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South India - Tamil Nadu

 

For the visitor wishing to explore southern India extensively, Madras, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, is the most convenient point of entry. Madras has an international airport, a sea port and a rail and road network that links it to all major towns and cities of the region. It also has several deluxe hotels and others to suit modest budgets. Tamil Nadu is a bastion of Hinduism, whose past endures into the present. Temples with towering spires called gopurams are a common feature of this state, seldom seen anywhere else in the country. Temples in Tamil Nadu were the fulcrum of society and even today art forms that have their origin in religious worship continue to colour daily life. Notable among these are splendid bronzes of deities, painting on glass and Bharatnatyam, an evocative dance form. Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram and Thanjavur are good examples of temple towns where within the temple fortifications grew a multi layered society that preached faith and grew from social harmony. Kanchipuram, also called Kanjeevaram, is famous throughout the country as the center where lustrous silk sarees are woven. Likewise Thanjavur is an important center for bronze figure casting. Mahabalipuram, with its wealth of sculptures, is located by the seaside and has excellent resorts.

The towns of Tiruchirapalli and Madurai also contain famous temples.

Quite a contrast to the temple heritage is provided at Pondicherry, for long a French colony. French is still widely spoken, and seaside villas and cobbled streets are more reminiscent of the south of France than the south of India! Yet another facet of this surprisingly diverse state is two hillstations Ootacamund and Kodaikanal. Both are little patches of England, being much loved by the expatriate population of the Raj. Both places provide delightful relaxation during an extended tour of the south, having a wide range of hotel accommodation. The cuisine of Tamil Nadu, more or less totally vegetarian, has become enormously popular all over the country, and few towns do not have at least one eatery serving popular snacks from the state’s extensive repertoire

 

Madras

Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu is also its principal harbour and has one of the finest beaches in Asia. It was founded at Fort St. George in 1640 A.D. by Francis Day of the East India Company.

Climate (deg C) : Summer- Max. 37, Min. 22.1; Winter- Max. 32, Min. 19.8.
Season : Throughout the year (Preferably October to March).
STD Code : 044.
 

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :

  • Air : Madras is directly linked by Indian Airlines to Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Goa, Bombay, Bhubaneshwar, Calcutta, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Port Blair, Madurai, Pune, Tirupati, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Puttaparthy, Vishakhapatnam and to Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore. East West Airlines also connects Madras with Bombay
    Fare: Calcutta- Madras Rs.5458 (J), Rs.3917 (Y).

  • Rail : Madras is connected by rail with Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bombay, Calcutta, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kodai Road, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Ooty ( via Mettupalayam ), Rameshwaram, Trichy, Tirupati Trivandrum and Varanasi.
    Fare: Calcutta- Madras Rs.1144 (AC-2A), Rs.919 (I), Rs.283 (II).

  • Road : Madras is connected by road with all the major towns in India. Some of the road-distances from Madras are Bombay 1329 kms, Bangalore 334 kms, Hyderabad 669 kms, Kanyakumari 693 kms, Madurai 461 kms, Mahabalipuram 60 kms, Pondicherry 162 kms, Rameshwaram 619 kms, Kanchipuram 71 kms, Tirupati 143 kms, Ooty 535 kms, Kodaikanal 498 kms, Trivandrum 709 kms, and Thanjavur 334 kms.

  • External Transport : Regular buses available from Madras to Bangalore, Cochin, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Nagapattinam (Velankanni), Ooty, Pondicherry, Rameshwaram, Thanjavur, Tirupati, Trichy and Trivandrum.

CONDUCTED TOURS

Tours Days & Timings Fares Operator
Madras City Tour 0730-1330 daily Rs.75 TTDC 1330-1830 daily Rs.75 TTDC 0800-1900 daily Rs.125 (inclu veg meal) ITDC,TTDC

Shakthi Tour 0700-1700 Rs.135 (inclu veg meal) ITDC (Tue,Fri,Sun)

Mamallapuram Tour 0620-1900 daily Rs.150 (inclu breakfast ITDC,TTDC and veg meal)

Tirupathi Tour 0600-2100 daily Rs.250 (adult) ITDC,TTDC Rs.225 (child) Rs.300 (adult/ac) Rs.275 (child/ac) (inclu spl darshan fee Rs.40)

