Gobichettipalayam is a town in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu. It is known to be an important town in this part of the state as it has been developing quickly over the past few years. It is known as a bi-functional town as the economy is a function of agriculture, trading and business. Its bi-functional economy has helped the town in developing educational institutes, multi-facility hospitals and banks.
Budget Hotels in Gobichettipalayam
There are a few hotels such as SKS Lodge, Vasantham Lodge, Lakshmi Lodge and Mansi Lodge that offer affordable accommodation for under Rs.1500.
Events in Gobichettipalayam
Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Kongu Tamil, a dialect of Tamil and Englishare the local languages spoken in Gobichettipalayam. Malayalam and Kannada are commonly spoken.
Places to See in Gobichettipalayam
The Kodiveri Dam, Bhavani Sagar Dam, Reserve Forests and many temples like Pariyur and Hill Temples are famous tourist attractions in Gobichettipalayam.
How to Get There
Coimbatore Airport is located 75km away; domestic flights to major cities and international flights to the Middle East and South East Asia few cities can be accessed from here.
Rajahmundry East Railway Stationis 10km away which provides connections to many destinations across the country.
While there are multiple bus stands in Gobichettipalayam, it is best recommended to access Rajahmundry bus stands which will provide better connectivity to other towns and cities. TNSRTC and local operators ply buses. Several travel websites lure their customers by giving them discount on bus ticket booking.
Kottyam city, also known as Akshara Nagari, is located on the South-central region/portion of Kerala and is a famous a gateway to the major pilgrim destinations. It is located at a distance of 67km from Kochi. The literal meaning of Kottyam is “inside of the fort”. While Kotta denotes fort akam implies inside. Originally set up on the hilltop, this was an old town marked by important commercial dealings and trade of crops, spices, rubber etc. The city is bordered on the east by the Western Ghats, while the Vembanad lake and Paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west.
Places to Stay
There are many low budget hotels at reasonable rates found in Kottayam city. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Hotel Aida (Tariff – Rs. 900), Mali International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Blue Moon Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), Sakthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.600) and others.
The official language of Kottayam is Malayalam.
The major festivals and events widely celebrated in the Kottayam city are Arattu Utsavam (March-April), Vaikathashtami (November-December), Ettumanoor, a ritual procession (February-March), Sabarimala Thiruvabharana Ghoshyatra and Petta Kettu in January and many more.
Places of Interest
There are a number of exotic places of interest in Kottayam.Kumarakom is a famous tourist place comprising of a number of islands situated on the backwaters. The Vembanad Lake is another tourist destination in the backwaters that offers cruise boats and house boat stays. Other popular destinations are Kurisumala, Vaikom, the sunset view from the Monroe Light, pilgrim centres of Sabarimala, Vaikom, Erumeli, Manarcadu and many more.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport situated at a distance of around 88 km from the city-centre.
The nearest major railway station is Kottayam Railway Station located at a distance of 2 km from the city.
There are numerous state owned bus services offered by the KSRTC.There are private bus services such as Jacob Travels, Sea Bird Travels, Kallada Travels and the like. Making use of bus ticket booking discount can help you save money while travelling. Look out for such offers at Ticketgoose.com.