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.
A panchayat village in Ottapidaram Taluk in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu, Pasuvanthanai is located close to the Madurai-Thoothukudi National Highway 38. The State Highway 77 passes through this town connecting it with Kovilpatti and Puthiamputhur. Located 35kms from Thoothukudi, Passuvandanai is well-known in the region for the 13th century Arulmighu Kailasanathasamy Temple that is in the heart of the village.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Pasuvanthanai. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Bell Hotel, Hotel Sama and Hotel Soma in Tuticorin that offers rooms from Rs.1000 onwards
The annual festival at the Arulmigu Sri Pathirakali Amman temple and the Chitirai festival celebrated between Mid-April to Mid-May draws people across the state.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Arulmighu Kailasanathasamy Thirukovil, Arulmighu Pathirakali Amman Thirukovil, Sangu Swamy Samathi and the Arulmighu Vadakuvai Selvi Thirukovil are located in the centre of the village near the bus stand.
How to Get There
The Tuticorin Airport is 24km from Pasuvanthanai.
The nearest railway station is at Kadambur
Pasuvanthanai bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Yogan Travels runs regular buses to and from the village. Avail of bus booking online offers when you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com.