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.
Situated 145 km from Chennai, Vellore has been the capital of many kingdoms such as Pallava, Chola, Nayak, Maratha, and Bijapur Sultan. Vellore is also well known for the 16th century Vellore Fort. Today it has a vast mix of medical and educational institutes - Christian Medical College and Vellore Institute of Technology being the most popular. Temples and Monuments are also a great tourist option here throughout the year.
Budget Hotels in Vellore
Hotels in Vellore are reasonably priced. Some budget-friendly options are Golden Temple Guest House (Tariff-Rs. 200), Ramachandraa Residency (Tariff-Rs. 175), and Veena Residency (Tariff-Rs. 594).
The official language of Vellore is Tamil. Hindi, Kannada, and Malayalam are also spoken here.
Events in Vellore
Pongal observed on 14 January is a traditional festival here. Saraswathi Pooja is celebrated in September-October to mark the end of Navarathri.
Places to See in Vellore
Vellore Fort is a noted tourist attraction. Ratnagiri Murugan Temple and Srilakshmi Golden Temple are worth a visit. The Assumption Cathedral and the 150-year-old St. John's Church inside the fort are equally well known.
How to Get There
The nearest domestic airport is the Tirupati Airport (100 km) and the nearest international airport is Chennai International Airport (130 km).
Vellore has three railway stations - Katpadi Junction (5 km), Vellore Contolement and Vellore Town Station that connect it to other major stations.
The new city bus station is located near Chelliamman Temple and the old bus station near the Vellore fort. Vellore has many private bus operators such as Sri Venkateswara Bus Service, Sridhar Bus Service, and Rao Travels that provide excellent bus service. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.