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About Chalakudy

Chalakudy

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.

Language
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English and Tamil are also spoken and understood.

Events
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

Air:
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 20 km.

Rail:
The close-by railway station is the Ernakulam Junction Railway Station at a distance of 49 km.

Bus:
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.



About Kottayam

Kottayam

Kottyam city, also known as Akshara Nagari, is located on the South-central region/portion of Kerala and is a famous a gateway to the major pilgrim destinations. It is located at a distance of 67km from Kochi. The literal meaning of Kottyam is “inside of the fort”. While Kotta denotes fort akam implies inside. Originally set up on the hilltop, this was an old town marked by important commercial dealings and trade of crops, spices, rubber etc. The city is bordered on the east by the Western Ghats, while the Vembanad lake and Paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west.

Places to Stay
There are many low budget hotels at reasonable rates found in Kottayam city. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Hotel Aida (Tariff – Rs. 900), Mali International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Blue Moon Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), Sakthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.600) and others.

Language
The official language of Kottayam is Malayalam.

Events
The major festivals and events widely celebrated in the Kottayam city are Arattu Utsavam (March-April), Vaikathashtami (November-December), Ettumanoor, a ritual procession (February-March), Sabarimala Thiruvabharana Ghoshyatra and Petta Kettu in January and many more.

Places of Interest
There are a number of exotic places of interest in Kottayam.Kumarakom is a famous tourist place comprising of a number of islands situated on the backwaters. The Vembanad Lake is another tourist destination in the backwaters that offers cruise boats and house boat stays. Other popular destinations are Kurisumala, Vaikom, the sunset view from the Monroe Light, pilgrim centres of Sabarimala, Vaikom, Erumeli, Manarcadu and many more.

How to Get There

Air:
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport situated at a distance of around 88 km from the city-centre.

Rail:
The nearest major railway station is Kottayam Railway Station located at a distance of 2 km from the city.

Bus:
There are numerous state owned bus services offered by the KSRTC.There are private bus services such as Jacob Travels, Sea Bird Travels, Kallada Travels and the like. Making use of bus ticket booking discount can help you save money while travelling. Look out for such offers at Ticketgoose.com. 




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