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.
A mining and power generation township in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, Neyveli is one of the modern, well-planned townships in the country. A Township that was developed after lignite mining started in the region; Neyveli houses power plants that generate a large percentage of thermal power in the state. Well-connected by rail and road, the township has many places of worship and also has some of best educational institutions in the region.
Budget Hotels in Neyveli
There are many hotels in Neyveli. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Radha, Blue Diamond Hotel and Restaurant and Sri Venkateswara Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
Tamil is commonly spoken in this region
Events in Neyveli
All annual festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here. Thaipoosam festival at the Villudayanpattu temple of Lord Murugan and the 'Panguni Uthiram' festival for the Lord Murugan at Villudayanpatti Temple are special in Neyveli.
Places to See in Neyveli
The samathi of Saint Vallalar Sri Ramalinga (7kms), the Natarajar Temple, which has the largest Panchaloha idol and the first in Asia, the 600-year old Khasi Vishwanathar temple at Vadakku Vellur, a mosque, church and Jain temple are located within 1km of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Puducherry
Neyveli has its own Railway Station
Neyveli Bus Stop provides regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like KPN Travels, Hindusthan Travels, ARC Travels and Universal Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Avail of bus ticket offer when you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com.