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.
Vasudevanallur is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban hub, which also happens to be the district headquarters, is Tirunelveli at a distance of 80 km south. Vasudevanallore is very close to the Ranni Forest Division (which lies to its west), which acts as a boundary between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Places to Stay
One is forced to put up in Tirunelveli for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Hotel MNH Royal Park (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sri Janakiram Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Sri Bharani Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 750), Nainar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) among others.
The official language the area is Tamil. English is also understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Ugadi in March-April and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The village in itself does not have great places of interest unlike the neighbouring Kerala. Some of the places worth visiting in the neighbouring city of Tirunelveli are Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple, Agasthiyar Falls, Vettuvan Koil Temple, Suyambulingaswamy Temple and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 146 km.
The Tirunelveli Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 79 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. Parveen Travels and Kallada Travels are some of the operators active in this region. Buses for the area are available from Tirunelveli. Making use of bus ticket coupons are the best way to get discounts while booking your tickets.