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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2015
Visiting Coonoor for a holiday.

We are travelling to coonoor for about a 15 days holiday beginning mid November.
What is the best place to stay which would be central to coonoor and kotagiri.Is it worthwhile staying some days in Coonoor and a few days in Kotagiri.Which is more picturesque or they both.From there we plan to stay in Ooty for another few days.Can you suggest some good place to stay in both Coonoor and Kotagiri.WE have no idea of the region as we have never gone to the South of India.
Please do let me know everything worth knowing about the region.
Also suggest some places to stay in Ooty.Mid range would be fine.
I look forward to your valuable suggestions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2015
Dhanaji Jadhav (1650-1708)  (2 Answers)

He was a famous Maratha general. What was his name in English please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2014
Visiting Nakshatra (Star) Temple  (1 Answer)

We were debating to go to Nakshtra temple or Navagraha temple..We have only 2 to 2 1/2 days and could do only one. We have no reason other than general well being. We come to India very rarely and taking this as an opportunity to get some good Karma

what is the best way to go to below temples efficiently? Any Car company recommendation or is it safe to just hire through the hotel? Shd we stay 1st night in kumbakonam and second somewhere else?

Sri Vyaghrapureeswarar Temple, Omampuliyur

Sri Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar Temple, Theeyathur OR Sri Panchanathiswarar Temple, Tiruvaiyaru

Sri Abhaya Varadeeswarar Temple, Adhiramapattinam

Sri Akshayapureeswarar Temple, Vilangulam OR Sri Karkadeswarar Temple, Thirunandudevankudi

Thirumananjeri Temple, Tanjavur (not a nakshtra temple)

Garbarakshambigai Temple, Tanjavur (not a nakshtra temple)

More information on Nakshtra templaes above is at …

thank you so much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2014
Chennai , Pondicherry down Coramandel coast , then Sri Lanka  (4 Answers)

Hello fellow travellers, I am a solo female traveler, 60 + and trying to plan a trip in Feb 2015.
Want to start in Chennai, then Pondicherry, then somehow end up in Sri Lanka ( fly from Madurai ?) 2 weeks India then same in Sri Lanka. I want to avoid the very touristy areas, I know this is hard, but does anyway have any good ideas ? I did the east coast of Kerala last year

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2014
tamil language  (3 Answers)

i heard that tamils are the native people of the entire indian sub-continent, the Sumerians, indus vally civilization and old Egyptians are of the same race called DRAVIDIANS is it true?. Further Tamil language is the worlds very first and still surviving rich literature language compared with its norther HINDI language is it true..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2014
Malaria tablets  (3 Answers)

Do I need malaria tablets for tamil nadu

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2013
First Time Visit to India  (7 Answers)

My name is Nish(female). It is my first time coming to India, and I am visiting Tamilnadu. I am coming to Chennai for 35 days from Australia. Can someone help
1. what is the best way to travel in tamilnadu (train, bus or car)?
2. What is the cheapest and safest budget hotel for 5 girls to stay in Chennai?
3. I am going to Ooty, kodaikanal, kaniyakumari, tekkadi, Madurai, nagoor, yercaud, mudhumalai, coutralam

Please let me know

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2011
Visiting Ooty -/Kodaikanal and Chidambaram December 2011  (6 Answers)

We will be in Ooty (hopefully side trips to Chidambaram and Kodaikanal as well)
Family of 4 including 8 year old child.
Spending approx 3/4 days - limited but hope to see as much as possible.
Trip ideasand sugestions regarding tours and shopping will be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2011
Bus route from Chennai Central to OMR

I need to go to OMR/ IT HWY (near toll plaza) from Chennai central station. Can you please advise me on the bus route to take. Thanks !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2010
Visit to Rameshwaram , Madurai and Salem  (1 Answer)

Hi Friends,

Pleae advise me best possible route from Delhi - i want to visit Rameshwaram and Madurai and then i have some work in salem for 1 day then i will come back. I want to visit Rameshwaram and Madurai on Sat and Sunday and want to visit Salem by Monday and tuesday returned to dehi...please advise if this is possible..


