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.
Previously called Palghat, Palakkad town happens to be the seventh most populated place in the state of Kerala. It serves as the gateway to Kerala and is blessed with many rivers and tributaries. There are several schools, colleges, temples and churches found here. According to the 2011 census, the average literacy rate in Palakkad is around 81%. The place is well connected by rail, road and air. The Palakkad-Kozhikode National Highway 213 passes through this district.
Budget Hotels in Palakkad
There are good budget hotels in Palakkad. Some of these are the Surya City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), The Kududs Emerald (Tariff – Rs. 750 onwards), Kairali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Kapilavasthu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Palakkad is Malayalam. The other languages spoken here are English, Hindi and Tamil.
Events in Palakkad
The important events in Palakkad are Chittur Konanpada,held in February/March, Pavakkoothuin March/April and Kalpathi Rathotsavam in November.
Places to See in Palakkad
There are several tourist attractions in and around Palakkad. Some of these places include Jainmedu (2.5 km), Malampuzha Garden (10 km), Fantasy Park (10 km), Malampuzha Dam (12 km), Palakkad Fort (13 km), Thiruvalathoor temple (10 km) and Dhoni Hills (21.8 km.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Palakkad is Coimbatore International Airport which is approximately 62 km away.
Palakkad Junction is the nearest railway station which is centrally located, just 4 km away from the main city.
There are bus services to Palakkadfrom Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kallada Travels, Kesineni Travels and Sona Travels. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.