Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry is a fascinating holiday destination to visit, especially for those interested in history and for those who are looking for sun, sand and solitude. The region has had strong influences of both Indian dynasties as well as the French government that took over control in the past, giving it a flavor that is quite unlike any other
Archaeological finds suggest that Karaikal was a part of the Pallava Kingdom back in the 8th century. Its history is later traced to the Thanjavur dynasty in the 18th century, after which the French government annexed control. Due to this cacophony of cultures and religions, Karaikal is filled with temples and monuments that are eclectic and inspiring.Sandy beaches and flowing rivers give Karaikal the natural aesthetic appeal tourists crave for when on holiday, making this is an ideal destination for those who shun crowds and commercialization.Most tourists come from the main city of Puducherry and head straight to the Karaikal beach for some serious R&R. The beaches in this city are largely untouched and so are clean and pristine, with the waters of the Bay of Bengal caressing the sandy shores. The Karaikal Port, too, is a beautiful location that offers stunning views of the bay area.A number of ancient temples dot the city of Karaikal. The most well-known temple in Karaikal is the Sri Saneeswara Bagavan Temple at Thirunallar, about 5 km from the city center. This temple is believed to be the only one in the country dedicated to Lord Satum. The Karaikal Ammayar Temple, Aayiram Kaliamman Temple and the Bhadrakaliamman Temple are a few others you can add to your itinerary.The Church of Our Lady of Angels and the Dargah of Mastaan Sahib Walliullah are also old religious structures that are quite popular with locals and tourists alike.Buses ply throughout the town and to nearby districts as well. You can hail an auto-rickshaw from almost any part of Karaikal as well, though it is better to fix the fare before you start your journey. Take a boat ride in the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. For a relaxed journey, hire a private car or taxi to take you around the sites.Be careful about the currents in the sea at Karaikal. Avoid swimming unless you’re absolutely sure that it is safe.Being a small town, most establishments shut early, so it is best to avoid stepping out after dark
Karaikal is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Tiruchirappally at a distance of 122kms.
Airports: Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Karaikal from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Karaikal