From Bangalore, there's a direct train that runs daily. Also, SRS & SETC ply a bus to Mayilduthurai from Bangalore. We hired a taxi (mostly it is Ambassador that you find) & paid INR. 600 from Mayiladuthurai to the temple & back. The distance to and fro exceed 20 kms Once we reach the temple, people outside try to sell Pooja material at outrageous prices & try to convince that you be allowed inside the enclosure if garlands are not carried. The temple authority inside is hand in glove with them. However, people visiting should not heed to any of theirs & should buy a ticket for the ritual at INR. 100 inside the temple. This ticket covers everything, the ritual, the pooja material including the garland. The practices to be followed after the visit would be briefed by the priest. Lamps have to be purchased inside, INR. 20 for 5. Prasadam like Laddu has to be purchased separately.
Thirumanancheri is a popular Shiva temple located 6 km from Kutthalam and 26 km from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kalyanasundareswarar and his consort, Goddess Parvati, as Kokilaambal in Thirumanancheri.
This temple is associated with the marriage of Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati. Hence, devotees seeking an early marriage often come to Thirumanancheri. It is a belief that a visit to this temple will remove all obstacles and pave the way for an early marriage.
A unique ritual associated with this temple is that those praying for an early marriage are supposed to come back to the temple with their respective spouses once they are married and in doing so wear the garlands that were given to them when they came praying for their wedding.
This temple was constructed during the Chola period by the then queen Sembiyanmadevi and has a beautiful architecture. The temple is open from 6 am to 12 noon and from 3 pm to 8 pm. Six worship services are performed in a day in this temple namely Ushakkalam, Kalai Santhi, Uchikalam Sayaratchai, Irandam Kalam, and Artha Jamam. Festivals such as the Navarathiri, Vijayadasami, Thirukkarthigai and Aruda Dharshanam are celebrated here with much pomp and show every year.
Other popular places of tourist interest near Thirumanancheri include Kumbakonam, Cuddalore, Swamimalai, Chidambaram and Seerkazhi. The climate in Thirumanancheri is pleasant and warm throughout the year. The best time to visit Thirumanancheri is between October and March.
The nearest domestic airport to Thirumanancheri is in Trichi. Chennai is the next closest international airport. Mayiladuthurai, an important junction in the southern railway network is the nearest railway station. Thirumanancheri is also well connected with all neighbouring cities by road.