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.
A Municipality in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Oddanchatram lies on the highway between Madurai-Coimbatore and Dindigul-Palani. Located at the base of the Western Ghats, Oddanchatram has the largest vegetable market, ‘Gandhi Market’, in the state which exports vegetables to other states and cities. Other than vegetables, the town is also famous for its milk products such as ghee and buttermilk. The cattle market that gathers right outside this town on every Friday is visited by people across the region.
Budget Hotels in Ottanchathiram
There are many hotels in Ottanchathiram. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Aryaas, Naagar Hotel, Best Nagar hotel and Selvam Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Tamil is the Local Language.
Events in Ottanchathiram
All annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. The Margazhi(Tamil month)Thiruvizha at the Sowdamman Temple is popular in the region.
Places to See in Ottanchathiram
Dindigul Fort, (25kms), Sirumalai Hill Station (50kms) and Parapalaaru Dam (14.5Kms) are places to visit near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Ottanchathiram has its own Railway Station.
Ottanchathiram Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like SRS Travels, Porkalam Travels, SRM Transports and Joy Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.