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  • General Information

    Other Name: CHETTINAD, District: Thanjavur, State: Tamil Nadu, India
    Area: 0 13.75 km2
    Languages Spoken: English, Tamil
    Long Distance Code: +91 4565
    Importance: -
    Best Time to Visit: October to March and -
    International Access: Nearest Airport is Madurai which is well connected with all Metro cities Airports
  • Description

    The town derives its name from thorny plant Karai referred in ancient literature as Kareekudi, which in modern times became Karaikudi. The town is believed to have been formed during the 1800s and the oldest structure in the town is the Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple. Mahatma Gandhi delivered two speeches in Karaikudi in 1927 Bharathiyar, a freedom fighter and poet visited Karaikudi in 1919 to participate in a function organized by the Hindu Madhabhimana Sangam. Post independence, the town registered significant growth in the industrial sector. The town is home to Nagarathar, a business community of Tamil Nadu. Karaikudi and surrounding areas are generally referred as "Chettinadu". Chettinadu is a collection of 76 villages and towns. Chettinad includes areas in modern day Ramnathapuram District and Pudukottai State of British India. The Chettiars are the financiers and trade facilitators. By the early 19th century finance had become their primary occupation and they became famed lenders to land-owning families and in underwriting the grain trade through the provision of hundis. Several members of the Chettiar community migrated to nearby Sri Lank and Southeast Asia particularly Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Burma in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Location

    Karaikudi is located in Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu State. The Trichy – Rameshwaram Highway passes through Karaikudi. Earlier, Karaikudi was a small village in Ramanathapuram District and in 1928, its status changed from Panchayat to Grade III Municipality. The city became well connected by railways and roadways in 1930. Karaikudi was upgraded to Grade II Municipality in 1973 and later to Selection Grade Municipality in 1988 and now upgraded to special grade Municipality in 2013. The area of municipality is about 13.75 km2, comprising the revenue villages of Kalanivasal, Sekkalai kottai, Elappakudi Area, Ariyakudi Area and Senjai The Thennar River flows through South Karaikudi. It is 300 km from Coimbatore, 90 km from Trichy, 80 km from Madurai, and 400 km from Chennai, 40 km from Pudukkottai. Karaikudi is located at 10.07°N 78.78°E. It has an average elevation of 82 metres (269 ft). The terrain of Karaikudi is predominantly flat. Rocky areas are found in the surrounding areas of Karaikudi town and intensity of rocks is more towards western side of the town. The soil is hard red lateritic type and is not suitable for cultivation.
  • Climate

    The average maximum temperature is about 34°C and average minimum temperature is about 24°C. The annual average rainfall in Karaikudi is about 920mm.
Taste Of India

Taste Of India
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Taste Of India / PC-641 (11 Days / 10 Nights)

Enjoyed by millions of people around the globe, Indian cuisine has as much heart and soul as its people. South of India is known for its intricate temples, classical music traditions, festivals, spice gardens apart from tea estates and delicious food. The climate in the southern region is hot and humid, with abundant rainfall and abundance in the variety of fruits and vegetables apart from a mouth-watering seafood platter. Karaikudi is not only famous for its unique Chettinadu Houses or black pepper plantations, but also for a rich Chettinad Cuisine which is flavourful and at times fiery too. It takes a little twist from here as the mood moves from the home to the wild. Periyar National Park is one of the most enchanting animal reserves of the country. Southern landscape is beautifully painted with coconut groves, tea estates, spice gardens and backwaters, rivers, rivulets and lush green meadows apart from the exquisite temples. The entire tour gives a wonderful peep into the culture and the cuisine which at times is also associated with comfort food and the one that grants you peace and contentment to the soul!!

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Chennai
Day 2 : Chennai
Day 3 : Chennai-Tiruchirappalli-Karaikudi
Day 4 : Karaikudi
Day 5 : Karaikudi-Madurai
Day 6 : Madurai
Day 7 : Madurai-Thekkady
Day 8 : Thekkady-Kumarakom
Day 9 : Kumarakom-Kochi
Day 10 : Kochi
Day 11 : Kochi
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(5 Days / 4 Nights)

Alleppey Trivandrum Tour / PI-0102 (5 Days / 4 Nights)

Explore Kerala- the land of legends and lions. The place with its serene backwaters and other unique geographical features has also been termed as ‘God’s Own Country’ for the sheer beauty and essence of the place. Travel and discover this beautiful place that has been also counted among the thirteen paradises of the world as well as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Kochi-Alappuzha
Day 2 : Alappuzha-Kollam
Day 3 : Kollam-Kovalam
Day 4 : Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Kovalam
Day 5 : Karaikudi-Madurai
South India Vacation

South India Vacation
(19 Days / 18 Nights)

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South India Vacation / PI-0416 (19 Days / 18 Nights)

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Mumbai - Mysore
Day 2 : Mysore
Day 3 : Mysore
Day 4 : Mysore - Nagarhole
Day 5 : Nagarhole
Day 6 : Nagarhole - Coonoor
Day 7 : Coonoor
Day 8 : Coonoor - Kochi
Day 9 : kochi
Day 10 : Kochi-Thekkady
Day 11 : Thekkady
Day 12 : Thekkady-Madurai
Day 13 : Madurai - Karaikadi
Day 14 : Karaikudi
Day 15 : Karaikudi - Thanjavur
Day 16 : Thanjavur
Day 17 : Thanjavur - Puducherry
Day 18 : Puducherry - Chennai
Day 19 : Chennai

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