Colachel is a small town in Tamil Nadu. It lies along the west coast of the Kanyakumari district. It flourished as a Dutch colony in the 18th century. The battle of Colachel is important in Indian history as it was the first time that foreign naval forces were defeated by an Indian army. The town has pleasant climate throughout the year but is slightly humid due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal.
Places to Stay
Colachel does not have many lodging facilities so the best place to find good hotels is in Kanyakumari which is 41 km away. Some of the best hotels in this area have been identified are Sea Land Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 500) and Green Palace (Tariff-Rs. 500)
The official language of the town is Tamil. English is also spoken here.
The people of this town celebrate the festivals of Deepawali, Navaratri and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Colachel has many tourist attractions. The beaches are one of the main attractions. It also has many beautiful churches including the church of Thomayar. Mahendragiri, the hub of ISRO is situated 63 km from Colachel.
How to Get There
The airport closest to Colachel is the Thiruvananthapuram airport which is 65 km away.
Colachel has its own railway station which falls on the line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari. It is a broad gauge railway station.
Colachel has a bus station from where one can catch buses to Chennai, Kanyakumari and Nagercoil (among other places.) Some of the best tour operators in this area are Kodimunai Travels, Sabari Bus Services and SRS Travels. You can resort to online bus ticket reservation through TicketGoose.com to get to more than 4,000 destinations across India.
Ernakulum is the most urban part of Kochi city. Considered to be the commercial hub of Kerala, Ernakulum is a cosmopolitan compared to the other cities in Kerala. This city is known for its well developed Airport and International port.
Budget Hotels in Ernakulam
There are good budget hotels in Ernakulum. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Ernakulum is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Ernakulam
Some famous festivals and events of Ernakulum include the Pineapple Fest Festival (January), Athachamayam and Ernakulam Shiva Temple Festival (January ).
Places to See in Ernakulam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Ernakulam. Some of the places include Santa Cruz Cathedral (16kms from Ernakulam Town Railway Station), Cherai Beach, Kochi (25kms from Kochi), Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary (3 Km from Ernakulam Junction)
How to Get There
Cochin Airport is said to be the first airport that established the public private partnership. A lot of NRIs from 30 countries have invested on the airport. The Airport is located on the National Highway- 47 (NH-47) at Athany and NH-17 at Angamaly. This airport handles 9 domestic flight and 17 international flights.
Ernakulam railway station is the busiest railway station. Located at Kochi it is well connected to major cities in India. It is said to be the largest railway station among the other two stations in the city which are Ernakulam North and Aluva railway station. The other large railway station in Kochi city is the Ernakulam Town Railway Station.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) provides interstate, intercity and local bus services. Some of the bus stands are Kaloor Private Bus Terminal, Eloor North Bus Stand, Thripunitura Old Bus Stand, Murickens bus stop and Cheranalloor Ferry Bus Stand. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.