Thoothukudi is the headquarters of Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu. This district was previously known as Tuticorin. One of the major port cities in India, Thoothukudi is famed for pearl fishing, production of salt, production of fertilizer and heavy water plants, fishing and also for its thermal power station. Thoothukudi has a centre for folk art and there are several handicraft centers.
Some of the famous tourist attractions in Thoothukudi are the
Sankara Rameshwarar Temple: (Lord Shiva Temple): It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi on their way to Thiruchendur halted near the holy tank Vancha Pushkarani, the site of this temple, near old bus stand.
Hare Island: A very good picnic spot, this island lies adjoining the port.
Church of Our Lady of Snow: Earlier known as St. Paul's Church, this church is dedicated to the mother of Jesus and was consecrated by the bishop of Cochin. An annual feast is held here every year in August.
Roche Park: Located 4 km from Thoothukudi, this is a picturesque shore area. During festival and weekly holidays hordes of tourists flock this tranquil place.
Kazhukumalai: This 8th century cave temple has a Vettuvankoil worth visiting. It is a rock-cut cave temple similar to Pallava cave temples at Mamallapuram.
The best time to visit Thoothukudi is between the months of November and March.
How to reach Thoothukudi
By Air: The nearest airports are at Madurai (130 km) and Thiruvananthapuram (230 km).
By Rail: Thoothukudi is a major junction for the Southern Railway and is linked to Chennai and several other places by rail.
By Road: At the New Bus Stand Thoothukudi, you can avail buses to major cities of Tamil Nadu.
Some of the major hotels in Thoothukudi, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity as well as a comfortable stay, are Hotel Alwin, Hotel Chithra, Hotel Vishaka, Hotel Sugam, etc.