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.
Kovilpatti is considered to be a special grade municipality in Thoothukudi District. This is located 100kms away from Maduri city and 65kms from Tuticorin. This is the second largest town in Thoothukudi District. It is aptly situated on the north western side of Thoothukudi District on the NH7 and due to this it connects to Varanasi in the north and Kanyakumari in the south. The best time to visit Kovilpatti is during the month of October to December since that is the time when the region receives slight rainfall.
Budget Hotels in Kovilpatti
There are some budget hotels in Kovilapatti . Some of them are Hotel MGS Kannan Palace (Tariff – Rs 1000) and Reva Plaza ( (Tariff – Rs 1001.
The official language of Kovilpatti is Tamil. Telugu is also the most spoken language by a majority people here.
Events in Kovilpatti
The most popular festival in Kovilpatti is the Adithapasu festival (July - August). This festival attracts hordes of people every year.
Places to See in Kovilpatti
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kovilpatti. Some of the places include Kathiresan Temple (60kms from Tuticorin), Ettayapuram (15km from Kovilpatti), Kalugumalai (24kms from Kovilpatti), Panchalankuruchi (15kms from Kovilpatti) and Sankarankoil (44 kms from Kovilpatti)
How to Get There
The only nearest airport is the Tuticorin Airport (61kms).
There are several express trains passing through the Kovilpatti. Kovilpatti Railway Station is aptly located at 3 km from Kovilpatti. It positioned on the Kovilpatti-Thoothukudi Road.
Kovilpatti Old Bus station is about 3kms away from the new bus station. Some of the private bus operators that run regular buses to and from Kovilpatti are Rathimeena Travels, KPN Travels, M.S.P Travels that offer good bus service for travelers. Avail of a bus ticket discount coupon from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.