5 Day Mookambika Tour Leaves Madras Rs.1250 ITDC 0630 hrs (sun) Rs.1500 (ac) TTDC and returns 2000 hrs (thu)

5 Day South India Tour Leaves Madras Rs.1250 ITDC,TTDC 0630 hrs (sun) and returns 1830 hrs (thu)

8 Day Tamilnadu Tour Leaves Madras Rs.2100 ITDC 0700 hrs (sat) Rs.2200 (ac) TTDC and returns 1900 hrs (sat)

8 Day South India Bonaza Leaves Madras Rs.2000 (twin sharing) ITDC 0630 hrs (fri) Rs.2200 (single sharing) and returns Rs.1700 (child) 2030 hrs (sat)

7 Day Mantralayam-Goa Tour Leaves Madras Rs.1800 TTDC 0630 hrs (sat) Rs.2000 (ac) and returns 2000 hrs (fri)

14 Day Sunny South Tour Leaves Madras Rs.3300 (twin sharing) TTDC 0700 hrs (wed) Rs.3500 (single sharing) in 1st & 3rd week Rs.3000 (child)

 

Reservation & Boarding Point
For ITDC Tour : Ashok Travels & Tours (ITDC), 29 Victoria Crescent, Commandar In Chief Road, Madras- 600 105. Tel: (044) 478884.
Calcutta Contact: 3-G, Everest House, 46-C, J.L.Nehru Road, Calcutta- 700 071, Tel: 242-0901, 242-5254, 242-5208. Fax: (033) 242-0922.
Calcutta booking: Travel India, 1-A, Hazra Road, Calcutta- 700 026. Tel: 74-5102.
For TTDC Tour : Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, 143 Anna Salai, VST Motors Bldg., Madras- 600 002, Tel: (044) 830498, 830390.
Calcutta Contact: Diamond Tours & Travels, 30 Jadunath Dey Road, Opp I.A.Office, 2nd Floor, Calcutta-700012, Tel: 225-9639, 27-6714, 27-7384.


PLACES OF INTEREST

Fort St. George & St. Mary's Church, Gandhi Mandapam, High Court, Anna Square, Kapaleeswara Temple, Light House, Marina Beach & Aquarium, Parthasarathy Temple, San Thom Cathedral, Snake Park, Theosophical Society, Valluvar Kottam, Ripon Buildings and War Memorial Fort Museum (0900-1700 hrs. Closed on fridays).and Govt. Museum & Art Gallery (0800-1700 hrs. Closed on fridays).
 

EXCURSIONS
Covelong 38 kms, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary 85 kms, Pulicat 61 kms, Kanchipuram 71 kms, Ennore Beach 18 kms, Muttukudu 30 kms, Red Hills 14 kms, Mahabalipuram 61 kms, Cholamandal Artists Village 20 kms, Elliots Beach 11 kms, Crocodile Bank 42 kms, Pundi Reservoir 60 kms, Thirukkalikundram 80 kms, Anna Zoological Park (Vandalur) kms.
Misc: Shankar Netralaya, 18 College Road, Madras-600 006. Tel:8271616 8271036, 8279435. Timing: 0800 hrs -1700hrs. (Approx. 3 km from Egmore Station. Madras Central to Egmore 2 km)

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Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

64 kms from Madras, connected by regular bus-services. A major beach resort also famous for its magnificent monuments hewn out of rock.
 

PLACES OF INTEREST

Rathas, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapa, Shore Temple, Mahishasurmardini Cave, Varaha Mandapa and Mandapams.

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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, the capital of the Pallava and dynasty is one of the serene sacred cities of India. It is situated 76 kms from Madras, 35 kms from Chingleput & 64 kms from Mahabalipuram via Chingleput.
 

WHAT TO SEE

Kailashnath Temple, Shri Vaikuntaperumal Temple, Shri Varadaraja Temple, Ekambareshwara Temple and Shri Kamakashi Temple.


VEDANTHANGAL BIRD SANTUARY

80 kms away from Madras, the santuary is famous for migratory birds (November to February) viewing from (1500 to 1800 hours) an observation tower. It is 30 km away from its nearest railway station Chingleput.


TOURIST INFORMATION

  • Government of India Tourist Office, 154 Anna Salai, Madras- 600 002, Tel: 869695, 869685.

  • Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) 143 Anna Salai, Madras- 600 002, Tel: 830498, 830390.

  • Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, G-26 C.I.T. Shoping Complex, Dakhinapan, Calcutta-31, Tel: 472-0432.

