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KARAIKAL BEACH

   Karaikal Beach is one of the best natural beaches in the South India. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Karikal located on the banks of Arasalar River. It is popular among the tourists as a place of entertainment and it is also the perfect place for those seeking leisure, tranquility, solitude and piousness.

 

National Institute of Technology,Karaikal

    National Institute of Technology, Puducherry is an autonomous public engineering Institute located in union territory of Puducherry. It is one among the 31 National institutes of Technology of India and is declared as an Institute of National Importance by Government of India under NIT Act, 2007. Located 4 km from our hotel.

 

JIPMER KARAIKAL

    JIPMER seeks to be a model for health systems in India through innovations in education, patient-oriented research, population health and service excellence.
    Our Mission
    To develop compassionate, ethically sound health professionals and provide service of the highest order across the health care continuum, through
    Innovations in education that yield lifelong learners and leaders in health care.
    Original research in basic sciences and patient oriented discoveries.
    Encouraging creative young minds to reach their fullest potential.
    Clinical transformation across the organization that is patient centered, safe, effective, accountable and transparent.
    Emphasis on quality and value in all endeavours.
    Partnerships with organizations encompassing congruent ideals.
    Advocacy for community wellness and public health with a focus on socio-economic disparities.
    Government college in Karaikal, India
    Located 300metres from our hotel.
 

Pondicherry University

    The Campus was established in the year 2007 in Karaikal to cater to the local demands of the Karaikal region, as Karaikal is poised to become a trade centre with major port. It is presently located in the campus of the Preunthalaivar Kamarajar College of Education, Karaikal.
    This campus consists of the following Departments:
    Department of Management Studies
    Department of Commerce
    Department of Computer Science
Infrastructure Facilities:
    The karaikal campus has modernized infrastructure with well-equipped library, Centralized Computer Lab with Internet facility, Overhead and LCD Projector for presentation and teaching.
   Located 1 km from our hotel.
 

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College of Agriculture and Research Institute

    Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College of Agriculture (PAJANCOA) was established on 2 October, 1987 at Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry, as an autonomous educational institution by the Government of Puducherry with the prime objectives of imparting agricultural education and meeting the agricultural research and extension needs of the Union Territory. This college was upgraded as Research Institute (PAJANCOA&RI) in 1997. The Postgraduate degree programmes are being offered from the academic year 1999-2000. Considering the importance of Horticulture, B.Sc.(Horti.) degree programme is introduced from the academic year 2016-17. This institute is governed by PAJANCOA (Karaikal) society with the Chief Secretary, Govt. of Puducherry as the Chairman. This institute was affiliated to TNAU until 2014. From the year 2015-16, the institute is affiliated to the Pondicherry University, Puducherry for meeting its academic standards.
Located 2 kms from our hotel.

 

Vinayaka Missions Medical College & Hospitals – Karaikal

Vinayaka Missions Medical College & Hospital

Located 4 km from our hotel.
(Approved by: MCI, New Delhi, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India & UGC, New Delhi)
Keezhakasakudimedu,Kottucherry(P.O)
Karaikal 609 609, Pondicherry (U.T)

 

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited

    ONGC is one of the leading Public sector company which works in field of exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. … ONGC stands for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. It is a Govt. of India Owned Public Sector Conpany looking after extraction of Crude Oil and Natural gas from various places.
    Karaikal Asset office located 2Km from our hotel.
    ONGC, Neravy Office Complex, Neravy (PO), Karaikal – 609 604

 

Karaikal Port

    8 Km From Our Hotel. Located along the East Coast of India and with rich access to major industrial markets, Karaikal Port was built aligning with India’s developmental projects in the maritime sector. The commitment is to make Karaikal an industrial smart city with port-led development.
    Karaikal Port Private Limited (KPPL) is a Special Purpose Vehicle exclusively setup in the year 2006 to develop, operate and maintain Karaikal Port in line with Concession Agreement signed with Government of Puducherry on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. Spreading across more than 600 acres of area, the Port has excellent evacuation facilities with 3 railway sidings and National Highways within a Kilometer from Port premise.

 

KARAIKAL AMMAIYAR TEMPLE

    Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Barathiar Street in the center of Karaikal Town.
    Very near to our Hotel
    The temple was constructed by Malaiperumal Pillai in 1929. The main goddess is Punithavathi, also known as Karaikal Ammaiyar, the only woman out of the sixty three Nayanmars. This temple is known for the huge idol of the lady saint and there is also a sanctum for Vinayaka inside this temple.

