeswaran Temple within the town, pilgrims can also visit neighbouring temple towns like, Thirukadaiyur (30kms from Thirunallar), Thirumanancheri (48kms from Thirunallar) and the popular Karaikal Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Trichy (Thiruchirapalli) which is around 140kms away
The nearest railway station is at Karaikal (15kms)
Thirunallar bus stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like SRS Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Ticketgoose.com enables its customers to get cheap bus tickets online.
Tuticorin is also popularly known as Thoothukudi. The word Thoothukudi derives its meaning from two Tamil words –Thootu (dig) and Kudi (drink). The region is most famous for Pearls and it is traditionally known for pearl fishing and ship industries. This place has a huge port and it is popular for it as Tuticorin is considered to be one of the oldest seaports in the world. The place is relatively warm and pleasant from January to March and is enjoyable to visit during these months.
Budget Hotels in Tuticorin
There are several hotels that provide enjoyable accommodation for tourists at a reasonable price. They are Sathya Park and Resort (Tariff –Rs.900), Geetha International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600), Sugam Hotel, Tuticorin (Tariff –Rs.500) and Jony International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600)
Events in Tuticorin
Panimaya Matha Thiruvila is the most celebrated festival in Thoothukudi. It happens every year during the month of July or August.
Tamil, is the most spoken tongue in Tutocorin while the other language spoken in this region include English.
Places to See in Tuticorin
Some of the interesting places that brings in different kinds of tourists to Tuticorin are the Paniya Matha Church (1km), Manapad (60kms), Ottapidaram (22kms), Tuticorin Port (29 kms), Kattabomman Memorial Fort (20kms from bus stand), Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary (20kms east of old bus stand), Tiruchendur Temple (40kms) and The Basilica of the Lady of Snows (1.8kms).
How to Get There
Tuticorin Airport is located at Vagaikulam which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. The Government has been making plans to broaden and modernize the facility to include more aircrafts.
Thoothukudi railway junction is considered to be one of the oldest railway stations in India. The first railway line between Madurai and Thoothukudi was established in 1874. Now the railway line connects to major cities which include Chennai to Tuticorin, Bangalore, Madurai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli.
Thoothukudi New bus stand is located on Ettaiyapuram road; while the old bus station is situated in Palayamkottai road. These two bus stations serve local and interstate travelers. Travellers can make use of online bus tickets booking facility provided by a number of travel websites.