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.
Thiruvalla is the largest town in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Well known as the temple town, it is renowned for its religious monuments, numerous temples and history. It also is the key to the gate of Sabarimala. Numerous pilgrims visit Thiruvalla during the festive season and the small town beams with the festive mood and festivals.
Places to Stay
Because of the heavy tourist rush, there are numerous hotels which are located at nearby distances from the railway station and bus stands. They are budget friendly and comfortable to be in.Hotel Panchami is located at a walk able distance from the station as well as bus station. (Tariff- RS 1000 per night) Hotel Voyage- (Tariff- 1000 Rs) - located at a distance of 1 km from the railway station. Besotta International Hotel (Tariff- Rs 1500 and above) -2.4 km s from the railway station.
The five-day youth festival of Mahatma Gandhi University Union, named as Sargodayam-2012’, hosted in Thiruvalla from February 29 to March 4 which consists of local music , dance, singing and all kind of cultural activities. Thiruvalla hosts the Onam festival every year consisting of grand elephants and a great meal.
The official language of Thiruvalla is malayalam. English is also spoken to some extent.
Places to Visit
Thiruvalla has a large percentage of Christian population and as a result there are various famous and most visited churches to visit. There are various places to see in Thiruvalla including theShri Vallabha Maha Kshetram or the Thiruvalla temple, the famous Palikkara Church, Niranam church and Parumala Church. It is also famous for the Kaviyoor Hanuman temple and Mahadev temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kochi airport which is around 86 kms away from the city of thiruvalla.
Trains from Thiruvall station are well connected to southern India and Western India. There are regular trains to, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram Ernakulam and Palakkad. The train fares are really cheap priced at 100-500, and thus needs to be booked in advance.
Bus is the most important means of transport and available to and from every location in and outside Kerala. Buses connect thiruvalla to the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kollam and Kannur. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.