    Mangani festival

    This festival’s history relies on Karaikkal Ammaiyar’s life.One day Ammaiyar’s husband, Paramathathan, had sent two mangoes to be kept for him. That day a hungry Shaiva devotee (Lord Bikshantar) came to her residence. Ammaiyar gave the devotee, curd rice and one of the two mangoes which her husband gave earlier. Later, when Ammaiyar’s husband came home, Ammaiyar served him the other mango. The mango was very delicious, and her husband requested that the other mango be served. Ammaiyar went inside kitchen, she didn’t know what to do since the Mango is already served to the shaiva devotee(Lord Bikshantar). With Lord Siva’s grace a Divine Mango appeared in her palm. Ammaiyaar was very happy and served the Mango to her husband.
    As this fruit was divinely sweet and was infinitely delicious compared to the previous one, her husband inquired as to how Ammaiyar obtained this mango. Subsequently,Karaikkal Ammaiyar worshiped Lord’s feet and revealed the truth to her husband, who didn’t believe it. He asked her to show another mango with divine help. Ammaiyar prayed to Lord Shiva for another mango. Immediately Lord Shiva gave her a similar mango,which she gave it to her husband. The mango then disappeared, and Paramathathan realised the divine nature of his wife. He understood that Ammaiyar was worthy of worship and she cannot be treated as his wife. He then deserted Ammaiyar, becoming a trader and married the daughter of a merchant who then gave birth to their child. Paramathathan named the child with the real name of Ammaiyar, Punithavathi. When the word reached Ammaiyar’s family, they decided that they must take her to him. When he saw his former wife, Paramathathan addressed her reverentially, saying that he realised Ammaiyar was no ordinary human being. He worshipped her with his wife and child. Ammaiyar prayed to Lord Shiva asking for a boon that she may worship Lord Shiva as a disembodied wraith. She received the boon, and leaving all her beauty and her body behind.This was the reason of formation of this grand festival of Mangani.

 

THIRUNALLAR

    At a distance of 2 km from Karaikal , Sri Saneeswarar Temple, also known as Dharbaranyeswara Swamy Temple is one of the most popular Shani Temples in India and is located in Thirunallar near Karaikal. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Dharbaranyeswara Temple houses a rare Marakata Linga.
    According to history, the great King Nala was relieved from the trouble of Lord Saneeswaran after worshipping the Lord consecrated in this temple. It is believed that by bathing in Nala theertham here will wash off all kinds of misfortunes and miseries caused by one’s past karmas. Whenever (planet) Saturn transits from one zodiac sign to another once in every 2.5 years, millions throng this shrine to offer prayers. Believed to have been built in the 7th century, the temple also has small shrines dedicated to other gods including Lord Ganesha.

 

SRI NITHYA KALYANA PERUMAL TEMPLE

    Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple is situated on the Bharathiar Road and close to the Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple.
    This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu has an idol of Vishnu carved using a single stone in the lying posture (known as Ananthasayanam). The temple premises also have shrines of Alamelu Thaayar and Aandal.
    Rama Navami, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Hanuman Jayanti and the entire month of Margazhi are the festive days at this temple and large number of pilgrims visits the temple on these occasions.

 

THIRUVARUR

    At a distance of 39 km from Karaikal, Thiruvarur is a famous temple town known for Sri Thyagaraja Temple is a Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is the fore most form of the Saptha Vidanga Sthalams.
    Thyagaraja Swamy temple was first constructed by Aditya Chola I in 9th century. The temple was upgraded and rebuilt with stone by Rajendra Chola I in 11th century. The later expansions are attributed to Vijayanagar rulers. This temple is one of the biggest in the country and has the biggest temple chariot in Tamil Nadu.
    Sri Vanmikanathar (Lord Shiva) is the presiding deity of the temple. According to the legend, Vishnu worshipped Shiva in the form of Somaskanda, associated with Ajapa dance. Shiva is said to have appeared in an anthill to Vishnu. So, no abishekam is performed for Vanmikanathar.

