Kalamassery is a suburb of Kochi, an urban hub in the South Indian state of Kerala. There are a number of fertilizers and chemical industries in this place due to which a companies have also been flagging in this area. By virtue of its location close to an estuary and the sea, the air carries a lot of humidity. Those with a desire to try out temples, beaches and South Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kalamassery that are suitable for budget travelers; some of the options include the Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Chandrika Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900), MIK Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900) and YMC Youth centre (Tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
Kochi Festival is celebrated in Fort Kochi is the last ten days of December. Kochi Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held after every two years between November-January. Some of the other important festivals of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Malayalam is the local language spoken in. English is a commonly used language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Kalamassery are the Museum of Kerala History, St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church, and St. Pious Church along with many other temples and churches all within a 20 km radious.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is 19 km away, with many international and domestic flights plying to and fro.
Ernakulum Junction and Ernakulum Town are the two main railway stations which are well connected to Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, and Calicut and are located at distances of 14 and 10 km respectively.
Buses from all the major cities of Kerala are available for the area. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
Kaliyakkavilai is situated about 52 km from Kanyakumari, which is its district headquarters. This lush green town is filled with coconut groves, making it even more scenic. If you are visiting Kanyakumari and you want to stay away from the bustling city, head to Kaliyakkavilai and enjoy in the lap of nature. It is very near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and is situated on the National Highway 47, making it a well connected village.
Places to Stay
There are several budget hotels in the village. Tourists has numerous options to choose from, including Hotel President (Tariff – Rs.648), Hotel Prathiba Heritage (Tariff – Rs. 583), Hill Top Ayurvedic Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 783), and Kailas Inn (Tariff – Rs.631).
Tamil is the official language of Kaliyakkavilai. However, Malayalam and English are also spoken in the area.
Some of the festivals celebrated in Kaliyakkavilai are Pongal in January, Vishu and Puthandu in April, Onam in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
This village makes for a perfect weekend getaway. St Anthony’s Church is one of the major attractions. Kovalam beach is also 31 km away from here. Other places of interest lie in Kamyakumari, which is about 52 km away.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport, which is located at a distance of 37 km, is the nearest airport from the village.
The major railhead connecting this place to other cities is the Thiruvananthapuram Central railway Station, which is 32 km away.
Buses ply regularly from Trivandrum, Kanyakumari and Chennai. Rathimeena Travels, SRM Travels, Parveen Travels, SRS Travels are some of the operators plying their buses on this route.