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.
A town in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram is located on Pamban Island and is separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel. Situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula, Rameswaram is about 50kms from Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. The town is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Hindus consider Rameswaramone of the holiest places in India and the temple town is art of the Char Dham (four most important holy centres) pilgrimage.The Rameswaram TV Tower is the tallest tower in India
Budget Hotels in Rameswaram
There are many hotels in Rameswaram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Brindavan Residency (Tariff Rs.1,129), Hotel MCM Towers (Tariff Rs.1300), Hotel Queen Palace (Tariff Rs.1,506) and Hotel Vinayaga (Tariff Rs.1,687).
Events in Rameswaram
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here. The annual two-day Saint Anthony fest at the island draws huge number of people. Other prominent celebrations include Car festival (February-March), Kavadi Festivals (April), Tiru Kalyana (July-August) and Karthika Deepam festival (November)
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Rameswaram
Ramanathaswamy Temple and Temple Tanks (1km), Gandhamathana Parvatham (3kms) and Dhanushkodi (18kms) are places of interest in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
Rameswaramhas its own railway station
Rameswaram bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Universal Travels and SRM Transportsrun regular buses to and from the town. Book your bus ticket online through Ticketgoose.com.