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Pondicherry

A french colony upto 1954, Pondicherry is a living monument of French Culture in India. The Aurobindo Ashram and 'Auroville' the international township are famous all over the world.

Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max 40.8, Min 31.2; Winter- Max 31.1, Min 25.

Best season : Throughout the year, but preferably October to March.

STD Code : 0413.
 

HOW TO GET THERE

  • Air : The nearest airport is Madras (160 kms) connected by Indian Airlines.
    Fare: Calcutta-Madras Rs.5458 (J), Rs.3917 (Y).

  • Rail : Villupuram (32 kms) is the nearest railhead connected directly to Madras which in turn is connected to major cities in India.
    Fare (approx) : Calcutta-Villupuram (via Madras) Rs.1300 (AC-2A), Rs.990 (I), Rs.350 (II).

  • Road : Pondicherry is connected by good motorable roads to places in in South India. Bangalore (503 kms), Chidambaram (68 kms), Kanchipuram (113 kms), Madras (162 kms), Mamallapuram (134 kms), Thanjavur (170 kms), Thiruvannamalai (103 kms), Trichy (198 kms) etc.

  • Bus Service : It is very well connected by bus service to Madras, Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Tanjore, Chidambaram etc.

  • Conducted Tours : Pondicherry Tourism Development Corporation Conducts local sight seeing tours from 0900 hrs till 1300 hrs from Tourist Information Bureaue, 19 Goubert Avenue. Fare: Rs.30 per head.

WHAT TO SEE

Botanical Gardens- 2 kms, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus- 1.5 kms, The Promenade, Govt. Park, Manakula Vinayagar Temple- 2 kms, Romain Rolland Library-1 km, Sri Aurobindo Ashram- 2 kms, French Institute 2 kms, Museums & Art Galleries- .5 km (1000-1700 hrs. Mon. closed)
 

EXCURSIONS

Auroville - 10 kms, Arikamedu- 10 kms, Chunnambar Boat House- 8 kms, Mailam- 45 kms, Mandagapattu- 50 kms, Ousteri Lake- 15 kms.
 

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

  • Tourist Information Bureau, 19 Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry- 1, Tel: 34575.

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Thanjavur (Tanjore)

The world famous Brihadeeswara temple is situated here. It is built by Raja Chola The empire builder in the early Dravidian style.

Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max 36, Min 32; Winter- Max 23, Min 18.

Best Season : October to March.

STD Code : 04362.
 

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :

  • Air : Nearest airport Tiruchirapalli (54 kms) is connected with Cochin & Madras.
    Fare : Calcutta-Tiruchirapalli via Madras (Mon,Thu,Fri) Rs.5114 (Y).

  • Rail : Thanjavur is directly connected by rail to Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, Madras and Chidambaram.
    Fare (approx) : Calcutta-Thanjavu (via Madras) Rs.2850 (AC-2A), Rs.1450 (I), Rs.350 (II).

  • Road : Thanjavur is connected by regular bus services with Chidambaram (113 kms), Kanyakumari (394 kms), Kumbakonam (38 kms), Madras (310 kms), Madurai (159 kms), Pudukkotai (58 kms), Rameshwaram (222 kms), Tiruchirapalli (54 kms).

WHAT TO SEE

Brihadeeswara Temple, The Palace, Sangeetha Mahal, Saraswati Mahal, Library, Raja Museum, Temple Museum, Schwarz Church.
 

EXCURSIONS

Velankani-95 kms, Point Calimere/Kodikarai-30 kms, Poompuhar-100 kms

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Tiruchiraplli (Trichy)

Tiruchirappalli or Trichy, situated on the banks of river Cauvery, is famous for the ranganatha temple at srirangam.

Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max. 37, Min. 26; Winter- Max. 29, Min. 20.
Best Season : October to March.
STD Code : 0431.
 

HOW TO GET THERE

  • Air : Trichy is directly connected by Indian Airlines flights to Cochin & Madras
    Fare : Calcutta-Trichy via Madras (Mon,Thu,Fri) Rs.5114 (Y).

  • Rail : Trichy is an important rail junction connected to Bangalore, Coimbatore, Cochin, Madras, Madurai, Quilon, Rameshwaram, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli.
    Fare (approx) : Calcutta-Trichy via Madras Rs.1950 (AC-2A), Rs.1600 (I), Rs.500 (II).