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2010
babu santana guesthouse in mamallapuram  (2 Answers)


any advice on the babu santana guesthouse in mamallapuram?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2010


we're arriving with 2 teenaged kids at egmore station past 11pm. is it advisable to walk from here to the YMCA, which is 1 km away? or should we take a taxi-rickshaw? if so, any idea how much would be a reasonable fare for such a short ride?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2010
hotel in Chennai (Madras)?  (1 Answer)

Hello! next month we are travelling to India and we are arriving in Madras/Chennai late at night (at 23,45 h)
Can you recommend us where to spend that night? Some budget accommodation, not far from the airport…?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2010
Trichi-10days(5person)  (4 Answers)

Good Day to all,

We will arr trichi end of May for 10days self tour.
We will visit trichi, madurai,thirunelveli,thiruvantahpuram back tootukodhi,rameswaram,velangani,thanjavur back trichi.

Pls advise me on 1) weather condition wats the current temp.
2) transport for 5 person-prefer toyota inova
3) if the new ECR highway completed

Thks ,awaiting for favourable reply

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2010
Can anyone help for my trip in Tamil Nadu (south India)?  (16 Answers)

I want to go to South India end of June. I want to go to several places indicate below in 14 day. how much will it cost for Car+driver+gas+ accommodation.(I don't Need very high standard hotel. decent hotel would be good enough.) We are planning 3 passengers.

chennai, mahabalipuram,pondicheri,kutha lam,Thanjavur, thiruchirapalli, madurai, kodaikanal( or ooty.), alleppey or any place with boat house in kerala, coimbathur, ooty(or kodaikanal), mysore, bangalore, thirupathi, kanchipuram and then back to chennai.

Also, I want to do some shopping in Chennai. if anyone knows inexpensive cloth stores please let me know...and good stitching place for my wife's cloths.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2009
Pondicherry  (3 Answers)

We are heading to Pondicherry the coming weekend.Could somebody please recommend
good restaurants/nightspots in and around?

thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2009
Transportation around Tamil Nadu  (5 Answers)

Hullo forum folks!

I'll be travelling around Tamil Nadu later this month and I've got some transport questions.

Does anyone know if there're buses from Mamallapuram to Tiruvannamalai?

Also, how easy is it to get night train tickets? How many days in advance do I have to buy them? I'm looking at taking a night train from Villupuram to Rameswaram.

And finally, is there a night bus from Rameswaram to Trichy? Or do buses only operate in the daytime?

Thanks in advance for any information.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2009
beaches in tamil nadu  (6 Answers)

hello everybody,i am flying to tamil nadu for about a month in june to jully i think but knowing from past india trip,just dont hange on to any plan!!does anybody know of a good quite beach,i am not a raver(to old)so nay info about hotels beaches etc would be verry welcome thanks kenneth

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2009
Wildlife parks in Tamil Nadu opened in August?  (3 Answers)

all the information i seem to find is when is best to visit but
not if the wild parks are closed in august due to monsoons

does anyone know if they close or are opened?

thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2009
Help! Any nice places to visit on the way to Goa?  (1 Answer)

I'll be travelling with my family (parents and aunt) to South India this May and would really like some advice. We're visiting Kerala for a few days and thereafter, going to Tamil Nadu to see a famous church(Velakanni church). Thereafter, we are travelling to Goa and spending about 3 days in Goa.

What we would like to know is if there are any nice places/cities to stop over and visit along/in between Tamil Nadu and Goa. Do advice, thank you so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2009
First time visit to india  (2 Answers)

hi guys im a malaysian, who is planning to visit india between the month sept 2009 to november middle 2009. I will be taking air asia flight from kuala lumpur to thirucy.I would like to get some suggestion the mode of transport( which is cheap, affordable, and convinent) May be its sound a bit different caused i assumed the hospitality there would be as same as malaysia.

I need to know from thiruchi aiport to the city which mode of transport should i use, pls suggest me the followings:

Hotel ( Budget range from Rs.1100 to Rs 1350 must be clean with attached toilets and easy to access the city.

Restaurant for breakfast and dinner.

Transport from city to thanjavoor big temple(mode of transport suggested, frequent of transport, journey time and estimated cost)

From thanjovoor to thirucy or straight to srirangam(mode of transport suggested, frequent of transport, journey time and estimated cost)

Sri rangam to hotel (mode of transport suggested, frequent of transport, journey time and estimated cost)

A good non vege restaurant where they serve rabbit curry.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2008
Tamil Nadu 01dec-14dec(maiden flight Air Asia to trichi)  (7 Answers)

can anyone help me with my Itinerary...
this is my 1st time to india.(2 person)
I'm planning to travel all over Tamil Nadu n tirupathi as well.
I need place to stay n transport for 2 person. me n my wife.
my budget around USD2000 for 2 weeks.
Love to visit all great/major temple rite from tirupathi to kanyakumari..

