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.
T. Kallupatti is a Panchayati area located in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at the cross roads of Virudhunagar and Theni and the Madurai to Rajapalayam Highways. It is located at a distance of 45 km from the nearest city of Madurai and 20 km from Tirumangalam city. The place is a famous for the Muthalamman Temple where the Goddess is worshipped with great devotion and gaiety.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels available at low budgets in the adjacent city of Madurai. Some of them worth a try are Lakshmi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 590), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 682), Hotel Jeyasakthi (Tariff – Rs. 703), Hotel Kathir Palace (Tariff – Rs. 763), Sri Annapoorna Tower (Tariff – Rs.786) and many more.
Tamil is the official language of the region.
The important festivals celebrated in the region are Muthalamman (Goddess) Temple Festival in April, Mariamman Temple Festival in January-February, Ugadi in March-April, Pongal festival in June, Dussehra in October, Makar Sankranti in January and many more.
Places of Interest
There are a number of religious sites to visit in the region such as the Muthalamman (Goddess) Temple and Kaaliamman Temple that attract many tourists all the year round. Few other major tourist attractions found in the nearby city of Madurai are the Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Thiruparankundram, Gandhi Memorial Museum,Saint Mary's Cathedral and many more.
How to Get There
The Madurai Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 40 km from the region.
The nearest railway station is Tirumangalam Railway Station at a distance of 20 km from the area.
The major state bus service is the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) that runs across many places. Private bus operators such as KPN Travels, SRM Transports, Madurai-Radha Travels also operate between many places among others. Bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets