Varanasi is considered the holiest of India’s seven holy cities. It is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest ion India. Varanasi is referred by many sobriquets including, “the city of light” and “the city of learning”. Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in Varanasi. It is sometimes called Benaras or Kashi.
Places to Stay
Many hotels in Varanasi are suitable for budget travellers which include the City Inn (Rs 900), Hotel River Place (Rs 700) and Hotel Padmini International (Rs 1200)
Dhrupad Mela, celebrated every year in February-March is one of the major events in Varanasi. Mahashivrathri held in February is one of the major festivals celebrated here.
Hindi is the local language spoken in Varanasi. English and Urdu are commonly used languages.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Varanasi are Ramnagar Dashashwamedh Ghat, Annapurna Temple all located within 15 kms.
How to Get There
Varanasi is served by Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, which is approximately 26 km from the city centre in Babatpur. Domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities are available here.
Varanasi Junction, commonly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, is the city's largest train station. It is one of the busiest train stations with over 200 hundred passing through each day.
NH2, NH7 and NH56 run through Varanasi connecting it to major centers such Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata and Agra as well as Lucknow. The best bus operators that offer quality service include UPSTRC, Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
Koyilandy, also spelt as Quilandy or Quilandi, is a municipality and a city in the Kozhikode district of Kerala state. It is well connected by NH 66 and falls between Kozhikode and Vatakara towns. The economy of Koyilandy thrives on fishing. The famous freedom fighter K. Kelappan was born in Muchukunnu which happens to be a nearby village to Koyilandy. Famous for its beaches, temples, dams, Koyilandy has good number of schools, colleges and hospitals. It is also well connected by rail, road and air.
Places to Stay
Being a small town, Koyilandy does not have many hotels nearby. However, local home stays are available. Alakapuri Hotels Pvt. Ltd. (Tariff – Rs. 1001 onwards) and Park Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1001 onwards) are excellent 2 star hotels in Calicut.
The official language of Koyilandy is Malayalam. The alternate language spoken is English.
Some of the popular local festivals of Koyilandy are Sivarathri (February), Navrathri (October), Deepavali (November).
Places of Interest
Sree Ramakrishna Mutt, Payattuvalappil Sree Devi Temple, Oravingal Bhagavathy Temple, Kakkayam Dam, Thoovappara Beach, Palakkulam Beach are some famous tourist spots in and near Koyilandy.
How to Get There
The nearest airport in Koyilandy is Calicut International Airport which is approximately 50 km away.
Koyilandy has a railway station by the name Quilandi that was set up in the year 1901.
Koyilandy is well connected to most of the places in South India such as Ernakulam, Chennai, Kazhakkoottam, Trivandrum, Palani. KTC Tours, PK Travels Bangalore, Cauvery Travels and AR Travels Calicut are the top bus operators connecting to Koyilandy at affordable bus tariffs. Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket booking facility is the best way to book your online tickets.