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.
Calicut which is also known as Kozhikode is the third largest city that belongs to the state of Kerala. It is situated on the Malabar Coast. The city is also being referred as "City of Sculptures" for there are many ancient architectural sculptures seen in different parts of this city. According to history, this city was once a powerful trading centre for Arabs, Chinese and East African traders during the 12 century. Even Vasco da Gama has landed in the shores in 1498 to carry out trade.
Budget Hotels in Calicut
There are good budget hotels in Pollachi . Some of them are Paramount Tower (Tariff – Rs.1000), Alakapuri Hotels Pvt Ltd (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Hotel Asma Tower (Tariff – Rs.1700) and King Fort Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1500).
The official language of Calicut is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Calicut
Some of the famous festivals and events in Calicut include Utsavam or Annual Festival (March) and Bajanotsavam (August) .
Places to See in Calicut
There are several places of tourist attraction in Calicut. Some of the places include Kappad Beach ( 16 kms from Calicut) Tali Temple ( 20kms from bus stand), Kozhikode Beach (6kms from bus standi), Aliyar Dam, ( 10 kms from Pollachi) and Kozhikode planetarium (5 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport is situated at at Karipur in Malappuram. It is about 26 kms away from the city.
Calicut has railway station of its own. There are trains to major cities like Kochi, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Kannur, Mangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. vijayawada, vishakaptnam, Hyderabad.
There are KSRTC buses that provide regular bus services to many destinations. The city has three major bus stands. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Kallada Travels, Parveen Travels and Paulo Travels. To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.