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.
karaikal is a small town which has got anything to interest an normal tourist.it is surruonded by the cauvery delta region,tanjore,tiruvarur,kumbakonam,which were the hub of the ancient chola kingdom,which is spotted by number of temples which are rich in the chola architecture.so mainly pilgrims and people with an interest in history and architecture will feel amused.
Karaikal has got its own brand of alwas,though not as famous as the trinelveli alwa,there are quite a few shops in the barathiyar road, near the tirunallar junction where you can buy these alwas as well sweets like gulab jamuun.
Muthupillai Bakery- actually has an restaurant within the shop, the milky way icecream shop. THE MANIKANDAN mess in the daweed pillai street is a vegeterain mess where you get quality authentic south indian food. Karaikal "RASI Alwa Kadai" its 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.
The JP sarbath shop in church street(near muthupillai's restaurnt) 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 as "juice kadai" by the native people, is a good hang out place.In karaikal liqour is cheaper than the adjoining Tamilnadu, there are quiet 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 goverment of pondicherry is in the sea shore and is good to hang out in the evenings hi.
Hotel Aristo Opp Bus stand Convenient for moving allover Karaikal
Hotel French presidency