Tuticorin is also popularly known as Thoothukudi. The word Thoothukudi derives its meaning from two Tamil words –Thootu (dig) and Kudi (drink). The region is most famous for Pearls and it is traditionally known for pearl fishing and ship industries. This place has a huge port and it is popular for it as Tuticorin is considered to be one of the oldest seaports in the world. The place is relatively warm and pleasant from January to March and is enjoyable to visit during these months.
Budget Hotels in Tuticorin
There are several hotels that provide enjoyable accommodation for tourists at a reasonable price. They are Sathya Park and Resort (Tariff –Rs.900), Geetha International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600), Sugam Hotel, Tuticorin (Tariff –Rs.500) and Jony International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600)
Events in Tuticorin
Panimaya Matha Thiruvila is the most celebrated festival in Thoothukudi. It happens every year during the month of July or August.
Tamil, is the most spoken tongue in Tutocorin while the other language spoken in this region include English.
Places to See in Tuticorin
Some of the interesting places that brings in different kinds of tourists to Tuticorin are the Paniya Matha Church (1km), Manapad (60kms), Ottapidaram (22kms), Tuticorin Port (29 kms), Kattabomman Memorial Fort (20kms from bus stand), Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary (20kms east of old bus stand), Tiruchendur Temple (40kms) and The Basilica of the Lady of Snows (1.8kms).
How to Get There
Tuticorin Airport is located at Vagaikulam which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. The Government has been making plans to broaden and modernize the facility to include more aircrafts.
Thoothukudi railway junction is considered to be one of the oldest railway stations in India. The first railway line between Madurai and Thoothukudi was established in 1874. Now the railway line connects to major cities which include Chennai to Tuticorin, Bangalore, Madurai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli.
Thoothukudi New bus stand is located on Ettaiyapuram road; while the old bus station is situated in Palayamkottai road. These two bus stations serve local and interstate travelers. Travellers can make use of online bus tickets booking facility provided by a number of travel websites.
T. Kallupatti is a Panchayati area located in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at the cross roads of Virudhunagar and Theni and the Madurai to Rajapalayam Highways. It is located at a distance of 45 km from the nearest city of Madurai and 20 km from Tirumangalam city. The place is a famous for the Muthalamman Temple where the Goddess is worshipped with great devotion and gaiety.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels available at low budgets in the adjacent city of Madurai. Some of them worth a try are Lakshmi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 590), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 682), Hotel Jeyasakthi (Tariff – Rs. 703), Hotel Kathir Palace (Tariff – Rs. 763), Sri Annapoorna Tower (Tariff – Rs.786) and many more.
Tamil is the official language of the region.
The important festivals celebrated in the region are Muthalamman (Goddess) Temple Festival in April, Mariamman Temple Festival in January-February, Ugadi in March-April, Pongal festival in June, Dussehra in October, Makar Sankranti in January and many more.
Places of Interest
There are a number of religious sites to visit in the region such as the Muthalamman (Goddess) Temple and Kaaliamman Temple that attract many tourists all the year round. Few other major tourist attractions found in the nearby city of Madurai are the Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Thiruparankundram, Gandhi Memorial Museum,Saint Mary's Cathedral and many more.
How to Get There
The Madurai Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 40 km from the region.
The nearest railway station is Tirumangalam Railway Station at a distance of 20 km from the area.
The major state bus service is the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) that runs across many places. Private bus operators such as KPN Travels, SRM Transports, Madurai-Radha Travels also operate between many places among others. Bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets