Cochin is the situated on the west coast of the Arabian Sea, is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala. It is often referred by another name Erankulam, which is a mainland part of the city. The city is most remembered for its backwaters, ancient Chinese fishing nets and famous churches. A splendid place, Cochin, now known as Kochi ,has always attracted many domestic and international travelers.
Budget Hotels in Cochin
There are good budget hotels in Cochin. Some of them are Rayas Group of Hotels (Tariff – Rs.1001), Indeco Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.501) and MIM Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Cochin is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Cochin
Some famous festivals and events of Cochin include the Siva temple festival (January) and Cochin Carnival (December)
Places to See in Cochin
There are several places of tourist attraction in Cochin. Some of the places include Chinese fishing nets (1km from Kochi bus stand.), Fort Kochi Beach (8km from Kochi city), St. Francis Church, Kochi (1.5km from Fort Kochi bus stand), Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry (5 Km from bus stand) and Museum of Kerala History, Edapally (10Kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport situated at Nedumbassery, is about 28kms from Kochi city. This is the first international airport in India to be established without Central government support.
There are two busy railway junctions in Kochi— Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. This railway line is well connected to major states and cities across the country. 128 scheduled train services operate daily from this junction.
There are more number of privately owned buses operate in the city when compared to state-owned bus services. Some of the major bus terminals are Ernakulam Town, Ernakulam Jetty, while the private bus terminal is situated at Kaloor. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include A1 Travels, Tippu Sultans Tavels abd Rathi Meena Travels. TicketGoose.com is a well-known online bus booking site of India where you can book bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations.
Mahbubnagar, a district town in Andhra Pradesh, was formerly known as Palamoor as the people of this area sold milk. The region was renamed to Mahbubnagar in honour of Mir Mahabub Ali Khan, a Nizam of Hyderabad. This town is on the border of Raichur, Nalgonda, Kurnool and Gulbarga. The world famous Kohinoor diamond is claimed to be from this town.
Places to Stay
There are comfortable budget hotels available in this town. One such good hotel is Avanthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.590).
The languages spoken in Mahbubnagar are Telugu, Urdu and Hindi.
The most important festivals celebrated in Mahbubnagar are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
Mahbubnagar has many tourist attractions in and around the town. These include Koilsagar Project and Reservoir (34 km), Bhuthpur (10 km), Bijnapalli (36 km), Hanwada Lake (13 km) and Jadcherla located 21 km away from Mahbubnagar.
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the nearest airport being 87 km away from this town.
Mahbubnagar Railway Station is located within a 5-km radius from the town and connects the town to nearby states.
There are frequent state-run and private buses to this town from various states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Aeon Connect have daily trips from Bangalore to Mahbubnagar. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.