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.
Known to be the important port city of east coast of India was formerly part of French India, Karaikal is one of the regions of the union territory of Puducherry. It is about 300 kms away from the south of Chennai and 140 kms away from Pondicherry. The place is surrounded by other districts which include Nagappattinam and Thiruvarur Districts. Karaikal sandy beach is considered to be the best natural beaches of the country.
Budget Hotels in Karaikkal
There are good budget hotels in Vijayawada . Some of them are Hotel Sai Siddartha (Tariff – Rs.550), Quality Hotel D V Manor (Tariff – Rs.990) and Lotus Green Park (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of Karaikal is Tamil . The other languages spoken include English and French.
Events in Karaikkal
Deccan festival is one of the famous festivals in Vijayawada. It is celebrated for five days in the month of February.
Places to See in Karaikkal
There are several places of tourist attraction in Karaikal. Some of the places include Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple(15kms from Karaikal), Lord Saturn (Saneeswaran) (5 kms from Karaikal), THe Dharga of Masthan Sahib Valiullah ( 8kms from Karaikal) Karaikal Beach ( 2kms from the city) and The Church of Our Lady of Angels (7 kms from Karaikal).
How to Get There
Karaikal Airport is constructed in Karaikal. The airport would be constructed by 2014. The nearest Airport to Karaikal is the Puducherry Airport. It situated at at Lawspet in Puducherry.
The distance between Karaikal and Nagore railway station is about 15 kms.
Many buses from different districts and cities ply to this town. There are several long distances buses operate from this town. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.