A major town in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Tuni is well known for the export of mangoes. Nearly 250 varieties of mangoes are grown here. Also famous for betel leaves cultivation, cashew nuts and jute bags, Tuni is located close to Kummari Lova, a village that is known the ‘Panchasheela Buddhist Centre’ as five Buddhist ‘stupas’ were found here during recent archaeological excavations. The famous and one of the oldest sugar factories in the state, Tandava sugars is located in Tuni.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Tuni that offer affordable accommodation. Places like Geeta Lodge, Amrutha Lodge, Vijaya Lodge and Ravi Teja Lodge located within a 1km of the bus stand offer rooms form Rs.500 onwards.
All the annual religious festivals and temple festivals are celebrated here.
Telugu is the local language here.
Places to visit
Lord Satyanarayana Swamy in Annavaram (18kms), Sri Talupulamma Lova (4kms) and Pentakota lighthouse (11.5kms) are places to visit in the neighbouring towns.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam (100kms).
Tuni has its own railway station.
Tuni bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are many bus operators Kesineni Travels, Sree Kaleswari Travels, Navin Travels, Reddy Express, Sree Kaleswari Travels and Meghana Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. TicketGoose.com is one of the most popular online bus booking sites.
Kaliyakkavilai is situated about 52 km from Kanyakumari, which is its district headquarters. This lush green town is filled with coconut groves, making it even more scenic. If you are visiting Kanyakumari and you want to stay away from the bustling city, head to Kaliyakkavilai and enjoy in the lap of nature. It is very near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and is situated on the National Highway 47, making it a well connected village.
Places to Stay
There are several budget hotels in the village. Tourists has numerous options to choose from, including Hotel President (Tariff – Rs.648), Hotel Prathiba Heritage (Tariff – Rs. 583), Hill Top Ayurvedic Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 783), and Kailas Inn (Tariff – Rs.631).
Tamil is the official language of Kaliyakkavilai. However, Malayalam and English are also spoken in the area.
Some of the festivals celebrated in Kaliyakkavilai are Pongal in January, Vishu and Puthandu in April, Onam in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
This village makes for a perfect weekend getaway. St Anthony’s Church is one of the major attractions. Kovalam beach is also 31 km away from here. Other places of interest lie in Kamyakumari, which is about 52 km away.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport, which is located at a distance of 37 km, is the nearest airport from the village.
The major railhead connecting this place to other cities is the Thiruvananthapuram Central railway Station, which is 32 km away.
Buses ply regularly from Trivandrum, Kanyakumari and Chennai. Rathimeena Travels, SRM Travels, Parveen Travels, SRS Travels are some of the operators plying their buses on this route.