Chengalpattu is a suburban area of Chennai in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It comes within the Kanchipuram district. The main centre of Chennai lies at a distance of 56 km away from Chengalpattu along National Highway 45. Local sayings narrate that the area has been named after a lily, Chenkazhuneer Poo, which is found abundantly in the region.
Places to Stay
One can always head to Mahabalipuram (at a distance of 29 km) in order to put up for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the town. Some of the options which are worth a try are Lakshmi Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 600), RamaKrishna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Joe Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Blue Breeze Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 750) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The Kolavai Lake is the most visited and a must-see spot in Chengalpattu. Other places of tourist interest mostly lie in the coastal temple town of Mahabalipuram, the most famous among them is the Seashore Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 45 km.
Chennai Central Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 75 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the town to different cities in the region. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.
A suburb of Kochi, Aluva is located on the River Periyar. This place is famous for the Mahasivarathri festival which is held yearly in the Shiva Temple. Aluva is situated about 12 kms away from Kochi. The major tourist attractions of Aluva are the Shiva Temple, Seminary Church and the Marthanda Varma Bridge.
Budget Hotels in Aluva
There are good budget hotels in Aluva. Some of them are Four Seasons Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 629), Bright Heritage (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Breeze (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Alankar Tourist Home (Tariff –1200).
The official language of Aluva is Malayalam. The other languages include Hindi, English and Tamil.
Events in Aluva
The Important Festivals of Aluva is the Mahasivarathri (Feburary).
Places to See in Aluva
There are several places of tourist attraction in Aluva. Some of the places include Shiva Temple (2 kms from Aluva) Sivarathri manappuram(3 kms from Aluva) Aluva Palace (1 kms from Aluva), Aluva Masjid (7 kms from Aluva), and Pottachira Sree Krishna Temple ( 10kms from Alleppey).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport. Cochin airport is about 15 kms away from this town.
Aluva is well connected to major cities of Kerala. There are regular trains to Cochin and Trivandrum.
KSRTC buses connects to all the major cities and districts of Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kallada Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Tippu Sultan Travels. Book bus tickets online from the confines of your home or office without any hassle.