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.
Ponkunnam is a census town in the eastern high-ranges of Kerala and part of the Kottayam district. Ponkunnam literally means "The Town with a Golden Mountain." It is located 35 kms towards east from district head quarters Kottayam and 148 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. This part of Kerala is famous for its fertile lands and rubber plantations.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available Kanjirappally (6 kms). Some of them are Green Park Hotel (Tariff - Rs.1100), Hill Top Hotel (Tariff - Rs.900) and Marias Homestay (Tariff - Rs.2000).
The official language is Malayalam.
Some of the events in Ponkunnam are Thiruvutsavam of Elamgulam Sree Dharma Sastha (January), Perunal of Holy Family Church Ponkunnam (January) and Perunal of Elamgulam St. Mary’s Church (December).
Places to Visit
Chirakkadava Sri Mahadevar Temple, Ponkunnam Puthiyakavil Devi Temple and St. Mary’s Church are places to see in Ponkunnam.
How to Get There
The nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport, Kochi (94 km).
Kottayam Rail Way Station is major railway station 31 KM near to Ponkunnam.
Ponkunnam has one KSRTC Bus stand and one private bus stand. Daily, there are many buses to Kottayam, Changanassery, Kochi, Banglore etc. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Ponkunnam include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), SPS Travels. If you are planning a vacation, book bus online and remain tension free.