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.
A Municipality in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Oddanchatram lies on the highway between Madurai-Coimbatore and Dindigul-Palani. Located at the base of the Western Ghats, Oddanchatram has the largest vegetable market, ‘Gandhi Market’, in the state which exports vegetables to other states and cities. Other than vegetables, the town is also famous for its milk products such as ghee and buttermilk. The cattle market that gathers right outside this town on every Friday is visited by people across the region.
Budget Hotels in Ottanchathiram
There are many hotels in Ottanchathiram. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Aryaas, Naagar Hotel, Best Nagar hotel and Selvam Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Tamil is the Local Language.
Events in Ottanchathiram
All annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The Margazhi(Tamil month)Thiruvizha at the Sowdamman Temple is popular in the region.
Places to See in Ottanchathiram
Dindigul Fort, (25kms), Sirumalai Hill Station (50kms) and Parapalaaru Dam (14.5Kms) are places to visit near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Ottanchathiram has its own Railway Station.
Ottanchathiram Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like SRS Travels, Porkalam Travels, SRM Transports and Joy Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.