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.
Ponkunnam is a census town in the eastern high-ranges of Kerala and part of the Kottayam district. Ponkunnam literally means "The Town with a Golden Mountain." It is located 35 kms towards east from district head quarters Kottayam and 148 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. This part of Kerala is famous for its fertile lands and rubber plantations.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available Kanjirappally (6 kms). Some of them are Green Park Hotel (Tariff - Rs.1100), Hill Top Hotel (Tariff - Rs.900) and Marias Homestay (Tariff - Rs.2000).
The official language is Malayalam.
Some of the events in Ponkunnam are Thiruvutsavam of Elamgulam Sree Dharma Sastha (January), Perunal of Holy Family Church Ponkunnam (January) and Perunal of Elamgulam St. Mary’s Church (December).
Places to Visit
Chirakkadava Sri Mahadevar Temple, Ponkunnam Puthiyakavil Devi Temple and St. Mary’s Church are places to see in Ponkunnam.
How to Get There
The nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport, Kochi (94 km).
Kottayam Rail Way Station is major railway station 31 KM near to Ponkunnam.
Ponkunnam has one KSRTC Bus stand and one private bus stand. Daily, there are many buses to Kottayam, Changanassery, Kochi, Banglore etc. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Ponkunnam include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), SPS Travels. If you are planning a vacation, book bus online and remain tension free.