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How To Reach Kumbakonam
The temple city of Kumbakonam is located in the district of Thanjavur in the eastern side in Tamil Nadu. The city lies in the Old Delta regions of the north-western parts of Thanjavur and is made fertile by the Cauvery and the Arasalar Rivers. Kumbakonam is about 51 km from Thanjavur, 77 km from Tiruchirapalli and about 273 km from the capital city of Chennai.
Kumbakonam is a significant tourist and pilgrim centre of South India and is easily accessible by a direct rail and road system. The easiest way to reach Kumbakonam would be by train.
The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), about 90 km from Kumbakonam. Trichy International Airport has domestic flights to Kochi, Bengaluru and Chennai and international flights to Sharjah, Kuala Lampur, Singapore, Dubai and Colombo. You could hire a cab from the airport to Kumbakonam or a bus/cab from near the airport to the Central Bus Stand at Trichy and get on a connecting bus to Kumbakonam.
The city of Kumbakonam takes pride in welcoming tourists to its train station, said to be one of the cleanest railway stations of India.
You have a good choice of trains that serve Kumbakonam from the rest of the state as well as the country. Some of the major railheads that serve Kumbakonam are Mumbai, Hyderabad, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Chennai, Rameshwaram, Pune and New Delhi. There are auto rickshaws and taxis outside the railway station that can be hired to reach your destination. The city centre is about 2 km from the railway station.
Kumbakonam’s Central Bus Stand has frequent government and private bus services from most cities and towns of Tamil Nadu as well as from Kerala and Karnataka. The Central Bus stand is about 1 km from the Town Bus Stand and about 2 km from the Railway Station and can easily be reached by walk, if you are luggage-comfy.
Road trips by car to Kumbakonam are yet another popular transport option, if you are planning to travel by road.
There are town buses and minibuses for getting around town. There is a frequent bus service running between the Central and Town Bus Stands. There are auto rickshaws, private taxis, and mobile based cabs that can also be used for getting around. There are private tour operators that can fix up a pilgrimage to the Navagraha Sthalas around Kumbakonam.