Chelode is a small town in the South Indian state of Kerala, often referred to as “God’s Own Country”, due to the relaxed lifestyle led by its inhabitants thanks to the state’s landscape. The nearest major urban agglomeration in the area is the city of Kannur on the Arabian Sea coast, at a distance of 123 km north-east of the town.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Kannur. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Malabar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Pranav Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Kamalalayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs. 1,000), Sky Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated are the fasting Islamic month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Vishu in April, Onam in August-September and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Being quite close to the Arabian Sea coast, the region does not run short of tourist places. Virtually anywhere you stop on the coast, it is a tourist spot. Some of the other places in Kannur which deserve special mention are St. Angelo’s Fort built by the Portuguese, the Thalassery Fort built by the British, the Ezhimala historical site established by the British, the Moppila Bay and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore International Airport at a distance of 232 km.
The Kannur Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 124 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect this part of the state to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.