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 city in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Ramnad is located close to the important Hindu pilgrimage centres, Rameswaram and Devipattinam. The river Vaigai enters the Big Tank situated in this city. Ramnad has the Indian part of the mythical Rama’s bridge, which incidentally is a chain of low islands and shallow reefs that extend between India and the island nation of Sri Lanka. Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalamdid his schooling in this city.
Budget Hotels in Ramnad
There are many hotels in Ramnad. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Garish Park (Tariff-Rs.1300 onwards), Raja Rajeswari Tower (Tariff-Rs.1000 onwards) and Hotel Arunachala (Tariff-Rs.1000 onwards).
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Events in Ramnad
Annual festivals likePongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Places to See in Ramnad
Devipattinam (18kms), Erwadi-Dargah (25kms), Uthirakosamangai (18kms), Thiruppuiani (9kms) and Oriyur Arul Anandar Church (60kms)are places of interest near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Ramnad has its own railway station.
Ramnad bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels, Universal Travels, Sri Renugambal Travels and SRM Transportsrun regular buses to and from the town. When you are booking your tickets through Ticketgoose.com, look out for bus ticket coupons and save money.