For the year 2009, Vaikasi Visakam utsavam at Alwarthirunagari starts on 28th of May. The Nava Thirupathi Perumal Garuda Seva falls on 1st of June. Here is the itinerary / details of the Utsavam (click the image for a bigger sized one).
Vaikasi Visakam : The Vaikasi Visakam of Alwarthirunagari is one of the most well known festivals of Sri Vaishnavam. It is celebrated to mark the birth of Swami Namalwar, who was born in the month of Vaikasi and the star of Visakam, hence the name. Vaikasi Visakam is a 10 day festival. The Garuda Seva on the 5th day, where all the NavaThirupathi Perumals take part is the highlight of the Utsavam. Devotees from various parts of the country throng this village during these 10 days and the 5th day Garuda Seva attracts the maximum number of devotees. The entire village wears a very festive look during the 10 days.Travel Info : Alwarthirunagari is very easily reachable from Tirunelveli, which is also the nearest well connected Railway Station. Madurai is the nearest Airport. From Alwarthirunagari you can hire a cab and visit all the NavaThirupathi stalams in half a day. The following are the trains and timings to Tirunelveli from Chennai.