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 small town in the district of Chennai, Pudur comes under Ambattur town. It is a part of the Tamil Nadu state. It is situated at a distance of 4.4 km away from Ambattur Taluk. Ambattur Lake is main source of irrigation and provides water for agricultural activities in the town. It takes around 11 minutes from the industrial hub of Amabattur town to get to Pudur. It is near the capital city Chennai which is 19.1 km away.
Place to Stay
There are several places providing various ranges in terms of price and accommodations. Some of them are Hotel Rithaans (Tariff – Rs. 990), and Mallika Residency (Tariff – Rs. 400).
The official language of this city is Tamil. The alternate language spoken is English.
The best time to visit would be during the annual harvest festival of Thai Pongal in the month of January.
Place of Interest
There are quite a few temples built in this part of the city. Also there is a famous hangout by the name of Toegeo Gaming lounge.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Pudur is Madurai Airport at a distance of 57.9 km.
The nearest railway station to Pudur is the Sattur Railway station at 25.4 km. The route map comprises of Tulukkapatti, Virudhunagar, Kallikudi, Sivakasi, Kumarapuram and Kalligudi.
There are daily private busses to Pallivasalpatti (8.1 km), Sallisettipatti (7.3 km), Vemboor (9 km), Sudhamadam (7.8 km), Mettipatti (7.1 km), Avadi, Tambaram, Vandalur, Koyambedu, Poonamallee, Vempoor, etc. Shri Jai Vilas Bus Operators and SRM Transport Pvt. Ltd. are some of the well serviced bus operators that have their services to Pudur. Ticketgoose.com is a popular online bus ticket booking website from where you can get your tickets with ease.