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.
Paramakudi is a town, a municipality in Ramanathapuram district in the Tamil Nadu. The river Vaigai flows through Paramakudi on its way to the Bay of Bengal. The town is located approximately 75 kms east of Madurai, 35 kms west of Ramanathapuram on the Madurai-Rameswaram National Highway and 480 kms from the state capital Chennai. Cotton and chili peppers are the main cultivated crops in the villages surrounding the town.
Budget Hotels in Paramakudi
Some of the good budget hotels in Paramakudi are New Raja Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 300 to Rs.1000), Vasantha Bhavan Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 300 to Rs.1000), Ariya Bhavan (Tariff - Rs. 300 to Rs.1000) and Venkateswara Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 300 to Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language in Paramakudi.
Events in Paramakudi
The Chitra Festival is held annually on the full moon day of the month of Chithirai. Other important festivals are Panguni festival for Sri Muthalamman Temple (March & April) and Kaman Pandigai.
Places to See in Paramakudi
Paramakudi’s charm lies in its religious places. Some of the popular temples in paramkudi are Perumal Temple, Sri Chandrsekara Swamigal Temple (Eswaran Temple), Meenakshi Amman Temple and Muthalamman Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Madurai airport (95 kms) from Paramakudi.
Rameswaram railway station is the nearest major railway station (71 kms) to Paramakudi.
Some of the best bus operators that offer a good experience for passengers traveling to Paramakudi include SRS Travels Bangalore, Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and SRM Transports. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.