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.
Sivakasi is a town famous for the firecrackers and match factories that it produce. The town is located n the Virudhunagar District of Tamil Nadu. The town is known to ancient city since it has been around for more than 500 years. It is said that the place had been ruled by the prominent dynasties like Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Chanda Sahib, Carnatic kingdom and lastly British.
Budget Hotels in Sivakasi
There are good budget hotels in Sivakasi. Some of them are Chidambaram Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550), Hotel Gokulesh Hotel n (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) .
The official language of Sivakasi is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English
Events in Sivakasi
Chithirai Pongal and Panguni Pongal are the two festival s most popular in Sivakasi.
Places to See in Sivakasi
There are several places of tourist attraction in Sivakasi. Some of the places include Badrakaliamman Temple (26 kms from) , Kachakara Amman Koil (55 kms from Sivakasi ) and Swamy Kasi Viswanatha Thirukoil (10 kms from Sivakasi).
How to Get There
The only nearest airport to Sivakasi is Madurai International Airport,. It is located abour 74 kms away from Sivakasi
Sivakasi railway station is well connected to all the major cities of Tamil Nadu. There are trains from Tamil Nadu to Kerala through Rajapalayam and Sengottai. Most of the express trains are available only from Virudunagar station.
There are from bus services from Sivakasi to important cities like Chennai, Tiruppur and Thoothukudi Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include KRS Travels, Kalyan Travels, and Tharun Krishna Transports. Online bus booking facility enables you to get your tickets from the confines of your home.