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.
An industrial city in the Cuddalore district, Chidambaram is a temple town of Tamil Nadu. The place is surrounded with beautiful temples and architectural monuments.This city has attracted many of Shaivites and Vaishnavites for renowned Chidambaram Natarajar temple. The Chidambaram Temple has the Akasha Lingam of Shiva and this pilgrimage place is considered to be best Lord Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu.
Budget Hotels in Chidambaram
There are good budget hotels in Chidambaram . Some of them are Natraja Residency (Tariff – Rs.1500), Heavens Land Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Akshaya Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1300) and R K Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000).
Events in Chidambaram
Natyanjali Dance Festival (March) is one of the famous festivals in Chidambaram. This festival celebrates various kinds of dance forms.
Tamil is the Local Language here. The other language include Telugu and Hindi.
Places to See in Chidambaram
There are several places of tourist attraction in Chidambaram . Some of the places include Nataraja Temple ( 16 km from Chidambaram) Vaitheeswaran Koil (24kms from Chidambaram), Thillai Kali Amman temple (12 kms from Chidambaram), Tiruvetkalam Temple (2 kms from Chidambaram), Pitchavaram backwater (16.5 kms from Chidambaram) and Tirunallurpperumanam Temple (2 kms from Belgaum).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Chidambaram is Pondicherry Airport. It is located 66kms away from the city.
Chidambaram Railway Station is well connected with the major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Andhra pradesh
There are regular bus service available to the major districts and cities of Tamil Nadu , Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.Private bus operators like KPN Travels, ABT X Travels and ARC Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Book a bus ticket in advance and travel without any hassle to any destination in India.