The distance between Chennai and Karaikal, is around 280 km. It takes a little less than five hours on road, to reach Karaikal from Chennai. The best way to reach Karaikal from Chennai, is by bus. There are plenty of buses available between these two places, in regular intervals. There are different types of buses available and depending on the type of bus, the fare also varies from Rs. 280 to Rs. 320 for a single adult.
Transport options from Chennai to Karaikal
Chennai to Karaikal By Bus: Take a direct bus from Chennai to Karaikal, which takes about 5 hours. Karaikal Bus Station is about a kilometre away from the city centre that can be covered by bus or auto-rickshaw. Travelling by bus is economical and is recommended for individual travellers and youngsters.
Chennai to Karaikal By Car: Hire a cab from Chennai to Karaikal, which takes around 5 hours. Cost of cab ranges from INR13 to INR55 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Suitable option for group travellers, families and kids.
We came from chennai via ECR to pondicherry, cuddalore, chidambaram. It's good road and nice journey to enter this town. The sightseeing is excellent in the East Coast Road. Pondicherry is a nice place to take lunch. There are many excellent hotels. And the beach in pondicherry, we are all enjoying a two full hours in this area. In chidambaram Sri Nataraja temple is one of the main attraction and we also visited that temple.
I was travelling in a reservation compartment. The compartment was full and a little littered. It would be nice if our Indian Railways maintained all the compartments cleaner and better. The toilets were okay. Can be cleaner and better. There were no other problems other than these. Had a great time.! :)
The train starts from Chennai at night and reaches Karaikal next day morning which is very cheap and economical mode of transportation. We can reach the city very conveniently without travel tiredness. Since it is very small city compared to Chennai we can reach any spot there within fifteen minutes.
The best part in this entire journey is Karaikal railway station. It was a newly constructed railway station. It was very clean unlike other stations in India. The climate is very good. Karaikal is a very small town. The railway station is some 1km from town. We have to catch a bus or a auto to reach town. There are quite a few hotels in this town from here we can travel to other parts of Tamilnadu like Tanjore, Nagapattinam etc.
Wow an awesome journey by car. I fully enjoyed with my family and on the way the road side location was so good. But was little confused to get the correct way to Karaikal. This was a memorable travel by car. By-pass road was so neat but Sirgazhi road was so bad and that's why we got disappointed.