  • Road : Trichy is connected by regular buses with Bangalore (345 kms), Coimbatore (203 kms), Tanjore (56 kms), Kumbakonma (95 kms), Madurai (142 kms), Ooty (302 kms), Madras (320 kms), Kanyakumari (384 kms), Chidambaram (162 kms) Rameshwaram (228 kms), Palani (135 kms) etc.

WHAT TO SEE

Rock Fort, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple, Tiruvannaikaval, Srirangam, Museums & Art Galleries (0900-1230 & 1400-1700 hrs. Friday closed).
 

EXCURSIONS

Viralimalai (30 kms), Kodumbalur (36 kms), Sittannavasal (13 kms), Thanjavur (59 kms).
 

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

  • Govt.of Tamilnadu Tourist Office, Williams Road, Cantonment, Tel: 40136.

  • Tourist Information Counter, Govt of Tamilnadu, Trichy Railway Junction.

  • Tourist Information Counter, Trichy Airport.

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Madurai

Madurai, the most famous of the temple towns of the south is known for the Meenakshi Temple.

Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max. 37.5, Min. 36.3; Winter- Max. 21.6, Min. 20.9.
Best Season : Throughout the year.
STD Code : 0452.
 

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :

  • Air : Indian Airlines connect Madurai with Madras, Calicut and Bombay. Vayudoot Services also connect Madurai with Madras & Pondicherry. East West Airlines also connect Madurai with Bombay.
    Fare : Calcutta-Madurai (via Madras) Rs.5384 (Y).

  • Rail : Madurai is Connected by rail via Madras with all the main places in India.

  • Road : Madurai is connected by good motorable roads to Madras (472 kms), Trichy (142 kms), Rameshwarm (139 kms), Kanyakumari (232 kms), Tirunelveli (151 kms), Kodaikanal (120 kms), Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (136 kms), Palani (122 kms), Thanjavur (223 kms), Bangalore (446 kms), Bombay (1454 kms).

  • Bus : Regular bus-services connect Madurai with Madras,Bangalore,Tanjore,Palani, Courtallam,Kanyakumari ,Kodaikanal,Periyar,Tiruchirapalli and Trivandrum.

  • Local Transport : Taxi, Autorickshaw, City bus, Cycle-rickshaw available here.

WHAT TO SEE

Meenakshi Temple- 1.6 kms, Tirumalai Nayak Palace- 2 kms, Mariamman Tank, Koodal Alagar Temple, Gandhi Museum and Government Museum (Timings: 1000-1300 hours & 1400-1800 hours. Closed on Wednesdays).
 

EXCURSIONS

Alagar Koil (21 kms), Tiruparan Kundram (8 kms), Pazhamudhirchglai (25 kms), Srivilliputhur (74 kms), Vaigai Dam (69 kms), Kodaikanal (120 kms), Trichy (142 kms).
 

TOURIST INFORMATION

  • Tourist Office, Govt. of Tamilnadu, West Veli Street, Tel: 22957.

  • Tourist Counters at Madurai Airport & Railway Junction.

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Rameshwaram

The sacred island town of Rameswaram at the extreme south-eastern limit of the Indian Peninsula, has one of India's most venerated temples. A fine example of South Indian architecture,the temple is renowed for its many pillared corridors, about 1220 metres in length.

Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max.37, Min. 30; Winter- Max. 30, Min. 25.
Best Season : Throughout the year, but preferably October to March.
STD Code : 04573.
 

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATOIN :

  • Air : Nearest airport Madurai (167 kms) is connected by Indian Airlines flights with Bombay, Calicut and Madras.
    Fare : Calcutta-Madurai via Madras (Wed,Fr,Sun) Rs.5384 (Y).

  • Rail : Rameshwaram is connected by rail directly to Madras, Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore where Madras is connected with all the main places in India.
    Fare (approx) : Calcutta-Rameshwaram

  • Road : Rameshwaram is connected by regular bus services with Kanyakumari 320 kms, Karaikudi 149 kms, Madras 666 kms, Madurai 167 kms, Ramanathapuram 55 kms, Sivaganga 136 kms, Pudukottai 188 kms, Tanjore 248 kms, Tuticorin 180 kms, Tiruchendur 209 kms etc.

WHAT TO SEE

Agnitheertham (2.5 kms), Shri Ramnathswamy Temple (2 kms), Gandhamadhana Parvadham (4 kms), Kothandaramaswamy Temple (60 kms).
 

EXCURSIONS

Kurusadai Island (20 kms).
 

