Karaikal Tourism

Karaikal Tourism

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  • State: Pondicherry
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Karaikal
Karaikal is an ancient temple town situated along the eastern coast of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Karaikal is a popular destination of tourists as well as pilgrims. It is located on the Koramandel coast of the Bay of Bengal, at a distance of about 300 km from the south of Chennai and 135 km from Pondicherry.

Situated on the delta of the River Cauvery, Karaikal is the second largest among the four regions in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Karaikal is bounded by Nagappattinam and Thiruvarur Districts of the southern State of Tamil Nadu.  

History of Karaikal

Karaikal is a place with rich cultural and religious history. This place has been mentioned in the ancient texts of Nayanmars and Alwars. Karaikal was known by the name Karaigiri in Sanskrit, which came from two words 'Karai' and 'Kal'. The town of Karaikal was under the rule of the Pallava dynasty during the 8th century AD. Sekkizhar, a renowned poet of the early 11th century, has mentioned about the town of Karaikal in his Peria puranam.  

The later historical records about Karaikal remain rather obscure until the 18th century. Then, Karaikal was an integral part of the Thanjavur Kingdom. In 1738, Dumas, a dignitary from France bargained with the Sahuji of Thanjavur for the town of Karaikal, Karakalcheri Fort and 8 villages under the its rule.

In the year 1739 the French took possession of Karaikal town from the King of Thanjavur. The French expanded their province later on by acquiring the surrounding villages from Pratap Singh, the successor to the throne of Thanjavur.

When the French surrendered to the British in 1761, the vast territory that the French possessed around Thanjavur came under the British rule. In accordance with the 1814 Treaty of Paris, the British gave the territory back to the French. Karaikal continued to be under French rule until 1954. Even today, the town retains a French flavour.

Things to do in Karaikal

Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple, Lord Saneeswara Temple at Thirunallar, Sri Dharbarenyeswaraswamy Temple, Badrakaliyamman Temple, Ayiramkaliyamman Temple, etc. are some of the prime pilgrim centres in Karaikal.  

The proximity of pilgrim destinations like Velankanni and Nagore also attracts tourists to Karaikal. The presence of the Lord Saneeswara (Saturn) Temple makes Karaikal a unique pilgrim destination.

Best time to visit Karaikal is during winters between November and February. 

Travelling to Karaikal

The nearest international airport to Karaikal is in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.  From Chennai to Karaikal the distance is around 300 km, while 7 to 9 hours by road. The other nearest airport is ay Trichy. 

The nearest railway station to Karaikal is at Nagore, which is 10 km away. Karaikal is directly connected to major cities of Tamil Nadu which include Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Thiruvarur, Velankanni and Nagapattinam.

Pondicherry Road Transport Development Corporation, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation and private buses ply to Karaikal from major places of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu. Taxis, auto-rickshaws and local buses are available for local transportation.   

Accommodation options in Karaikal

There are numerous accommodation options in Karaikal. These include hotels ranging from budget to luxury catering to the needs of the travellers.

Karaikal is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Trichy and Salem.

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Nandagopal gopalakrishnan

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  • Nandagopal gopalakrishnan
  • 2 Reviews
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  •  105 readers

"A place evokes nostalgia"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We were in Karakul for religious purpose. To visit famous Aayiram Kaliamman Koil situated 6 kms away in a place called TR Pattinam. The deity Aayiram Kaliamman can be seen by general public / devotees only for 2 days once in every 5 years. We were blessed to see Devi on 07 June 2017. The next opportunity available will be in year 2022 only. We would like to appreciate gesture of local people who have helped for placing our offerings to Devi which weighed around 50 Kgs. Even though there was huge rush - devotees waited for more than 6 hours - every one including local public and police officials helped us to take our offerings without making us wait in queue. Thank you Karaikkalites !!!
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A nice trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 18, 2016
I had been to Karaikal by train in April 2016. Karaikal is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of Modern Pondicherry. The must-visit attractions around Karaikal include the Sanishwaran Temple and the Karaikal Sandy Beach. The Shanishwaran temple is located around 5 kilometers from Karaikal and the presiding deity here is Shani.

This temple is located in a village called Thirunallar. The Karaikal Sandy beach is located on the banks of the Arasalar river and this location is very famous for both sunrise and sunset views. This location is also famous for water sports, children's park, tennis court and a beach restaurant. An added attraction to the visitors of this famous beach is a boat jetty where visitors can avail of pedal, rowing and motor boats.
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Bathri Pandarinathan

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  • Lives in Karaikal
  • 3 Reviews
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"It's a holy town with lot of enjoyment"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 4, 2015
It's a great holy town with lot of temples surrounding this destination. Also the beech is very good place here to enjoy. The saneeswara temple is just 5 kms from here. Nagore Durga is one of the most famous place for Muslims is just 12 kms from here. And also the world famous Annai Velankanni temple is just 25 kms from here.
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Sudharsan

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"A great experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 17, 2015
Great experience in Karaikal. Great darshan in the saneeswara bhagavan temple. Speechless. We came out with overwhelming happiness. Since it was a short trip we were not able to see all the other temples and places but otherwise whatever we have seen through was completely rememberable.
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Harish Kumar

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"A must visit for a religious person"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2015
Are you a religious or cultural oriented person then definitely you should visit here. It is the place which is associated with history and this town holds history of 500 more years where Gods were living. Scientifically proven temple of Lord Saneeswara that there is some radiation coming in this place at particular. You will appreciate if you are a science background person and that's why our ancestors asks us to wear black dress in this temple. Black absorbs 100%, hence to absorb this we wear black there.
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Venkatesh

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"Peaceful Pilgrimage"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2015
Karaikal is not only place to have a peaceful stay. It is a best place for people who have religious believes. People of all religion have places nearby to go and visit. Like Nagur dharga for Muslims, Velankanni for Christians, and Saneeshwaran temple for hindu deities. Also Karaikal beach and resort is there for entertainment.
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Rakesh Sharma

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  • Rakesh Sharma
  • Lives in Karaikal
  • 3 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  7765 readers

"An awesome place to spend time"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2014
Superb temple, beach and Teppakulam, Thirunallaru Temple, Tranqbar tourism spot and many places. The boating was extraordinary and awesome. The Velanganni temple is also good.
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"Karaikal... a nice vacation spot"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 23, 2014
Nice vacation spot. There are many famous religious places nearby. Also, there are beaches available for you to enjoy. I really had a good time. You can get trains easily to reach this place. And there are also many hotels in the area to help you stay and have a good time. The hotels are available at reasonable rates.
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Mohammed ismail

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"A religious heritage"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2014
Karaikal is a good sea side city it beauty lies in its calmness. Karaikal is one of the four regions of the Union Territory of Pondicherry in India. It is the destination for those who seek solitude, leisure, serenity and piety. Known from times immemorial for its rich religious heritage, Karaikal is a 'must visit' for the pilgrim tourist and the religious minded. It is a peaceful destination off the beaten path of the South Indian tour Circuit.
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Ramesh

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"Had a very good experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2014
The over all experience was very good. We have made a plan to to come back here with our friends.
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