Karaikal Travel Guide
Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day
Base Station: Karaikal
Nearest City to Karaikal: Tiruchirappalli (154 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Karaikal: November to February
Peak Season: November to February
State: Pondicherry | District: Karaikal
Karaikal Weather: Summer: Maximum - 40°C and Minimum - 24°C
Winter: Maximum - 32°C and Minimum - 18°C
At a distance 130 km from Pondicherry, 285 km from Chennai, 66 km from Chidambaram, 283 km from Rameswaram, 274 km from Madurai, 96 km from Thanjavur & 154 km from Trichy, Karaikal is an important port town and district headquarters under the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Karaikal was a French colony until its merger with Indian Union in 1954.
French acquired Karaikal in 1674 and converted that into a major commercial port, primarily trading spices. French acquired trading rights in Karaikal by then Tanjore rulers. In 1739, the current town of Karaikal along with its adjacent villages were transferred to French East India Company by the king of Tanjore, Sahuji. This territory was surrendered to the British in 1761. The control changed between French and British few times until it was finally handed over to French in 1816 until the Treaty of Paris, 1814.
Karaikal has rich heritage and it still holds the old charm. Thirunallar, Karaikal Beach, Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple and Tantondreeswara Temple are few important places to visit around Karaikal. Nagore Dargah (14 km), Nagapattinam (20 km) and Velankanni Church (31 km) are other major attractions in the vicinity of the town.
Nearest Airport to Karaikal is Tiruchirapally at a distance of 158 km. Karaikal Railway Station is connected with Chennai, Trichy, Mumbai, Thanjavur, Ernakulam, & Bangalore. There are regular buses from Karaikal to Pondicherry, Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Chennai, Rameswaram, Thanjavur & Trichy.
November to February is the best time to visit Karaikal. It usually takes a full day to visit Karaikal and surrounding places.