Kanchipuram also known as “Kanchi” is a popular city of Tamil Nadu. It is a household name amongst the ladies of the country for the city’s most popular products – Kanchipuram Silk Sarees. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the state capital of Chennai, at a distance of 69 km east on the Bay of Bengal coast. Temple, cuisine as well as Saree-lovers must visit this place once in Chennai.
Places to Stay
There are a lot of budget hotels in the city; some of the options which are worth trying out are Sree Sakthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700), Baboo Soorya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), S.S.K Inn (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. Hindi and English are also understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places worth visiting in the area are the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, where Brahmotsava is the main festival. Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple celebrates Uthiram as an important festival every year in the month of March-April. Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary are Muttukkadu are other places worth a visit. A Kanchipuram tor would be incomplete without a visit to the local market place.
How to Get There
The Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 62 km
Kanchipuram Railway Station is a major station, which connects the place to other popular Indian as well as regional cities.
Buses, both state-run as well as private, to the area are readily available from Chennai. Ticketgoose.com’s bus booking online service is the best way to buy your bus tickets.
Anantapur is located in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. Also, known for receiving the second least rainfall in the country, after Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, it is a part of the Rayalaseema region of the state. It is well known for its sports facilities with stadiums available for cricket as well as tennis in the form of the Anantapuram Sports Village.
Budget Hotels in Anantapur
There are good budget hotels in Anantapur. Some of these are the Hotel Sapthagiri (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Amravathi (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Hotel Swagath (Tariff – Rs. 400). All the three are located close to the Anantapur railway station.
Telugu is the official language. Other major languages spoken in this area are; English, Kannada and Urdu.
Events in Anantapur
The Kotappakonda Temple Fair, held on the day of Mahashivratri, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam held for five days during Mahashivratri and the Durgamma Festival where the buffalos are worshipped are some of the major events celebrated in Anantapur.
Places to See in Anantapur
Places like Pennahobhilam (30km), Dharmavaram (20 km) and Cheruvu Katta (7km) are some of the places known for their historical significance.
How to Get There
The closest international airport to Anantapur is the airport at Bengaluru which is at a distance of 190 km. The closest domestic airport is Puttaparthi (70 km).
Anantapur has its own railway station whish is located in the city centre and is well connected on the south central railway.
Veera Travels and Kallada Travels are some of the operators plying buses to Anantapur and they also offer discounted bus tickets. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.