Vaniyambadi is a town of the district Vellore in Tamil Nadu. The name ‘Vaniyambadi’ has been derived from the word ‘Vani’ which is another name for the Hindu Goddess Saraswati and ‘padi’ which means ‘to sing.’ According to folklore, Vani was requested to sing in this area by the Shiva and Vishnu who are popular Hindu Gods. Leather tanning and coconut plantations are key sources of livelihood in Vaniyambadi. The population mix of Vaniyambadi comprises of people from the Hindu, Jain and Christian communities.
Places to Stay
Several budget-friendly hotels can be found in the Vellore district. These include places such as Hotel Mount Paradise (Tariff – Rs. 728), Millennium Residency (Tariff – Rs. 816) and Sri Srinivasa Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1405.)
The official language of Vaniyambadi is Tamil. Urdu is also spoken here.
Some of the major local festivals of Vaniyambadi include Pongal (mid-January), Eid (October), Deepavali (November), Christmas (December.)
Places of Interest
Yelagiri (25 km away) is a famous hill station which is situated near Vaniyambadi. Another major attraction is the Vainu Bappu Observatory. Asia's second largest telescope is stationed in the Indian Institute of Astrophysics which is located in Kavalur village which is near Vaniyambadi. The Atitheeswarar (Shiva) temple and Sundara Varadaraja Perumal (Vishnu) are some of the old temples that are frequently visited in this area.
How to Get There
The Bangalore International Airport is the airport nearest to Vaniyambadi.
The Jolarpet railway junction is the railway station nearest to Vaniyambadi.
There is a bus stand in the Vaniyambadi district which has busses that connect it to major cities such as Hyderabad, Cochin, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai and Salem. Kesineni Travels, Diwakar Travels, PSM Travels and Sri Venkateswara Bus Service are some of the good bus operators in this region that connect to Vaniyambadi. Get bus ticket booking offers from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.
Ernakulum is the most urban part of Kochi city. Considered to be the commercial hub of Kerala, Ernakulum is a cosmopolitan compared to the other cities in Kerala. This city is known for its well developed Airport and International port.
Budget Hotels in Ernakulam
There are good budget hotels in Ernakulum. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Ernakulum is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
Events in Ernakulam
Some famous festivals and events of Ernakulum include the Pineapple Fest Festival (January), Athachamayam and Ernakulam Shiva Temple Festival (January ).
Places to See in Ernakulam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Ernakulam. Some of the places include Santa Cruz Cathedral (16kms from Ernakulam Town Railway Station), Cherai Beach, Kochi (25kms from Kochi), Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary (3 Km from Ernakulam Junction)
How to Get There
Cochin Airport is said to be the first airport that established the public private partnership. A lot of NRIs from 30 countries have invested on the airport. The Airport is located on the National Highway- 47 (NH-47) at Athany and NH-17 at Angamaly. This airport handles 9 domestic flight and 17 international flights.
Ernakulam railway station is the busiest railway station. Located at Kochi it is well connected to major cities in India. It is said to be the largest railway station among the other two stations in the city which are Ernakulam North and Aluva railway station. The other large railway station in Kochi city is the Ernakulam Town Railway Station.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) provides interstate, intercity and local bus services. Some of the bus stands are Kaloor Private Bus Terminal, Eloor North Bus Stand, Thripunitura Old Bus Stand, Murickens bus stop and Cheranalloor Ferry Bus Stand. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.