Thuckalay is a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is part of the Kanyakumari district. The district headquarters, as well as the nearest major urban hub, Kanyakumari, is located at a distance of 34 km south-east. Being close to Kanyakumari defines what the place is likely to be – abound with picturesque green fields, coconut trees, places of worship as well as high winds.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Kanyakumari. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Tri Sea Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Gopi Nivas Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vivekanandapuram (Tariff – Rs. 700) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. Malayalam is also widely spoken and understood due to its proximity to Kerala.
The important festivals celebrated are Pongal in January, Vishu in April, Vinayagar Chathurthi , Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Being close to the coast, the region does not run short of tourist places. Virtually anywhere you stop on the coast, it is a tourist spot. The lush green fields with coconut trees is another treat inlands. The historic Padmanabhapuram Palace is the iconic tourist destination of Thuckalay. Some of the other places to visit in the neighbouring Kanyakumari are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the Thiruvalluvar Statue and the Muttom Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 56 km.
Kanyakumari Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 35 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. Buses to the town are readily available from Kanyakumari as well as Thiruvananthapuram. Online bus ticket reservation is an easy and convenient way to get your tickets.
Kodai Road, previously known as Kodaikanal road is a railway station. It is a significant railway junction in Tamil Nadu. Dindugal is located on its north and Madurai is located to its South. It lies close to a village known as Ammaianayakkanur and is a major junction point to South India’s very famous hill station called Kodaikanal.
Places to Stay
It is best recommended that visitors stay in Kodaikanal which is 45km away. Hotel Raahat Inn (Rs.1200), Hotel Sunrise (Rs.1400), Hotel Gurupriya(Rs.700) and Sunny Dale Villa(Rs.1000) are suitable for travellers with a budget of Rs 1500.
Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Tamil and English are the local languages spoken in Kodai Road.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit around are Mariammman temple, Talakkuthu Falls, Pagavathiamman Temple, Silver Cascade Falls and Kumbakarai Falls all within 15-40km.
How to Get There
Madurai Airport is the closest airport near Kodai Road. It is located about 85km away from the city. This airport undertakes domestic operations.
Kodai Road is a major railway Junction within 0.1km which has daily trains to Chennai, Madurai and Egmore.
Dindugal Bus stand is loated 21km away which has local government buses plying. Madurai Bus station is a major junction 34km away where TNSRTC bus operators offer quality service along with other private bus operators such as SRM Travels. You can book bus tickets online from Ticketgoose.com, one of the leading bus booking portals.