In the Vilupuram District of Tamil Nadu, lies the municipal town of Tindivanam. It is important geographically because highways NH 45 and NH 66 pass through the town, connecting the north, south, east and west territories. The cities nearest to Tindivanam are Pondicherry (38 km away) and Vilipuram (41 km away). Tindivanam was originally called Thinthrivanam, where “thinthri” means tamarind and “vanam” means jungle in Tamil, so it translates to “Jungle of Tamarind.” It is a progressive, multi-cultural town.
Places to Stay
Although there are no hotels in Tindivanam, nearby Pondicherry has a number of good budget hotel options. These include Lotus Bay View Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000-1500), Lotus Comfort Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000-1500) and Abirami Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000 and above).
The official language of Tindivanam is Tamil.
Tindivanam is a mix of Hindu, Muslim and Christian cultures. The festivals celebrated include Sankranti, Pongal, Diwali, Eid-al-Fitr, Ramzan, Christmas, Easter and others.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Tindivanam. They include the more than 1000 years old Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the 172 years old Our Lady of Seven Dolours Church, which was built by French Missionaries and Jamia Pallisaval, famous for its architecture.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Tindivanam is the Pondicherry Airport. The airport is located 38 km away from the city.
All trains to Pondicherry, Kanyakumari, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram and other stations halt at Tindivanam Railway Station.
There are daily bus services to Kollam, Bangalore, Coimbatore and other places in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kallada Travels, Kallada Tours and Travels, Sree Travels, Seabird Tourist and Green Line Tours and Holidays. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.
Formerly a French colony, Mahé, which now comes under the Mahé district of the Union Territory of Puducherry, which is on the east coast, is surrounded by Kannur and Calicut District of Kerala. Also known as Mayyazhi, Maheis famous for the St. Teresa's Church, which brings in people from Singapore, Sri Lanka and England every year during the annual festival. Tourism is the main source of income for the people living here.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Mahe. Tourists visiting the place can stay Hotel Safair, Hotel Jaypees and Hotel Rajeev that offers rooms starting from Rs.700 onwards.
The major festival in this region is Vishu and Christmas. The annual festival held at St. Teresa's Church from October 5th to 22nd brings in pilgrims from across the globe.
The major languages are Malayalam, Tamil and French.
Places to Visit
The MahéPalli (Mahé Church), Sree krishna temple and Sree Kurumba Bagavathi Temple are located in the heart of town is a famous pilgrimage centre of Mahe.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Calicut (85kms)
Mahe has its own railway station
Kovukkal Bus Stop, Mahe Railway Station Bus Stop, Mahe Police Station Bus Stop, New Mahe Bus Stop, Mammimukku Bus Stop, MahePaalam Bus Stop and KallayiChungam Bus Stoprun regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Blessy Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Through bus booking offers you can get a lot of discount while booking your tickets