A city and a municipality in Valsad district in the southern part of Gujarat, Vapi, is situated on the banks of the Damanganga River. the largest city in the Valsad district, Vapi is now a very important industrial town and is known to be the largest industrial area in Asia in terms of small-scale industries. The numerous chemical industry plants in the city had once even earned it the rank of being one of the most polluted places in the world. National Highway 8 passes through Vapi and the city is the gateway to Daman and Silvassa.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vapi offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Green View, Hotel Royal Garden and Hotel Royale Inn offer lodging facilities that start at Rs.750.
All the annual religious holidays like Dussehra, Diwali and Holi are celebrated here.
Gujrathi is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damangana and Daman and Silvassa are located within 7kms of Vapi city centre.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Daman Airport (9.5kms) and the nearest major airport is the Surat Airport (84.4kms)
Vapi has its own railway station.
The Vapi bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators like Datta Krupa Travels, Neeta travels, Anukool Travels, Shree Balaji Travels, Shree Chaudhari Travels, Shree Arbuda travels and Shree Balaji Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.
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.