Vasudevanallur is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban hub, which also happens to be the district headquarters, is Tirunelveli at a distance of 80 km south. Vasudevanallore is very close to the Ranni Forest Division (which lies to its west), which acts as a boundary between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Places to Stay
One is forced to put up in Tirunelveli for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Hotel MNH Royal Park (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sri Janakiram Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Sri Bharani Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 750), Nainar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) among others.
The official language the area is Tamil. English is also understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Ugadi in March-April and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The village in itself does not have great places of interest unlike the neighbouring Kerala. Some of the places worth visiting in the neighbouring city of Tirunelveli are Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple, Agasthiyar Falls, Vettuvan Koil Temple, Suyambulingaswamy Temple and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 146 km.
The Tirunelveli Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 79 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Parveen Travels and Kallada Travels are some of the operators active in this region. Buses for the area are available from Tirunelveli. Making use of bus ticket coupons are the best way to get discounts while booking your tickets.
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.