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 town in Alappuzha District, Kerala, Haripad is located between Alappuzha and Kollam on National Highway 47. Situated close to the Arabian Sea, the town connects Mavelikkara and Thrikkunnappuzha. There are more twenty Hindu temples in and around the surrounding regions.The first Sri Ramakrishna Ashram in the state was established at Pilapuzha in Haripad. The town is considered the land of the ‘Mayura Sandesa’ (land of snake boats) and music, dance and drama.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels available to stay in Haripad. Tourists visiting the place can stay The Esquire Inn Hotel and Kalpakavadi Inn (Tariff Rs. 500-Rs. 1000).
The annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
The scenic Pallipad village (3.8 kms), Karimpalil palace (1km), Veeyapuram (6kms), Karichal (4kms), Vilakkumaram (a Light Pole- .5kms) and Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple (1km) are places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport (97.19 Kms)
Haripad has its own railway station
Haripad Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Anjali Travels, A1 Travels KPN Travels and Atlas Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Ticketgoose.com is one of the most popular bus booking sites from where you any book your tickets to anywhere in India.