From firmly-established, must-see spots to hidden gems slightly off the beaten path, the area around Manapparai is wonderfully endowed with things to do and see. Nidur and Tiruchirappalli are two other places worth seeing while you're in Tamil Nadu.
For a budget-friendly, outdoor experience that will interest the entire family, take the time to stop by the region's fascinating open-air markets. Discover the region's rich cultural makeup within Tamil Nadu's wonderful history museums and palaces.
Make sure you throw in a pair of walking shoes and sign up for one of the wildlife spotting tours and city walking tours.
Food is an integral part of any area and an excellent way to get a feel for a place. Lentils and spices are used as part of meals in this area. Popular specialties include masala dosa (thin crepe with dips) and sambar (lentil and vegetable stew), but of course there are many more dishes for real food lovers. But your meal is not really over until you have had shahi tukda (bread pudding), a common dessert.
For those who intend on traveling by plane, it's good to remember that the closest major airport is Tiruchirappalli International Airport, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northeast of Manapparai.