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.
Udupi, a coastal city in Mangalore, Karnataka, has a lot of tourist attractions that draw visitors from all across. The famous St. Mary’s Island which can only be reached by a ferry from Malpe is a perfect picnic spot where you can unwind. This city is also a pilgrimage center. Devotees flock to the famous Krishna Temple located here. Legends say that the name Udupi, comes from udu, which mean stars and pa, meaning Lord. Udupi is known for its Mangalorean Cuisine and rich culture. Folk art like the Yakshagana and Huli Vesha are famous in this region.
Budget Hotels in Udupi
There are many budget hotels for tourists in this city. Some of these hotels are Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.751), Sai Residency (Tariff – Rs.664) and Hotel Sri Krishna Residency (Tariff – Rs.424).
The languages spoken in Udupi are Tulu, Konkani, Beary Bashe and Kannada.
Events in Udupi
There are many important festivals celebrated in Udupi such as Paryaya and Makar Sankranti in January, Krishna Janmashtami in August, Navratri in September-October, Vijaya Dashami in October, Diwali during October-November and Christmas in December.
Places to See in Udupi
Some of the popular places of interest in Udupi include Manipal (6 km), Anantheshwara, a kilometer away, Sri Krishna Temple (950-m), Karkala (37 km), Udyavara River (7 km), Pithrody Udyavar Beach (13 km), Malpe Beach (8 km) and Malpe Port (7 km) away.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, which is 63 km away from Udupi.
The Udupi Railway Station is only 5 km away from the main city center.
Udupi is frequented by buses from both Mangalore and Bangalore, bringing tourists and pilgrims. Private bus operators such as Ganesh Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Paulo Travels, Sri Durgamba Travels, Canara Pinto Travels, Sea Bird Travels and Kamat Travels run Volvo A/C buses daily from Bangalore, Mangalore, Hospet, Gulbarga, Mumbai and Hyderabad to Udupi. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.