Chalakudy is a town in the South Indian state of Kerala. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Kochi at a distance of 54 km south. Those who love South Indian temples, cuisine, the lush green fields and beaches must visit this place. Trekkers and wild-life lovers can also check out the Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary at a distance of 42 km north-east.
Places to Stay
Due to lack of proper lodging facilities in the village, one will have to move to Kochi in order to stay. Some of the budget hotels worth trying are Ceylon Bake House (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Aiswarya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Ale’s Residency (Tariff – Rs. 675), and Seas Tower (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) among others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English and Tamil are also spoken and understood.
The main events of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth a visit in Chalakudy are Chalakudy river, Sholayar Dam, Athirappilly Water Falls, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Mary's Forane Church and others. One can also head to Kochi and enjoy the picturesque Arabian Sea.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 20 km.
The close-by railway station is the Ernakulam Junction Railway Station at a distance of 49 km.
Usually state transport buses ply on routes connecting Kochi to other cities in the region. Among private operators, Kallada Travels has a fairly good presence. Buses to the area are available from Kochi. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.
Kumbakonam is known for the famous Kumbeswarar and Sarangapani temples. This spiritual town is located between the rivers Cauvery and Arasalar. This temple town which is a part of the Tanjavur District of Tamil Nadu, is more famous for old ancient temples. Having existed during the Sangam period, Kumbakonam was the capital city when Chola dynasty was ruling the place.
Budget Hotels in Kumbakonam
There are good budget hotels in Kumbakonam. Some of them are Rayas Group of Hotels (Tariff – Rs.1001), Indeco Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.501) and MIM Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Kumbakonam is Tamil. The other languages spoken include Telugu and English.
Events in Kumbakonam
Some famous festivals and events of Kumbakonam include Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival (August/September), Shaniwarwada Dance Festival and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival.
Places to See in Kumbakonam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kumbakonam. Some of the places include A Srinivasa Ramanujan House (25kmsfrom Tanjore ), Kumbeswarar (2km from bus stand), Sarangapani ( 3km from bus stand), Nageswarar Temple (2Km from bus stand) and Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple (10Km from Kumbakonam)
How to Get There
The nearest airport that is closer to Kumbakonam is the Trichy Airport. The airport can be reached within 4 hours. This airport serves adjacent districts of Tamil Nadu.
Tiruchirappalli Junction stands at tenth position for the best railway stations in India. This railway line is well connected to major cities of the state.
There are a number of private buses in Kumbakonam. Mostly Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka operate buses to Kumbakonam. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include A1 Travels, Tippu Sultans Tavels abd Rathi Meena Travels. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.