Chengalpattu is a suburban area of Chennai in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It comes within the Kanchipuram district. The main centre of Chennai lies at a distance of 56 km away from Chengalpattu along National Highway 45. Local sayings narrate that the area has been named after a lily, Chenkazhuneer Poo, which is found abundantly in the region.
Places to Stay
One can always head to Mahabalipuram (at a distance of 29 km) in order to put up for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the town. Some of the options which are worth a try are Lakshmi Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 600), RamaKrishna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Joe Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Blue Breeze Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 750) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The Kolavai Lake is the most visited and a must-see spot in Chengalpattu. Other places of tourist interest mostly lie in the coastal temple town of Mahabalipuram, the most famous among them is the Seashore Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 45 km.
Chennai Central Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 75 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the town to different cities in the region. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.
Kottai Kazhugumalai and South Kazhugumalai are two parts of Kalugumalai, a town in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district. This town got its name from the Kalugumalai Hill, (hill of the vulture) that stands in the center of the town. Kalugumalai pond is another famous landmark of this region. There are three main temples in this area: the Jaina Abode, Vettuvan Koil and Kalugasalamoorthy Temple.
Budget Hotels in Kazhugumalai
There are good budget hotels in Kazhugumalai. Some of them are Hotel Sri Sudharsana Residency (Tariff – Rs.828), Hotel Srinivas (Tariff – Rs.442) and Sapana Lodge (Tariff – Rs.149).
The official language spoken here is Tamil.
Events in Kazhugumalai
The important festivals in Kazhugumalai are Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Vinayaka Chathurthi in August-September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places to See in Kazhugumalai
There are a few tourist attractions around this region. These include Sankarankovil (23 km), Kovilpatti (22 km), Meenthulli (16 km), Sankaralingapuram (4 km) and Kovilpatti (22 km) away from this area.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is located in Tuticorin, which is 87 km away from Kazhugumalai.
There is no railway station in Kazhugumalai. Kovilpatti Railway Station Junction is the nearest railway station, which is 22 km away from Kazhugumalai.
There are regular buses travelling to and fro nearby cities to Kazhugumalai. Private bus operators run comfortable A/C Volvo buses daily to this town for the comfort of the travellers. If you book a bus ticket online you can get rid of the trouble of standing in queues