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.
Formerly a French colony, Mahé, which now comes under the Mahé district of the Union Territory of Puducherry, which is on the east coast, is surrounded by Kannur and Calicut District of Kerala. Also known as Mayyazhi, Maheis famous for the St. Teresa's Church, which brings in people from Singapore, Sri Lanka and England every year during the annual festival. Tourism is the main source of income for the people living here.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Mahe. Tourists visiting the place can stay Hotel Safair, Hotel Jaypees and Hotel Rajeev that offers rooms starting from Rs.700 onwards.
The major festival in this region is Vishu and Christmas. The annual festival held at St. Teresa's Church from October 5th to 22nd brings in pilgrims from across the globe.
The major languages are Malayalam, Tamil and French.
Places to Visit
The MahéPalli (Mahé Church), Sree krishna temple and Sree Kurumba Bagavathi Temple are located in the heart of town is a famous pilgrimage centre of Mahe.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Calicut (85kms)
Mahe has its own railway station
Kovukkal Bus Stop, Mahe Railway Station Bus Stop, Mahe Police Station Bus Stop, New Mahe Bus Stop, Mammimukku Bus Stop, MahePaalam Bus Stop and KallayiChungam Bus Stoprun regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Blessy Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Through bus booking offers you can get a lot of discount while booking your tickets