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.
The second largest town in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, Kollemcode is located north-west to Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari) and south-east to Trivandrum (capital of Kerala). A thickly populated town, Kollemcode is a lush-green place with beaches, back waters and a mountain on one side. The CZR golden highway (AKA WestCoast road) passes through Kollemcode. The town is considered to be a highly literate town recording more than 90% literacy rate.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Kollemcode. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Singaar International (Tariff- Rs. 1360) and Hotel Canaan (Tariff- Rs. 1400 onwards) in Nagercoil.
St. Nicholas Feast, St. Mary's Feast, St. Jude Feast and Sreerajarajeshwari Esakiamman Temple Feast are some of the major events held in this town.
Tamil is the Local Language; while Malayalam is also widely spoken here.
Places to Visit
Kollemcode Devi Temple, Edappad herbal beach, Marthandanthurai silver sand beach and the 100 years old Neerody Church are all located within a kilometre of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Trivandrum
The nearest Railway Station is at Nagercoil
The Kollemcode Bus Stop runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Tippu Sultan Travels that runs regular buses to and from the village. When you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com avail of online bus ticket booking offers.