Food and Stay

Food options for breakfast, lunch, dinner

Cities and larger towns have several options, which are not covered below. The places mentioned here are in the smaller towns, where one might not know a good place to eat. The list below contains map links, and all of these are places we have personally visited. In addition, there are usually several tea/coffee stops on national and state highways.

Chennai-Trichy-Madurai highwayAaryaas (Tindivanam)
Vasanta Bhavan (Tindivanam)
UthiramerurGanapati Vilas (Iyer Mess)
Sri Saravana Bhavan (not the popular chain)
Guru’s coffee bar (Only coffee, tea and snacks, but opens early, making it convenient if you start your day early)
MannargudiMami mess (Iyer Mess) (Gets crowded after 1 pm)
Peralam / KollumangudiAmbal Cafe (small but clean, and good food)
TirukuvalaiVSV Coffee Bar
VedaranyamVasantam Coffee Bar (tea, coffee, simple breakfast only)
KumbakonamSeveral options in town, but Mangalambika Coffee and Tiffen Centre is highly recommended

Accommodation options

Based on our travels and experiences of close family and friends, we have listed below, places we consider are good to stay at. We are not recommending these places in any way, and we do not receive any income for providing this information. The typical tariff at these hotels is upwards of Rs 1000 a night, though some resorts and high-end properties may cost significantly more (actuals may vary, so please check with the hotels directly).

In most places, there are also other options across budgets. You will find this under the Other information section of many temple-specific pages.

ErodeHotel Atrium (Website), 0424-2220000, Directions (Map)
Kumbakonam and nearbyRaya’s Grand (Website), 0435-2426611, Directions (Map)
Indeco Swamimalai (Website), 0435-2480044, Directions (Map)

Lately, there are several more options in Kumbakonam itself
Aditya Resorts (website), +91-8754479256/57/58) (Tiruvidaimaruthur), (Directions/Map)
Mantra Koodam resort near Tiruvidaimaruthur
MaduraiMarriott Courtyard, Madurai (website), Directions (Map)
Gateway Pasumalai (website), Directions (Map)
Several options in town, and around the Meenakshi Amman temple
Mayiladuthurai (Mayavaram)Sri Nivas Guest House (+91-9751444044)
Nagapattinam / VelankanniGS Resorts (Website), 04652-235571, Directions (Map)
NagercoilPioneer Grand Palace (Website), 04652-235571, Directions (Map)
ThanjavurHotel Lakshmi (Website), 04362-278161, Directions (Map)
Svatma (Website), 04362-273222, Directions (Map)
ThirukkadaiyurHotel Sadabishekam (Website), 04364-287413, Directions (Map)
TirunelveliSri Janakiram Hotels (Website), 0462-2331941, Directions (Map)
TrichyVarious hotels in the city, no lack of options
Vaitheeswaran KoilHotel Sadabishekam (Website), 09789497763, Directions (Map)