Gudiyattam is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban agglomerations are the cities of Vellore and Bangalore at the distances of 32 km east and 169 km west respectively. One will have to pass through this town while heading to Bangalore from Chennai or vice versa. Travellers can stop by in order to grab a bite here.
Places to Stay
Despite the medical town of Vellore being close-by, the best place to put up in the area would be Bangalore. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English and Hindi are also understood and widely spoken.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Places of interest in the area are Gangai Amman Temple and the 1000-year old Arulmugu Punganoor Amman Temple. Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park and Vidhana Soudha. Hosur can also be accessed by those who want to experience the pleasant England-like weather of the town. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport in Bangalore at a distance of 159 km.
The town has its own railway station. The major stop nearby is Vellore Town Railway Station in Vellore at a distance of 33 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. SRS Travels is one of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Buses to the area are available from both Chennai as well as Bangalore. Opt for online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of discounts.