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.
Vatakara is a coastal municipality in the Kozhikode district of the South Indian state of Kerala. It is the birthplace of Unniyarcha, Aromal Chekavar, Thacholi Othenan and the legendary heroes of the Vadakkanpattu. The Moorad river flows into the Arabian Sea at a point close to the town, and since it is a coastal town fishing is one of the main occupation here. The town, which houses many well-known temples, is also the birthplace of Kunjali Marakkar.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vatakara which offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Silver (opposite new bus stand) and Hotel Indraprastha offer lodging facilities that start at Rs.500 onwards.
The annual festival at Lokanarkavu, locally called Pooram, is celebrated during March/April. The Kotiyoor Festival at the 100-year-old Kozhukkannur Neyyamruth Madom is famous in this region.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Kalariyullathil Temple and Chennamangalam Temple (one of oldest temples in Kerala) are just 2 km from the town. Other places to visit are the Lokanarkavu in Memunda, (5 km from Vatakara), Sandbanks and Silent Beach (7 km) and the Lord Muthappan Temple situated in Memunda, where people go to watch the sunset. The Kozhukkannur Neyyamruth Madom, located in Purameri is just 5 km from the town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Calicut International Airport (60 km).
Vadakara Railway Station connects the town to major centres in India.
The Vatakara New and Old Bus Stand(s) connect the town to the neighbouring towns. There are a number of bus operators like Asoka Tours and Travels, KTC Tours and Golden Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. When you opt for Ticketgoose.com’s online bus ticket booking facility ensure that you check out for discount coupons.