Uthamapalayam is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town being in close proximity to Kerala has a lush green backdrop marked by beautiful blue hills, green paddy fields and coconut trees. The nearest city from here is Idukki, across the border in Kerala at a distance of 55 km. Those who want to experience rural life in a typical South Indian village should come here.
Places to Stay
There are no good places to put up in the town. However, Idukki has great budget hotels on offer. Some of the options which are worth trying are Edassery Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Mountain View (Tariff – Rs. 500), Chandana Annexe (Tariff – Rs. 750) and Stonage Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. With Kerala just next door, Malayalam is also widely understood. English is also used for interactions with non-South Indian visitors.
The main events of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
The main places of interest lie in the Idukki district which is known for its greenery. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Munnar (92 km), Marayur (132 km), Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (adjacent to Munnar) among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport in Kochi at a distance of 136 km.
The closest major railway station is the Ernakulam South Railway Junction at a distance of 146 km.
Both state-run as well as private operators ply their vehicles on the roads surrounding this village, among which the reputed Kallada Travels is one.Buses to the area are available from Idukki. Before going on a holiday, check out various travel portals and get cheap bus tickets.
An industrial city in the Cuddalore district, Chidambaram is a temple town of Tamil Nadu. The place is surrounded with beautiful temples and architectural monuments.This city has attracted many of Shaivites and Vaishnavites for renowned Chidambaram Natarajar temple. The Chidambaram Temple has the Akasha Lingam of Shiva and this pilgrimage place is considered to be best Lord Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu.
Budget Hotels in Chidambaram
There are good budget hotels in Chidambaram . Some of them are Natraja Residency (Tariff – Rs.1500), Heavens Land Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Akshaya Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1300) and R K Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000).
Events in Chidambaram
Natyanjali Dance Festival (March) is one of the famous festivals in Chidambaram. This festival celebrates various kinds of dance forms.
Tamil is the Local Language here. The other language include Telugu and Hindi.
Places to See in Chidambaram
There are several places of tourist attraction in Chidambaram . Some of the places include Nataraja Temple ( 16 km from Chidambaram) Vaitheeswaran Koil (24kms from Chidambaram), Thillai Kali Amman temple (12 kms from Chidambaram), Tiruvetkalam Temple (2 kms from Chidambaram), Pitchavaram backwater (16.5 kms from Chidambaram) and Tirunallurpperumanam Temple (2 kms from Belgaum).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Chidambaram is Pondicherry Airport. It is located 66kms away from the city.
Chidambaram Railway Station is well connected with the major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Andhra pradesh
There are regular bus service available to the major districts and cities of Tamil Nadu , Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.Private bus operators like KPN Travels, ABT X Travels and ARC Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Book a bus ticket in advance and travel without any hassle to any destination in India.