 

VAITHEESWARAN KOIL

    At a distance of 45 kms from Karaikal, Vaitheeswaran Koil is town in Nagapattinam district which is famous for the Vaidyanatha Swamy Temple. The temple is also known as Pullirukkuvelur.
    Vaidyanatha Swamy and Thaiyalnayaki are the presiding deities of this temple. The Selva Muthukumara Swamy shrine here is also considered to be of important. There are Shiva lingas said to have been worshipped by Rama, Jatayu, Skanda, Surya and Angaraka. It is believed that Rama and his brother Lakshmana cremated the vulture king Jatayu who was killed by Ravana when he tried to prevent the abduction of Sita at this place. There is a pond at this temple called Jatayu kundam.
    It is one of the Navagraha temples associated with the planet Mars (Angaraka). According to legend, Planet Mars was once afflicted with leprosy and was cured by Vaidyanatha.

 

THIRUKADAIYUR

    At a distance of 23 km from Karaikal, Thirukkadaiyur is a popular temple town located on the east coast of Tamil Nadu in the Nagapattinam district. The Amritaghateswarar – Abirami Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is the most famous temple in Thirukkadaiyur.
    The presiding deity of this temple is Sri Amirthalingeswara and his consort is Sri Abirami. Thirukkadaiyur is one of the 8 Veera Sthalas, where Yama was clashed with Lord Shiva. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Shiva protected Markandeya, son of Mrikandu, from Yama. The scar caused by the Yama’s rope is visible on the Linga during abisheka times.

 

60th, 70th, 80th Marriage In Thirukadaiyur

    On 60th Birthday (Shastiapthpoorthi), 70th Birthday (Bheema Ratha Santhi), 80th Birthday (Sathabhishekam) the marriage / homam ceremony and all other poojas that are conducted in Thirukadaiyur are arranged and performed in easy way.

 

Shastiapthapoorthi  or 60th Marriage in Thirukadaiyur :

    Sashtiapthapoorthi is the marriage ceremony performed for the couple where the husband has completed 60 years of age and 61st year has started. Sashtiapthapoorthi Ceremony is performed on the janma nakshatra day of the husband. Thirukadaiyur temple 60th marriage online booking can be done few weeks prior so that we can block the date and the ticket in your name. Thirukadaiyur 60th marriage cost varies depending on 1 day or 2 days marriage program. Sashtiapthapoorthi cost also varies depending on the community. 60th marriage procedure involves performing different poojas and ayul shanti homams like ayush homam, mrityunjaya homam, dhanvantri homam etc are performed and abhishekam is performed and mangalya dharanam ceremony  for the well being of the couples and lead a happy and healthy life.

 

CHIDAMBARAM

    At a distance of 65 km Karaikal, Chidambaram is a pilgrimage town in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. Well known for Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram is one of the most celebrated shrines in South India.
    Chidambaram is also known as Thillai. The name Chidambaram comes from the Tamil word Chitrambalam which means the small hall or stage of wisdom. According to legend, it was once a forest of thillai, a mangrove species of trees. There was once a small shrine on the banks of a tank. The saints Vyagrapada and Patanjali are said to have worshipped at this shrine, now called Thirumoolanathar. It is believed that their penance attained perfection with the revelation of Shiva’s cosmic dance by Lord Nataraja on the auspicious Thai Poosam.

 

NAGORE

    At a distance of 14 km from Karaikal, Nagore is famous for a Muslim dargah dedicated to the 16th century saint Meeran Sahib.
    The Nagore Dargah shrines are situated at three locations, Nagore, Vanjur and Silladi. The main campus is at Nagore, spread over an area of about five acres, which is enclosed by compound wall, with four impressive entrances, one each on the north, south, east and west. In front of the western gate, just outside the compound, is a large tower, 131 feet tall, called ‘Periya Minara’. Nagore Dargah literature discloses that Tanjore King Pratap Singh built -Periya Minara- around 1760 AD, about 200 years after the death of Meeran Sahib. He is said to have built it in appreciation of having received the grace of Meeran Sahib.
    Although this is a Muslim religious place, the dargah’s rituals and architecture are influenced by Hinduism and Kandhuri.

 

VELANKANNI

    At a distance of 31 km from Karaikal, The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is located in Velankanni town of Tamil Nadu. The Roman Catholic Latin Rite Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Good Health. Situated on the coast of Bay of Bengal, this is one of the most popular Christian pilgrimage sites in South India.
    The Shrine of Our Lady of Velankanni is one of the most frequented religious sites in India. It can be traced back to mid-16th century and is attributed to three miracles at different sites around where the Basilica currently stands. The appearance of Mary and Christ Child to a shepherd boy, the curing of a buttermilk vendor and the rescue of Portuguese sailors from a violent sea storm are the miracles associated with this shrine.

