Sivakasi is a city well-renowned for its industries dealing with fireworks and matchboxes. It is located in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the budding tourist destinations in the terms that it houses some of the most important temples and celebrates some colourful local festivals during different seasons.
Tourist Places in and around Sivakasi
Other attractions to Sivakasi are the Sri Badrakaliamman Temple, the Parasakthi Mariamman Temple, Thiruthangal, Sri Venkatachalapathy, Mariamman Koil, Ayyanar Falls, Muthaliar Oothu, Pilavakkal Dam, Nenmeni, Kullur Sandhai Reervoir and Vembakottai.
The history of Sivakasi is about 600 years old. King Harikesari Parakkirama Pandian, the ruler of Southern Madurai of which Sivakasi was a part, bought a Shiva lingam from Kasi (now Varanasi) to this part of his kingdom.
Hence, the place sanctified by the ‘Shivalingam from Kasi’ came to be known by the name of Sivakasi. Later King Pandia and King Thirumalai Naicker expanded the famous Shiva temple known as Kasi Viswanatha Swamy. Today it has become a famous attraction for tourists and devotees alike.
Sivakasi experiences extremely hot and dry weather almost throughout the year, especially during the months of April to June. Hence it is not advisable to visit the city during the summer months. The best time of the year to visit Sivakasi is during the months of October to March.
How to reach Sivakasi
The best part about travelling to Sivakasi is that it is well connected to the rest of Tamil Nadu, both by bus as well as by train. The Madurai airport which is located at a distance of 74 km is the closest airport to Sivakasi.