Tuticorin is now officially called Thoothukudi. The quality of life here is one of the best in India, as evident from the Human Development Index of this place. Tourists can explore sanctuaries, places of worship, forts, monuments, palaces, religious sites, famous archaeological sites, port, etc. Most people of this place are employed in tourism, fishing, sea-based trading, and salt pans. This place produces 1.2 million tonnes of salt per year. Around 50% of the salt needed by the chemical industries of Kerala is produced here. As pearl fishing is carried out in Thoothukudi, it is also called the "Pearl City".
Flight Information, Airport Services, and Connectivity
The Tuticorin Airport is located around 17 km from the Thoothukudi city center. Currently the domestic facility is capable of handling 75 passengers at a time. However, a major upgrade of the airport is on the offing. Some of the major destinations are connected with the help of this airport by air. Two most popular destinations are Chennai and Bengaluru. The air fleet here are small aircraft from SpiceJet. Some of the important airport facilities available here are: wheelchair facility for the physically challenged persons, free special luggage-handling facilities for senior citizens, baggage services, snack kiosks, etc. Transport options available from the Tuticorin Airport include bus and taxi services. The railway station is also located nearby.
More Information on Tuticorin
The area of Thoothukudi is 90.66 sq km, while the population is 410,760. The languages spoken and understood here are Tamil and English. The must-visit places in Thoothukudi are:
- Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kattabomman Memorial Fort
- Tuticorin Port
- Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary
- Tiruchendur Temple
- The Basilica of the Lady of Snows
- Ettaiyapuram Palace
- Sri Vaikuntam Temple
November to March is the best time to visit Tuticorin.