TOURIST INFORMATION

  • Govt. of Tamilnadu Tourist Office, East Car Street, Rameshwaram, Tel: 371.

  • Tourist Information Counter, Govt. of Tamilnadu, Rameshwaram Railway Station, Tel: 373.

  • Executive Officer, Devasthanam Office, 14 East Car Street, Rameshwaram, Tel: 223.

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Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India. It is the meeting point of thre oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides its importance as a pilgrim centre, it is famous for its bearutiful views of sunrise, sunsent and moonrise over the waters.

Temperature (deg C) : Summer- Max34.8, Min 21.6; Winter- Max 33, Min 20.4.
Best Season : Throughout the year, but preferably October to March.
STD Code :


HOW TO GET THERE

  • Air : Nearest airport Trivandrum (80 kms) is directly connected with Bangalore, Bombay, Cochin, Delhi, Goa and Madras.
    Fare : Calcutta-Trivandrum via Madras Rs.5839 (Y), Rs.8121 (J).

  • Rail : Kanyakumari is connected to Trivandrum, Delhi and Bombay by broad guage. Tirunelveli (80 kms) is the other nearest railway junction which can be reached by road via Nagaarcoil (19 kms).

  • Road : Kanyakumari is connected by road to Trivandrum- 86 kms, Nagercoil- 19 kms, Tirunelveli- 91 kms, Tiruchendur via Ovari- 89 kms, Tuticorin (via Ovari- Tiruchendur)- 129 kms, Rameshwaram via Tuticorin- 300 kms, Courtallam (via Tiruncleveli-Tenkasi)- 130 kms, Madurai via Tirunelveli- 242 kms, Thekkady 358 kms, Kodaikanal via Madurai- 362 kms, Palani via Madurai- 370 kms, Ootacamund (via Madurai-Palanai-Coimbatore)- 576 kms, Cochin (via Quilon-Trivandrum)- 309 kms, Coimbatore (via Madurai-Dindugal)- 478 kms.

  • Bus : Kanyakumari is connected by regular bus services with Madras, Pondicherry, Bangalore, Trichy, Madurai, Mandapam ( Rameswaram ), Nagercoil, Tuticorin, Tiruchendur, Tiruvelveli, Trivandrum etc.

WHAT TO SEE

Kanyakumari Temple (0430-1130 & 1730-0830 hours. Only Hindus are allowed inside the inner sanctum), Gandhi Memorial, Vivekananda Memorial (Boat services are operated to this Memorial. 0600-1100 & 1400-1900 hours. Entry fee to Memorial Rs.15. Ferry fare Rs.35 per head), Sunrise-Sunset-Moonrise.
 

EXCURSIONS

Nagercoil 19 kms, Padmanabhapuram Palace 45 kms, Sunchindrum 13 kms, Tiruchendur 85 kms, Udyagiri 34 kms, Vattakottai 6 kms.


TOURIST INFORMATION

  • Govt. of Tamilnadu Tourist Office, Hotel Tamilnadu Complex, Kanyakumari, Tel: 276.

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

Altitude : 2,133 metres.
Temperature (deg C) : Summer- Max 19.3, Min 11.3; Winter- Max 17.3, Min 8.3.
Best Season : April to June and September to October.
STD Code : 04542.


TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :

  • Air : Nearest airport Madurai (120 kms from Kodaikanal) is directly connected by Indian Airlines flights with Madras, which in turn, is connected with all of the important places in India.
    Fare : Calcutta-Madurai via Madras (Wed,Fri,Sun) Rs.5384 (Y).

  • Rail : The nearest railway station Kodaikanal Road (80 kms) is directly connected by rail with Madras, which in turn, is connected with all of the important places in India.
    Fare (approx) : Calcutta-Kodaikanal Road via Madras Rs.1800 (AC-2A), Rs.1500 (I), Rs.400 (II).

  • Road : Kodaikanal is connected by road with Madras- 520 kms, Ooty- 264 kms, Trichy- 197 kms, Coimbatore- 175 kms, Kumili- 160 kms, Madurai- 120 kms, Kodai Road- 80 kms, Palani- 64 kms, Munnar- 90 kms, Periyar- 160 kms.

CONDUCTED TOUR

Daily sightseeing tour of Kodaikanal is arranged by TTDC every morning and afternoon.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Kodaikanal Lake- 5 kms, Coaker's Walk- 1 km, Astrophysical Observatory- 3.2 kms, Fairy Falls- 4.8 kms, Kurinji Andavar Temple- 3.2 kms, Shenbaganur Museum- 5.6 kms, Pilar Rocks- 7.2 kms, Green Valley View- 6.4 kms.

