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.
Velankanni, a town in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, is a popular coastal destination located near the shores of Bay of Bengal. It is 350 km away from south of Chennai and 14 km from Nagapattinam. The town is famous for its Our Lady of Velankanni Church, which attracts about 1.5 million people annually during the 10-day festival celebrated in August and September. With several places of tourist interests and beaches, Velankanni attracts millions of people every year from across the world.
Budget Hotels in Velankanni
There are many budget hotels to stay near Velankanni. They include the Golden Sand (Tariff – Rs. 928 onwards), Hotel Picnic Country Club (Tariff – Rs. 825 onwards).
Tamil is the main language spoken in Velankanni. English, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Konkani, Hindi and Marathi are also spoken in some parts.
Events in Velankanni
A 10-day festival celebrated at Our Lady of Velankani Church in August and September.
Places to See in Velankanni
Nagapattinam (11 km), Nagore (17 km), Thiruvarur (27 km), Karaikal (30 km), Velankanni Beach, Our Lady of Velankanni Church, Nagore Sikkal and Sri Rangam temple are some of the nearby places to visit.
How to Get There
Civil Airport located about 140 km from Velankanni is the nearest airport.
The closest railway station is Andanappettai railway station, situated 9 km away.
Velankanni has a wide road network connecting major cities in Tamil Nadu and other states in India. There are several regular government and private buses plying from Nagercoil, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Trivandrum and Ernakulam to Velankanni. Some of the top private bus operators include Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels, TVLS Transport, JRS Travels and RBR Travels. To book a bus ticket you no longer need to go to a bus counter, as online tickets are available on bus booking portals.