Chennai, formally called Madras, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It is situated on the south eastern coast of India, which is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal. Traditional music and dance forms are the most popular in the city. In comparison to the hectic life of other cities like Mumbai and Delhi, Chennai tops the list of cities that is famous for its history, culture and tradition.
Places to Stay
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Chennai. Some of them are Mallika Residency (Tariff – Rs 350), Raj Residency (Tariff – Rs.900), Samco Hotel (Tariff – Rs 1725) and Hotel The Orchid Inns (Tariff – Rs.1265). Langauage
The official language of Chennai is Tamil . The languages spoken by others who have made Chennai their home include Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi and Telugu.Natyanjali Dance Festival
Regale in the five-day long Natyanjali Dance festival in March. During the event, dancers from across the country congregate and pay tribute to Lord Nataraja, the God of dance.Place to Visit
Travelers can take pleasure in exploring the historical spots and major landmarks of the city. They areMarina Beach(15kms from bus stand), Crocodile Park (1.7kms from nearest bus stand), Elliot’s Beach(7kms from bus stand), Parthasarathy Temple(2km from bus stand), Kapaleeswarar Temple(1.2km from bus stand), Ashtalakshmi Temple(2kms from Besant Nagar bus stand), andThousand Lights mosque(2.5km from Cathedral bus stand).How to Get There
Chennai International Airport is located along Meenambakkam and Tirusulam, 7 km from the south of Chennai.Rail:
Chennai Central also fondly called Madras Central is a major railway hub in the city. It is positioned right adjacent to the headquarters of the Southern Railway, as well as the Ripon Building. The other busy railway terminus includes Chennai Egmore and Tambaram.Bus:
Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus or CMBT is a major hub of activity that is located Koyambedu. Some of the best bus operators that offer exceptional experience for passengers include Palraj bus operator, Wahaan Tours & bus operator and KNP Tours bus operator. One of the easiest ways of confirming tickets is by resorting to online bus ticket booking facility which is provided by different travel websites.
Summer is here
Summer in Chennai begins from March and ends in May. The mercury soars up to 40 degree Celsius during these months. So, while visiting Chennai, pack your summer clothes and be prepared for the hot and humid climatic conditions.
Nagercoil is located in Tamil Nadu. It is also the district headquarters of Kanyakumari district. Renowned for its e- governance system, it was merged into the state of Tamil Nadu in 1956, before which it was a part of the royal state of Travancore. It is a highly prosperous town considering a majority of its population are non-resident Indians (NRIs).
Places to stay
There are good budget hotels in Nagercoil. Some of them are Hotel Sri Maniya (Tariff – Rs. 950 and 0.5 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station), Hotel J.S. Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 400 and 2 km from Nagarcoil Railway Station), and Hotel Cape Residency (Tariff – Rs. 924 and 19 km from Nagarcoil Railway Station).
Tamil is the official language. English is also spoken along with Malayalam in certain parts.
Pongal is the most important festival that is celebrated among the Tamil community all through the state. The other major festival celebrated here is the Malayalee New Year,'Onam'.
Places of Interest
The Udayagiri Fort (15 km from Nagercoil station), Padmanabhapuram Palace (14 km from Nagercoil station) and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial (18 km from Nagercoil station) are some of the places of interest.
How to Get There
The airport closest to Nagercoil is Trivandrum Airport (57 km).
Nagercoil has its own railway station and is well connected to different parts of the country.
Online booking of bus tickets has certainly made life easier for travellers. Operators like Tippu Sultan Travels and Kallada Tours & Travels ply their buses to Nagercoil.
Witness the Thookam festival at Badhrakali Temple in Nagercoil in March. The highlight of the event includes the Thookam ritual followed by fireworks display.