EXCURSIONS

Silver Cascade- 8 kms, Dophin's Nose- 8 kms, Perumal Peak- 11 kms, Beryam Lake- 21 kms, Kukkal Caves- 40 kms.
 

TOURIST INFORMATION

  • Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, Township Bus Stand Rest House Complex, Kodaikanal.

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Coimbatore

Coimbatore known as the "Manchester of South india" is a commercial city of Considerable importance, the chief commodity being textiles.

Temperature (deg C) : Summer Max- 39.4, Min- 23.3; Winter Max- 32.8, Min 20.7
Best Season : October to March.
STD Code : 0422.
 

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICAITON :

  • Air : Coimbatore is connected by Indian Airlines daily services with Madras, Bangalore & Bombay. East West Airlines also connects Coimbatore to Bombay.
    Fare : Calcutta-Coimbatore Rs.7592 (J), Rs.5459 (Y).

  • Rail : Coimbatore is connected by rail with all important places in South India.

  • Road : Coimbatore is connected by road with Bangalore 363 kms, Madras 526 kms, Madurai 226 kms, Palani 105 kms, Trichy 203 kms, Udhagamandalam ( Ooty or Ootaacamund ) 89 kms, Yercaud 190 kms etc.

WHAT TO SEE

Perur Temple (7 kms), Marudhamalai Temple (12 kms), Agricultural University (5 kms), V.O.C.Park (10 kms), Forest College (3.5 kms), G.D.Naidu Industrial Exhibition, Glass Forest Museum.
 

EXCURSION

Anamalais Wildlife Sanctuary/Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary- 90 kms Top Slip- 37 kms, Bhavani 102 kms, Bhavani Sagar Dam- 80 kms, Chennimalai- 80 kms, Coonoor- 70 kms, Kodumudi- 105 kms, Kotagiri- 118 kms, Palani- 105 kms, Udhagamandalam/Ooty- 89 kms.
 

TOURIST INFORMATION

  • Tourist Information Counter, Government of Tamilnadu, Railway Junction Station, Coimbatore.

 

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Udhagamandalam / Ootacamund (Ooty)

Ootacamund, the queen of the hill stations of South India, is situated in the Nilgiris at an altitude of 2240 metres. One can see many profiles of nature, each with a distinctive orandeur. Ooty is nited for its extraordinary scenic beauty and salubrious climate amidst the "Nilgiris" or "Blue Mountains".

Altitude : 2240 metres.
Temperature (deg C) : Summer- Max 25, Min 10; Winter- Max 21, Min 0.
Best Season : April to June and September to October.
STD Code : 0423.
 

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :

  • Air : The nearest airport Coimbatore (89 kms) is connected by Indian Airlines' flights with Bombay, Calicut, Madras and Madurai.
    Fare : Calcutta- Coimbatore (via Madras) Rs.4,781 (J), Rs.6644 (Y).

  • Rail : Ooty is connected by narrow guage train services with Mettupalayam which in turn connected through Madras & Coimbatore to major cities in India.

  • Road : Good motorable roads connect Ooty to Bombay- 1320 kms, Bangalore- 290 kms, Calicut- 178 kms, Coimbatore- 89 kms, Coonoor- 19 kms, Kotagiri- 29 kms, Madumalai- 64 kms, Madras- 535 kms, Mysore- 160 kms, Trivandrum- 498 kms, Tiruchirapally- 302 kms.

CONDUCTED TOUR,TTDC

Lake, Doddabetta Peak, Botanical Garden, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, 0830-2000 hours (daily), Rs.100 per head.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Botanical Gardens (2 kms), Tiger Hill (16 kms), Dodabetta Peak (10 kms), Valley View Lake (1 km), Wilson Fish Farm, St. Stephen Church, Marlimund Lake (5 kms), Wenlock Downs (2 kms), Avalanche (15 kms), Elk Hill, Kalhatti Falls (14 kms), Snowdon, Glen Morgen (25 kms).

EXCURSION

Wellingtion (16 kms), Kotagiri (29 kms), Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (64 kms), Coonoor (19 kms), Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary (78 kms).
 

TOURIST INFORMATION

  • Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Tourist Information Bhuvan, Charing Cross Road, Ootacamud, Tel : 2416.

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