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.
Ulundurpet is a town in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu and is closer to Cuddalore border. It is famous for its temples. Queen Elizabeth II visited the Ekambaranathar temple in October 1997.
Places to Stay
There are some good budget hotels in Ulundurpet. Tamil Nadu tourism has its hotel accommodation in Ulundurpet (Tariff – Rs.900), this is preferred by most travellers, Aakaash Hotel which is 80 km from Ulundurpet (Tariff – Rs.660), and Thomu Inn located 124 km from Ulundurpet (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
The official language in Ulundurpet is Tamil.
The important festivals celebrated in Ulundurpet are Pongal which is celebrated in mid-January, Tamil New Year’s Day in the month of April, Navarathri in September, and Diwali in October.
Places of Interest
There are several places of interest in Ulundurpet, Arcot Lutheran Church located on Virudhachalam Road which is 22 km from Ulundurpet, Roman Catholic Church located on Chennai Road, Sri Sarada Ashram located on Chennai-Tiruchirapalli highway, and Narasinga Perumal Koli in Parikkal which is 7 km away from Ulundurpet.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ulundurpet is 120 km in Tiruchirapalli.
Ulunurpet is well connected and is also between Chennai-Villupuram-Virudhachalam-Trichy rail routes. The nearest railway station is Virudhachalam Junction which is only 20 km.
Ulunurpet has a bus station and there are many state-owned and private buses which travel on this route. Several bus ticket booking portals like ticketgoose.com offers bus ticket booking discount with codes. Make use of it when you book your tickets.