Karaikudi lies in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. The city has been listed by an Indian travel magazine as the fifth most rapidly growing travel destination of Tamil Nadu. It has traditionally been home to Nattukottai Chettiyars banking community, and is known for its delicious local cuisines and historic buildings. A cluster of 75 villages lies in close proximity to the city. Of late it got prominence among film makers, and hence a large number of film studios have sprung up here. Nearest airport to Karaikudi is in Madurai, which is 60 km away. It is also connected with Madurai, Chennai and other major cities of Tamil Nadu through Southern Railways. State owned Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses connect Karaikudi with all major cities of Tamil Nadu.
Our three days long itinerary for Karaikudi Tour is detailed below :
We will welcome you on arrival at Madurai airport and thereafter drive you in air conditioned car to Karaikudi, which is 60 km away. Since it will be evening, you will be lodged in your hotel and given time to relax and rejuvenate. Rest of the day will be all yours, have dinner and take sound sleep so that you are well prepared for your next two days long Karaikudi tour.
We shall proceed to Chettinad just after breakfast. The town is known for its spicy and traditional dishes. It is ancestral home to NattuKottai Chettiyars, the prosperous banking community of the region. The houses of Chettiyars are well decorated and their beauty attracts a large number of tourists to the town. Attangudi village is famous of the production of beautiful tiles that are made here. These handmade tiles are built with local clay and beautifully decorated. After lunch, we will explore the colorful bazaar of Karaikudi during your tour, which are overflowing with antique shops. Charming pewter jars, Burmese bamboo boxes, Chinese wooden chests, mugs, bowl and wooden artifacts are some of the items that you can shop in Karaikudi markets. These are some famous tourist plaaces in Karaikudi.
We will start the Karaikudi tourism with visit to Devakottai town, which is known for its Periya Minor's Veedui Chettinad Mansion. The Spanish tiled roofs, Italian floor tiles, carved teak pillars are the outstanding architectural features of the mansion that are admired a lot by the visitors. We shall have lunch at Bangala restaurant. The restaurant has an outstanding reputation of serving finest traditional Karaikudi delicacies to the tourists. The Chettinad cuisines served by the restaurant are simply mouth watering. After lunch, we will visit Pilayarpatti, which is another tourist places in Karaikudi that attracts visitors to the town for its serene beauty and colorful bazaars this tour.