Tuticorin, or Thoothukudi, is a port city on the scenic Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu, a state covering the southeast tip of India. The location of Tuticorin has been settled for over two thousand years as an important hub of maritime activity. It is most known for its pearl fishing industry, and there are a host of other sea-related industries that have a strong presence in the city, especially trade and salt panning. The area has a strong economy and is growing rapidly, meaning more visitors than ever are coming to experience all that Tuticorin has to offer.
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Tuticorin regularly has temperatures in the 80s and 90s year-round. The most rain falls from October through to December, then dropping off to very little the rest of the year. Winter does have the coolest temperatures, so January and February are relatively pleasant times of the year to visit.
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Airlines that fly to Tuticorin Airport
Tuticorin is served by only one carrier, SpiceJet. It offers a direct flight to and from Chennai. United States travelers will have to make the trip in three or four flights, stopping through one or two cities in Europe and the Middle East before connecting at Chennai.
What to expect when arriving at Tuticorin Airport
Getting into Tuticorin downtown is 11 and a half miles away, taking 22 minutes to traverse by car. There are taxis that are unmetered, requiring you to negotiate the fare ahead of time. You can also rent a car for a fuss-free way to travel during your trip.
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Facilities at Tuticorin Airport
Tuticorin is composed of a very small terminal. In fact, the max capacity is 72 passengers at a time. The airport lacks a baggage carousel, but there are a couple food concessions for travelers.
What to see and do in Tuticorin
A popular activity in Tuticorin is sunbathing and splashing on the surrounding beaches. There are an assortment of islands in the vicinity that you can spot from afar, each housing rare species of plants and animals. Another big draw for tourists is the Our Lady of Snows Basilica, a pilgrimage destination for Catholics in the country. The Shiva temple in the middle of town is an equally impressive Hindu landmark. Both establishments host multiple festivals throughout the year, such as the August church festival and the Adi Amavasai temple festival.
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