Chengannur is a town in the Alappuzha district in the South Indian state of Kerala, also known as God’s Own Country. Alappuzha is located at a distance of 44 km. Another city, Kollam, is 68 km away. The Arabian Sea coast is approximately 30 km away from the town. In fact, Kollam is located next to the beautiful lake-cum-estuary called Ashtamudi.
Places to Stay
One is forced to venture into Kollam for lodging, as options of budget hotels are pretty limited in the town. There are a couple of good budget hotels in Kollam. Some of the options which are worth a try are Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Kollam Beach Retreat (Tariff – Rs. 700), Lake Palace (Tariff – Rs. 800), Hotel De Orient (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The place does not have many tourist sites on offer apart from a few temples and churches, but the neighbouring city of Kollam has a lot of good tourist destinations worth a visit. The main attractions of the city are the Thangassery Breakwaters, Kollam Port, Thangassery Light House, Kollam Beach, Ashtamudi Lake other than numerous churches, temples and mosques.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 114 km.
Kollam (Quilon) Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 65 km.
State transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Kallada Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Ticketgoose.com has several operators on its site that enables bus booking in India.
Coimbatore is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and this large metropolitan city is known for being the textile, industrial, commercial, educational, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu. Considered to have existed before the 2nd Century AD, Coimbatore had once been a small village called Kongunad. Known for its flourishing agriculture business and textile mills, Coimbatore is currently an upcoming Information Technology Hub of Tamil Nadu. This city is also referred to as the "Manchester Detroit of Southern India". Coimbatore is surrounded by the Western Ghats and is positioned on the banks of the Noyyal River.
Budget Hotels in Coimbatore
There are great hotels near the bus stand in Coimbatore. They are Hotel Sree Murugan (Tariff – Rs. 1,685) and Metro Park Inn (Tariff – Rs. 2,150).
Tamil is the local language in Coimbatore. There are many inhabitants from other states settled in this cosmopolitan state and the languages spoken include English, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.
Events in Coimbatore
The Mariamman festival is a major event in summer and also the Koniamman temple car festival attracts a lot of populace to the city.
Places to See in Coimbatore
Lot of people visit Coimbatore for its pleasant weather and hospitality. The interesting tourist spots include Kovai Kutralam falls (35 kms from the city), Vydehi Water falls(35 km),Monkey falls(75 km), Malampuzha dam(60km), Thirumurthy waterfalls(90 km),Bhavani Sagar(55km).Dhyanalinga Yogic temple & Isha Yoga centre (35 km), Vellingiri hill temple(37 km), Marudhamali Hill Temple(13 km from Gandhipuram BS), and Vydehi Water falls(35 km).
How to Get There
Coimbatore International Airport is located at Peelamedu (15 kms) from the city. The Coimbatore International Airport offers domestic flights to major Indian cities, while international flight services are only limited to Sharjah and Singapore.
Coimbatore Junction is also referred to as Kovai Junction. This major railway junction is the busiest railway station in Tamil Nadu. Many trains from different states connect via Coimbatore Junction.
Currently there are 3 mofussil bus stands at Gandhipuram, Singanallur and at Ukkadam. Besides these, the Government bus stand and Town Bus Stand is also situated at Gandhipuram. The three leading bus operators which include KPN Travels, KMP Travels and Kings Travels. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.