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.
Well-known for Turmeric and Handloom textiles, Erode is situated on the banks of the Bhavani and Cauvery rivers. Also referred to as the Textile valley and Loom city of India for its huge production of handloom, power loom and readymade products. Erode is also known as Manjal Maanagaram (Turmeric city) for its cultivation of turmeric. The best time to visit Erode is during June, July and August.
Budget Hotels in Erode
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Erode. Some of them are Metro Altis Lodge (Tariff – Rs44 5), Hotel Meridien ( (Tariff – Rs.990), Hotel Iswariyaa (Tariff – Rs 1300) and Hotel Royal Park (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Erode is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Erode
Some famous festivals and events of Madurai include Mariamman Festival (April - May), Aadi Peruku (August) and Pooja Festivals (October).
Places to See in Erode
There are several places of tourist attraction in Erode. Some of the places include Thindal Murugan Temple (7 km from Central bus stand), Vellode Bird Sanctuary (15kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The only nearest International Airport from Erode is the Coimbatore International Airport.
Erode Junction Railway Statiion is aptly located 3kms away from Erode Central Bus Terminus. This railway line is considered to be the most important since it connects to all the regions of Tamil Nadu. Erode has daily trains that connects to New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Patna and Gaya.
The Central Bus Terminus is one of the most important and busiest bus station complexes in the city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include PNK SRT Travels, Kallada Travels and Kesineni Tours & Travels. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.