Chalai is located between East Fort and Killipalam in Thiruvananthapuram. This place is renowned for a bazaar, which is the busiest center of transactions for almost all consumer items. Apart from food stuffs, the goods included are silver, pearls, utensils and implements like earthen vessels and iron wares of a very large variety.
The noisiest part of Chalai is the fish market where large varieties of fish are available.
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Putharikandam Maidanam, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Gandhi Park, Kanthalloor Shri Mahadevar Temple, Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple are nearby.
The City Bus Station (East Fort Station) in close vicinity provides easy access for the visitors to Chalai. Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (1 km) at Thampanoor is the nearest railway station. Trivandrum International Airport (7 km) is the nearby airport.