Chalakudy is a town in the South Indian state of Kerala. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Kochi at a distance of 54 km south. Those who love South Indian temples, cuisine, the lush green fields and beaches must visit this place. Trekkers and wild-life lovers can also check out the Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary at a distance of 42 km north-east.
Places to Stay
Due to lack of proper lodging facilities in the village, one will have to move to Kochi in order to stay. Some of the budget hotels worth trying are Ceylon Bake House (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Aiswarya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Ale’s Residency (Tariff – Rs. 675), and Seas Tower (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) among others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English and Tamil are also spoken and understood.
The main events of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth a visit in Chalakudy are Chalakudy river, Sholayar Dam, Athirappilly Water Falls, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Mary's Forane Church and others. One can also head to Kochi and enjoy the picturesque Arabian Sea.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 20 km.
The close-by railway station is the Ernakulam Junction Railway Station at a distance of 49 km.
Usually state transport buses ply on routes connecting Kochi to other cities in the region. Among private operators, Kallada Travels has a fairly good presence. Buses to the area are available from Kochi. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.
Anantapur is located in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. Also, known for receiving the second least rainfall in the country, after Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, it is a part of the Rayalaseema region of the state. It is well known for its sports facilities with stadiums available for cricket as well as tennis in the form of the Anantapuram Sports Village.
Budget Hotels in Anantapur
There are good budget hotels in Anantapur. Some of these are the Hotel Sapthagiri (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Amravathi (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Hotel Swagath (Tariff – Rs. 400). All the three are located close to the Anantapur railway station.
Telugu is the official language. Other major languages spoken in this area are; English, Kannada and Urdu.
Events in Anantapur
The Kotappakonda Temple Fair, held on the day of Mahashivratri, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam held for five days during Mahashivratri and the Durgamma Festival where the buffalos are worshipped are some of the major events celebrated in Anantapur.
Places to See in Anantapur
Places like Pennahobhilam (30km), Dharmavaram (20 km) and Cheruvu Katta (7km) are some of the places known for their historical significance.
How to Get There
The closest international airport to Anantapur is the airport at Bengaluru which is at a distance of 190 km. The closest domestic airport is Puttaparthi (70 km).
Anantapur has its own railway station whish is located in the city centre and is well connected on the south central railway.
Veera Travels and Kallada Travels are some of the operators plying buses to Anantapur and they also offer discounted bus tickets. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.