 

KUMBAKONAM

    At a distance of 54 km from Karaikal, Kumbakonam is one of the ancient temple town located amidst the two rivers Cauvery and Arasalar in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    The name Kumbakonam in English means the Pot’s Corner. In olden days it was called Thirukudamookku and it is also popularly called as Kudanthai now. According to history, Kumbakonam dates back to the Sangam period and was ruled by the Early Cholas, Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Kings, Madurai Nayaks, Thanjavur Nayaks and the Thanjavur Marathas. It rose to be a prominent city between the 7th and 9th centuries AD, when it served as a capital of the Medieval Cholas.

 

Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu

    Tamil people are the first who invented nine planet and made it to built it in temple named Navagraha . The Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu are a cluster of Navagraha Temples dating from the Chola dynasty near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. As per Hindu legend, Sage Kalava was suffering from serious ailments along with leprosy. He prayed to the Navagrahas, the nine planet deities. The planets were pleased by his devotion and offered cure to the sage. Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, was angered as he felt that the planets have no powers to provide boons to humans. He cursed the nine planets to suffer from leprosy and were sent down to earth in Vellerukku Vanam, the white wild flower jungle – the modern time Suryanar Kovil. The planets prayed to Shiva to relieve them off the curse. Shiva appeared to them and said that the place belonged to them and they would have to grace the devotees worshipping them from the place. Each temple is located in a different village, and is considered an abode of one of the Navagrahas. However, the majority of these temples are dedicated to Shiva. The Surya temple is the only one dedicated to the Graham. In fact, it is dedicated entirely to the worship of the Sun-God and the other navagrahas, the former being the object of worship as the principal deity and the latter as attendant deities. It was built around the 11th or 12th century. The other temples were built earlier, ranging back to 7th-9th century.
    Surya Navagrahastalam — Sooriyanar Kovil ( Thanjavur District )
    Chandra Navagrahastalam — Thingalur ( Thanjavur District )
    Angaarakan Navagrahastalam — Vaitheeswaran Kovil ( Nagapattinam District )
    Budha Navagrahastalam — Thiruvenkadu ( Nagapattinam District )
    Guru Navagrahastalam — Alangudi ( Tiruvarur District )
    Sukra Navagrahastalam — Kanjanur ( Thanjavur District )
    Shani Navagrahastalam — Thirunallar (Karaikal District )
    Raahu Navagrahastalam — Thirunageswaram (Thanjavur District )
    Ketu Navagrahastalam — Keezhperumpallam (Nagapattinam District )
    At a distance of 98 km from Karaikal, Thanjavur
    Brihadeshwara Temple (Tamil:Peruvudaiyar Kovil) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is located in Thanjavur. It is also known as Periya Kovil, RajaRajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram. It is one of the largest temples in India. Brihadeshwara is an example of Hindu architecture from South India from the Chola period. It was built by emperor Raja Raja Chola I and completed in 1010 AD. The temple turned 1000 years old in 2010. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples”, along with Brihadeeswarar Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Airavatesvara temple.

 

Sikkal Singaravelan Temple

    Sikkal Singara Velan Temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Muruga and a contender for the unofficial seventh Padaiveedu of Muruga, along with the popular Arupadaiveedu. It is one of the rare traditional Hindu temples that has both Shiva and Vishnu deities in the same complex
    It is believed in Hindu mythology that this place was once a jasmine forest and due to its pleasant smell, the semi-human goddess with cow’s trunk, Kamadenu lives here. Once upon a time, Kamadenu was cursed by lord Shiva, when it ate meat. Later feeling guilty of its action, it got rid of its sin by taking bath in the holy water point of this temple and worshiped here, as told by Lord Shiva. After getting rid of the sin, Kamadenu offered its milk which later became Parkulam (literal meaning the milk pond), which is located behind the temple. It is this holy water point (The Parkulam) of the temple where Vashistha Maharishi performed a pooja here, by making a lingam with the butter from the Parkulam. After completing the pooja he tried to move that lingam, but it stuck to that place, and never moved. As a result, Vasista Maharishi regarded this place as sikkal.
    It is also said that Lord Murugan had got his Vel (weapon) from his divine mother at Sikkal, to kill the asura, Soorapadman in Sri Lanka. He performed Soora Samharam (literal meaning: killing Soorapadman) by setting up the base camp in Thiruchendur.
Located 12 km from our hotel.

