What to do and see in Karaikal, India: The Best Places and Tips

December 26, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Karaikal (kāraikkāl) is a major port city of east coast of India and a municipality in Karaikal district in the Union Territory of Puducherry, India. This is the birthplace of Karaikal Ammaiyar.
Restaurants in Karaikal

1. Saniswaran Temple

73/1, 4th Main Road | Thirunallar, Karaikal 560010, India +91 89039 59921
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Saniswaran Temple

Reviewed By VALLALAAR - Thanjavur, India

Nalan ,Emperor of Nitatha country was in the grip of untold miseries and misfortunes, worshiped Saneeswarar at Thirunallaaru after having a dip in the tank infront of the Dharbaneswara temple. and fully emancipated,exonerated . and hence it iscalled as Nalan Theertham. The temple was built during the Chola period and the caiva Nayanmaars have visited this temple,which has five tiers gopuram. Saneeswarar ,on his golden crow vehicle with a sword on the right hand extends and showers His blessings on the northern side of the main deity.,Dharbaneswarar.
Saneeswarar,son of the Sun and Chaya Devi was born after a long and tedious Tapas. and so He is destined to punish the persons committing sins.
Visitors can pay their obeisance on any day between 7.3.am and 12 noon and 2pm to 7 pm.
Saneeswarae will reside on each RASI for 30 months. For each and every human being ,there are four types of affliction of Sani by which they have to suffer or enjoy. They are 1. Janma Sani (Kanda Sani) 2., Arthaashtama Sani 3.,Attaamathu Sani, 4. Aezharai Naattu Sani, First time occurrence of Azharai Sani is is called as MANGU SANI , second time occurrence is ..PONGUSANI and the third time occurrence is MARANA SANI or PATHA SANI according to Astrology. No body could escape from the eye sight of Saneeswara Bhagavaan. One cannot prevent the downpour, lightening and storm but could protect by an umbrella.. VAKKIRA PERIOD OF SANI over Moola Star: 29.4.2018 to 11.9.2018 . 12.8.2019 to 13.9.2019. Pooradam Star: 10.5.2019 to 11.8.2019. 17.7.2020 to 16.9.2020. Uthiraadam Star : 2.5.2020 to 16.7.2020
Saneeswarar displaces on 19.12.2017, Tues Day, Markazhi monthof Hevilambi year from Viruchika Rasi to Dhanusu Rasi at 9.30.am. into the abode of GURU.
The net results are:1. Literate and illiterate will have spiritual clearance 2. Members of joint and traditional family will establish themselves. 3. There will be true,correct and bitter court judgements and strictures on politicians, rulers and officials.4.Syllabi of the educational system will be changed.5. There will be lacuna in Bank services.
All due
to the displacement of Saneeswarar from the abode of CEVVAI ,Mars.
The tourists and the worshipers are requested 1. not to leave their old and used footwear, clothing in the Nala Theertham i.e. the tank 2.not to litter every where 3.not to pollute the neat and tidy environment of Thirunallaaru.

2. Danish Fort

Nagapattinam District, Tharangambadi 609105, India
Excellent
20%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 121 reviews

Danish Fort

Reviewed By Sathya S - Mumbai, India

This is the perfect setting for a historical novel or a romance. The fort, almost perfectly maintained stands by the sea, a sentinel through the centuries. The museum inside is a must visit, it has large panels of text and if you have the time to read them, they unfold a fascinating story of intrigue and chivalry and tell little known tales about the Danes who lived here and built the fort.
Some artefacts from the time are well preserved.
The brick wall in the sea is a marvel, seeing that it has withstood time and the sea's onslaught. .
Definitely a must, if you like wandering through forts and have a penchant for history.

3. Church of our Lady of Velankanni

611 111 Shrine Basilica Vailankanni | Nagapattinam District, Velankanni, India 04365 : 263 423
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 254 reviews

Church of our Lady of Velankanni

Reviewed By Sandamalie

Wrote a review a few minutes ago and couldn't put my name .
I am Sandamalie Fernando from Sri Lanka. The three days was great. Leon was very helpfull and obliging. Room service food location fantastic. Veera was absent but Leon made up for it. Umapathy, loganadan, Alex was very helpfull. Thank you everybody. I wrote a review earlier but couldn't put my name. So here I am writing again briefly. Will recommend the hotel to everybody. Thank you once again. See you again next year.
Sandamalie Fernando
Srilanka.

