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.
Known to be the largest town in in Sivaganga District of Tamil Nadu, Karaikudi is a name derived from a plant’s name called kara, which is widely found abundance in this area , while Kudi meaning settlement. This region is commonly referred as Chettinad Karaikudi. Majority of the population in this town belongs to the Chettiar community and they have been instrumental for the development of this town. Karaikudi/Chettinadu is also being associated with cuisines and the Chetinad dishes is often referred by the locals as ‘Achi Samayal’.
Budget Hotels in Karaikudi
There are good budget hotels in Karaikudi Some of them are Jagan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1 000), Subhalakshmi Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Malar Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500) and Nachiappa Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of r is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English
Events in Karaikudi
One of the famous festivals and events in Theni include Ekadasi Festival and Utsavam or Annual Festival. Ekadasi Festival is one of the most important festivals of Theni.
Places to See in Karaikudi
There are several places of tourist attraction in Theni. Some of the places include Pranmalai Seik Oliyulla Darga (400 kms from Kariakudi) Pillayarpatti (36 kms from Kariakudi ) Koppudai Amman Kovil ( 52 kms from sivaganga) and Shri Koteeswara Kottaiyur Temple (8kms from Karaikudi).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Karaikudi is the Tiruchirapalli International airport. It is located about 95 kms from Karaikudi.
Karaikudi railway station is well connected to the major cities and districts of South India. The junction is situated on two major lines Trichy/Rameshwaram and Karaikal/Quilon. There are regular express trains to Rameshwaram and Chennai.
There are two bus terminals in Karaikudi—old bus-stand is situated in south Karaikudi while the new bus-stand in north Karaikudi. Many buses from old bus stand daily ply to "Devakottai, Peerkalaikadu, Puduvayal, Thirupathur to name a few. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ABT X Travels, SRS Travels and Essaar Travels. Several discounts on bus tickets are available online which you can avail of while booking your tickets.