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.
Neyyattinkara is a town based in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala state. The town is on the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border and in close to Kanyakumari. The town is famous for its temples and Neyyar dam. Kerala Automobile Limited is a leading manufacturer in automobile industry and has its office here. Kollankodu, Neyyattinkara, Pacode and Thiruparappu are the cities close to Neyyattinkara.
Places to Stay
Travellers can stay at Thiruvananthapuram at the following hotels. Chaithram Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1500), Hotel Raja (Tariff - Rs. 2200), Hotel Magic Days (Tariff - Rs. 2000) and Sea Breeze Beach Resort (Tariff Rs. 3000).
The languages spoken in Neyyattinkara are Tamil, Malayalam, Tulu, Konkani, Hindi and English.
The festivals celebrated in Neyyanttinkara are the Elephant Race (January), Onam, Easter, Vinayak Chaturthi, Vishu, Christmas and Eid.
Places of Interest
Neyyattinkara has several tourist destinations close by. Some of them are Kovalam (13 km) - Neyyar Dam, Hawa Beach and East Fort Ganapathy Temple, Trivandrum (20 km) - Napier Museum, Sree Chitra Art Galery and Kaudiar Palace, Kanyakumari (68 km) - Vattakottai Fort, St. Xavier Church and Subramanya Temple and Ponmudi (44 km) - Ponmudi Watere Falls, Golden Valley and Deer Park.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum Airport. It is located about 23 km away from the town.
The Trivandrum railway station, 19 km away is the closest railway station.
The KSRTC bus services connect Neyyanttinkara to nearby cities and town. Private bus services like Kallada Travels and Lilly Travels also go past the town. There are numerous bus ticket online booking sites from where you will get a number of offers and discounts.