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 a Municipality in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, Periyakulam lies at the foothills of the Western Ghats bordering on Kerala. The town is also known as the ‘Mango City’ as a major share of the mangoes produced in the state comes from this town. Located on the 'Varaha' river, Periyakulam is sometimes called ‘pi City’ forit’s famous sweet pi. The town gets its sweet water from the Berijam Lake in Kodaikanal.
Budget Hotels in Periyakulam
There are many hotels in Periyakulam. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Rajendra, MSP Lodge, Sri Siva Lodge and Sri Rajaram Lodgethat offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Events in Periyakulam
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Periyakulam
Balasubramanian Temple (2kms), VaradharajaPerumal Temple (.5kms), Sothuparai Dam (9 km), Kumbakarai Falls (8 km), TheerthaThotti (2 km), Vaigai Dam (15 km) and Manjalar Dam (18 km)are some of the places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
The nearestrailway station is at Theni
Periyakulam bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Joy Travels, SRM Transports, Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and JR Travels run regular buses to and from the town. While booking your tickets online, look out for bus booking offer that many bus booking portals provide.