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 village located 7kms from Sirkali and 27kms from Chidambaram, Vaitheeswarankovil is well-known for the Vaitheeswaran Temple or Pullirukkuvelur, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pilgrims visit Vaitheeswaran (God of healing) to pray for curing diseases and to take the holy dip in the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex, which is believed to contain nectar that cures illness. The village is also well-known for an ancient form of palm leaf astrology known as Naadi astrology in Tamil.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vapi offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Sadhabisegam (Tariff-Rs.999 onwards), Hotel Sri Akshardham (tariff-Rs.1560 onwards) and Subam Lodge (Tariff- Rs.450 onwards) are within 1-2kms of the bus stand.
The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated during the Tamil calendar months of Pankuni and Thai (January–February). Karthigai festival during November is also celebrated with pomp and glory. Kantha Shashti, a festive occasion for Subramanya, is celebrated in the shrine of Muthukumaraswamy.
Tamil is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damangana and Daman and Silvassa are located within 7kms of Vapi city centre.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Tiruchirappalli Civil Airport (116.1kms).
Vaithiswaran Koil has its own railway station.
The Vaitheeswarankovil bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators like Parveen Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the village. If you are booking bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.