The town of Kanyakumari is located in Tamil Nadu and is about 699 km away from the state capital, Chennai. Kanyakumari is not only an important hub for pilgrims but also a land of scenic beauty. The town derived its name from Goddess Kumari Amman. Legend has it that the goddess wanted to marry Lord Shiva but could not. She decided to remain unmarried throughout her life and hence the place is called Kanyakumari. The Vivekananda rock and the mesmerising confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean are the major attractions of this place
Budget Hotels in Kanyakumari
One will never run out of budget hotels in Kanyakumari. Some of them that are worth trying are Sea Land Hotel (Tariff-Rs.500), JS Homestay (Tariff-Rs.600), New Cape Hotel (Tariff-Rs.800) and Vivekananda Kendra (Tariff-Rs.900).
Tamil is the official language of this area.
Events in Kanyakumari
The Cape Comorin Festival held in October, Kalabham Festival held in July and Chaitra Purnima Festival held in May are some of the major festivals of this city.
Places to See in Kanyakumari
Bagavathi Amman Temple, Narayana Swamy Temple, Kanyakumari Muttom Beach: This beach is located about 3km from the main town, Padmanabhapuram Palace: Is about 32 km from Kanyakumari are some of the tourist attractions in Kanyakumari.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport which lies about 87 km from the main city of Kanyakumari is the nearest airport to this place.
This place also has a good network of trains and it is advisable to board and alight at the Kanyakumari Trivandrum Central as this is the main railway junction of Kanyakumari.
The frequencies of both state and private buses are excellent in Kanyakumari. Kallada Travels, Royal Travels and SRS Travels are some of the major operators serving this area. To make use of cheap bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com book your tickets in advance.
Known as the Steel City of South India, Salem is located at the base of the beautiful Yercaud hills. The place derived its name from the word Sailam meaning a place bound by mountains. Salem has captured a huge market for the manufacture of stainless steel and handlooms.
Place to Stay
There are several good budget hotels that are easy on your pocket. Some of good hotels are— Sri Durga Residency (Tariff –Rs 1,900), Park Plaza Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1000), Hotel Silver Palace (Tariff –Rs.1000 to 2000) and Hotel Hema Internationals (Tariff –Rs 500 to 1000).
Mariamman festival is celebrated during the month of july. This famous festival is celebrated for 15 days
Every festival in Salem is celebrated with vigor and enthusiasm.
Tamil is the main language spoken in the region.
Places to Visit
1008 Lingam Temple (10 kms from Salem), Poiman Karadu (9 km from Salem), Siddhar Temple (22 kms from Salem), Sugavaneshwarar Temple ( 1km from old bus stand)and Kurumpapatti Zoological Park (6km from Salem).
How to Get There
The airport is situated about 20kms away from the city. Salem Airport is positioned at Kaamalapuram. This airport which is constructed at the cost of 6 crore provides flight services for some districts of Tamil Nadu
Salem Junction railway station is located about 5 km from Salem. This is considered to be an important railway junction in the southern railway. Many direct trains halt and depart from Salem station.
Salem has two bus terminus called MGR central bus terminus and Town bus stand. MGR central bus terminus connects to all the states in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile the Town bus stand only serves for the local city. Bus operators that offer daily scheduled traveling services at lowest price include Hosanna Tours And Travels Pvt Ltd, S M S Travels and Tharai Travels and Parcels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.