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.
Senkottai also known as Sengottai or Shenkottai, meaning red fort in Tamil is a town in the state of Tamil Nadu. The fort like structure at the entrance of the town has lent it its name. It has a population of around 30,000 people. The literacy rate in this place is 60% which is higher than the national average. It is situated in the Tirunelveli district. Rice cultivation is the main source economy in this town.
Places to Stay
Visitor will find suitable accommodation options in Courtallam such as Suriyaa Tourist Home (Rs.1000), Srishty Garden Resorts (Rs. 1000) and Kuttalam Heritage Resort(Rs.1200) located 9km away.
Festivals like Thai Poosam, Pongal, Ugadi and Diwali are celebrated in town.
Tamil is the local language spoken in Senkottai.
Places to Visit
Courtallam main falls, Palaruvi Waterfall, Five Falls, Agasthyakoodam Biological Reserve and Kannupulimedu waterfall are located within 20km from Senkottai.
How to Get There
Thiruvananthapuram Airport, located 65km away, is the closest airport. There are direct flights to Kochi, Madurai and Coimbatore.
Senkottai Railway station has a direct link to Tenkasi Junction which is 8km away. Farther destinations can be reached from this railway station.
Senkottai bus stand connects you most major cities across Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The best bus operators that offer quality service include TNSRTC, KSRTC. When you are booking your tickets through Ticketgoose.com, look out for bus ticket coupons and save money.