Tuticorin, also known as Thoothukudi, is located in the Gulf of Mannar, with cheap flights to Tuticorin available domestically through Tuticorin Airport at Vagaikulam (about 14 kilometres from the city centre), and the international Madurai Airport. Tuticorin is well connected by air to all the major cities in India. Indian Airlines is a main provider and it offers frequent flight programs and other options that you can use to get cheap flights to Tuticorin. Tuticorin flights are currently served at the airport by a single runway, but airport expansion and modernization plans are underway, which should make future airline travel at the airport less congested.
To get to the city after landing from Tuticorin flights, you will need to take a bus to reach the city. Tuticorin's land and sea transport network is extensive and runs throughout all the major cities in India. Tuticorin Port is an artificial deep-sea harbour and ferry services to Sri Lanka have recently been revived. The Thoothukudi railway is one of the oldest in India, with lines and passenger connections across India. Trains are a convenient way to travel around the country. Getting around the city of Tuticorin is a simple matter, with more than 700 buses operating from two main bus stands. There are auto rickshaws available for hire throughout the city. Daily state bus service also connects Tuticorin across India and travel can be arranged through a computerized reservation centre.
The Port of Tuticorin is one of India's major official ports. Traditional shipbuilding and pearl fishing have formed the core of the city's economy for many centuries. A major attraction is the port itself, where visitors can observe international cargos being unloaded or visit the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. As part of the pearl gateway, Tuticorin has roots in ancient kingdoms. Its rich history can be experienced by visiting some of the many temples and churches, such as the Tiruchendur Temple or Our Lady of Snows Basilica. Those interested in the archaeology of the region can visit Kattabomman Memorial Fort and Ettaiyapuram Palace. If flora and fauna are more your thing, the Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary offers both a restful respite and an educational experience. Tuticorin is also the home of the All India Radio Station and is the landing point for optical fibre cables that connect FM radio stations across the continent.
If you like shopping, you will love Tuticorin. Textiles, pearl jewellery and clothing boutiques are all part of the shopping experience in Tuticorin. With items made locally, you’re sure to find unique souvenirs to bring home. You can also find gift shops and stores at the hotels; although, these places usually do not offer the beautiful local wares that are found in the boutiques.
Dining and night life is a big part of the metropolitan atmosphere of Tuticorin and the city is home to many high-class and luxurious fine dining locations. Many different types of cuisine can be enjoyed in the city and clubs like the Alwar Night Club keep things rocking well into the wee hours of the night.