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.
Erode which is situated about 400 kms away from Chennai is a district that is best known for Turmeric and Handloom industries. It is located on the banks of the popular rivers Bhavani and Cavery. This place has developed into a textile valley for its bulk production of handloom and readymade garments. The Erode district in Erode is considered to be the most industrialized area, and is located in the western region of Tamil Nadu. Towels and Dhotis from this district are in huge demand across the country. Apart from loom industry, this place is also known to be important turmeric centre as there being produced here.
Places to Stay
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Erode. Some of them are Grand International (Tariff – Rs650), Hotel Royal Park ( (Tariff – Rs.750), Hotel Oasis Grand (Tariff – Rs 1000) and Hotel Vignesh (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of Erode is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English.
The important festival in Erode is the Arulmigu Periya Mariamman Temple Festival, which is conducted for almost 20 days. The other biggest festival in the district is Erode Periya Mariamman festival, where in this festival many kinds of cultural programs are conducted for people.
Place to Visit
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), Kodiveri Dam kms (65 kms from Erode)
How to Get There
Coimbatore International Airport is the only nearest International Airport in the district. The airport is located about 90 kms from Erode.
Erode Junction Railway Station is aptly located near Bull fight circle. This railway line is said to be the most important junction since this connects to all the major states and regions of Tamil Nadu.
Erode is well connected by road. The district has bus station called the Central Bus Terminus, which is located at Swastik Circle. There are buses to different states of Southern region. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include A1Travels, Poornima Travels and SVL Travels. Now, you can book your bus ticket by using Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps.