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Karaikudi City Guide

Attractions : Chettinad Palace, Athmanathaswamy Temple, Athangudi

Karaikudai is one of the popular tourist destinations in Chettinad. Chettinad literally means Land Of Chetti. A large number of tourists come to Karaikudi City Guide to visit the famed Athmanathaswamy Temple. Apart from this temple there are several attractions in Karaikudi and Chettinad that draw a large number of visitors all year round. Handmade terracotta tiles and saris of Karaikudi are famous all over and people shop for them quite often. Karaikudi is believed to have got its name because of distinct type of limestone houses which are built, known as “Karai Vedu”. There is also a plant “Karai” which is abundantly found in this area.

Best Time & Climate This city is mostly humid and hot and in summer the temperature could rise up to 35° C. Best time to visit Karaikudi is between the months of October and February.

How to reach ?

By Air- At a distance of 100 km is the nearest airport from Karaikudi City Guide which is Madurai Domestic Terminal. The nearest international airport is at Chennai from where connecting flights to Madurai and other neighboring cities run on regular basis.

By Train - Karaikudi is well connected by rail to Madurai and Chennai Railways station. From Chennai you can reach to all major cities in India through train.

By Road - You can easily get public bus services here. This is the cheapest way of commutation and you can even get AC private bus services.

Tourist destinations

Athmanathaswamy Temple – This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its spectacular architecture of 10th century. The roof of the temple is made up of granite and it also has life size amazing sculptures. The mural paintings which are painted over the walls are also the attraction of this place that lure visitors a lot.

Chettinad Palace - Also known as Raja’s Palace, it was built up by Ramaswamy Chettiar. This palace was built in 10 years and the furnishing material was brought from Europe and East Asian countries. It has marvelous looking teak, marble and granite pillars visit tourist places in Karaikudi.

Kamban Mani Mandapam - This temple was built in the memory of great Tamil poet, Mahakavi Chakravarthy Kamban. It is one of the great tourist attractions here and a temple of Thamiz Thai is also located near Kamban Mani Mandapam.

Athangudi - Athangudi is a village in Chettinad which is worldwide famous for its Athangudi ceramic tiles. These tiles are made by using local soil and the color and patterns you find on these tiles are unique and amazing.

Pillaiyarpatti Lord Ganesha Temple - Pillaiyar Patti Lord Ganesha Temple is about 1600 years old and is devoted to Lord Ganesha. In this temple Lord Ganesha is presiding in “Valampuri” form. In this form Lord Ganesha has two hands rather than four and his trunk is curved rightward. Three Lingams and three Goddesses are also worshipped here in this temple and Karaikudi City Guide.