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.
Well-known for Turmeric and Handloom textiles, Erode is situated on the banks of the Bhavani and Cauvery rivers. Also referred to as the Textile valley and Loom city of India for its huge production of handloom, power loom and readymade products. Erode is also known as Manjal Maanagaram (Turmeric city) for its cultivation of turmeric. The best time to visit Erode is during June, July and August.
Budget Hotels in Erode
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Erode. Some of them are Metro Altis Lodge (Tariff – Rs44 5), Hotel Meridien ( (Tariff – Rs.990), Hotel Iswariyaa (Tariff – Rs 1300) and Hotel Royal Park (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Erode is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Erode
Some famous festivals and events of Madurai include Mariamman Festival (April - May), Aadi Peruku (August) and Pooja Festivals (October).
Places to See in Erode
There are several places of tourist attraction in Erode. Some of the places include Thindal Murugan Temple (7 km from Central bus stand), Vellode Bird Sanctuary (15kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The only nearest International Airport from Erode is the Coimbatore International Airport.
Erode Junction Railway Statiion is aptly located 3kms away from Erode Central Bus Terminus. This railway line is considered to be the most important since it connects to all the regions of Tamil Nadu. Erode has daily trains that connects to New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Patna and Gaya.
The Central Bus Terminus is one of the most important and busiest bus station complexes in the city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include PNK SRT Travels, Kallada Travels and Kesineni Tours & Travels. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.