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.
Kumbakonam is known for the famous Kumbeswarar and Sarangapani temples. This spiritual town is located between the rivers Cauvery and Arasalar. This temple town which is a part of the Tanjavur District of Tamil Nadu, is more famous for old ancient temples. Having existed during the Sangam period, Kumbakonam was the capital city when Chola dynasty was ruling the place.
Budget Hotels in Kumbakonam
There are good budget hotels in Kumbakonam. Some of them are Rayas Group of Hotels (Tariff – Rs.1001), Indeco Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.501) and MIM Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Kumbakonam is Tamil. The other languages spoken include Telugu and English.
Events in Kumbakonam
Some famous festivals and events of Kumbakonam include Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival (August/September), Shaniwarwada Dance Festival and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival.
Places to See in Kumbakonam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kumbakonam. Some of the places include A Srinivasa Ramanujan House (25kmsfrom Tanjore ), Kumbeswarar (2km from bus stand), Sarangapani ( 3km from bus stand), Nageswarar Temple (2Km from bus stand) and Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple (10Km from Kumbakonam)
How to Get There
The nearest airport that is closer to Kumbakonam is the Trichy Airport. The airport can be reached within 4 hours. This airport serves adjacent districts of Tamil Nadu.
Tiruchirappalli Junction stands at tenth position for the best railway stations in India. This railway line is well connected to major cities of the state.
There are a number of private buses in Kumbakonam. Mostly Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka operate buses to Kumbakonam. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include A1 Travels, Tippu Sultans Tavels abd Rathi Meena Travels. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.