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If your trip to Karaikal is all organized but your travel itinerary is a bit on the empty side, we can give you a few hints and tips.
There's a wealth of things to see and do around here. Don't leave without visiting Nagore Beach and Sri Saranaka Ratchakar Shiva Temple. If you have time, also check out Danish Fort.
Don't just stop at Karaikal. Now you've got your own ride, the whole region is yours for the taking. With noteworthy attractions such as Velankanni Beach and Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Velankanni should be on your to-do list. It's only 16 miles away. Situated 22 miles away, Mayuram is another destination with lots going on. Spend the day wandering around Keelaperumpallam Temple and Tirunallurpperumanam Temple here.
Pack the trunk full of tasty treats and drinks and head out to one of the awesome beaches near Karaikal. Some of the most popular places to stop for a seaside picnic are:
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Having your own car in Karaikal will give you more flexibility to go wherever you want at your leisure. Maybe you just can't wait to leave the city behind, explore country lanes, and go wherever the wind takes you. If that's the case, book one of our SUVs and discover the forests in the area. If you just want to experience the bright city lights, jump behind the wheel of something small. Navigating heavy traffic will be a lot less stressful in a compact or economy car.
You'll be happy to hear that there's a broad range of both luxury and economy rental vehicles in Karaikal. What you go for is largely dependent on what you're willing to spend and what you're planning to do. Specialty vehicles often spare no expense when it comes to mod cons and comfort. If you're splurging, why not pick up an elite SUV, or perhaps a slick medium-sized sedan? Otherwise, if you just need a car to get you from A to B as cheaply as possible, maybe go for a versatile compact vehicle (or something else that won't break the bank).
Driving somewhere new doesn't need to make you grip the steering wheel nervously. If you're making your way to Karaikal, feel confident on the road with these helpful tips:
The left-hand side of the road is where you'll be cruising along in Karaikal. Be aware that the controls of your rental car here, like the steering wheel, will be on the other side of what you're used to.
Finding a place to park in Karaikal isn't always a breeze. That's why many visitors search for a hotel that comes with a parking lot. When leaving the car around the city, make sure you read the signage. Overstaying the specified time limit could get you a substantial fine.
Since the population of Karaikal is around 79,700, you won't experience too much difficulty with traffic congestion. That said, downtown streets are generally busier in the rush hours before and after work, so you may want to avoid driving then.
Speed limits vary throughout Karaikal, but usually range from 40 km/h to 120 km/h. Most residential zones have a top speed of 40 km/h unless posted otherwise.
Normally, your chosen rental car company will bill the amount fined to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may share your contact details with the relevant local authority so they can send a fine directly to you.
It's against the law to use your cell phone while you're behind the wheel in Karaikal, and you may even be hit with a fine for just holding a phone if you're in control of a vehicle. However, the use of hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as your eyes remain on the road.
When behind the wheel in Karaikal, it's an offence to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) in excess of 0.03%. Planning to have one or two drinks with lunch or dinner? Consider booking a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
Yes you can. But before doing so, you are required to bring the vehicle to a complete stop and only proceed if the lane is free of traffic.
Seat belts should always be worn in Karaikal District. That being said, these rules may differ for some vehicles, such as those used by public transportation networks.