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.
Thrissur – Trichur is the most famous cultural capital of Kerala. This city is located 300kms (186 mi) north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city is built on a 65-acre (hillock) called the Thekkinkadu Maidan. Thrissur is well known for its religious shrines, which include Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnathan temple and Paramekkavu temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours. Thrissur is also one of the main stopovers for pilgrims travelling to the famous Guruvayur Temple.
Budget Hotels in Thrissur
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Thrissur. Some of them are KTDC Tamarind Thrissur (Tariff – Rs1,500), Hotel Grand Park Regency ( (Tariff – Rs.1, 283), Mannapuram Hotels Pvt Ltd (Tariff – Rs 750) and Hotel Deliza Residency (Tariff – Rs.900).
The official language of Thrissur is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Thrissur
Some famous festivals and events of Thrissur include Uthralikavu Pooram (Febuary) , Peruvanam Pooram (March) and Thrissur Pooram (April).
Places to See in Thrissur
There are several places of tourist attraction in Thrissur. Some of the places include Arattupuzha Temple (2kms away Thevar Road Bus Stop), Bible Tower (1 kms from bus stand), Guruvayur Temple (29km from KSRTC bus stand), Lourdes Cathedral( 5.2 kms from bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest International Airport is the Cochin International Airport (55kms) and the Coimbatore International Airport.
Thrissur railway is considered to be one of the busiest railway stations in Kerala. The railway line is located on the Shoranur – Cochin Harbour section. There are nearly three satellite station, Poonkunnam railway station Ollur railway station and Mulankunnathukavu railway station in Thrissur city.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is one of the most important bus stations in the city. There are three bus stations in Thrissur, which include the Shaktan Thampuran Private Bus Stand, Thrissur in Sakthan Thampuran Nagar, the Vadakke Stand and the Thrissur KSRTC Bus Station. The bus station provides inter-state and also local city bus service. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Akbar Travels, Canara Pinto Travels and Gulf Wing Travels. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.