Karaikal

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Karaikal is a small enclave in Tamil Nadu, but which actually is part of Pondicherry because it was under French occupation at one time.

Get in[edit]

From Chennai by road and railway (Karaikal railway station started working now). From Kumbakonam, Mailaduthurai, Nagapattinam, Puducherry, Chidambaram by bus. PRTC (Puducherry Tourism), SETC (State Transport Bus), and Private Buses such as Parveen Travels, Universal Travels, KPN, PRN, SRM, Sharma, etc. are available from all parts to Karaikal.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple (one of the sixty-three Nayanmars)
  • Mastan Wali Dargah
  • Church
  • Karaikal Beach, Arasalar
  • Thirunallar Sri Dharberneeswarer & Saniswaran Temple
  • Nagore Durgah, Velankanni Church
  • Anandamangalam Anjeneyar Temple
  • Tirukadiyur Sri Amirthakadeswarer and
  • Abirami Amman Temple (famous for 60th year marriage)
  • Dharmapuram Yazhmurinathar Devasthanam (Thiruneelakandar yazhpanar serviced place)
  • Thiruthelicherri Parvatheeswarar (Suyambu Lingam)
  • Egambareswarar Temple
  • Pandaravadai Near Sethur (built by Raja Raja cholan, now under ASI control)

Do[edit][add listing]

Karaikal is a small town which hasn't got anything to interest a normal tourist. It is surrounded by the Cauvery delta region, Tanjore, Tiruvarur, Kumbakonam, which were the hub of the ancient Chola kingdom, which are spotted with a number of temples which are rich in the Chola architecture. Mainly pilgrims and people with an interest in history and architecture will be interested.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Karaikal has got its own brand of halwas(sweet), though not as famous as the Trinelveli halwa, there are quite a few shops in the Barathiyar road, near the Tirunallar junction, where you can buy these halwas as well as sweets like gulab jamuun.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Muthupillai Bakery actually has a restaurant within the shop, the Milky Way Ice Cream shop. The Manikandan mess in the Daweed pillai street is a vegetarian mess where you can get quality authentic south indian food. Karaikal "Rasi Alwa Kadai" is a very famous alway shop. Dont miss the taste. Reputed stores like "Nagore Alwa Kadai" specialises in Alwa, Butter kova, Milk kova, cotton-seed alwa, apart from the almond variant and Dumroot alwa. And then there are the unique, succulent gulab jamuns. The intricacies of flavours can satiate any taste bud.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The JP Sarbath shop on Church street (near Muthupillai's restaurant) is the place where you can get fresh fruit juices and sarbads at relatively cheaper cost. The Seven Eleven juice shop in the Church street, also called by "juice kadai" by the native people, is a good hang out. In Karaikal, liquor is cheaper than the adjoining Tamilnadu. There are quite a few decent bars in Karaikal.

  • The Niagra Bar in the Nanda Hotel
  • The Thunder Bar in the Paris International
  • The City Bar very famous one in the town
  • The Sea Gulls restaurant, owned by the government of Pondicherry, is on the sea shore and is a good palce to hang out in the evenings.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotel Aristo Opp Bus stand Convenient for moving allover Karaikal

  • Hotel Paris International
  • Hotel Nandha
  • Hotel Delice
  • Hotel French Presidency
  • Kumaran Guest House, No:160, Thirunallar Road Karaikal (Thirunallar), 04368-220596. Hi Kumaran Guest House  edit
  • Kumaran Residency, No:18 Dr,Ambedkar Street (Karaikal), 04368-228348. Kumaran Guest house  edit
  • Quality Guest House, 149/1,kamarajar salai, 9150071114, [1]. 700.  edit (In Tamil Nadu)