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.
A village located 7kms from Sirkali and 27kms from Chidambaram, Vaitheeswarankovil is well-known for the Vaitheeswaran Temple or Pullirukkuvelur, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pilgrims visit Vaitheeswaran (God of healing) to pray for curing diseases and to take the holy dip in the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex, which is believed to contain nectar that cures illness. The village is also well-known for an ancient form of palm leaf astrology known as Naadi astrology in Tamil.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vapi offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Sadhabisegam (Tariff-Rs.999 onwards), Hotel Sri Akshardham (tariff-Rs.1560 onwards) and Subam Lodge (Tariff- Rs.450 onwards) are within 1-2kms of the bus stand.
The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated during the Tamil calendar months of Pankuni and Thai (January–February). Karthigai festival during November is also celebrated with pomp and glory. Kantha Shashti, a festive occasion for Subramanya, is celebrated in the shrine of Muthukumaraswamy.
Tamil is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damangana and Daman and Silvassa are located within 7kms of Vapi city centre.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Tiruchirappalli Civil Airport (116.1kms).
Vaithiswaran Koil has its own railway station.
The Vaitheeswarankovil bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators like Parveen Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the village. If you are booking bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.