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 town in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram is located on Pamban Island and is separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel. Situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula, Rameswaram is about 50kms from Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. The town is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Hindus consider Rameswaramone of the holiest places in India and the temple town is art of the Char Dham (four most important holy centres) pilgrimage.The Rameswaram TV Tower is the tallest tower in India
Budget Hotels in Rameswaram
There are many hotels in Rameswaram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Brindavan Residency (Tariff Rs.1,129), Hotel MCM Towers (Tariff Rs.1300), Hotel Queen Palace (Tariff Rs.1,506) and Hotel Vinayaga (Tariff Rs.1,687).
Events in Rameswaram
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here. The annual two-day Saint Anthony fest at the island draws huge number of people. Other prominent celebrations include Car festival (February-March), Kavadi Festivals (April), Tiru Kalyana (July-August) and Karthika Deepam festival (November)
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Rameswaram
Ramanathaswamy Temple and Temple Tanks (1km), Gandhamathana Parvatham (3kms) and Dhanushkodi (18kms) are places of interest in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
Rameswaramhas its own railway station
Rameswaram bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Universal Travels and SRM Transportsrun regular buses to and from the town. Book your bus ticket online through Ticketgoose.com.