HOW TO REACH
By Flight : Nearest Domestic Airport is in Trichy (Trichirapalli). Indian Airlines connects Trichy with Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait and Colombo. Air Lanka Service connects Tiruchirapalli with Colombo. Nearest International Airport is in Chennai (Madras). Distance from Chennai to Karaikal is around 300 Kms and the travel time by road takes from 7 to 9 hours.
Nearby Airports are in Trichy and Chennai.
By Railways : The nearest Railway Station is Karaikal, Mayiladuthurai. Karaikal is connected directly from Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Thiruchirappalli, Thiruvarur, Velankanni, Nagappattinam and Nagore.
Bus Service : Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Pondicherry Road Transport Development Corporation and other private buses are available. Taxis, Auto-rickshaws and Local buses are also available for Local transportation. Tamil Nadu State Express and Omni buses are also run for pleasure travels to Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore etc.
A lot of government buses like “SETC”, “PRTC” originating from various major cities/towns are passing through Karaikal and/or Thirunallar. Natives of Pondicherry always prefer PRTC (Pudhucherry Road Transport Corporation) buses as they reach the defined destinations sooner than any other bus service.
On Your Own Vehicle:
Please note that Karaikal (6km from Thirunallar) is the main town. So most of the buses will be available only till Karaikal. If your bus does not pass through Thirunallar, then book your tickets to Karaikal and then from there you can take an auto-rickshaw or bus to Thirunallar.