Chelode is a small town in the South Indian state of Kerala, often referred to as “God’s Own Country”, due to the relaxed lifestyle led by its inhabitants thanks to the state’s landscape. The nearest major urban agglomeration in the area is the city of Kannur on the Arabian Sea coast, at a distance of 123 km north-east of the town.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Kannur. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Malabar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Pranav Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Kamalalayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs. 1,000), Sky Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated are the fasting Islamic month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Vishu in April, Onam in August-September and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Being quite close to the Arabian Sea coast, the region does not run short of tourist places. Virtually anywhere you stop on the coast, it is a tourist spot. Some of the other places in Kannur which deserve special mention are St. Angelo’s Fort built by the Portuguese, the Thalassery Fort built by the British, the Ezhimala historical site established by the British, the Moppila Bay and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore International Airport at a distance of 232 km.
The Kannur Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 124 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect this part of the state to different cities in the region. Kallada Travels is a popular bus operator in the region. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in 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 Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. 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 Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.