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 and taluk in Kollam District of Kerala, Kottarakkara lies on National Highway 208/220. Located 27kms east of Kollam and 18kms west of Punalur city, this town is famous for being the place of origin, Kerala’s unique dance drama Kathakali. Considered the main place for the Malankara Orthodox Christians, Kottarakkara has many notable educational institutions and a great number of notable places of worship.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kottarakkara. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Motel Araam and Highland Hotel & Resorts that offer rooms from Rs.700-1000 onwards.
The annual Kottarakara Convention is held by the MarThoma Churches of Trivandrum and Kollam Diocese in last week of January. And St.Michael’s feast, which falls on September 29th, is celebrated in a grand scale in this town.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Sree Manikanteswara Mahadeva Temple, the centuries old Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram, Kizhakketheruvu Orthodox Valiyapalli, Kottarakara Mar Thoma Pally and a mosque are located in the heart of the town within a kilometre of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram
Kottarakkara has its own railway station
Kottarakara bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels and A1 Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus ticket booking has caught up with travelers across India.