Chavadi is a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the coastal city of Cuddalore at a walk-able distance of 4 km south across the Gadilam river. In fact, it can be described as an area or suburb of Cuddalore city. The best place around to see is Pondicherry at a distance of 20 km north.
Places to Stay
One is forced to go to Pondicherry in order to put up for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Raj Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Coramandal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Palaniswamy (Tariff – Rs. 900), White Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English and French are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
Places of tourist interest mostly lie in Puducherry (Pondicherry). Some of the places which are worth visiting are the French War Memorial, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville Township, Pomenade Beach, Pondicherry Museum and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 172 km.
Chennai Central Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 190 km.
Mostly, it is the state transport buses which serve the local populace of the region. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.
Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and also the financial capital of India. It has many sobriquets like ‘The City of Dreams’ and ‘The city which never sleeps.’ The name ‘Mumbai’ is derived from Mumba or Maha-Amba, which is the name of the Goddess Mumbadevi and ‘Aai’ which in Marathi means Mother. The city was earlier known as Bombay, before being officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.
Budget Hotels in Mumbai
There are good budget hotels in the city of Mumbai. Some of these are the Eden Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 250 and 3 km from International Airport), Hotel Anjali Inn (Tariff – Rs. 970 and 7 km from Domestic Airport), and Hotel Good Luck (Tariff – Rs. 990 and 15 minutes from the International Airport).
The official language of Mumbai is Marathi. Other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, Gujarati as well as Urdu.
Events in Mumbai
Mumbai is well known for its night life. Occasions like the New Year celebrations are renowned. Major festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid as well as Navratri are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur here.
Places to See in Mumbai
There are plenty of places to visit in Mumbai. Prominent among them are The Gateway of India (29 km from Airport), Marine Drive (28 km from airport), Bandra Bandstand (13 km from airport) among other places.
How to Get There
The Mumbai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. It has a domestic as well as international terminal. It is located 26 km from the southernmost part of the city, Colaba.
The three main railway terminals in Mumbai are Mumbai Central (9km from Colaba), Bandra Terminus (15 km from Colaba) and Victoria Terminus (3 km from Colaba).
Operators like Neeta Travels and Abhi Travels provide regular bus connectivity to Mumbai. TicketGoose.com offers online bus booking in India to travellers visiting more than 4,000 destinations.