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.
Known to be the district of Tamil Nadu, Virudhunagar was also called Virudhupatti in the beginning of 20th century. This town was the commercial centre during the years of British rule in India. It is also said that this district was earlier part of ramanathapuram district. It is located to the east of the Kowsika River. Virudhunagar is also the birth place of freedom fighter and Tamil Nadu Chief minister K. Kamaraj (1954 to 1963).
Budget Hotels in Virudhunagar
There are good budget hotels inVirudhunagar. Some of them are Burma Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel New Kamaliya (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Rayas Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Arul Abirami Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1500).
The official language of Virudhunagar is Tamil The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Virudhunagar
Some of the famous festivals and events in Virudhunagar include Chithirai (April) and Brahmostsavam ( July).
Places to See in Virudhunagar
There are several places of tourist attraction in Virudhunagar . Some of the places include Goddess Mariamman ( 6 kms from bus stand) Memorial House of Kamarajar ( 3kms from bus stand), Ayyanar falls ( 12 kms from Virudhunagar) and Virudhunagar Government Museum (2kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Virudhunagar is the Madurai Airport. It is located about 45kms away from the town.
Virudhunagar has a railway junction. It is located in the rail head from Madurai to Kanyakumari.
Virudhunagar bus station provides bus service within town and interstate. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sri Balaji Transport, SRS Travels and Sri Amarnath Travels.