Karaikudi is a Greater municipality in Sivaganga district in Tamil Nadu. It is part of the area commonly referred to as "Chettinad" and has been declared a heritage town by the Government of Tamil Nadu, on account of the palatial houses built with limestone called karai veedu. The city is administered by the special grade Karaikudi municipality, which covers an area of 33.75 km (13.03 sq mi). As of 2011, the city had a population of 106,714. Roadways are the major mode of transportation to Karaikudi Nearest Railway Station is Karaikudi and nearest Airport is Tiruchirappalli, located 80 kilometres (50 miles) away from the city.
Nearest Tourist Places
Chettinad Palace: It is about 20 min drive from Alagappa University. The 110-year-old Chettinad Palace is an outstanding specimen of the Chettinad architecture.
Pillayar Patti Lord Ganesh Temple: This rock-cut temple located about 12 km from Karaikudi was constructed after hewing a hillock by the early Pandya kings.
Kundrakudi Murugan Temple: Positioned 10 km from Karaikudi, Arulthiru Shanmuganathan Holy Temple was built around the year 1000 AD.
Thirukostiyur Temple: One of the significant 108 Vaishnava temples. It is about 25 km from Karaikudi.
Thiruvenkadamudaiyan – Then Tirupathi: This 100-year-old vast temple complex, consecrated to Lord Srinivasa Perumal, is also referred to as Then Tirupati. It is just 4 km from the Alagappa University Campus.