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.
One of the major trading centre in Kuzhithurai municipality, Marthandam is part of the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. The place is named after the erstwhile Travancore king Marthanda Varma. There is a famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Marthandam which is situated at the banks of Kuzhithurai River. There is also an ancient in this place called the Kotheshwaram temple.
Budget Hotels in Marthandam
There are good budget hotels in Ooty . Some of them are Sea View Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000), Vinayaga Inn (Tariff – Rs.1,500), New Cape Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) , Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000), and Vivekananda Kendra Rest House (Tariff – Rs.1550).
The official language of Marthandam is Tamil The other languages spoken include Malayalam, Hindi and English.
Events in Marthandam
Some of the famous festivals and events in Marthandam include Samivaravu (June) and Mahasivarathri (February).
Places to See in Marthandam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Marthandam. Some of the places include Lord Ayyappa temple ( 5 kms from Marthandam), St. Antony's church ( 1km from Ayyappa temple) Chitharal Jain Monuments ( 6 kms from bus stand), Vettuvenni temple (10 kms from Marthandam), Kotheshwaram temple (13 kms from bu stand) and Kurumbetti Bagavathi Amman Kovil (5 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Marthandam is the Trivandrum Airport. It is located about 49 kms away from this town.
Kulitthurai Railway Station is situated in Marthandam is known to be the second largest railway junction in Kanyakumari district.
There is a new bus station in the heart of the city. It is situated near vircode. There are buses plying to cities and districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. . Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Barathi Travels and Bethlehem Transports. You need not worry about travelling to bus counters anymore, as you can book online bus tickets through TicketGoose.com.