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.
Kovilpatti is considered to be a special grade municipality in Thoothukudi District. This is located 100kms away from Maduri city and 65kms from Tuticorin. This is the second largest town in Thoothukudi District. It is aptly situated on the north western side of Thoothukudi District on the NH7 and due to this it connects to Varanasi in the north and Kanyakumari in the south. The best time to visit Kovilpatti is during the month of October to December since that is the time when the region receives slight rainfall.
Budget Hotels in Kovilpatti
There are some budget hotels in Kovilapatti . Some of them are Hotel MGS Kannan Palace (Tariff – Rs 1000) and Reva Plaza ( (Tariff – Rs 1001.
The official language of Kovilpatti is Tamil. Telugu is also the most spoken language by a majority people here.
Events in Kovilpatti
The most popular festival in Kovilpatti is the Adithapasu festival (July - August). This festival attracts hordes of people every year.
Places to See in Kovilpatti
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kovilpatti. Some of the places include Kathiresan Temple (60kms from Tuticorin), Ettayapuram (15km from Kovilpatti), Kalugumalai (24kms from Kovilpatti), Panchalankuruchi (15kms from Kovilpatti) and Sankarankoil (44 kms from Kovilpatti)
How to Get There
The only nearest airport is the Tuticorin Airport (61kms).
There are several express trains passing through the Kovilpatti. Kovilpatti Railway Station is aptly located at 3 km from Kovilpatti. It positioned on the Kovilpatti-Thoothukudi Road.
Kovilpatti Old Bus station is about 3kms away from the new bus station. Some of the private bus operators that run regular buses to and from Kovilpatti are Rathimeena Travels, KPN Travels, M.S.P Travels that offer good bus service for travelers. Avail of a bus ticket discount coupon from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.