Monday, 01 Dec 2008 Flight AK 231
Depart Kuala Lumpur LCCT (KUL) at 07:40 and arrive in Tiruchirapalli (TRZ) at 08:55

Sunday, 14 Dec 2008 Flight AK 232
Depart Tiruchirapalli (TRZ) at 09:25 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur LCCT (KUL) at 15:40

drop me mail pls.
thank you

dhanik lal

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2008
Vada Nemmeli  (3 Answers)

I’m thinking of spending a few weeks in Tamil Nadu later this year but I don’t know this side of India

In another travel site there were two reviews of a hotel called ‘Shelter Beach Resort’ the reviews were very bad but in one the writer wrote this:

>> Beach looked OK. But you have to like to be solitary as except of a herd of cows I appeared to be the only human being on a stretch of beach about 15km long

This sounds exactly the sort of place I’m looking for, an ok beach with hardly any people on it.

The hotel is on the East Coast Road at a place called Vada Nemmeli, does anyone know this place? It sounds exactly where I want to be.

Are there really deserted beaches along this coast (even in December and January)?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2008
Travelling South India  (9 Answers)


I am thinking of going to South India for a holiday during August this year.

The main reason for the visit is to go to the Rameshwaram Temple.

Having not been there before would a 10 day tour (incorporating Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Trichy - Madurai - Kanyakumari) be too agressive i.e too much to do in a small amount of time?

I want to have a tour tailored to me and as when I feel like it i.e not time constrained. Any recomendations? Would it be better to hire a driver and car in Chenai and go along or is it better to go for a more formal tour? How much would this cost for 2 people?

I would like to fly out from Bangalore or Mumbai (ideally it would be great to visit both) back to Singapore. Is travel within India by plane easy?

All up I would think I would spend 15 days in India.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2008
Visitng India  (8 Answers)

Hi All!

What is the best time to visit India? I wanted to visit to hindu temples.
I will be traveling from States. How much would it cost, If I am going to stay for a month in India? for shopping, food, cost to temples?

Can someone able to give me the details of the temples or address?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 11, 2008
Buses to Thiruvannamalai  (1 Answer)

1.Can I travel by Train from Chennai to Tindivanam or Viluppuram and then by Bus to Thiruvannamalai.
2.Are frequent Buses available from Tindivanam or Viluppuram to Thiruvannamalai ?
3. Do trains from Chennai (to Trichy or Madurai) stop at Tindivanam or Viluppuram

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2008
sleeper bus from kanyakumari to rameshwaram  (1 Answer)

hi friends,
I would like to visit rameshwaram from kanyakumari. Is there any sleeper bus available ,so that I can board it at evening at kanyakumari and reach rameshwaram early morning?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2008
return trip from Coimbatore to Tiruvannamalai  (3 Answers)

Hi, I will be staying in Coimbatore for 3 weeks and would like to do a quick 3 day trip to visit the ashram of Ramana Maharshi in Tiruvannamalai. What is the best way to train to Katapadi ( Vellore ) and then bus to Tiruvannamalai or is there by any chance a direct bus from Coimbatore ( or any other route ) ? Thank you, Robert.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2008
cheap hotel at ooty  (3 Answers)

During fourth week of May I would like to visit Ooty with my family. I am searching hotels within Rs. 700.00 at a good location of Ooty. May I get any help from any one?
Abhijit Saha
Sainik school Tilaiya

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2008
Beaches  (6 Answers)

I'll be travelling around Tamil Nadu at the end of March, and am looking for a beach to relax at for a couple days at the end of my trip. I'm not looking for a picturesque beach, I'd just like a clean place where I can swim and lay on the beach. Is the beach at Mamallapuram decent? We're planning on visiting this city anyway, so if the beach here is ok, we'll just stay a bit longer. Our tentative route is from Chennai to Ooty to Madurai to Mamallapuram, so if anyone can recommend a better beach on the coast between Madurai and Mamallapuram, much appreciated.

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