Tuticorin, officially known as Thoothukudi is a port and industrial city in the district of Thoothukudi in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The beautiful city lies on the coast of Coromandel of Bay of Bengal and is a popular tourist place, mostly among marine lovers. This amazing coastal town which is said to have the busiest ports also serves to have wildlife sanctuaries, family parks, sandy beaches, numerous temples and churches, and monumental sites. The port city was ruled by many dynasties and then settled by the Portuguese and later on used by the British East India Company, thus giving it a rich cultural heritage in art and architectural sites. The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park has around 36,000 species of Flora and Fauna, the port is also famous for its pearl fishing which makes it a major attraction among tourist to visit.
This port city of Tamil Nadu is adorned with temples and churches which brings Hindus and Christian devotees regularly for their pilgrimage. The Shiva Temple in the center of the city and the Our Lady of Snows Basilica are examples of beautiful architecture of cultures from different diverse religion. Tuticorin or Thoothukudi is a family destination that has a rich cultural heritage background was once ruled by Chola and Pandyas dynasty along with later being under the Carnatic Kingdom. In the later century, the Portuguese and Dutch settled there and gave the city the adoring architecture of colonial style. The local people of the port mainly practice fishing, salt pan, pearl fishing and working in Agriculture and Industries. Tamil and English are the main languages spoken here and the best time to visit the port city is during winter. The main festivals celebrated here is the Adi Amavasai, Sasti, and Chittirai chariot festival along with the Our Lady of Snow Basilica Festival.
Top things do in Tuticorin
How to reach
The port city Tuticorin is well connected with every major city by way of air, rail, and road. In the last few years, it has become the busiest port and a popular tourist attraction for the state government to give its full attention to make transportation convenient for the people.
How to Reach by Flight
The Tuticorin Airport in Vagaikulam is the nearest airport for the city. It gets flights from Chennai and few other major cities. Madurai International Airport is also the second nearest airport for the city being around 140 km away.
How to Reach by Train
Tuticorin Railway Station is one of the oldest and famous Stations of Tamil Nadu that facilities, Pitiline for Cleaning and Maintenance. The station has direct rail connectivity with Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore, Okha etc.
How to Reach by Bus
There are two bus stands around the city that is located in Palayamkottai Road and Ettaiyapuram Road which operates 700 buses that cater local and intercity transport. The Bus stands have private buses and TNSTC buses that are connected with every important neighboring city for a tourist to travel comfortably.
How to Reach by Road
The major road connecting Tuticorin with other important surrounding cities including Madurai, Chennai, Vellore, and Kanyakumari is NH 74 and NH 45B. The roads are maintained well by the state government and give a very smooth traveling experience by car.
How to travel within
A major city in Tamil Nadu and a popular tourist place, the city provide buses, cabs auto rickshaws for the benefit of locals and travelers to experience every inch of this beautiful town.
Being a coastal city, seafood is the most common cuisine found in the city after the authentic South Indian Tamil Cuisine accompanied by Tea and filter coffee in abundance around the city. But Tuticorin is notoriously famous for its Bakery Products mainly Macaroons which are made of cashew, dry fruits, and coconut milk. The tourist won’t be able to miss the smells wasting from the streets of the city that includes dishes like Parotta Salna Set, Banana Halwa, Paaghu, Puttu Karupatti, Chicken/Mutton Gravies, Paniyarams, etc
- Capsi Family Restaurant
- Aardvark Café Restaurant
- Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant
- Sri Krishna Restaurant
- Bell Hotel Restaurant
Day 1: Landing in Tuticorin Airport in the morning hours, kick start your journey by planning to travel all the nearby temples and churches of the town. Hiring a local cab will help us to reach the sites easily. A few hours journey in the surrounding area will help us explore the Ettalyapuram Palace, Memorial Fort, Ottapidram and the churches while coming back. Spend the evening eating local cuisines, particularly the famous macaroons and sleeping in the serene night of a beach town.
Day 2: Book the whole half of your day to visit the Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary, the enormous park will absolutely take your half day to explore the flora and fauna with various safaris and trekking packages provided by the Reserve. If not too tired in the evening, after lunch you can a have lazy time walking in the sandy beaches of Tuticorin, watching the sunset and eating local street foods served by the vendors.
Day 3: Visiting the Tuticorin Port, is an experience to never miss, this beautiful natural structure is one of its kind and watching the huge ships and workers is something that is a luxury in this trip. Close by it are the famous Temples of Lord Murugan, that will give us a peaceful mind of ending our journey b taking a cab back to the airport.