4. Karaikal Beach

Karaikal, India
Excellent
28%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
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4 based on 28 reviews

Karaikal Beach

Reviewed By DocMehta - Bangalore

This place was badly affected during tsunami a few years back. A memorial, Tsunami Memorial though not impressive, has been erected. A nice restaurant serving different varieties, good paved walkway and some street vendors surround the beach.
Interesting part is two long stretch of big boulders dumped to break sea waves. Walking over those possible though not comfortable. Walk over those a get a good view of sea, beach and port. I enjoyed it.

5. Nagore Dargah

10 Madina House Dargah Tank East Street, Nagore 611002, India +91 94435 73759
Excellent
30%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
10%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 28 reviews

Nagore Dargah

Reviewed By khadar888

Durgah is very powerful and we are visting here last 20years. This is a place where mixing of muslim and hindu cluture. The Hazarath Sahul Hamid famously known as Quadir Wali very popular in protecting his believers and protects islam. He is very famous for miracles.
Here some of people in durgah made business, plays with pilgrims sentiments. Holywater costs 10 to 20 Rupees. Here every body will demand money in durgah. At every point of visting in durgah this type of money agents seen. There is no control by the Durgah Committee on this people. Because of this type of people visitors are gradually decreases.
I give 5star rating for Quadir wali baba, and also give 0 stars for those money people who are playing with pilgrims sentiments.

6. Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health

Velankanni Centre | Nagapattinam district,Tamil Nadu, Velankanni 611111, India
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 133 reviews

Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health

Reviewed By jacobt517 - Kerala, India

The visit was overdue as i had decided to visit the shrine. It's all about faith and belief. Marvel the manner in which the whole area is managed. i saw people from different faiths there either asking favours or having come to thank

7. Morning Star Church for Our Lady of Vailankanni

Nagapattinam Dt, Velankanni 611111, India +91 4365 263 584
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Morning Star Church for Our Lady of Vailankanni

Reviewed By vin21NewDelhi_India - New Delhi, India

A trip to Velangini is naturally a journey of devotion and satisfaction for a faithful. While devotees throng the main Basilica for adoration, is an essential feature, visiting Velangini to see the evolution of new Churches/chapels/Statutes in itself is so rewarding.
Morning Star Church is a Huge Church designed artistically for devout people. It is said it can accommodate 5000+ people in its Hall. It has a very beautiful Alter and has entrance and exit points in all 4 directions. It's serene, peaceful and it's silence (when empty) can be compared to Lotus Temple of Delhi. Masses are held here as per Schedule and naturally when lots of people visit Velangini during feast times,it must be looking a quite interesting place with hustle bustle.
One must see it for its lovely tastefully architectural designing and landscaping (still under construction). Sure it stands second to main Shrine and after completion of nearby construction will attract many many more pilgrims.

8. Thirunallar Temple

Sani Bhagawan | 3 Km from Karaikal, Thanjavur, India +91 4368 236 530
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Thirunallar Temple

Reviewed By SagarVS - India

Probably the most important temple to worship Sani baghwan. Even though the place was not very crowded we bought special entrance tickets for Rs. 50 each and were in and out in a jiffy.

9. Akshyalingaswamy Temple

Kivelur, Kilvelur-Katchanam Rd | Kizh Velur, Nagapattinam 611104, India
Excellent
25%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Akshyalingaswamy Temple

Reviewed By onlyworld - Queanbeyan, Australia

I lived 15 years in Kilvelur from my childhood. I played around the temple most of the time. Recently visited this temple after 20 years and the temple was recently consecrated Maha Kumbhabhishekham. So the temple looked like a newly built temple. The temple was well cleaned and maintained and I'm expecting devotees should follow ethics.
Anjuvattathu Amman is one of the famous Gods within the temple. It is one of the beautiful architecture in the world. I'm wondering Taj Mahal is so famous and they built just 400 years before only but this temple is 2000 years old and still standing. I don't know why this temple is still not on UNESCO's list. It is definitely a heritage temple.

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