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Sivakasi - Where The Shivalingam Of Kasi Resides


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 Kovil, Ayyanar Falls, Muthaliar Oothu, Pilavakkal Dam, Nenmeni, Kullur Santhai Reservoir and Vembakottai.

The history of Sivakasi is about 600 years old. King Harikesari Parakrama Pandyan, the ruler of southern Madurai, of which Sivakasi was a part, bought a Shivalingam 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 Weather

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.

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Sivakasi Weather

Best Season / Best Time to Visit Sivakasi

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How to Reach Sivakasi

  • By Road
    Sivakasi is well connected by road. National Highway 47 that runs from Madurai to Trivandrum passes through Sivakasi. Buses run at regular intervals from the various towns and cities of Tamil Nadu to Sivakasi. Private as well as government buses are available from Chennai, Madurai and other cities.
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  • By Train
    Sivakasi railways station is well connected to many places in Tamil Nadu such as Chennai, Rajapalayam, Tirunelveli, Madurai and Sengottai. Trains from Chennai to Sivakasi are not expensive however it is advisable to book tickets well in advance.
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  • By Air
    The Madurai airport which is located at a distance of 74 km is the closest airport to Sivakasi. Madurai is well connected to most other major cities of India. From the airport there are buses and taxis available at regular intervals. Taxi fare from Madurai to Sivakasi would be around Rs 1500 and Government bus fare is around Rs. 100. Tuticorin Airport which is also close to Sivakasi could be another option for travellers.
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