Karaikal is on the east coast about 132 kms. south of Puducherry and 300 kms. south of Chennai located on the Coromandal Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Karaikal is known all over the country for its unique and the only temple devoted to the Lord Saneeswara (Lord Saturn) at Thirunallar. More than two thousands pilgrims visit this temple everyday. The Sani Peyarchi festival is the “Kumbh Mela of Puducherry” attracting lakhs of devotees.
It is the destination for those who seek piety, serenity and leisure. Karaikal is the Gateway to various places of worship in the eastern coast of Tamilnadu. Two famous shrines Velankanni for Christians and Nagore for Muslims are nearby Karaikal. Tranquebar Fort is just 8 kms from here. Main language spoken in the district are Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam.