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.
Nagercoil is located in Tamil Nadu. It is also the district headquarters of Kanyakumari district. Renowned for its e- governance system, it was merged into the state of Tamil Nadu in 1956, before which it was a part of the royal state of Travancore. It is a highly prosperous town considering a majority of its population are non-resident Indians (NRIs).
Budget Hotels in Nagercoil
There are good budget hotels in Nagercoil. Some of them are Hotel Sri Maniya (Tariff – Rs. 950 and 0.5 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station), Hotel J.S. Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 400 and 2 km from Nagarcoil Railway Station), and Hotel Cape Residency (Tariff – Rs. 924 and 19 km from Nagarcoil Railway Station).
Tamil is the official language. English is also spoken along with Malayalam in certain parts.
Events in Nagercoil
Pongal is the most important festival that is celebrated among the Tamil community all through the state. The other major festival celebrated here is the Malayalee New Year,'Onam'.
Places to See in Nagercoil
The Udayagiri Fort (15 km from Nagercoil station), Padmanabhapuram Palace (14 km from Nagercoil station) and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial (18 km from Nagercoil station) are some of the places of interest.
How to Get There
The airport closest to Nagercoil is Trivandrum Airport (57 km).
Nagercoil has its own railway station and is well connected to different parts of the country.
Online booking of bus tickets has certainly made life easier for travellers. Operators like Tippu Sultan Travels and Kallada Tours & Travels ply their buses to Nagercoil. To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.