 

Sowri Raja Perumal Temple,Thirukkannapuram

    Prominence of the Shrine : A little away from Vishnu with his consorts, on the left is Andal with her crown and on the right is Padmavathi Thayar alias Chembavada Princess whom Perumal wedded. Perumal here graces with his hands at the receiving posture for kanayaga danam (meaning requesting a girl for marriage). In this shrine Thiru mangai Azhwar was offered Thiru Mantra Upadesam. This shrine also marks the Lord gracing with his walking gait on new moon day as Sriranganathar gracing Vibheeshana Azhwar. Here he appears with hair on the head as Urchavar. The ‘Thirumudi dharshan’ can be seen on new moon day when the Lord is taken around. ‘Sowri’ means both ‘hair’ and ‘beauty’.
    Temple History : Ranga Bhattar, an poojari (priest), promised the Chola King that he would show the hair grown on the head of Perumal. To prove his word, Perumal showed the lot of hair and graced and He was called Sowri Rajan. Munayadharayar, an ardent devotee, could not take to the temple the pongal(Prasad for the god) cooked by his wife as it was midnight. He offered with devotion and the Lord accepted it. At the mid night the temple bell chimed and the smell of pongal filled the temple. From that day, the pongal offered at night is called ‘Muniyodharam’ pongal. Even today pongal is offered to Perumal as offering after melting butter and using it for making pongal.
    Vaigasi – Brahmothsavam 13days – 7th day holy marriage with Padmini Thayar. Aadi – Ekadasi Jeshtabhishegam for Perumal. 
Masi – Masi magam festival – 15 days.
On the Masi magam day Perumal would go 25km to ‘Thirumalairayanpattinam’ on Garuda for Theerthavari. Theerthavari is conducted by Puducherry government and the temple. Fishermen carry the Garuda here.

Divya Desam

    A Divya Desam or Vaishnava Divya Desam is one of the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the works of the Alvars (saints). Of the 108 temples, 105 are in India, one is in Nepal, and last two are believed to be outside the Earthly realms. In India, they are spread over states of Tamil Nadu (85), Kerala (11), Andhra Pradesh (2), Gujarat (1), Uttar Pradesh (4), Uttarakhand (3). The last two are Thirupalkadaland Paramapadam. Tirupalkaddal is the ocean of milk and paramapadam is the Vaikuntha where Lord Vishnu presides. The Divya Desams are revered by the 12 Alvars in the Divya Prabandha, a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses. Divya Desams follow Thenkalai or Vadakalai modes of worship.

 

Sri Agneeswarar Temple

    Nalladai, Agneeswarar temple is a Star Temple temple and is located in Nalladai, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu state, India.
    Agneeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Nalladai  in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, as the moolavarpresiding deity, in his manifestation as Agneeswarar. His consort, Parvati, is known as Panjin Melladi Ammai. The historical name of the place is Keeralathur. 

 

THE DARGAH OF MASTAN SYED DAWOOD IN KARAIKAL

    At a distance 50 meters  from our hotel,Station, Mastan Syed Dawood Dargah is a famous tomb that houses the relics of Syed Dawood, a Muslim saint born at Bukhara, a city in Uzbekistan. The saint arrived in India for taking spiritual guidance from Halareth Syed Ahmed Kalkhel Diwan Oliulla of Trichy. Staying in the region during his entire lifetime, the saint died in February 1829 at the age of around 120 years.
    Kandoori Festival is one of the most popular Muslim festivals in the region which is held at Mastan Syed Dawood Dargah in Karaikal. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm by local people in honor of Syed Dawood. The dargah is adorned with flowers and other decorative materials during the annual Kandoori festival.

 

Tranquebar (Tharangambadi) Fort & Beach

    Formerly Tranquebar (Danish: Trankebar), is a town in the Nagapattinam district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on the Coromandel Coast. It lies 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Karaikal, near the mouth of a distributary of the Kaveri River. Tranquebar was the first Danish trading post in India established in 1620. King Christian IV had sent his envoy Ove Gjedde who established contact with Raghunatha Nayak of Tanjore. The Danish government sold the colony of Tranquebar to the British East India Company in 1845. Until then an annual tribute had been paid by the Danes to the Rajah of Tanjore. Tharangambadi is the headquarters of Tharangambadi taluk, while its name means “place of the singing waves”. The name Trankebar remains current in modern Danish
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